And if any of you spend much time in Mammoth is the "velvet" in Alaska comparable to what we get? i.e. high water content.
I never hear Alaska's snow compared to Tahoe's Sierra Cement, so I'm wondering what the difference is.
Alaskan velvet is high water content snow, that gets dried out as super cold air behind the storm sucks the moisture right out. IT can happen anywhere and I have seen it in Utah and stowe. sierra cement falls wet and stays wet.
I much prefer it to champange powder. Its is lighter and dry but higher density and tend to let you skis more dynamically as going fast on it actually lets you float up to the top.