Originally Posted by vail99
I have skied La Grave. Verbier, St Anton, etc.. and yet to have anything compare in the US. Yes we have better weather, less hectic liftlines and sometimes better snow- but Europe has real ski villages, MUCH better food, massive mountains where you can ski virtually anywhere, ambience, and more authentic ski culture. And if the snow is bad- Hey!, your still in Europe!
Also in my experience the French are fine outside of Paris and very welcominh in the Alps- unless you act as the ugly Amreican.
On thing I notice it that you rarely see the dumps in Europe that you see out west. The 4-5 feet of pow in UT and WY, etc we see, rarely happens in the typical European resort, they tend to get a more consistent snowfall that accumulates over time. Exceptions exist of course (we had massive snow in Chamonix a few years back) but I've had more teets deep days in UT alone than in all of Europe. This is the best thing about the US. The best thing about Europe is the availability of easy top acess off piste and lunch.