Are you looking for a true ski experience, just skiers, now snowboarders blind siding you or snow scraping your favorite steeps with their boards? Well ski friends, now there are three- that are exclusively your to SKI!
Its interesting that snowboarding is on the decline, and yet in its infancy late 1970s and early 1980s, many “ski resorts’ did not embrace the one-plank movement, even banning snowboarding on certain trails, or altogether. Then terrain parks grew as snowboarding did, Burton and Sims led the strong trending sport with innovation and cool technology. Now our skis have that shaped technology and rocker features. Skiing is great again, but only these three US ski resorts hold the line with their snowboard ban:
Alta in Utah is authentic alpine, no snowboarders allowed, vintage lodges like the original Alta Lodge at the base, and an earthy ski clientele at lift opening every day. Snowboarder have made the claim that this is US Forest land – but Alta stand firm on their long standing skier only mountain mantra. Snowbird is next door if you need a “ride”.
Deer Valley is the ultimate Utah ski resort – its posh, feels almost private with limited ticket sales daily, offers preeminent service – like the valet who whisks your skis from your car as you pull in each morning, and its skiers only. If you are visiting with your family, and you have one-planker in your pack- send them to next door Park City Resort where snowboarders are welcome. – and its posh.
Mad River Glen Vermont is New England’s last vestige of skier only vertical. Not much snowmaking or fanfare here, just classic trail skiing, a single chair, and a fierce “ski it if you can” moniker to scare away the snow bunnies and snowboarders. Nearby Sugarbush Resort allows snowboarders, but not Mad River – ever.