PARTICIPANT ATTITUDES AND THOUGHTS ABOUT SFL SITE LOCATIONS
Table of Contents
I. Summary of Findings
II. Interest in returning to past sites
III. Comments about past sites
IV. Attitudes about a fixed location for SFL
V. Attitudes about more expensive future sites
VI. Wishes about new sites
I. Summary of Findings
a. Among all respondents, the level of interest in attending a future event at specific
locations is highest for Granby (90%) and North Conway (89%), followed by Green Bay
(77%) and Anchorage (68%).
b. Among only those respondents who have attended a previous event at the site, the
level of future interest is essentially equal for Granby (91%), North Conway (91%) and
Green Bay (87%), followed by Anchorage (71%).
c. The comments submitted about each site provide some insight into the underlying
strengths, concerns and issues for each of the four sites. While not quantitative, the
flavor of responses for each site, both positive and negative, is as follows:
Positive - reliable snow, good/great skiing
Negative - altitude, hotel/food
Positive - good beginner trails, good hotel, location convenient
Negative - boring/un-challenging trails, smoky hotel
Positive - great place to visit, great hotel, fun/downtown location
Negative - too far, too costly, iffy snow and ski conditions
Positive - someplace new, in the east, good shopping
Negative - iffy snow and trails, length of bus ride to/from ski area, unfriendly hotel
d. A fixed location in Colorado for all SFL events is not a popular idea. Only 14 of the 94
respondents said that they would probably or definitely attend more events in this
scenario, while 44 said that they would definitely or probably attend fewer events.
e. An occasional event at a more expensive but higher-appeal location does have strong
support. Of the 101 respondents, 74 said that they would definitely or probably attend,
while only 3 said that they would definitely or probably not attend.
f. The most frequently mentioned wishes for new site locations, as determined by a key-
word count of qualitative data, are an area with predictable and reliable snow (40
mentions), a nice hotel (37), good trails/tracks (32), a nice and preferably new location
(29) and a short distance between the hotel and ski area (25). Less frequently
mentioned were food (14), cost (11), near airport (8), proximity to other activities (8) and
the availability of alternate outdoor activities (8). Most respondents included on their
wish list a combination of factors for their ideal location. Very few would be happy with
just skiing, most also want variety, or a nice hotel near shopping, or a short travel
distance to the ski area from the hotel. There is also substantial interest in trying new
II. Interest in returning to past sites
Question: During the past eight years the SFL International event has been held in four different
locations: Granby, Colorado; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Anchorage, Alaska; and North Conway,
New Hampshire. Please indicate below, for each of these locations, whether or not you
attended one or more of the events that were held at that location, and your feelings about
attending a possible future event at that site.
Among all who responded to this question:
90% would probably attend a future event in Granby
89% would probably attend a future event in North Conway
77% would probably attend a future event in Green Bay
68% would probably attend a future event in Anchorage
Among those who have attended an event at the site:
91% would probably attend a future event in Granby
91% would probably attend a future event in North Conway
87% would probably attend a future event in Green Bay
71% would probably attend a future event in Anchorage
91 respondents have attended at least one SFL event held in Granby. Among these 91:
83 (91%) would probably attend a future event in Granby, while
8 (9%) would probably not.
5 respondents did not attend any SFL events held in Granby. Among these 5
3 (60%) would probably attend a future event in Granby, while
2 (40%) would probably not.
Among all 96 respondents
86 (90%) would probably attend a future event in Granby, while
10 (10%) would probably not.
Green Bay Details
67 respondents have attended at least one SFL event held in Green Bay. Among these 67
58 (87%) would probably attend a future event in Green Bay, while
9 (13%) would probably not.
25 respondents did not attend any SFL events held in Green Bay. Among these 25:
13 (52%) would probably attend a future event in Green Bay, while
12 (48%) would probably not.
Among all 92 respondents
71 (77%) would probably attend a future event in Green Bay, while
21 (23%) would probably not.
70 respondents have attended at least one SFL event held in Anchorage. Among these 70:
50 (71%) would probably attend a future event in Anchorage, while
20 (29%) would probably not.
20 respondents did not attend any SFL events held in Anchorage. Among these 20:
11 (55%) would probably attend a future event in Anchorage, while
9 (45%) would probably not.
