We are Ron and AiRung … a couple of avid skiers with a quest to ski what we consider to be the top 100 ski resorts in North America. We already have a bunch of them done, so we will be updating this blog with past trip reports and resort reviews as time allows.
We both love skiing, travel, and the excitement of exploring new ski resorts. We have our favorites that we ski year after year and probably have the best overall skiing experiences at those places, but the most fun tends to be when we are exploring a new area and score a huge powder day or find something really unique. There are still many places that we haven’t tried in North America that many would consider to be “must ski” places where we can look for some of that fun.
The reviews on this site are based entirely on our own experience(s). All of the photos are our own. Each review contains a star rating on a scale from 1 to 5 stars. ★=Much below average: probably should not have been on the list, ★★=Below average, ★★★=Average, ★★★★=Above average, ★★★★★=Truly Exceptional: a top 10 resort. Sometimes we visit a resort only once on a day when conditions are not good, but this will not affect the rating that much. Everything is taken into account when a rating is established including lifts, grooming, average snowfall, restaurants, parking, etc. Sometimes a day of bad conditions is better for evaluating how a resort is managed. We played with the idea of having 5 stars, but this is already a top-100 list and there really won’t be any resorts on it that would get a 1 on a 1-5 scale.
Ron has been skiing since age 4 (47 seasons as of this writing). In the 70’s he skied with his family in the northeast in New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire. In ’78 they moved to New Mexico and skied the resorts there and in Colorado and Utah. In ’85 Ron went to college in Gunnison, Colorado and worked at Crested Butte Mountain Resort for 8-years, skiing a lot of the Colorado resorts when possible and getting in 80-days skiing per year. In ’93 Ron moved to the San Francisco Bay area and began skiing mostly in Tahoe, but also began traveling to farther off destinations like New Zealand for heli-skiing, and guided and unguided off-piste skiing in Europe. He also enjoys snow cat skiing as a cheaper alternative to heli-skiing.
AiRung was born in Taiwan and first came to the U.S. in the 80’s. Ron and AiRung met in ’98, but AiRung was not a skier at that time. She started skiing in ’99 and it took about 10-years for her to get to the point of being comfortable in powder and double-black terrain. She is now an avid skier and has skied in Europe, Canada, and most of the Western U.S.
We were married in ‘2000 and have a house in South Lake Tahoe, so Heavenly and Kirkwood are our home resorts.
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