Originally Posted by mdf
I would estimate about a third to maybe even half of the days are "loud" days
, when you can hear everyone's edges. (Yes, most people still skid.) Only a minority of those will be true thaw/refreeze ice.Another quarter or so is sticky, wet snow.And maybe a quarter or a third is fresh or a soft packed surface. Better snowmaking means more of these days.
Even on days when the surface is nice, high traffic bottlenecks will often be scraped down to true glare ice.
Red and blue, I affirm as true. Noisy snow is the norm here in New Hampshire. This is especially true if you can't chase the rare Powder Day, if you can't ski any day Mon-Sunday on command.
The statements in green above are an overstatement from my experience. Where I ski (almost everywhere in New Hampshire, some Maine, some Vermont, some Massachusetts), what we call "soft packed surface" and "better snowmaking" is "HERO SNOW." It happens every now and then, but not regularly by anyone's estimation. I ski 50-70 days a season, and am speaking from my experience of snow on Wednesdays, Fridays, Sats, and Suns at different mountains.
Hero snow happens once in a while. When it does, a clumsy skier can be a hero that day, because those stupid skis grip no matter how "under-developed" the skier's skills are. Everyone has a great time. It's totally wonderful. (My inner voice asks: Is it cheating to ski on hero snow? ...yee-ees, it's that bad here.....)
Go out west, and Every. Single. Day. is like that, and many are better. The snow on the trails fell from the sky. It didn't melt then freeze in the last 24 hours. It isn't a mixture of man-made and nature-made; it's all natural. Organic. Pure. Real. I guess they sometimes do, but I suspect rarely do Western conditions match our New England "normal."
Tahoe last year may be an anomaly, from what I've heard.
East vs West is real.
Edited by LiquidFeet - 10/30/14 at 3:27pm