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View Poll Results: How suitable is the climate for year-round skiing?
A+ 2 18.18%
A 1 9.09%
B 1 9.09%
C 3 27.27%
D 1 9.09%
E 0 0%
F 3 27.27%
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Old Yesterday, 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted by micahdebrink View Post
Okay, it could be somewhat plausible if the ski resort's main facilities (ski shop, restaurants, hotels) were well below the snow line, say around 9000ft. Then a high speed gondola takes you the snow line (16,000ft) for actual skiing.

The ski lifts could be enclosed gondolas that are oxygenated. The upper base building at 16000ft may be pressurized or oxygenated. This is actually done in some ski towns:


I'm assuming the summit would be around 19,000ft, allowing for a 3000ft vertical drop which is typical for a large Colorado ski resort.

A tropical ski resort is possible and would still be really cool in my opinion, it just would be quite uneconomical to build and maintain due to the extremely high altitude. The snow groomers would need to have pressurized cabins. The lack of a summer thaw would also make lift construction difficult.
In my ski resort there are both open and closed areas for skiing.
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Old Yesterday, 07:52 AM
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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If it’s located in tropical areas, there wouldn’t be a well-defined high sun season. It may kind of exist if it’s around 20/25N if somehow the subtropical high is avoided all the year…

A place like this would be on the slopes of a gigantic mountain range perpetually hit by the ITCZ, probably can’t be that snowy, but whatever. Under an Earth-like atmospheric system, this spot would lie above the 500 hPa line, circa 5800 meters above the sea level, within a heavily glaciated area. It would be on an ice cap covered by fresh snow. The amount of snow would never melt there, but it should descend as avalanches and be compacted and integrated to a large glacier that may flow to a relatively low altitude (maybe around 3800 m, depending on the slope).

It certainly looks like a site where running a ski resort would be impossible.
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Old Yesterday, 06:01 PM
Location: Chicago Area, IL
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Winters are great but need to be colder, Summers are too chilly, Snowfall would be great for skiing, sledding, Or you could try snow swimming with that much snow .
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Old Today, 06:04 AM
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The closest real world example to a tropical ski resort would probably be Chacaltaya. However, the ski resort is now closed due to the glacier melting. The peak is less than 18000ft, though.

Here is a video of some people skiing Cotopaxi and/or Cayambe, which is smack dab at the equator and have a summit of about 19000ft.


As you can see, the slopes are steep but there appears to be some pretty decent powder, not just glacier ice. The region also has a dry season, which may allow for less bad weather.

The tropical ski resort perhaps could be marketed as a novelty for extreme skiiers.
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