Smallest hill you've ever skied....

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Re: Smallest hill you've ever skied....

Postby flyover » Mon Jul 11, 2011 10:17 am

Ppppffffftttt. I am soooooo not impressed; for I have skied the slopes of mighty “Mt. Como” in St. Paul, MN.

Mt. Como is, in fact, a small rise with a short rope tow on a public golf course in St. Paul’s Como park. There are two trails: one on the left side of the lift and one on the right. I don’t understand why not, but apparently the St. Paul Parks Deptartment does not publish key stats such as vertical drop, annual snowfall, average snow density, skiable acres, percentage of easy, intermediate, and advanced terrain, access to backcountry, etc. Accordingly, I can’t relay the precise lift-served vertical. Nonetheless, I would surprised Mt. Como tops 60 ft., and is likely a good deal less than that, as the rope tow can’t be more than 200 feet long on a very gentle slope.

I’ll share a few additional facts about Mt. Como in a likely vain attempt to discourage arguments that a rope tow on a golf course is not a “real” ski area.
1. Yes, they do indeed charge for lift tickets;
2. There is meticulous grooming to ensure that skiers may smoothly carve BOTH turns of each run;
3. There is equipment rental;
4. There is snowmaking;
5. Lessons are available for all skill levels;
6. There is a chalet;
7. There are even lights for late-afternoon and evening skiing.

When my daughter got her first pair of skis for Christmas about a month before her 4th birthday and just absolutely, positively HAD to try them out the next day, we went to Mt. Como and had a hoot earning our turns just as if we had gone sledding. We graduated to the insanely-long magic carpet at Buck Hill the next weekend and have never looked back. But I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the majestic, snow-shrouded peak of Mt. Como.

Sorry, no pics.
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Re: Smallest hill you've ever skied....

Postby Patrick » Mon Jul 11, 2011 10:37 am

flyover wrote:Ppppffffftttt. I am soooooo not impressed; for I have skied the slopes of mighty “Mt. Como” in St. Paul, MN.(...)Nonetheless, I would surprised Mt. Como tops 60 ft., and is likely a good deal less than that, as the rope tow can’t be more than 200 feet long on a very gentle slope.

You have nothing... :-({|=

Como Ski Center, St. Paul • 15 skiable acres on 150' vertical
Specs: 2 rope tows. Rentals & Lessons. Snowmaking. Open Tues-Suns. Night skiing Tu-Fr.
The SKInny: Operated by the City of St. Paul Parks Department, this is a shining example of what a community tow should be. Complete with a comfortable chalet type base lodge, (PSIA) certified instructors, grooming...this is something the city should be proud of. As skiers, you need to support this type of operation. Trust me, you can afford the lift ticket.

http://www.skiernet.com/ski_mn.html

Once someone gets close to 50' vertical, we can talk. :popcorn:
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Re: Smallest hill you've ever skied....

Postby flyover » Mon Jul 11, 2011 11:09 am

Aaarrrgh.

OK, given my inability to produce hard evidence to contradict that 150 ft. number, I'll formally concede defeat. (Your googling skills are evidently better than mine, as I was unable to find anything).

I gotta say, however, for two reasons I believe there is simply no way that number is even close to accurate: (1) a fifteen story hill would seriously stand out in the Como park neighborhood of St. Paul (my office is on the 11th floor in downtown St. Paul, and I have a clear line of site all the way past the Como neighborhood to downtown Minneapolis, 10 miles to the west), and (2) my three-year-old daughter, wearing ski boots for the first time, was able to repeatedly and enthusiastically hike from the bottom to the top without burning through all of her less-than-five-minute attention span.
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Re: Smallest hill you've ever skied....

Postby q » Mon Jul 11, 2011 1:14 pm

Despite my travels skiing anything on my route I can beat those mentioned by others but some spring to mind.

Kendall Mtn I believe is my smallest at 240'.
Granlibakken, Howelsen, Little Ski Hill and Bear Paw amongst the others that I recall being small and I was gutted not to find Lee's Ski Hill in Ouray at 75' :-D
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Re: Smallest hill you've ever skied....

Postby longshanks » Tue Jul 12, 2011 6:25 pm

Boler Mountain (no kidding, that is what they call it) in London Ontario - 110' of screaming vert. Used to live about 5 minutes from this little gem, only rode there once or twice and only if there was a dump of fresh and then usually they'd just pack it all down anyway. You get pretty bored after about an hour. My Kid and his pals like the terrain park.

http://www.bolermountain.com/trailmap.php

They are expanding the terrain, doubling I hear. Not to many NA resorts can make that boast. The new (2nd) Mountain is made of fill from construction sites. Check it out and add it to your bucket list.
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