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  1. #226
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    I was extremely humbled at both Jackson Hole and Revelstoke.

    Places with the worst skiers? Wachusett here in my backyard, and I've never seen so many people bring their skis into the lodge than at Whiteface. Though the next two are great places to ski and have tons of really good riders, i was surprised with how many crappy skiers I saw at Taos (texans) and Squaw.

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    The Taos Wedge Kings are something else though. Beginners wedging down a super steep black run, no fear at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJG View Post
    The Taos Wedge Kings are something else though. Beginners wedging down a super steep black run, no fear at all.
    That was me way back in the day. Trying to make it down a black gladed sun baked run a couple of days after 18 inches of snow--maybe Longhorn, I made turns by grabbing trees as I passed them to pivot around them.

    Not as bad as the cougar in a white one piece and cowboy hat who tried to make one turn at the top of Castor, fell and bounced all the way to the bottom. And then went back up and did it again, with the same result.

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    Places like Snowbird, JH, Squaw, Revelstoke, Whistler, Big Sky and Aspen have many locals who are phenomenal skiers. Places like Vail, Aspen, Park City, Heavenly and Whistler have locals who are great skiers, but they also have a lot of Gerrys who come into town and try to ski on stuff that is way above where they should be.
    My personal experience is that the place that has the most diverse (best and worst) skiers in NA is Aspen. The Bird edges JH and Squaw for the most dedicated rippers (while I hear a lot about Revelstoke), and Killington, and maybe Hunter have a lot of really poor skiers
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  5. #230
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    Mountain High, trash. Actually just about any resort outside of Mammoth in socal is full of gapers.


    Interesting to see Telluride not come up much especially with the huge proliferation of steep terrain there, but it definitely gets a huge amount of traveling $$$$$$$ tourist. Going to be cool hitting up a bunch of Rockies resorts this season as my barometer is tuned to Tahoe and Squalpine / Kirkwood breed some amazing talent.


    Quote Originally Posted by skifishbum View Post
    seems like an assload of average to beginner skiers are skippin the resorts completely and just going straight to the bc these days
    Yup, have a friend who started skiing that way. One of those people who buys and talks about gear more than uses it, and overestimates their ability level severely.
    Last edited by NorCalNomad; 11-13-2019 at 09:36 AM.
    TLDR; Ski faster. Quit breathing. Don't crash.

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    Stowe has a healthy amount of good skiers. Not knock your socks off big line skiers or anything. But lots in their 40s, 50s, 60s that have the technical ability to ski most places and look good doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorCalNomad View Post
    Yup, have a friend who started skiing that way. One of those people who buys and talks about gear more than uses it, and overestimates their ability level severely.
    What's his TGR username?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaytaeMoney View Post
    What's his TGR username?
    LOL, she'd make people on here seem quiet and humble.
    TLDR; Ski faster. Quit breathing. Don't crash.

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    back in the mid 80's I remember at big white people didnt ski the pow all that much, if you wanted to ski pow you needed to ski hard & be in shape lifting weights and shit, but technology made it way easier for a soccer mom to ski better probably starting with the Volant chubb, same with the current crop of skis they are all great, I helped the GF get some wide skis and she is really having alot of fun so we got her a pass this year
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    I had skied a little in SE Michigan but when I moved to CA I skied BC before I started skiing resorts. Given the gear available at the time what I was doing was just slightly glorified XC skiing and it sucked. Or at least I sucked.

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    Whatever ski resort I show up at, the total average level of skier quality goes up about 0.0001%. And that's on a good day.
    "We don't beat the reaper by living longer, we beat the reaper by living well and living fully." - Randy Pausch

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorCalNomad View Post
    Yup, have a friend who started skiing that way. One of those people who buys and talks about gear more than uses it, and overestimates their ability level severely.
    Wow...I feel personally attacked...