Among all 90 respondents:
61 (68%) would probably attend a future event in Anchorage, while
29 (32%) would probably not.
North Conway Details
35 respondents attended the SFL event held in North Conway. Among these 35:
32 (91%) would probably attend a future event in North Conway, while
3 (9%) would probably not.
53 respondents did not attend the event held in North Conway. Among these 53:
46 (87%) would probably attend a future event in North Conway, while
7 (13%) would probably not.
Among all 88 respondents:
78 (89%) would probably attend a future event in North Conway, while
10 (11%) would probably not.
III. Comments about past sites
Comments about Granby, if any.
Guide: 2005 Awesome snow, terrible food
Guide: Ability matching is critical
Guide: Altitude too high
Guide: beautiful - great location
Guide: close to home, consistently great snow & trails
Guide: close to Perfect (which is only a few miles from Eden)
Guide: Excellent skiing
Guide: Excellent skiing conditions
Guide: good snow and trails; friendly but declining hotel
Guide: good snow, good weather, good facilities
Guide: Good skiing (the bus ride doesn't bother me); good food in 2000, quite bad food
in 2005; concern about cleanliness in the kitchen
Guide: Good snow nearly guaranteed
Guide: Good Snow, Lousy Altitude
Guide: Great, but would love to go East
Guide: Great snow and tracks
Guide: High altitude a detriment to flatlanders but I will still participate.
Guide: I am partial to Granby because it is in my home state and there is always snow
here even on a bad year. I feel that we need to go where the snow is and have a
reasonable price as well. We keep searching for all these new places to go but the price
is to high or the accommodations do not fit. If we are going to be an organization that
stays alive we need to be able to get new guides and skiers that can afford to go.
Guide: I love Granby, and hope we never get sick again
Guide: I love the place!
Guide: I think it's a great place to hold this event - weather, snow conditions, scenery
Guide: I would go every time even if we had to stay in Granby.
Guide: I've been there many times. Change is always nice. Wonderful skiing.
Guide: Lets go there every year. Norwegians always go to Beitostolen
Guide: Love this place, I live here!
Guide: my least favorite site so far due to altitude and ski trails (difficult to guide real
Guide: My favorite spot as the skiing is guaranteed, the hotel is good and has all of the
amenities and entertainment that most can enjoy and if you're lucky enough to find
someone with a car, shopping is always a fun break.
Guide: Poor food; fear of illness
Guide: Predictable snow ++, but also OK with less fancy lodging options
Guide: SMR is a great place to ski.
Guide: Snow is predictable; accommodations are good; food is only acceptable
Guide: Sunshine and snow is the best. Best trails for beginners
Guide: The altitude is hard to deal with but it is a great place to ski
Guide: The altitude is kind of risky for some of our older participants, etc.
MIP: Beautiful, the altitude is a challenge
MIP: Love it but not back to back years
VIP: All and all, the best location. Not perfect, but most reliable snow and that should
be, by far, our primary criteria for a location.
VIP: At that time, I got a flu and that makes the impression on high altitude rather
VIP: Attended three times. good conditions!
VIP: Beautiful views, sunny skies, and good snow
VIP: been there twice and I like it there
VIP: Best Snow, average hotel
VIP: don't like sofa
VIP: EXCELLENT even when the conditions are "bad" by their standards!
VIP: good all the way around
VIP: good skiing
VIP: good skiing conditions.
VIP: Granby was my first experience at SFL, and it was not altogether pleasant, but I
like the location so would probably attend again, someday.
VIP: great place to ski
VIP: Great location and skiing, decent hotel.
VIP: Great snow, good facility, close to downhill skiing, a favorite place
VIP: Guaranteed good skiing; hotel a bit large and disorientating.
VIP: Hard to beat, but altitude is a problem for some.
VIP: has the best of everything important
VIP: Hotel too difficult to navigate.
VIP: I did not like the accommodations/ sofa bed was so bad, I had to sleep on the floor
VIP: I hope to experience it a little more this year.
VIP: I liked it, but some people weren't able to attend because of the altitude
VIP: I liked it.
VIP: I love the pool
VIP: I love the site and lodge.
VIP: I loved Granby. The lodging and skiing were great. Food was fine. I can eat
VIP: I would attend again.
