Every new year, we step back for a moment and see what our readers enjoyed the most from the last 12 months. Most of the entries that make the list make sense, while other times it comes as a shock. So, without further ado, here are the top 10 posts of 2017:
Top 10 Posts of 2017
All across Western US and Canada, snowfall records were smashed during the 2016-17 ski season. From Crested Butte receiving 90 inches in 10 days to Lake Tahoe getting assaulted with 282 inches in January, giving it the moniker – “Januburied”, it was a BIG snow year almost everywhere. So, the idea of pushing the season into June or later became a hot topic and we answered the question: “Was the snow even good in June?” As always, it’s not as simple as a “yes” or “no.”
If skinning up a mountain is tough, then making the decision to design, market and build equipment in North America is like climbing Mount Everest. Every year this list changes dramatically with some companies throwing in the towel and shipping production overseas. We’re elated that our readers are just as excited to find brands that are made by Locals for Locals. If you are a skier, be sure to check out our 1st skier’s edition too.
Last winter we traveled to a magical land filled with deep snow, uncrowded slopes, historic towns and awesome cuisine. When we heard the news that one of the resorts we visited, Lookout Pass, located near Historic Wallace got approval to expand, it was too good to pass up. We needed to write an article about it and looks like you couldn’t agree more!
Nothing is more gratifying than to see one of our summer adventures making the list. We love the snow, but visiting the mountains in the summer can be just as exciting. From whitewater rafting to mountain biking, there’s a surplus of activities to try. The coolest one we’ve heard about is Via Ferrata. In between rock climbing and hiking, it’s a perfect way to spend a weekend enjoying the mountains safely but at the same time getting a bit of adrenaline going.
For many, turkey day is when the hunger to shred is at its peak. Random flurries can be found happening all across the continent making every skier & snowboarder froth at the mouth. With snow lacking in the major regions of Colorado, Utah and California, we felt the need to highlight where has it been snowing.
We did not expect this one to make it on the list, but we’re happy it did! There are a lot of terrifying roads to the mountains and seeing how those rank based on things like snowfall, elevation gain, length and switch backs really hit the spot with our readers. Due to its popularity, we’re working on the 2018 edition which will be even more extensive. So, stay tuned!
Skiing & snowboarding is in many ways just like surfing. It’s in the soul of each person to chase after the next big wave or for us snow sliders – snowstorms. At the same time, most of us can’t afford to do that either because we don’t have the time or our bank account won’t let us. This then lends itself for us to look back and see how we’re doing compared to past winters. Is it as bad as it feels? Are we trending towards another great winter?
Another article made the list showing just how much folks wanted to extend their season last spring because of all the snow. The problem with late spring skiing isn’t how much of the white stuff fell, but which resorts stay open and do they preserve snow well. This list is a great example of that.
Early season is about two things: where are the storms and how big is your resorts’ snowmaking system. In regards to the latter, we haven’t seen anyone post an article comparing the largest systems out there so we decided to do some research. It was difficult to find any information for most West Coast resorts, but for 2018, we hope we can get some more definitive info. Until then, this is the largest list out there.
And the trophy goes to… talk about an unlikely winner! It didn’t just win but it ran away with the #1 spot. After nearly eighty years of being private, Otsego Ski Club opened its doors to the public. With a history of being the training ground for the Winter Olympics and its deep lake affect snow, this place should be on any Midwesterner’s Must-Hit list this year before the word gets out.