Aware that I'm piling on here with Whiteroom and Beyond (at least I hope I am). Not personally bent out of shape about this in any way, but trying to provide a perspective.
Originally Posted by ecimmortal
Why is it that so many easterners have such a huge complex about ski recommendations/reviews that aren't really targeted at them?
I can answer that (again). It's not a "complex." It's not religion. It's not in the least about having a problem with what other people like to ski on, if those people have made informed choices for their needs and preferences. It's about the jarring cognitive dissonance between two things. Thing one is how lift-serviced alpine skiing is described when we read about it here on the internet and in the ski mags, including on BlisterGear. Thing two is what those of us who live and ski here in the east - yes, even those of us who occasionally cross the Mississippi - have observed, with our own eyes and ears and feet, over decades of personal experience, about the conditions in which the overwhelming majority of half the American skiing public skis, 98% of the time. Those two things bear little relationship to each other. This would be a quaint side note if if weren't for the fact that eastern skiers are not exactly some scant fringe group with warped agendas, waiting for the Rapture or something.
You talk about reviews that "aren't targeted at" easterners, as though it were always made crystal clear who the target audience for these things is, and that it isn't all skiers. (And in the case of the "two ski quiver" review on BlisterGear that ExoticSkis pointed us to, I infer that it's tailored to what has to be a tiny subset of obsessive skiers, regardless of location, who expect regularly to be skiing in 18"+ of fresh snow.)
There is an irritating nuance to how the media cover skiing in this regard. Much of the coverage, which assumes that the reader will be skiing in conditions that are ideal even for the west, clearly is targeted at eastern readers. Specifically it's targeted at making them think that the sport is warmer, sunnier, softer, easier, and more suited to fat skis than it actually is, in practice, for that half of the audience. In reality that half of the audience spends huge amounts of time in dark, cold, scratchy, gritty, conditions. It's sort of like if every time someone here mentioned a bar, it was just assumed that the audience would understand we were talking about something like the the bar at the Four Seasons, or at the Little Nell, or Plonk in Bozeman. Lovely as those places are, they are, for very real reasons, not what MANY (not a few) of us think of, when we think "bar."
If there is an issue, it's that precious little media coverage of any aspect of skiing is ever targeted at easterners. Instead, most coverage is targeted very much at westerners (and, I suspect, at a pretty small subset of them), without ever calling out that fact explicitly. It's only natural that this should cause a mix of confusion and defensiveness among the large fraction of the skiing population that lives and skis primarily or exclusively in the east.