VIP: I would have liked to be able to go downhill skiing, at least one day.
VIP: really like SMR and the Inn. Love the sunny days and variety of trails. Currently no
airfare cost to me.
VIP: Reliable and very good skiing conditions as well as a terrific hotel; the outdoor pool
is a highlight for me.
VIP: Rocky Mountain High!
VIP: Snow was great.
VIP: the altitude is difficult for me as I age!
VIP: The altitude could be tough on me.
VIP: The altitude was a pain but the skiing conditions were worth it. Any possibility of
getting a block of rooms at a Denver hotel at a cheaper rate for the day before we arrive
so we could get acclimated?
VIP: The skiing was excellent. The event well organized.
VIP: The snow is great but the altitude is hard on me. Healthier breakfasts are needed
(i.e. offer hot cereal every morning) and box lunches should be available for those who
are sick or choose to skip a day of skiing and stay at the Inn instead
VIP: too many times in Granby. Skin got very dry and eyes dry and itchy due to dry air
particularly in hotel.
VIP: too many times in Granby but great snow and weather conditions
VIP: very bad meals, hotel is very difficult to negotiate, rigid bus schedule especially not
having later bus in afternoon, more than one tracked trail
VIP: wonderful snow, variety of trails
Comments about Green Bay, if any
Guide: 10 K track needs a few more challenging hills
Guide: close to airport, good beginner trails
Guide: Close - I can drive rather than fly. Nice, gentle ski area.
Guide: Concern about snow conditions; hotel (except for the smoke) and food were
good in 2004
Guide: enjoy trails, convenient location for me
Guide: Excellent ski area especially for beginners.
Guide: Great, but would love to go further East
Guide: Great event there ... so what if it draws fewer people; cut down on expenses that
make it necessary to have lots of participants.
Guide: Great place for all ability levels
Guide: Great skiing
Guide: Green Bay has EXCELLENT trails and is also an easy location for me to get to
(but I know it is not easy for everyone to get to)
Guide: Green Bay has the best trail system ever and would be my other choice to go.
Guide: Hotel smoky, linked to casino. We've been lucky, but snow is iffy. Boring skiing.
Guide: I found the skiing not too good
Guide: I particularly like it because it's a short drive for me -- that saves money.
Guide: I would love to see the facilities here...I hear they are great!
Guide: It's fine and a hotel bar is a good alternative for people looking for something to
Guide: liked it - would attend one more time - but might be bored after that
Guide: more relaxed
Guide: Not expensive to get to
Guide: Ok, only under great snow conditions.
Guide: Small shelter---longer lunch times and doing lunch in shifts is good.
Guide: snow conditions fair, weather fair, good facilities
Guide: The down side to Green Bay for me was the smoky hotel/casino influence. Not a
vacation area I would pick but the trails were great for new skiers.
Guide: trails great, snow a bit iffy, very good hotel, cheaper travel for midwest
Guide: Unable to ski due to injury a few months previous to the event
MIP: Easy to get to. Great skiing facility.
MIP: Great Trails & very accessible hotel
VIP: a really good alternative to granby. just as good.
VIP: Attended once nice trails and not too difficult
VIP: been there once I'd like to return
VIP: don't like setting but I would go anywhere
VIP: excellent place to ski
VIP: Good skiing conditions.
VIP: great trails and nice hotel
VIP: I liked everything about Green Bay except the hotel
VIP: I liked it very much
VIP: I loved Green Bay!! I will definitely attend again!
VIP: I really like the events in Green Bay. The hotel is nice, the ski conditions are good,
and it's fairly easy to get too.
VIP: I thoroughly enjoyed Green Bay; it was great to get off the airplane and be right
there at our hotel and not have to take a lengthy bus ride.
VIP: Just Great, everything
VIP: Liked the hotel and trails.
VIP: Nice skiing, but kind of boring after awhile. I just love to ski, so I'd go.
VIP: smoky hotel; boring trails
VIP: Smoky, hotel staff unfriendly, boring skiing, snow iffy
VIP: Surprisingly great skiing and a fine hotel.
VIP: Terrain is too flat and boring for more advanced skiing
VIP: Terrific snow conditions; temperatures were not nearly as cold as one might
anticipate having never been there previously.
