Best of the West

October 29, 2006 

On a sunny April day, Greg Rubin, 29, of Bend, Ore., launches over an area known as the Rock Garden while skiing the Summit Chair at Mount Bachelor.

ANDY TULLIS/THE (BEND, ORE.) BULLETIN FILE

Regional skiing

BRITISH COLUMBIA

WHISTLER BLACKCOMB
• Location: Whistler
• Lift tickets: $74 Canadian, approximately $66.29, depending on exchange rate
• Terrain: More than 200 trails, 8,171 acres, four terrain parks
• Lifts: 33
• Elevation: 7,494 feet highest lift, 2,140 base, (5,020 drop on Whistler, 5,280 drop on Blackcomb)
• Annual snowfall: 360 inches
• More info: whistler-blackcomb.com, 1-800-766-0449

BIG WHITE
• Location: Southeast of Kelowna
• Lift tickets: Approximately $58.23, depending on exchange rate
• Terrain: 118 trails, 7,355 acres, terrain park
• Lifts: 16
• Elevation: 7,606 feet highest lift, 4,950 base, 2,656 drop
• Annual snowfall: 294 inches
• More info: bigwhite.com, 1-800-663-2772

FERNIE
• Location: Near Fernie
• Lift tickets: Approximately $61.81, depending on exchange rate
• Terrain: 107 trails, 2,504 acres
• Lifts: 10
• Elevation: 6,316 feet highest lift, 3,500 base, 2,816 drop
• Annual snowfall: 348 inches
• More info: skifernie.com, 1-800-258-7669

KICKING HORSE
• Location: Golden
• Lift tickets: Approximately $63.24, depending on exchange rate
• Terrain: 106 trails, 4,000 acres
• Lifts: Five
• Elevation: 8,033 feet highest lift, 3,900 base, 4,133 drop
• Annual snowfall: 256 inches
• More info: kickinghorseresort.com, 1-866-754-5425

MOUNT WASHINGTON
• Location: Near Courtenay, on Vancouver Island
• Lift tickets: Approximately $48.37, depending on exchange rate
• Terrain: 60 trails, 1,200 acres, two terrain parks
• Lifts: Nine
• Elevation: 5,215 feet highest lift, 3,558 base, 1,657 drop
• Annual snowfall: 348 inches
• More info: mountwashington.ca, 1-888-231-1499

PANORAMA
• Location: Near Invermere
• Lift tickets: Approximately $58.23, depending on exchange rate
• Terrain: 188 trails, 2,847 acres, terrain park
• Lifts: Nine
• Elevation: 7,800 feet highest lift, 3,800 base, 4,000 drop
• Annual snowfall: 188 inches
• More info: panoramaresort.com, 1-800-663-2929

RED RESORT
• Location: Rossland
• Lift tickets: Approximately $46.58, depending on exchange rate
• Terrain: 83 trails, 1,585 acres, terrain park
• Lifts: Six
• Elevation: 6,800 feet highest lift, 3,888 base, 2,909 drop
• Annual snowfall: 300 inches
• More info: redresort.com, 1-800-663-0105

SUN PEAKS
• Location: Northern Okanagan Valley
• Lift tickets: $53.75, depending on exchange rate
• Terrain: 121 trails, 3,678 acres, terrain park
• Lifts: 12
• Elevation: 6,824 feet highest lift, 3,933 base, 2,891 drop
• Annual snowfall: 220 inches
• More info: sunpeaksresort.com, 1-800-807-3257

SILVER STAR
• Location: Northeast of Okanagan Valley
• Lift tickets: Approximately $58.23, depending on exchange rate
• Terrain: 112 trails, 3,065 acres, terrain park
• Lifts: 12
• Elevation: 6,280 feet highest lift, 3,780 base, 2,500 drop
• Annual snowfall: 276 inches
• More info: skisilverstar.com, 1-800-663-4431

