|Originally posted by Mal@hood:
oh, one last thing ... No there really isn't any place better than Utah when the snow cover is there ... When I die, my soul is going to hang out under the Supreme chair at Alta! There are just so may people there now that it is hard to justify the trip. Still some of the best terrain in the world!
Utah is Overrated. New England has the best combination of Snow, Terrain and accessibilty.
Utah has snow and accesibility but everything is so wide open that even on the steepest runs you can traverse out of trouble. Where's the challenge in that?
Colorado has monster liftlines and the same terrain problem. Everything (with the exceptions of Winter Park and Telluride) is way too wide. Narrow and bumpy is where true challenge lies.
Sierras? They are hit or miss. If you hit on dry snow there's nothing better anywhere. But you are just as likely to be stuck in 5 fresh feet of mashed potatoes, and there are the crowds (except maybe at Kirkwood or Mt. Rose).
Now before everybody gets all pissed off, I'm not knocking your home mountains or meccas (depending on where you live). I'm just illustrating that the East, whether you like it or not, stands tall in all areas except overall vertical. But even there, do you really use the full 3000+ vertical on every run? I doubt it. We regularly a full 2000+ here, on every single run, sometimes top to bottom bumps or tree skiing. All I'm doing is doing away with the myths. So dont freak out on me. I know the skiing is good there. The skiing is good everywhere remember?
What's out west that actually attracts me? Not much:
Winter Park - the bumps of sweet mary jane
Taos - bumps and nearly eastern trees with no boarders
Turner Mountain - as raw as it gets, no electricity, no phone, a porta-poddy for a bathroom, a wood stove for heat, $15 lift tickets, 75% true expert terrain, narrow eastern style trails, tight hardwood and conifer tree skiing, a newly installed 40 year old double chair as the only lift, and almost contant storms
Alta - I suppose I'm "supposed" to make a pilgrimage, but I'll only go because I approve of old style areas (applies also to Taos)
I don't like wide open spaces. They give me vertigo. I'll take 15 foot wide garbage chutes through tight trees, lined with VW sized bumps over that stuff anyday. It's just plain more challenging.