Originally Posted by volantaddict
The only European I've ever skied with, makes a point of skiing in North America for several weeks every year, hmmm.
I've never skied the Alps, but I do know that big, bald, mountain tops hold less attraction for me than dodging trees, and I'd just as soon drive the interstate from Missoula to Alberton as dodge Eurocarvers for 30 minutes per run on some uberpiste in the Alps.
The only Europeans you meet in North America are the ones who love North America, so of course they're going to spend as much time there as they can. It's just like the Americans (of which I am one) and Canadians you meet in Europe are those that love Europe, so they try to spend a lot of time there. All you're going to get from either group is biased opinions, like asking Trekkies for their opinions about the best TV shows. Not surprizingly, you'll hear all about Star Trek, Stargate, etc.
One notable thing I've found having grown up skiing in CO but having spent the last three winters skiing Europe: in the really good resorts in Europe, you're skiing with
the other skiers rather than around
When skiing on-piste in the Rockies (Steamboat, Winter Park, Crested Butte, etc.), before I ever started a run, I would always have to wait for everyone to fall over and come to a stop just to make sure they wouldn't clatter into me mid-wipe out. After that, I would ski around them as they gathered up their yard sales. In places like Verbier and Val d'Isere, I don't have to wait for everyone to wipe out before I feel safe starting my run. Most of the people there stick to the runs they are able to handle, rather than going completely out of control down a trail they've got no business skiing on.