People who think the East is better than the West are in denial.
That is fact.
I live in the East and would never boast about it to someone that lived on the other side of the US.
The altitude is higher.
The snow is lighter.
The mountains are bigger.
There's BC in the West....don't think the East even has any OB terrain.
If it does, I'm sure it doesn't warrant having to be fully certified in avalanche rescue and the lot.
Again, the ONLY thing the East provides is excellent training ground for downhill racers....that's it. You subject someone long enough to FAR less than ideal conditions, and of course they'll be a MUCH better skier than someone that has been more fortunate.
And speaking of ski towns, the West destroys the East as far as personability and friendliness is concerend, along with any other category you wanna throw in there. I've been to just about every resort out West and have nothing but great things to speak of the people, the staff, the locals, etc...in fact, I can't even think of a single complaint. On the other had, the opposite at times can be said for a decent amount of resorts in the East.