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what do you mean "a joke of a ski area?"
yea they dont have the best management, groomers, fastest lifts, better snowmaking, park, or any of that stuff but they have some of the best terrain in the state. except for the addition of the tram at Big Sky, Snowbowl has the largest vertical drop in the state. so what do you mean by a "joke of a ski area?"
Snowbowl is your oldschool ski area and it has that rustic feel. Yes, people complain about what i listed above but suck it up and ski some of the best terrain in the state. This year snowbowl is going to put in a small terrain park if that is what you are after, but the mountain has way more to offer. i love skiing park, but there is so much more out there. come ski snowbowl and if your are nice maybe i will show you where to go.
yea i can see that. i did come out to UM from the east and was expecting rediculously awesome places to ski but i did find snowbowl and fell in love. I have also never skied in Utah, colorado, california, or the northwest to put a little perspective on my views. here is something that was posted in a regional thread by a friend a while back that is funny and true to an extent.
there are a ton of threads on this.
every single one will say the exact same things.
1.Claim: snowbowls park sucks. Fact: there is no park at the bowl. so therefore it can't suck. It also lacks groomed runs or grooming at all really. On the plus side there are very few little kids there, college freshmen in bright colors, or gapers. Snowbowl is for people who believe in "more carve less jib" style skiing and if they want to get gnarly aren't afraid to go there. The bar is also the greatest place in the world. period. anyone who disagrees I will fight.
2.Claim: Lost Trail is the greatest place in the world. Fact: LT puts on a decent park, gets pummeled with snow, and is pretty inexpensive. It's also so not steep in most places that it sucks if the snow gets too deep because you can't get speed. There is also a ton of families and small children there, and the percentage of freshman and highschool kids in bright colors is among the highest in the state.
3.Claim: Big Mountain is better. Fact: Big mountain in a lot of ways is better, it's got amazing terrain, deep snow and a solid park, and fast chairlifts. On the negative side the chairs are arranged in such a dumb manner that most of the time you spend skiing is run outs back to the chair instead of shredding top to bottom. That gets annoying as hell, and there is nothing to do in whitefish...
4. Claim: Move to Bozeman. Fact. Bozeman has a bunch of really big hills all located really close to it. It's also got the highest tourist content in Montana which kills coming to montana. Big sky is rad, but rocky and hella expensive, bridger is sick, but only the upper half, and it gets skied out quick. And MSU has way more dudes than girls, which is pretty lame, as well as the town which is geared a lot more around tourism than being a place to live. That might be fun for people under 25, but it gets old fast.
As you can see each place has its pros and cons. pick your style and run with it.
Ok first of all the coming from a park rider at LT the people at Snowbowl are fucking dicks if you ski park and want to ski park there. All they care about is skiing and the park Zoo crew is gonna put in this ear will not be managed at all. But yes the Pizza at the bar is good.
And all you said about LT is true except theres a lot of wanna be park sheders for sure. Im not one of them