Colorado is fun and all. I've certainly had some good snow there. But no way is it first tier with respect to snow. I say this based on reasonable experience and looking at historical data. If I wanted to bet on blue sky, CO is a top contender. If I want early season skiing, the WROD scene is a solid bet. But if I'm placing a bet on connecting with powder - especially meaningful amounts with enough substance that it is not just eye candy - CO is no way on the list.
Its reputation is based on marketing campaigns. Collectively burning, at a guess, tens of millions of dollars a year. Clever ones employing techniques like trademarking "Champagne Powder" and producing western themed posters. And for most places in the state - blowing lots of snow. While I admire a good professional set of marketing campaigns, I'm not gonna get roped in just 'cause.
While CO hit the jackpot in 10/11, on average it is just not a winner when it comes to snow. Simple as that.
I do agree with you about Monarch though. Awesome hill.
That's just wrong. The snow in Colorado is definitely some of the lightest, driest around. It's not as abundant as other locations, but the quality is not just marketing.