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Sounds like Rtc knows his shit, so what he has said about north america sounds solid. I can't help anyway, never done a season over there. What I will add is that you should think pretty carefully about Val d'Isere/Tignes.
Now, I'm sure your first reaction is likely to be "fuck that, everyone who does seasons there are there for the wrong reasons"- and to a great extent you would be correct. However, this works both ways- sure, it isn't easy to find other people who are as obsessed by riding as we on here tend to be, but they still exist, trust me. On the plus side, the fact that so few people are there to ski means that on powder days (of which there have been a ludicrous number these past 2 seasons), there are laughably few people competing for fresh pow. Like seriously, it's absurd. What makes it doubly absurd is that the terrain on offer is simply staggering, hugely underrated in fact.
here's a few examples of the rad terrain there:
Recent development: the park. Since DC, coreUPT and various other sponsors have jumped on board, plus a shaping team that is really on the ball, the DC Valpark is now one of the best in the Alps. It really is dope. In fact I would say that there is no better big mtn terrain/terrain park combo in the alps right now- sure, Cham has the true gnar, Laax has the park, but for a comination, look no further.
Here's a vid of the park:
Give it some thought if I were you- extra bonus: language isn't an issue, jobs are easy to come by and nights are fun.
prices are the same as they've always been- its only now that the pound has become monopoly money against the euro that it's expensive- however, it's no biggie- all you have to do is work for a french company, preferably a bar, therefore get paid in euros, which makes the poor exchange rate irrelevant. a bar is by far the best place to work- not only do you get to meet loads of people this way, but also you get to drink for nearly free all over the town.
i don't even know why i'm saying this, i like the fact that VD is full of punters for the reasons i listed previously. but seriously, on the evidence of the last couple of seasons, you'd be nuts to go anywhere else.