Well, it looks like some assumptions were made that I didn't intend (although I have to admit to foreseeing a few of them).
I never said that JH sucks--it's a fun mountain, particularly when there's good snow (which I was fortunate enough to enjoy for most of the time I was there). And like I said, it certainly equals any other N. American mountain (that I've seen) for good drops.
I also can't really comment on the backcountry as I didn't sample too much of it while I was there and stability was a big issue almost until I left (I had to leave before I intended due to injury).
But, I would still call it overrated for the simple fact that it is often spoken of as a place without equal--in fact, that's essentially what the sign at the bottom (the caution about 'this mountain is unlike any other you've ever skied') says. There are comparable, if not better, mountains elsewhere (leaving Europe aside).
So in my first post I never said that there were better areas in the U.S.--I said JH was overrated and was asked (in response?) what U.S. place was better.
As far as what the maggots have to say, I can't speak for them and haven't searched for the old thread, but I believe Snowbird, Alta, Baker, Crystal, Squaw, and Kirkwood were on the short list of mountains that potentially out-Jackson Jackson (I'm excluding Canada, AK, and Hawaii
As far as terrain at Whistler goes, without being too specific, I can recommend some of the shots off Chainsaw Ridge, the Spanky's material, Fraggle Rock for a more secluded Hobacks-like experience, DOA if you're brave (or stupid), Trevor's if you're really brave (and like to hike), etc.
And it seems like someone thought I said something about S+S--I only said I never touched it, and it looks pretty scary to me.
edit: to clarify, I meant to say that Whistler sucks. It's too crowded, it rains all the time, the snow is too heavy, Canadians don't like Americans and don't speak English, and anyone who's cool goes to JH anyway.[ September 05, 2002, 11:10 AM: Message edited by: Philth ]