VIP: The hotel was fine but the ski place (golf course) sucked!!!
VIP: The ski area was great and I loved the hotel and casino.
VIP: The ski trails are boring and the hotel is too smoky.
VIP: Though I am not a beginner, I think it is a great location for first-timers, and I agree
with Jeff that it is a good place to practice technique.
VIP: Too much smoke in hotel, trails friendly, airport easy
VIP: trails great for improving technique, allows for gaining confidence and speed
VIP: Trails too flat.
VIP: Turned out very good, but the upper midwest does concern me for bitter cold
VIP: What's nice there is that we stayed at a hotel that was connected to a casino,
providing a bit of distraction. Plus there's a nice happy hour in their bar.
Comments about Anchorage, if any
Guide: a great place, but we had poor snow, so it was a bit dangerous and less than
Guide: airfare more expensive and travel time creates longer week
Guide: Anchorage is a beautiful place and the accommodations are 2nd to none
Guide: Being there for the start of the Iditarod compensated for the poor ski conditions.
It was fun anyway.
Guide: Doesn't everyone want to go to Alaska? But I heard the skiing was not great.
Guide: flight too expensive and extensive
Guide: fun downtown area
Guide: I hope there is snow next time!
Guide: I like the idea of Alaska - very appealing if snow is there
Guide: I live there, snow conditions marginal - blame it on global warming
Guide: I would probably NOT be happy about Anchorage but would go
Guide: If the snow is good, skiing is fun; like ability to ski to hotel; travel there is a pain,
but worth it if there's snow
Guide: Long way to travel - and I fly right over Perfect and Eden
Guide: More expensive to attend?
Guide: My hometown... so I would always attend Ski For Light in Anchorage
Guide: Needed more snow that year; higher on the travel budget unless use FF miles
Guide: no snow that year and too far to go
Guide: No snow last time. Unique area for most of us - different.
Guide: Snow ?
Guide: Snow horrible first time; I MIGHT give it another try.
Guide: The flights are too long and the flight times inconvenient so you arrive home at a
lousy time for those that have to go to work the next day.
Guide: The hotel was great, skiing was lousy in 2003.
Guide: This is a beautiful place but the cost on the second time for me was to much.
Guide: This is a tough one - the cost of flights and the ice to ski on was not favorable.
Guide: Time difference. 4 hours is a drag.
Guide: too far, too expensive, conditions not any better than elsewhere
Guide: Travel distance and expense makes one trip enough
Guide: Travel expense; risk of bad snow conditions
Guide: very expensive to fly there, may impact my ability to attend again
Guide: Wonderful, lets go again
MIP: I loved SFL at Anchorage.
MIP: Wonderful skiing, hope the travel cost doesn't price us out
VIP: a great vacation, whether or not there is any snow
VIP: Accommodations were fabulous!
VIP: Alaska is a special place, I learned how to fall down (in poor conditions), Iditarod
VIP: Anchorage was fantastic! Absolutely, I would/will attend there again!
VIP: been there once snow was of course way below average and may be too risky for
now since they have had poor snowfall in recent years
VIP: Best hotel we've been in, lots to do in Anchorage
VIP: depends on whether weather changes; it's a long and costly trip for iffy snow.
VIP: Dry climate and excellent ski trails. The dog sledding was cool!
VIP: exciting and worth continuing effort.
VIP: favorite place to go!!
VIP: First year there was really fun (1999) so I can overlook the crummy snow year.
Like the ability to ski back to hotel as a fun alternative.
VIP: good hotel, well run
VIP: Great skiing and facilities
VIP: Hopefully snow will be there next time. But I enjoyed it the last time even without
VIP: I attended the year the snow was good and it was great!!
VIP: I had the opportunity while there to ski a few miles away where there was good
snow and it gave me a true Alaskan experience which made the trip worthwhile. Also
the tremendous work done with limited snow helped greatly.
VIP: I liked this event, even though the conditions weren't the best. It gave me a good
excuse to see Alaska. I also enjoyed seeing the start of the Iditarod. I would like to go
again, and give the conditions another chance. From what I've heard the conditions are
VIP: I love Alaska
VIP: I love Anchorage and really hope we can go there again. I love the hotel and the
VIP: I loved Anchorage the year there was snow, and had a wonderful time both years; I
love the people.
