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post #451 of 1619

Something else the West has over the NORTH East is comfort.  It's pretty damn cold, brutally cold many of the Eastern ski days.  I know it can get cold out West too, but not for two months continuous.  I still say East is pretty freakin great compared to MidWest.

post #452 of 1619

Yeah it sucks here in the east.

 

Don't come...

 

post #453 of 1619

It's not a blanket statement to say that the Cascades and the Rockies are higher than the Appalachians, it is what is known as a factual statement. Just like saying Beech Mt. has only 95 skiable acres.
 

Originally Posted by iWill View Post

I'm not spinning anything. or justifying anything. Just pointing out that blanket statements can't always be thrown out there and expect to stick.

post #454 of 1619

Oh, the East coast skking.  As someone who spent a few years driving from Boston up north almost every weekend, I knew EC skiing fairly well and enjoyed it quite a bit. Then I moved to the West, and ...oopss...   The biggest difference in my opinion between EC and WC is the variability of the snow.  Every day I get out on the snow here in Tahoe, I am seeing something different, and that snow changes throughout the day and from run to run, making the chase for good snow interesting and meaningful.  Most of my days in the East, I was skiing the same damn bulletproof packed frozen mank.  The only option for something different was moving to the edge of the run closer to the trees where you could find some softer snow scraped by the skiers who go in the center.  That gets really old really quickly.  Also, one other thing I really dislike about EC skiing is how crowded the runs are and how fast most people go. EC skiing is just so much more dangerous than WC skiing.  I came to visit my family in the EC and we went on a ski trip a few years ago, on my last run I realized that I am going stupid fast on a narrow icy slope right next to 10-15 people doing pretty much the same thing...  

post #455 of 1619

I love these threads. I really do, 'cause I love skiing and I've skied all over. I've had some of the best ski days of my life in the East. But I'd of course rather ski in the West, like most of you. I could be a real snob and say the Alps blows away everything in North America, but that's not really true.

 

Nice Mad River video, BTW.

post #456 of 1619


 

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Originally Posted by steamboat1 View Post

Yeah it sucks here in the east.

 

Don't come...

 


 

Ah yes, the obligatory "the one day of that winter that it wasn't 6 inch of boilerplate" video comes in on cue.

 

(FYI - 40+ year least coast veteran)

post #457 of 1619

To be picky, it  did look like the base was on the firm side there. Still, a powder day on Lynx is pretty special.

post #458 of 1619
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post


 


 

Ah yes, the obligatory "the one day of that winter that it wasn't 6 inch of boilerplate" video comes in on cue.

 

(FYI - 40+ year least coast veteran)


Id say at stowe this year there was 50+ days we skied legit untracked snow, with 10 of those days being legit face shot powder. then again I am willing to go up and besides the resort to ski. 

 

and for the haterz here is another day

 

 

this was a 12inches of heavy snow @ wildcat no faceshots from snot

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another great day in Hellbrook 2-19

 

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hellbrook again early feburary

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sunny Bluebird blower day early feb

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Late janurary 4 day storm cycle these are inbounds as well

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on Starr 

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Goat woods

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December 10th ESA warm up me on a closed nosedive

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same day dowork on top

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December 7th Planet X double waterfall notice teh skier buried? he is standing up....

 

 

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these arent even every storm day or everyday we skied powder, these are just about half of what I got pictures of. skiclimbfishbum I am sure has at least 15 other days of powder skiing. so by my count we have picture proof we skied powder 30 days.

 

Maybe your hatered is due to your crappy timing?

post #459 of 1619

All very true.

 

This also highlights the weather forecast as being one of your best friends, along with maybe a few reliable unofficial sources on how things are really looking in a given area.  

 

Aside from being mindful of what actual conditions are likely to be, wherever you're considering, also actual learning an area is more important than what that area is.  Going to MRG and not knowing where to ski the trees would suck on a good day.  But, going to a major Colorado area that got 15" overnight and thinking it's skied out by mid-morning would equally suck, and a lot of people do exactly that.  