OREGON

MOUNT BACHELOR
• Location: Bend
• Lift tickets: $52
• Terrain: 71 trails, 3,683 acres, terrain park
• Lifts: 15
• Elevation: 9,065 feet highest lift, 5,700 base, 3,365 drop
• Annual snowfall: 370 inches
• More info: mtbachelor.com, 1-800-829-2442

MOUNT HOOD MEADOWS
• Location: Mount Hood
• Lift tickets: $49 ($59 holidays and weekends in January and February)
• Terrain: 87 trails, 2,150 acres, terrain park
• Lifts: 10
• Elevation: 7,300 feet highest lift, 4,523 base, 2,777 drop
• Annual snowfall: 400 inches
• More info: skihood.com, 1-503-337-2222

IDAHO

BRUNDAGE
• Location: McCall
• Lift tickets: $44
• Terrain: 43 trails, 1,340 acres, terrain park
• Lifts: Five
• Elevation: 7,640 feet highest lift, 5,840 base, 1,800 drop
• Annual snowfall: 300 inches
• More info: brundage.com, 1-208-634-7462

SCHWEITZER
• Location: Sandpoint
• Lift tickets: $49
• Terrain: 82 trails, 2,900 acres, terrain park
• Lifts: Eight
• Elevation: 6,400 feet highest lift, 5,000 base, 2,400 drop
• Annual snowfall: 300 inches
• More info: schweitzer.com, 1-800-831-8810

SUN VALLEY
• Location: Ketchum
• Lift tickets: $74
• Terrain: 75 trails, 2,054 acres, terrain park
• Lifts: 21
• Elevation: 9,150 feet highest lift, 5,750 base, 3,400 drop
• Annual snowfall: 220 inches
• More info: sunvalley.com, 1-800-786-8259

TAMARACK RESORT
• Location: Donnelly
• Lift tickets: $57
• Terrain: 38 trails, 1,100 acres, 5,043 backcountry acres, two terrain parks
• Lifts: Seven
• Elevation: 7,700 feet highest lift, 4,900 base, 2,800 drop
• Annual snowfall: 300 inches
• More info: tamarackidaho.com, 1-877-826-7376, 1-208-830-4037

MONTANA

BIG SKY
• Location: Big Sky
• Lift tickets: $69
• Terrain: 150 trails, 3,600 acres
• Lifts: 17
• Elevation: 11,150 feet highest lift, 6,800 base, 4,350 drop
• Annual snowfall: 400 inches
• Note: Big Sky shares a boundary on Lone Peak with Moonlight Basin (moonlightbasin.com). Tickets good for both resorts are $79.
• More info: bigskyresort.com, 1-800-548-4486

BIG MOUNTAIN
• Location: North of Whitefish
• Lift tickets: $52
• Terrain: 91 trails, 3,000 acres
• Lifts: 12
• Elevation: 7,000 feet highest lift, 4,500 base, 2,500 drop
• Annual snowfall: 300
• More info: bigmtn.com, 1-800-858-4157

OTHER DESTINATIONS

ALASKA
• Top resorts: Alyeska and Eaglecrest
• More info: alyeskaresort.com and juneau.org/eaglecrest

BANFF, ALBERTA
• Resorts: Eight resorts in Banff and Jasper national parks and just west of the parks in British Columbia
• More info: skibig3.com, banfflakelouise.com

CALIFORNIA
• Best resorts outside Tahoe: Mammoth Mountain and Big Bear (Bear Mountain and Snow Summit)
• More info: mammothmountain.com, bearmtn.com

TAHOE
• Resorts: 15
• More info: tahoeinfo.com, tahoechamber.com, puretahoenorth.com.

COLORADO
• Resorts: 24
• More info: coloradoski.com, coloradoskicountry.com

JACKSON, WYO.
• Resorts: Four
• More info: jacksonholewy.net, jacksonhole-skiing.com, jacksonhole.com

SALT LAKE CITY
• Resorts: 12
• More info: ski-saltlake.com, skiutah.com, rideutah.com

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