point taken. there's no comparison for the altitudes, lengths of each descent, prevalence of open bowls, steep rocky chutes, huge cliffs, etc. so really, why bother?
The east in general offers a sense of intimacy in the woods, because with the exception of tuck's, its all in the woods. I love montana, the big-sky state, but being in new england, skiing just a few inches of new snow in tight trees makes you appreciate what you have. Its a true stereotype that easterners will, on average, ski happily with less snow. Its still skiing, and while our brothers to the west certainly love to get their shred on, the entire process has more flexibility. If you want to huck your meat or just cruise groomers, a skier in the rockies can chose their challenge for the day. Often in the east, just setting an edge in ice, on the most heavily groomed trails, is no minor feat.
And again, with the exception of tuckerman's, there are very few avalanches out here. I've taken my courses, and think that far more skiers globally should do so. However, I don't have the gear, and until I migrate to bigger mtns, I'll enjoy going anywhere with a dusting of snow and enough spacing between the trees, without my transceiver.
Enjoy the ride.
dude it's NS. I take everybody for a 14 year old park rat until proven otherwise- Bangor