First off, this posting relates strictly to those resorts in California and the resorts of Colorado within 2 hours of Summit County. All other resorts remain uninvolved; although, in my mind, Jackson and Revelstoke are magical places with all the best qualities I am about to discuss.Unless you work or study marketing, you have no idea what we feed to you. I say "we" because I work in ski resort marketing. Luxury stays, snow reports, photoshoots, these are all things we do to get you to want to stay with us. A lot of the things we tell you are true, some of the things are not, and some things just aren't whole truths. If the mountain is expecting 50 mph gusts all day, do you think I'm going to read that in the snow report? No, I'll say there is some wind. If you hear wind with out a mph attached to it, from any resort, expect it to be windy. Having lived in both Mammoth and Summit, there is something that every person in Summit county seems to know--Sierra Cement. I have found it quite difficult to find anyone out here who has ever skied in "Sierra Cement." The majority of the population assume it is heavy powder that is far less superior to the champaign powder that lightly covers all of Colorado's beautiful mountains. Sadly, this is what some marketing department did many a year ago to keep Colorado the ski tourist destination and all of you have it stuck in your heads as the truth.Fact of the matter is, most of my experience with Colorado powder have consisted of two types of powder. The first feels just like it did in Mammoth; easy to turn, enough of it that I don't feel solid ground, and sure to bring a fantastic day. The second type is the glorious champaign powder which comes in spurts of 4 inches, likes to hide moguls and the moment a gust comes, gets carried away with the wind. Sure I've found some nice wind loaded areas, but these areas are just that, areas. To further disqualify this myth, the people who are spreading it often have some of the fattest skis around. The Sierras may have been a bit more difficult to ski on a powder day when the skis that were out there were only 75 mm under foot, but that just isn't the case any longer. A wide ski will float you through even the heaviest of snow. Strong legs and an understanding of how to maneuver also help.The Sierras have another thing going for em; they are steep. What makes a black diamond run in Summit County is moguls. Otherwise the vast majority of resorts don't have much to offer in the realm of steep terrain. The Sierras, on the other hand, are steep and moguls are few and far between. It isn't hard to plow through 2 feet of fresh powder when you are on an open face with no one around on what would easily be one on the steepest runs in Summit County. Of course, I'm not saying that the Sierras are better, just different and undeserving of the negative stigma that was put on by Colorado resorts. Summit county is a great place for park. The smaller snow totals give the pros significantly more park days. The mountains are mellow and great for the 7 days a year tourists. The villages and towns are superior in the eyes of the tourist, to anything in the Sierras. There are slow signs where people actually slow down. There are a ton of resorts in a pretty accessible area. But if you still tell me you would rather ski 3 inches of Colorado snow over 3 feet of Sierra snow, you've got a problem.


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