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    Quote Originally Posted by f=ma View Post
    Wow...I feel personally attacked...
    I'm sure I have friends who feel that I'm also "One of those people who buys and talks about gear more than uses it." But at least it's part of my job to up to date on things like that.
    TLDR; Ski faster. Quit breathing. Don't crash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorCalNomad View Post
    I'm sure I have friends who feel that I'm also "One of those people who buys and talks about gear more than uses it." But at least it's part of my job to up to date on things like that.
    I've come to terms with the fact that half the fun in a hobby is collecting shit.

    God forbid if I start mountain biking.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by f=ma View Post
    I've come to terms with the fact that half the fun in a hobby is collecting shit.

    God forbid if I start mountain biking.....
    Or fly fishing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schindlerpiste View Post
    The Bird edges JH and Squaw for the most dedicated rippers (while I hear a lot about Revelstoke)
    How do you even pretend to equate something like this? lol... I've spent time at all four of those place (obviously the most at Squaw) and they all have a ton of dedicated local rippers. It's a wash.

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    I think LCC being 30 mins from a major city means there is a legion of unknown ghost rippers just fitting skiing into normal city lives having nothing to do with skiing, whereas those other places are a lot harder to live and the jobs are resort town jobs so there are fewer overall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by f=ma View Post
    I've come to terms with the fact that half the fun in a hobby is collecting shit.

    God forbid if I start mountain biking.....
    Quote Originally Posted by I Skied Bandini Mountain View Post
    Or fly fishing.
    FML I do both on top of skiing.
    I may not have any money to retire on but a garage full of gear.

    Quote Originally Posted by ill-advised strategy View Post
    I think LCC being 30 mins from a major city means there is a legion of unknown ghost rippers just fitting skiing into normal city lives having nothing to do with skiing, whereas those other places are a lot harder to live and the jobs are resort town jobs so there are fewer overall.
    This right here. The average, non flashy looking, non probrobrah guy on the chair at the bird or alta (unless its me) skis better than you or anyone you know.

    I've never skied Tahoe
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    There are a ton of communities surrounding Lake Tahoe, not to mention Reno. With faster or just as fast access to Squaw than the clusterfuck up LCC (yes, we have our traffic problems too). Not to mention Sacramento. Not to mention the bay area, which is a way larger population base than SLC. One of the better skiers on this forum lives in SF, it's worth noting.

    So if you want to go with great local access and great terrain, let's be honest, Whistler probably beats them both.

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    I vote for Squaw as having the most aggro lift lines.
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    if you have to resort to taking advice from the nitwits on this forum, then you're doomed.

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    The average skier in LCC took an ikonic nosedive last winter IMO. Will be interesting to see what happens this year as I know lots of former LCC passholders that made the jump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    back in the mid 80's I remember at big white people didnt ski the pow all that much, if you wanted to ski pow you needed to ski hard & be in shape lifting weights and shit, but technology made it way easier for a soccer mom to ski better probably starting with the Volant chubb, same with the current crop of skis they are all great,

    ...Yeah, Schweitzer was really about the same,even into the nineties. But with the uprise of snowboards and fat skis, it all changed. We used to ski powder for two days without it being trashed out. Now it's basically gone in two runs.

    ....I miss the old days...

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    Mt hood meadows has the highest per capita shitty skiers (while think they’re fucking CHARGING) then anywhere I’ve been. Coupled with the side slipping snowboard crowd....fuck


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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldMember View Post
    ...Yeah, Schweitzer was really about the same,even into the nineties. But with the uprise of snowboards and fat skis, it all changed. We used to ski powder for two days without it being trashed out. Now it's basically gone in two runs.
    Even Baker was that way in the 90s. It seemed like there were more snowboarders than skiers back then, but it still took a long time to get fully tracked-out.

    Baker was under the radar before the record season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Striker View Post
    Even Baker was that way in the 90s. It seemed like there were more snowboarders than skiers back then, but it still took a long time to get fully tracked-out.

    Baker was under the radar before the record season.
    Back in the mid 90s, before I'd moved to the states and when books were still a thing, I was given a guidebook to the world's ski areas. I'd never heard of Baker but remember it waxed lyrical about the undisturbed pow days after a storm available there.
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