VIP: I loved it but having been there it is unlikely I would travel so far.
VIP: I would like to go back and was sorry I couldn't in 2003.
VIP: I've been there twice already and it's too far from the East Coast.
VIP: It was a thrill to attend however disappointing with unfortunately very little snow
VIP: It was fun to have a down town area.
VIP: It would be a good excuse to visit.
VIP: last time not enough snow and it is a long way to go. it was exciting to go twice but
probably would not go there again
VIP: Less enthusiastic about this location. Weather was not good on last trip.
VIP: loved Alaska, but the skiing was not so good
VIP: My most favorite.
VIP: Realistically, a bit too far away. Good atmosphere though.
VIP: Should be considered for occasional visits.
VIP: Skiing in 2003 was not very good but we found other things to do. Where as in
Green Bay it is just boring. No snow was just a bad year.
VIP: The ski trails were fair - not as scenic as Granby - although the hotel was nice, I
didn't care to be right in the city - preferred a more scenic spot
VIP: Too expensive for just skiing
VIP: Too far away--flight too expensive and takes too much time. I live in Washington
VIP: travel was extremely long and tedious and expensive, snow was terrible
VIP: Travel days too lengthy; did not like the skiing course because of steep, dangerous
hill at beginning.
VIP: Unreliable snow, prefer 1 bar area to 2 separate areas (makes it hard to find
people), hotel so big that it is hard to get the SFL family feel, fun cultural events and
VIP: When and if I make the long trip to Alaska, it will be a sightseeing trip in the
Comments about North Conway, if any
Guide: After rain, staff did excellent job to repair trails.
Guide: Before my time but sounds interesting.
Guide: But not at that hotel!
Guide: danger of New England icy conditions
Guide: Even though it was icy, I'd consider NH again but with a different hotel if possible
that accommodates the people who gather in the evenings in rooms or they should
supply "party" rooms for people
Guide: Hope for snow?
Guide: Hotel too far from ski area
Guide: I enjoyed it, but, was the hardest for me to get to
Guide: I would try this at least once as I have not been there.
Guide: I've never seen the east coast in winter...I think it sounds like a blast!
Guide: Inconsistency in weather from nice to really cold and ice. Liked skiing there.
Guide: It doesn't seem particularly good for skiing; but perhaps that was the weather
Guide: It would be close to home for me and others on the east coast
Guide: Lack of hospitality from the hotel staff, bus ride too long
Guide: Liked the ski area; didn't like the hotel. Too far between hotel and ski area. If that
could be solved, would like to go back.
Guide: New England location so no airfare cost
Guide: Risk of bad snow conditions; lack of hotel to accommodate everyone (correct?)
Guide: To far away from the skiing and the hotel to say the least was not friendly at all.
Price is also an issue.
Guide: Too far to travel
Guide: Travel time was long between hotel and skiing
MIP: Close to home for me...helps me save $ when it's this close. Can introduce my
friends to it too.
MIP: Ski site was too far away from hotel.
VIP: Enjoyed the skiing and the nearby outlet mall.
VIP: every event can't be perfect; we need to go east at least once in a while
VIP: Good area for skiing and nice town; long way from major airport.
VIP: I have never been to New Hampshire and would like to check it out
VIP: I like visiting places I have not traveled to previously.
VIP: I liked the ski facility and the shopping by the hotel, there were places you could
VIP: I would go just because I have never been there.
VIP: I'd probably attend because I have not before.
VIP: I'd probably go, but my recollection of NH is lots of icy conditions that scared me.
Even as a better skier now, I still don't like ice. I hear they widened the trails, so maybe
it would be less scary now.
VIP: I'm sure there's a new hotel by now. Let's come back to the East!
VIP: Icy snow, hotel mediocre, good shopping, long bus ride to ski area, staff very
VIP: Less enthusiastic about this location. Too much driving between hotel and ski area.
VIP: Long bus ride to ski area. Shopping nearby.
VIP: need to keep an eye on annual snow trends; New England always is uncertain but
NH is close and short trip for me.
VIP: never again. skiing was not good, and the weather was worse.
VIP: never been there I heard that is tends to be icy so this is not appealing
VIP: Nice and close to me. Please hold there again.