 

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Originally Posted by prickly View Post

I love these threads. I really do, 'cause I love skiing and I've skied all over. I've had some of the best ski days of my life in the East. But I'd of course rather ski in the West, like most of you.

 

Nice Mad River video, BTW.

post #460 of 1619

BWPA wrote: "Id say at stowe this year there was 50+ days we skied legit untracked snow, with 10 of those days being legit face shot powder. then again I am willing to go up and besides the resort to ski."

 

I'm not trying to knock Stowe, quite the opposite, you had this skiing last year & it was a bad snow year at Stowe. Just goes to show how good eastern skiing can be. They had more snow in southern & central VT. last year which isn't the normal pattern. 

 

By the way that video I posted of Mad River was shot 2 days after the storm. I had a great powder day at Killington the day of the storm & decided to hit Mad River the following day. To my surprise & delight the single chair was closed the day before & all that powder was just laying there still, talk about luck...

post #461 of 1619

Average Annual Snowfall: 

 

Stowe 333"

 

Alta 500". 

 

That's almost an extra 13 feet of snow. East Cost skiing does not suck, but it is hard to argue with the fact that a lot more snow equals better skiing.  That is unless, like CTKook, you are comparing groomed runs, which is where the majority of skiers ski.

post #462 of 1619
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Originally Posted by steamboat1 View Post

BWPA wrote: "Id say at stowe this year there was 50+ days we skied legit untracked snow, with 10 of those days being legit face shot powder. then again I am willing to go up and besides the resort to ski."

 

I'm not trying to knock Stowe, quite the opposite, you had this skiing last year & it was a bad snow year at Stowe. Just goes to show how good eastern skiing can be. They had more snow in southern & central VT. last year which isn't the normal pattern. 

 

By the way that video I posted of Mad River was shot 2 days after the storm. I had a great powder day at Killington the day of the storm & decided to hit Mad River the following day. To my surprise & delight the single chair was closed the day before & all that powder was just laying there still, talk about luck...


I know we were about 100 inches down and the biggest storm of the year sucked! yeah I know the southern Vermont resorts got much more last year I am hoping that changes(sorry Dowork)

 

 

 

 

post #463 of 1619
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Originally Posted by Ice Queen View Post

The East has atmosphere. If I had to live out west (again) in the summer I wouldn't be happy. Brown, barren, blech.



Never been to the coast, eh?

post #464 of 1619
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post





Never been to the coast, eh?


Must be the case.

 

http://www.google.com/images?q=BANDON,+OREGON&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi

 

Bandon.jpg
 

 ...and if you eat some of the mushrooms that grow on this coast, you will see PLENTY of colors.

post #465 of 1619
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Originally Posted by steamboat1 View Post

Yeah it sucks here in the east.

 

Don't come...

 



I've skied MRG a few times when I was in NYC for college. Great trails, and great crowd at pretty much a museum for North American skiing. That immediate area around Waitsfield, VT has some great skiing as well. Spent a lot of weekends up there while I was in school.

 

Spring and winter breaks though? You betcha I was flying out west. There are some great east coast ski areas, but they just cannot compare to anything in the Rockies or Sierra Nevadas.

post #466 of 1619

Josh-    I skied 4 years in the East, and I was as dedicated to skiing as a late-20's guy could be while having a job, career, and starting a family.  I can count the number of powder days I got with my fingers.  Important caveat- I have not ventured outside resorts that that time, so I am sure I missed a lot of good powder there.  But now in the West I don;t need to venture outside to get good powder enough days to justify owning a powder ski.    A funny story: a relative recently moved from West Coast to NY, so I gave him the obligatory story about East Coast ice, he went skiing the first time and lucked out to get 4 feet of powder, so he sent me the nasty text about how I misrepresented the skiing heaven in the East (yah, that obligatory shot of the once-a-year powder day).  By the mid-season he shut up and started planning a trip out West:-)

post #467 of 1619
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post




I know we were about 100 inches down and the biggest storm of the year sucked! yeah I know the southern Vermont resorts got much more last year I am hoping that changes(sorry Dowork)

 

 

 

 



DOOD!  Don't be jinxin' us!!!   Don't worry, this year there will be plenty to go around...  

post #468 of 1619

Ah, waterfall action...

post #469 of 1619
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Originally Posted by guroo270 View Post

Bandon.jpg


Is that where Northrop got the inspiration for the B-2?

post #470 of 1619


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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post





Never been to the coast, eh?

