What Exactly Qualifies as a ‘Ski Area’?

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Case 5: Unofficial interconnect

Example: Stowe/Smuggler’s Notch

Stowe and Smuggs aren’t officially connected nowadays, but the top of Stowe’s Sensation chair is less than half a mile from Smuggs’ Sterling chair. It’s well documented that you can bushwhack through it and ski from one to the other in just minutes, even though the drive between them is about an hour during the winter.

Not mentioned here are gray area cases. Whistler-Blackcomb is technically a normal ski area with normal connector trails, but they are only connected by trails at their base area, and transfers between the two are mainly done by using the long Peak-2-Peak gondola connector.


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