VIP: Skiing was too far from hotel, hotel was not very pleasant.
VIP: snow is iffy but what the heck
VIP: The course was probably more difficult than all the others, but my year there was
just magical; I also loved having the shops so close by.
VIP: The traveling to and from the airport and to the ski area was a pain, but I loved the
ski area and wish we would go back
VIP: Unimpressed with hotel and ski area
IV. Attitudes about a fixed location for SFL
Question: If the Ski for Light International event were held in the same location every year, at
Snow Mountain Ranch and the Inn at Silver Creek in Granby, Colorado, what effect would this
have on your frequency of participation at future Ski for Light events?
Among 94 respondents
11 I would definitely attend more events
3 I would probably attend more events
36 I would attend about the same number of events
29 I would probably attend fewer events
15 I would definitely attend fewer events
V. Attitudes about more expensive future sites
Question: If the Ski for Light event were held from time to time in a location that offered more in
atmosphere and activities than most other locations, but at a participant fee that was about
$200 higher than other locations, what effect would that have on your decision to attend that
event? (Examples of such locations include: Lake Placid, New York; Dixville Notch, New
Hampshire; Sun Valley, Idaho and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.)
Among 101 Respondents
42 I would definitely attend
32 I would probably attend
24 I might or might not attend
2 I would probably not attend
1 I would definitely not attend
VI. Wishes about new sites
Question: As SFL searches for new locations for future events, what things do you personally
hope will be high on the list of criteria for selecting a new location? Provide up to three
90 people provided responses to this question (43 Guides, 4 MIPs and 43 VIPs). A total of 229
wishes and suggestions were provided.
Guide: Wish-1 = A good ski area with excellent snow conditions; Wish-2 = Not more than
two hours from a major airport; Wish-3 = Easy access to shopping for a nice break
Guide: Wish-1 = ADA accessibility; Wish-2 = resort /ski lodge atmosphere; Wish-3 = price
Guide: Wish-1 = airport availability; Wish-2 = shopping
Guide: Wish-1 = Alternate Rocky Mountain Location; Wish-2 = Pacific-Northwest
Location; Wish-3 = Tahoe?
Guide: Wish-1 = Better food; Wish-2 = variety of trails; Wish-3 = easy accessibility
Guide: Wish-1 = Central location in the USA would make it equitably priced for most;
Wish-2 = Good snow
Guide: Wish-1 = close to skiing; Wish-2 = consistent snow; Wish-3 = large hot tub with
female back scrubbing attendants - hey, it's a wish right.
Guide: Wish-1 = Consistent snow / good trail system; Wish-2 = Ski site close to
hotel/hotels; Wish-3 = good accommodations
Guide: Wish-1 = Consistently good snow conditions; Wish-2 = Minimal bussing; Wish-3 =
Ability to ski past 3:00 p.m.
Guide: Wish-1 = Eastern location; Wish-2 = Wyoming; Wish-3 = California
Guide: Wish-1 = Easy access for younger guides and participants to get to (financially)
Guide: Wish-1 = Excellent snow conditions and trails; Wish-2 = Reasonably priced room
and board; Wish-3 = Would love to ski back to hotel, ex. Anchorage.
Guide: Wish-1 = good skiing conditions
Guide: Wish-1 = good snow, good weather; Wish-2 = facilities near trails; Wish-3 = good
Guide: Wish-1 = good snow; Wish-2 = not expensive
Guide: Wish-1 = Good skiing conditions; Wish-2 = Comfortable/adequate lodging
Guide: Wish-1 = Good skiing or opportunities for other winter outdoor activities such as
snowshoeing, sledding, ice fishing etc.
VIP: Wish-1 = Good skiing; Wish-2 = nice hotel
Guide: Wish-1 = Good snow, and some relatively easy trails; Wish-2 = Facilities
amenable to meeting rooms, exercising, camaraderie
Guide: Wish-1 = Good snow conditions; Wish-2 = Not pt cold; Wish-3 = Ease for MIPs
and VIPs to get around
Guide: Wish-1 = Good snow; Wish-2 = Lodging close to skiing
Guide: Wish-1 = Good snow; Wish-2 = Varied ski terrain - not flat Green Bay.; Wish-3 =
Skiing close to the hotel
Guide: Wish-1 = Good snow; Wish-2 = Great accommodations; Wish-3 = Tasty food
Guide: Wish-1 = Great breakfasts; Wish-2 = beautiful scenery; Wish-3 = nice rooms
Guide: Wish-1 = Guarantee of snow; Wish-2 = Short distance to ski area from hotel;
Wish-3 = Good food
Guide: Wish-1 = have good conditions, for sure!
