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We arrive on Saturday….. Looks like its pretty dry up there…… How is the snow holding up?

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Originally Posted by snowrider View PostConclusion - People there are all very strong skiers (I would say that they are stronger than the skiers in the East with the same level.)  Maybe they are used to big mountain and steep terrains, or maybe they have been skiing deep powder since kids.  I don't know ... that's how I feel that the two L2-tobe friends (Ian and Cam) are much better than me in today's condition.

 

My take is a little different.  I find the average skier on the slopes in Vermont is better than the average skier at a western resort.  Probably due to the fewer number of visitors from warmer climates that only ski a few days each year.  Eastern expert skiers are very good technically.  They have to be due to the firmer average snow conditions and tighter terrain.  Expert terrain in New England is bumps, steeps and trees.  No big open bowls here.  Powder days are less common, but I've seen some very good eastern powder skiers.  I suspect a good eastern skier would do much better on a western powder day than a good western skier would do on the expert terrain at a New England mountain.     

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In general maybe. Individual maybe not.

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Hey Jim, it could be when you visit the western resorts, you're not seeing the best of the locals where Eastern skiers go.  Sometimes the best spots are not immediately apparent to visitors and intermediates.  The western resorts attract skiers from all over the world and U.S.  Assuming the hacks you see on the frontside are representative of locals, could be a mistake.

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 My take is a little different.  I find the average skier on the slopes in Vermont is better than the average skier at a western resort.  Probably due to the fewer number of visitors from warmer climates that only ski a few days each year.  Eastern expert skiers are very good technically.  They have to be due to the firmer average snow conditions and tighter terrain.  Expert terrain in New England is bumps, steeps and trees.  No big open bowls here.  Powder days are less common, but I've seen some very good eastern powder skiers.  I suspect a good eastern skier would do much better on a western powder day than a good western skier would do on the expert terrain at a New England mountain.    

I'd have to respectfully disagree.  I've taught skiing both in New Hampshire and Vail.  Eastern skiers do better on hardpack and ice for sure, but crud, powder, bumps leave most falling short.  Crud, especially, which the Rockies gets a lot is especially hard on an easterner.  I find that bumps, too, are much different in the west than the east. 

 

Just my two cents.

 

Bob

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My take is a little different.  I find the average skier on the slopes in Vermont is better than the average skier at a western resort.  Probably due to the fewer number of visitors from warmer climates that only ski a few days each year.  Eastern expert skiers are very good technically.  They have to be due to the firmer average snow conditions and tighter terrain.  Expert terrain in New England is bumps, steeps and trees.  No big open bowls here.  Powder days are less common, but I've seen some very good eastern powder skiers.  I suspect a good eastern skier would do much better on a western powder day than a good western skier would do on the expert terrain at a New England mountain.    

About skiing bumps, I feel that the bumps in the West are (maybe) easier than those in our East ski resorts.  It's how I feel that they have soft big round bumps where we have icy hard eye shape deep dumps.  I do enjoy skiing bumps in the West than that of the East.

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