Not a 100% thing, but generally, the shittier the non-skiing amenities, the more I like the place
see: magic, mad river, mount ellen, silverton, a-basin, crystal, alta, kicking horse, etc
You can take your fancy restaurants, spas, and mountain coasters and shove it. nothing worse than an okemo, Stratton, vail, etc. places like k and bush fall in the middle of the spectrum. soul skiing is about skiing.
I think a good mix like Sugarbush and Killington are definitely my favorite. There is a reason that Okemo and Stratton have been so successful though and that has to be considered. Not saying every place should be like that, but a place like Sugarbush is able to take what has worked at a place like Stratton and take it to a mountain that is more focused on the skiing.
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