This guy's spent a lot of time on High Rustler, I guess.
That's just not true in the Rockies, dude. It is often the case in Europe. Have you ever skied in North America? Just asking.
Also, your standard of finding powder "a day after a dump" isn't, well, much of a standard at all. Go to the Okanagan Valley, hell, go to Powder Mountain. You can find powder, real powder, a full week after a dump. Don't tell me you can do that at Zermatt, unless you're skiing with a guide.
Not to dump on European skiing, I do a lot of it and love it. But there are misconceptions. For example: why are vertical drops bigger in the Alps than in North America? Largely because, when US/Canada resorts were developed, they were started from scratch. So planners chose a good place to stick a lodge and lifts where there might be good skiing, and worked their way up from there.
Many (most) European resorts are built above existing, historic towns (which explains why, by and large, they're way more charming than US/Canada resorts, some French and Italian monstrosities notwithstanding). But, often the best skiing doesn't begin until 500, 600, 1,000 meters above town. Hence the "home run" in European resorts, which you take back to the village at the end of the day, but otherwise shun. Witness: Verbier, Zermatt and, God help us, St Anton, the worst home run of them all.
Edited by prickly - 1/28/10 at 4:17am