Originally Posted by 209AZ
I have been using reading this forum for quite a while now and have come to regard it as the font of all skiing knowledge.
However,in many threads,there is a reference to someone skiing in the East or West and the differences this makes.
As someone who lives in the UK,could you explain what these differences are so as to put certian topics into context.
Hi 209AZ from the U.K.,
East = big hills, West = mountains
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It would be something like the difference between skiing in Norway (below tree line, like Eastern North America) and the European Alps ( above tree line, like Western North America) but on a smaller scale.
The places I’ve been to in the East: Tremblant, Mont St. Anne, Le Massif, Bromont, Sutton, Jay Peak, Whiteface and in the West: Whistler, Lake Louise, Sunshine, Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper, Breckenridge, Keystone, Winter Park, Alta, Snowbird, Canyons, Park City , Deer Valley, Snow Basin. Besides the higher elevation, longer ski season, weather and the snow, the big difference for me is the wide open above tree line bowl skiing you get out west. My favourites are Parsenn Bowl at Winter Park (minus the long lines on that slow double chair), Continental Divide and Goats Eye at Sunshine and Harmony Bowl at Whistler. If you ever visit North America I would recommend Whistler, it’s the best it gets on this continent.