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haha. first of all, this thread is retarded, sorry zach.
second of all, you have no idea. in my opinion the terrain is SO much better here at Eaglecrest than UT, or MT (the only states i can personally contest to). Ive skied the Alta/Snowbird, and it really dosent compare. We have everything they got(minus utah powder, ours is heavier), plus more fun features literally EVERYWHERE. you go out baldy or something at Snowbird, and its sick, you can find some gnar stuff, but everything around it isnt nearly as cool. Plus our features are literally everywhere. I dont really know how to describe it, but like sure you can find steep tree runs in the PNW, but its like just steep and trees, with maybe some cliffs here and there of differnt sizes, at Eaglecrest we have all sorts of random nobs, hits, pillows, bumps, gullys, chutes, natural cliffy spiny things- some are double+ stagers, and so many other random fun things, and more challenging things than down south. and you dont have to go anywhere to ski this terrain, its right there, everywhere. if you want big cliffs without trees we have lots of thoses that are a short hike or traverse away as well, followed by trees that dont even compare to down south's. and way less people here, which I love.
Now ive never skied Jackson, and it has gnar stuff, eaglecrest does also, but from what ive seen of it it has the cliffs/cliff bands and big chutes, but theres so much more than that here, as well as all that if you want it. maybe you can let loose more on those cliffs, because they have such big nice looking landings from what ive seen, and we dont have as much of that unless you hike. we have lots of tech cliffs though, with sketch take offs and some small, weird landings.
To each his own, but i dont think you can say that terrain down south is "way sicker" than Eaglecrest.
Plus i hate all the scattered little rocks down south, in Montana particularly. We have scattered little tress tho, but they get buried and are very fun!.
we dont directly get paid by oil companys, its complicated, but the Perament Fund Divident gets its money from our natural resources, by allowing companies to take some of them, but they have to pay some. The PFD invests that money and is always building a account to keep the state running if the resourses ever become invaluable, and a small portion of the money made off of the investments each year is averaged over the last 5 years, and thats divided to every resident that applies. Usually between 800-2000 bucks per year to each person.
Thats a simpled down explaination of how it acually works, probably more than you wanted to know, i dont remember most of the details from my AK history class in highschool haha