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Old 02-03-2019, 12:11 PM
BMI
 
Location: Ontario
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Top 3 Alpha Cities by Topographical Variance-50 Miles/80 Kilometers*

1. Santiago, Chile: 19,902 ft.
2. Mexico City, Mexico: 14,606 ft.
3. Bogota, Colombia: 13,192 ft.

Most mountainous capital at short range: Thimphu, Bhutan (I think)
Within 2: 3,602 ft. Within 10: 9,472 ft.
Most mountainous capital at long range: Kathmandu, Nepal 24,052 ft. within 50 miles
Most mountainous surrounds for a city, anywhere in the world (I'm pretty sure, at least): Pokhara, Nepal (26,407 within 50)

Towns:
Winter Olympic Sites With the Greatest Immediate and Long Range Variance
Chamonix, France (5,012 within 2, 13,901 within 10, 14,957 within 50)
Saint Moritz, Switzerland (3,412 within 2, 8,711 within 10)
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy (3,793 within 2, 7,835 within 10)
Albertville, France (15,115 within 50)
Squaw Valley, CA, United States (13,944 within 50)

Coastal:
Santa Marta-Colombia likely has highest near coastal mountains on earth of any city. Within 10 miles: 5,174 ft. Within 50 miles: 18,684 ft.

Major Coastal Cities that also have Major Mountains nearby:
Lima, Peru: Within 50: 16,483'
Taipei, Taiwan: Within 50: 12,772' Within 10: 3,678'
Los Angeles: Within 50: 10,062'
Not sure what youíre calculating ....base elevation of town to highest nearby mountain?

If so ...I think your calculations might be a bit off....

For example, Chamonix, France...a town Iíve been to and know well.
Chamonix is at 3,395 ft ASL....nearby Mont Blanc (highest mountain in the Alps) is 15,780 ft tall
The elevation difference from the summit of Mont Blanc to Chamonix is 12,385 ft
On your list you put 14,957í within 50 (miles?)...makes no sense...Mont Blanc is not that far
from Chamonix anyway....less than 10 miles.
And for Albertville, France you indicated 15,115í...what mountain is that?
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Old 02-03-2019, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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I mentioned Bishkek, which is a lovely capital. But I could have gone with Karakol, Kyrgyzstan, a charming city with permanent snowcap within 25 miles both north and south.
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Old 02-04-2019, 03:24 PM
 
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Queenstown New Zealand
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Old 02-07-2019, 07:32 PM
 
Location: London, UK
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Well of course as someone who loves London and New York, the vibe in Bogota is akin to these two cities in its gig scene, urban art, sub-cultures, craft bars and edginess with the added bonus of having the Andes and Scottish highland/New Zealand-like landscapes on your doorstep.

Therefore Bogota tops my list! Next two maybe Cuenca and Salamanca?
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Old 02-07-2019, 09:32 PM
 
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I love mountains, so top 3 mountains cities/towns, village and it has to be nearby mountains(over 10.000 ft) so no Pittsburgh and the likes.

Innsbruck- next door to some of the most beautiful mountains in Austria, Italy, and Switzerland

Santiago Chile - Crazy high mountains

Why 10,000 feet? Whistler has a mile of vertical and is the largest ski resort in North America with true big mountain skiing. The town is at 2,200 feet. The lifts top out at about 7,500 feet.


I've skied Valle Nevado a bunch of times and I've spent a lot of days in Santiago over the years. In the northern hemisphere, it wouldn't make the top-100 let alone top 3 in the world.


My list?


Aspen is the obvious winner in North America. Bring money.


Europe is a really tough call to pick a #1. I'm torn between Lech/Zurs in the Arlberg and Chamonix. Call them #1 and #1A. That's my top 3.


If you're making me pick cities, Vancouver wins if you're allowing a sea level city and 7,500 foot mountains. You can ski and sail on the same day. Geneva and Zurich would be my European choices since the mountains are right there.



I spend a stupidly large amount of time in Denver on business. 15 or 20 years ago, it might have made my list. Not now. It's way too congested. I have a bunch of ski friends who have moved to Salt Lake City. The skiing is superb and really close if you live up on the benches but Salt Lake City is too weird for me. I really like Santa Fe. A capital city. Ski Santa Fe is a fun little ski area.
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Old 02-08-2019, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Rome
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Europe is a really tough call to pick a #1. I'm torn between Lech/Zurs in the Arlberg and Chamonix. Call them #1 and #1A. That's my top 3.
Lech number one in Europe? A really odd choice, since itís not even number one in Arlberg: Sankt Anton is far better.
If I had to pick a ski resort in that area (Western Tirol/ Vorarlberg) I would certainly choose Ischgl: one of the very best places in the Alps and therefore in the world.