Guide: Wish-1 = High odds of good snow; Wish-2 = Reasonable cost-This should not be
an event for the wealthy; Wish-3 = Minimal travel time between hotel and skiing
Guide: Wish-1 = High probability of good snow; Wish-2 = High food standards; Wish-3 =
Consider holding an event in Canada
Guide: Wish-1 = Interesting/diverse ski trails; Wish-2 = "Guarantee" of good snow; Wish-
3 = Comfortable lodging
Guide: Wish-1 = Location to skiing; Wish-2 = Reasonable accommodations; Wish-3 =
Guide: Wish-1 = Lodging options could be more rustic/camp-like to lessen expense;
Wish-2 = Healthy food --especially breakfasts; Wish-3 = Predictable SNOW
Guide: Wish-1 = Lower altitude; Wish-2 = Not so much structure; Wish-3 = New activities
Guide: Wish-1 = New England Location; Wish-2 = Endowment high enough to assist with
Guide: Wish-1 = nice place; Wish-2 = good food; Wish-3 = various activities
Guide: Wish-1 = probability of snow; Wish-2 = attendees all in same hotel; Wish-3 = keep
cost as low as possible
Guide: Wish-1 = Reliable snow; Wish-2 = safe skiing conditions; Wish-3 = Large trail
Guide: Wish-1 = short or no transport to the ski area
Guide: Wish-1 = Snow; Wish-2 = Healthy food; Wish-3 = Accessibility
Guide: Wish-1 = Snow; Wish-2 = Affordability
Guide: Wish-1 = sun valley, idaho; Wish-2 = wyoming; Wish-3 = utah - perhaps where
olympics were held (soldier hollow)
Guide: Wish-1 = variety in location; Wish-2 = convenience to ski area; Wish-3 =
convenience to airport
Guide: Wish-1 = varying the region of country; Wish-2 = well groomed trails, ski
Guide: Wish-1 = WE PLAY HOCKEY!
MIP: Wish-1 = Change venue to accommodate folks from different areas of the country;
Wish-2 = Be sure that at least some venues are suitable to beginning skiers; Wish-3 = Off
site cultural/entertainment activities
MIP: Wish-1 = good snow/terrain; Wish-2 = good socialization facilities/banquet hall;
Wish-3 = good food
MIP: Wish-1 = Great Trails
MIP: Wish-1 = new part of the country
VIP: Wish-1 = Ability to go into town.; Wish-2 = Easy to learn hotel/resort.
VIP: Wish-1 = access to shopping; Wish-2 = casino; Wish-3 = piano bar
VIP: Wish-1 = access to town and shopping; Wish-2 = access not clubs
VIP: Wish-1 = Adequate trails for all levels; Wish-2 = Comfortable hotel; Wish-3 =
Reasonable distance from airport
VIP: Wish-1 = Beautiful views; Wish-2 = Ice skating; Wish-3 = uncrowded conditions
VIP: Wish-1 = Better food; Wish-2 = Hotel close too ski trails (longer ski day); Wish-3 =
High probability of good ski conditions
VIP: Wish-1 = Distance from hotel to ski area.; Wish-2 = Quality of food served.; Wish-3 =
Variety of terrain to suit beginner and advanced skiers.
VIP: Wish-1 = good reliable snow; Wish-2 = hotel that is not a nightmare for blind people;
Wish-3 = reasonable to reach by flights that don't require many connections
VIP: Wish-1 = good skiing conditions; Wish-2 = decent hotel
VIP: Wish-1 = good skiing conditions; Wish-2 = Reasonably priced; Wish-3 = Lodging
and skiing 20 min. or less apart
VIP: Wish-1 = good snow and nice trails; Wish-2 = a nice hotel with things to do and not
too hard to get around.; Wish-3 = a ski site out the door from the hotel.
