If only you guys spent a season out here, you'd know how all wet you really are.
In the last month, there has been a bunch of under 6% moisture content powder fall in Wa. state. Some as low as 3%!!!!!
The average at the top of Crystal, is around 9-10%, I'd say. It could be less. Utah's average is over 8, I think. Taos and one or two other US areas are lower.
Heck, I've even skied chest deep 4% fluff at Alpental, 5400-3200 foot elevations.
Over half the time, when it snows, it's pretty light, but seldom does it stay light or dry out. It often warms up and/or fog comes in, which draws moisture right into the snowpack.
I've hundreds of photos of skiing deep light pow to back up this "outlandish" claim. I'd post some, but I've yet to go digital.
Best three ski days ever were Dec 8-10 1980.
It had snowed all week, with a brief warming Wed am. I arrived at Crystal Friday to greet 4-5 feet of fresh fluff, incredibly consistent and light. Most of the time, all you could see of a skier was his head and shoulders- or nothing but spray. After 6 more inches of 3% dust, the sun came out Saturday. It was still waist deep and light even on the south slopes. Sunday, the backcountry finally opened, it was orgasmic. especially in O Meadows!!!!!
A week later, it started raining, and the season totally went to pot.
Then, there was the rare 44" overnight dump of 3% at Mission Ridge. Landed three cover photos from that day....... But that's another story....