If I had to pick three mountain towns (letís say over 100k inhabitants) the choice would be pretty much straightforward...
From north to south:
- Innsbruck
- Bolzano
- Trento
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Old 02-08-2019, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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I'm only choosing places I've been. I'm not considering places like Vancouver that are near mountains, but not in the mountains.

Innsbruck
Banff
Annecy

Whistler and Jasper are honourable mentions.
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Old 02-08-2019, 05:27 PM
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Location: Ontario
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Why 10,000 feet? Whistler has a mile of vertical and is the largest ski resort in North America with true big mountain skiing. The town is at 2,200 feet. The lifts top out at about 7,500 feet.


I've skied Valle Nevado a bunch of times and I've spent a lot of days in Santiago over the years. In the northern hemisphere, it wouldn't make the top-100 let alone top 3 in the world.


My list?


Aspen is the obvious winner in North America. Bring money.


Europe is a really tough call to pick a #1. I'm torn between Lech/Zurs in the Arlberg and Chamonix. Call them #1 and #1A. That's my top 3.


If you're making me pick cities, Vancouver wins if you're allowing a sea level city and 7,500 foot mountains. You can ski and sail on the same day. Geneva and Zurich would be my European choices since the mountains are right there.



I spend a stupidly large amount of time in Denver on business. 15 or 20 years ago, it might have made my list. Not now. It's way too congested. I have a bunch of ski friends who have moved to Salt Lake City. The skiing is superb and really close if you live up on the benches but Salt Lake City is too weird for me. I really like Santa Fe. A capital city. Ski Santa Fe is a fun little ski area.
Taos Ski Resort is not too far from Santa Fe...very good skiing.
And you’re right about Santa Fe Ski Basin...lifts start at almost 10,000 ft base to near 12,000 ft
Santa Fe Baldy summit is 12,632 ft.

Agree about Vancouver....7,500 ft you mentioned is highest elevation for the ski lifts ...but the nearby mountains,
just a few kilometers away are much higher, close to 10,000 ft
Like Mount Weart 2835 m (9,302 ft) and Wedge Mtn. 2895 ft (9,497 ft).

Even at Zurs/Lech/Saint Anton ...all very good ...I skied there ...
the mountains and lifts top out below 10,000 ft.

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Old 02-09-2019, 04:22 AM
 
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Not sure what youíre calculating ....base elevation of town to highest nearby mountain?

If so ...I think your calculations might be a bit off....

For example, Chamonix, France...a town Iíve been to and know well.
Chamonix is at 3,395 ft ASL....nearby Mont Blanc (highest mountain in the Alps) is 15,780 ft tall
The elevation difference from the summit of Mont Blanc to Chamonix is 12,385 ft
On your list you put 14,957í within 50 (miles?)...makes no sense...Mont Blanc is not that far
from Chamonix anyway....less than 10 miles.
And for Albertville, France you indicated 15,115í...what mountain is that?
This is actually from the website Weather Spark. I'm not sure it's perfect, but what their website has is the variance in elevation (highest and lowest), within 2, 10 and 50 miles of basically every single city on earth. So, the reason you see the higher variance is because it shows elevation below not just above. Which, I do think helps to form a more complete picture, also, rather than just looking up, because then results would be unfairly skewed against cities that are at higher elevations to begin with. Mont Blanc is at 15,781, which tells you that basically, within 50 miles of Albertville, you can be at both the highest points in the Alps, and near sea level. That's the way I take it, at least.

Another high performer among country capitals is Vaduz, Liechtenstein, with 5,010 ft. of elevation variance within 2 miles.
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Old 02-09-2019, 04:29 AM
 
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Some places that are around mountains from a town perspective, and just are absolutely stunning:

Gudvangen, Norway: https://www.google.com/search?q=Gudv...oonV-nLd54SiM:

Hallstatt, Austria: https://www.google.com/search?safe=s...Be-YbX3m8DlQM:

Annecy, France: https://www.google.com/search?safe=s...Zaj3BJlBsOL7M:
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