That's patently not true.
Look, TGR may not be to everyone's taste, but people here are mistaken if they don't think that people there are any less passionate about skiing, or less skilled, or less knowledgeable, or even less caring for others. Collections have been taken up, and personal care has been extended for people down on their luck - I haven't seen that here. It may have happened but I haven't seen it.
Technically, TGR is every bit as good or better than Epic. The tech talk forum is excellent. Outside of racing or instruction the higher level of technical advice is at TGR - off-piste, backcountry, and avy knowledge is so much higher there. If you're into resorts and mostly piste skiing, this is the place. The TGR fishing forum is great, and the TRs there in particular blow my socks off.
Epic is more helpful to beginners, and more tolerant time-wasters, but there are just as many jerks here. TGR has a much better sense of humor, and it isn't completely ribald. TGR is much better at self-moderation - I think fewer people are banned and more are driven out (appropriately) than here. Mistakes are made in both places.
But there are people there I could count on for all kinds of help if I needed it, not so much here.
And in an effort to keep this on-topic, Phil and sometimes Tricia post there, quite comfortably.
Epic is great for what it is, but it's not particularly warranted when people get smug about Epic being better. Like I said, no accounting for tastes, but don't kid yourself that it's so much "better" here.
I can't speak for anyone else, but I never said that people there are less passionate, less skilled, less knowledgeable, or less caring. I even pointed out a section I find valuable. What *I* said and feel is that I don't enjoy the interactions there, so I don't go there. *FOR ME*, Epic is better, even though I know very well there are some topics where TGR members have more insight - it's just that I won't ever ask the question there, because I can't deal with it. I stopped going there when after I'd dipped my toe, some a**hole made a comment about my boobs based on my username. That had never happened - had never even occurred to me - in 15 years of participating on internet fora, usenet, and mailing lists with this username/domain name. Maybe google microaggressions. It's exhausting to deal with.
And as for virtually no long term female posters - well, I guess that depends on your definition of virtual. There are far fewer than there are here on epic, and epic isn't exactly 50/50.
So - thank you, Epic, for not being a cesspool of microaggressions and macroaggressions. Thank you for being a place where I don't cringe at the idea of participating. It may be a low bar, but it's an important one.
That's why I said - twice - that it's all about taste. You just confirmed my point about that.
Edit to add: I've been insulted and trolled about as much here as on TGR. And I'd argue that there is more than enough microaggression here.
Are you saying that a woman who has a problem with being treated the way bounceswoosh describes above is somehow motivated by "taste?"
It's a matter of "taste" in your opinion? What kind of "taste" finds that kind of comment OK? Your kind?
Look, I've been insulted plenty and treated poorly here. Maybe you or b-swoosh haven't, but I didn't say it's okay here or there. My point was, and is that Epic isn't so much better than TGR.