VIP: Wish-1 = good snow; Wish-2 = ski area close to hotel; Wish-3 = some place with a
VIP: Wish-1 = Good skiing conditions; Wish-2 = A nice hotel.; Wish-3 = Things to do
outside the hotel. Like sight seeing, or shopping.
VIP: Wish-1 = Good skiing; Wish-2 = Nice hotel; Wish-3 = maybe a place to see local
VIP: Wish-1 = Good snow
VIP: Wish-1 = Good snow and pretty area; Wish-2 = easier to get around (lay out of
hotel); Wish-3 = Nicer place, food
VIP: Wish-1 = Good snow; Wish-2 = Nice facility; Wish-3 = Nearby downhill ski area a
nice bonus but not mandatory
VIP: Wish-1 = Good trails for skate technique; Wish-2 = Good hotel accommodations;
Wish-3 = Nice scenic location
VIP: Wish-1 = Good trails; Wish-2 = Good food; Wish-3 = ease of travel
VIP: Wish-1 = Great snow and weather; Wish-2 = Travel friendly; Wish-3 = Unique
VIP: Wish-1 = Have you considered having a "low budget" hotel for folks w/ lower
Guide: Wish-1 = Snow; Wish-2 = Proximity to ski area from hotel; Wish-3 = Snow
VIP: Wish-1 = I would like to go places I've not been to before.
VIP: Wish-1 = Look at a location in California possibly?; Wish-2 = I like the idea of
periodically visiting a bit more of a high-end resort.
VIP: Wish-1 = lower elevation than granby; Wish-2 = focus on high quality skiing; Wish-3
= nice accommodations, not bunk beds or trashy food
VIP: Wish-1 = more atmosphere and activities like snow shoeing, downhill skiing,
sledding; Wish-2 = well known and exciting locations; Wish-3 = international
VIP: Wish-1 = More varied routes to ski on, not just the race/rally route; Wish-2 = Short
distance between hotel and ski site so we can ski longer; Wish-3 = Gathering places in
the evening in addition to the bar
VIP: Wish-1 = new places that I would never otherwise get to visit; Wish-2 = reliable
snow; Wish-3 = interesting trails; not just a flat golf course
VIP: Wish-1 = New York; Wish-2 = New Hampshire; Wish-3 = Wyoming
VIP: Wish-1 = nice hotel; Wish-2 = good snow and trails; Wish-3 = good food
VIP: Wish-1 = not too far from local major airport; Wish-2 = the skiing area is near the
hotel; Wish-3 = good food and beer!
VIP: Wish-1 = Number and variety of ski trails; Wish-2 = Non-smoking lodging
VIP: Wish-1 = oxygen; Wish-2 = nearby town; Anchorage was perfect and walkable.;
Wish-3 = reliable snow with oxygen
VIP: Wish-1 = Perhaps a location in Canada; Wish-2 = Skiing just outside our door
VIP: Wish-1 = Place we haven't been before, always exciting to try new locations.; Wish-
2 = Enjoy new locations and learning about local culture. maple sugar on snow party in
Woodstock, VT., dog sled rides and hearing Martin Bisser speak in Anchorage, etc.
VIP: Wish-1 = places known for skiing and more variety of places; Wish-2 = ski out the
door like Woodstock (I did not attend that one); Wish-3 = exotic location like Jackson
Hole or Sun Valley ID
VIP: Wish-1 = Proximity to trails; Wish-2 = reasonable rates; Wish-3 = so much space
that we could handle as many participants as we had guides for!
VIP: Wish-1 = reliable snow; Wish-2 = a variety of trails; Wish-3 = as close to Michigan as
VIP: Wish-1 = Reliable snow; Wish-2 = Interesting environment
VIP: Wish-1 = ski conditions; Wish-2 = different parts of the country; Wish-3 = easy to get
to in terms of flights
VIP: Wish-1 = Snow, snow, and more snow!!!
VIP: Wish-1 = Snowshoe capability (not very likely, for instance, in Green Bay; Wish-2 =
More variety of trails (such as is found at Tahoe-Donner); Wish-3 = More likelihood of
deep snow (of course, who would have thought Alaska wouldn't have that?)
VIP: Wish-1 = variety of ski trails (levels and routes); Wish-2 = likelihood of good snow;
Wish-3 = less travel time to ski area