America's Best Beach? Expert Says In N.C.

 

 

Here's the 2007 list:

  1. Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, Outer Banks, N.C.
     
  2. Caladesi Island State Park, Clearwater, Fla.
     
  3. Coopers Beach, Southampton, N.Y.
     
  4. Hanalei Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
     
  5. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Mass.
     
  6. Hamoa Beach, Maui, Hawaii
     
  7. Main Beach, East Hampton, N.Y.
     
  8. Coronado Beach, San Diego, Calif.
     
  9. Lighthouse Point Park, Daytona Beach, Fla.

 

I don't see many West coast beaches in the list.  Year after year NC is in this list, thinking it was Wrightsville last year. 


Now back to the never ending other arguement

post #471 of 1619

I think I'd take Hawaii, no matter what the f'ing list says.

post #472 of 1619

I don't want to belabor this, but I wasn't thinking about beaches when I made the post.   There was a post about how brown and shriveled up it is "out West" in the summer and how much better it is in the East.  Well, it ain't brown and shriveled up on the West Coast at any time of year from Northern California to Alaska.  Consider these pics and remember, what some people call the "West," we call East.

 

Notice that is't not very shriveled up, all pictures are taken in the summer.

 

From my front porch in the summer:

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From just south of my house in the summer:

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From just east of my house in the summer:

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Near my cabin (100 miles SE of my house):

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My cabin, in the summer:

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Green we've got.

post #473 of 1619
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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post

Josh-    I skied 4 years in the East, and I was as dedicated to skiing as a late-20's guy could be while having a job, career, and starting a family.  I can count the number of powder days I got with my fingers.  Important caveat- I have not ventured outside resorts that that time, so I am sure I missed a lot of good powder there.  But now in the West I don;t need to venture outside to get good powder enough days to justify owning a powder ski.    A funny story: a relative recently moved from West Coast to NY, so I gave him the obligatory story about East Coast ice, he went skiing the first time and lucked out to get 4 feet of powder, so he sent me the nasty text about how I misrepresented the skiing heaven in the East (yah, that obligatory shot of the once-a-year powder day).  By the mid-season he shut up and started planning a trip out West:-)


it seemed to be the majority of powder days this year were on weekdays as well. there were some weekend days that were just downright unfun to ski on trail. offtrail despite being powderless it was still iceless as well.

 

if you flexiable and hit first chair(or in some cases first skin) youll get more powder days than someone out west who only skis weekend.

post #474 of 1619

Wow, rainforests are green?

post #475 of 1619
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Originally Posted by epic View Post

Wow, rainforests are green?



Yes, they are, but none of the pictures I posted were taken in a rain forest.

post #476 of 1619

Posaune, you live in a real sh**hole, you have my pity.

 

And it all just goes to prove the original point of this thread, which was, what, that a lot of us don't know what to do with our time these days?

post #477 of 1619

There was a point to this thread?

post #478 of 1619

Well, we did get to see some nice photos. I miss the PNW.

post #479 of 1619
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post

 

Green we've got.



Don't get me started on how much better the GREEN (or purple) is out west than out east. Can I post those pics on here?  It is legal in CO.  

post #480 of 1619
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post

I don't want to belabor this, but I wasn't thinking about beaches when I made the post.   There was a post about how brown and shriveled up it is "out West" in the summer and how much better it is in the East.  Well, it ain't brown and shriveled up on the West Coast at any time of year from Northern California to Alaska.  Consider these pics and remember, what some people call the "West," we call East.

 

Green we've got.

Agreed, and at least the mountain areas don't get all those dreaded earthquakes others out West get.  However, there is this little occasional issue:

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