All posts by Tony Crocker

Taos, New Mexico: A Ski Resort Guide

Taos Ski Valley, NM – Taos Ski Valley is perhaps the last major North American ski resort still operated by its founding family. Swiss immigrant Ernie Blake developed this tough and remote area after World War II and succeeded in creating a unique ambience via small European-style family lodges and personalized service, particularly the ski … Continue reading Taos, New Mexico: A Ski Resort Guide

Big Sky and Moonlight Basin, Montana: The Sum of Their Parts

Big Sky, MT – Southwestern Montana’s Big Sky ski and snowboard resort was founded by legendary news anchor Chet Huntley, and for 20 years it appealed mainly to low intermediate skiers and those attracted to nearby Yellowstone National Park.  The construction of the Lone Peak tram in the 1990s, however, brought lift access to some … Continue reading Big Sky and Moonlight Basin, Montana: The Sum of Their Parts

Extremely Whistler, Extremely Canadian

Whistler (B.C.), Canada – We dispatched snow statistician and First Tracks!! Online Contributing Writer Tony Crocker to British Columbia’s famed Whistler Blackcomb Resort last March to experience two sides of the ski and snowboard megaplex. Tony, likewise, delivered a report with two sides! Read on for the “Yin and the Yang” of Whistler- Ed. Extremely … Continue reading Extremely Whistler, Extremely Canadian

Crested Butte: The Anti-Colorado Resort

Crested Butte, CO – Crested Butte is in many respects the “anti-Colorado resort,” bearing little resemblance to the bustling areas along I-70. Its isolation by road, over four hours from any significant population center, has preserved a small town ambience. The terrain is also like nothing else in the state. Its centerpiece, the North Face, is almost indecipherable by trail … Continue reading Crested Butte: The Anti-Colorado Resort

Snowcat vs. Heli

Heliskiing and snowcat skiing are perhaps the sport’s ultimate vacation, but each carries distinct advantages and disadvantages for the experienced adventure seeker. The choices at times can seem overwhelming. Let’s look at the world of British Columbia beyond the chairlifts. n GEOGRAPHY 101 Let’s start with a geography lesson.  Highway 5 is the demarcation between … Continue reading Snowcat vs. Heli