First I'd like to say that it's summer, I'm finally on vacation, quite boring at the moment, and therefore I decided to rant a bit
I'm still fairly new to the epicski.com community but there's something that I notice come up quite often, threads asking for ski equipment recommendations for a specific geographical area (East/West coast, Oz, Alps, etc.)
I have skied for almost 20 years in several countries, and one thing that really never different from place to place is snow. What I mean is that ice is ice, independently from where you are, same goes for powder and everything in between.
So what is the point in specifying a location?
A ski does not change its characteristics and skiability depending on the location, rather it will behave differently depending on the snow conditions and the skier ability.
My 200mm underfoot twin tip full rocker 220cm long powder beast will be amazing in alaska's big mountains, in the beautiful alps, and any other swatch freeride world tour location. On the other hand it will suck big time on the fast runs on Lake Luis, Kitzbühel, and Bormio.
I understand that sometime the location is used to indicate general snow conditions, slope steepness and so on... but does it really matter?
If I had to give an advice on which gear is most suitable for a skier what I need to know is first the skiers level, then his preferred activity (carving, back mountain, park, etc), and finally the budget. I really don't care if it's going to be used in Colorado or Kenya (yes there's skiable mountains there)
I'm not really sure where I'm going with this, but I'd like to hear what you guys think about it?
Does it bother you? Never really thought of it? Is this thread completely pointless?