Not big on cold temperatures or fighting traffic driving to the mountains, but still want to ski? Colorado entrepreneur Sadler Merrill has an answer for Denver-area skiers and riders. Earlier this summer, he opened the indoor ski facility SNÖBAHN, which houses three ski slopes and a tubing hill, along with, of course, an European ski-lodge-themed restaurant and après bar.
There’s a line for all comers, advanced to expert, in Whistler's iconic Spanky's Ladder.
Data >> Location: Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.
>> Getting There: From the top of the Glacier Express quad, head skier’s left, then veer right for the short hike up to the entrance to Spanky’s Ladder. On a powder day, just look for the line of bootpackers.
The answer is: it depends whom you ask (and we’ll see).
The reverberations of the blockbuster billion-dollar deal announced this week that Vail Resorts purchased Whistler Blackcomb are already starting to be felt, both by skiers and other resort operators. “The competitive environment just went up a full notch,” says Andy Wirth, President and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows in California’s Lake Tahoe basin, where three Vail Resorts ski areas already operate.