Originally Posted by KevinF
I've skied a variety of (in)famous bump runs "out West" as well (Pali's, Deep Temerity area at Highland, etc.) and those bumps didn't strike me as being any bigger.
Were the bumps noticeably bigger during the "straight ski era"?
Huge bumps tend to need huge dumps- and in general 275" ski areas (like the western areas you just mentioned) aren't going to give you that. Lots of snow and lots of skiers to turn that deep snow into nice deep troughs.
Also, bumps established in large snow storms will be larger, not just in height but area- the troughs being established when skiers are making nice long sweeping turns because the resistance of the deep snow dictates such.
The final component is Spring- those troughs unfreeze and get scooped out, digging nice and deep. The best bumps tend to come in shorts and t-shirt skiing weather.
If you want huge, legitimate VW sized bumps, hit up a ski area that's got a LOT of snow in Winter, and in spring has seen a nice long warm sunny dry spell.
The bumps at Wolf got pretty amazingly big this year- we got up to a 90" base, which is low for us but enough, and then March was dry and warm for almost the entire month- slush bumps with no reset storms. In a few places, the moguls were armpit deep and beyond.
I remember May Ramrod bumps at A-Basin last year being everything I could handle. They weren't the size of Oldmobiles, but instead were very tight and surprisingly deep- enough that I usually couldn't fit in the trough with my 118 waist daily drivers (which I consider very capable in most bumps that I ski- including the aforementioned Wolf ones). I described them as "relentless."