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I can not think of any place in the US where lift-accessible powder lasts even half a day.


I don't know about USA but there are definitely places in Canada. Especially if you know the resort well enough. There was what we call a sleeper pow day in kicking horse a couple of weeks ago (couple of cm forecast but woke up to more like 20-25cm). Patrol said there were only 400 different lift tickets scanned that day (some of those only did a couple of laps before work). Pretty much fresh tracks all day. Of course you are not going to get that at somewhere like Vail or Jackson hole.

Also at most bigger resorts they stagger opening different areas as they get cleared for avalanche control so it's possible to get fresh tracks in each area as they open. Of course some knowledge of the hill and luck is involved.
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Well I have done a little research about Japan (and a couple of trips there) and while seasonal accumulations in quite a number of areas does exceed 10m Seki Onsen which is often reported as getting the most snow in the country averages about 14m and the most in the last 10 years was just over 17m so where the 20m idea comes from i have no idea
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@Whitegold, ...“annihilates”, “pecking order” Puzzled
Darling, we’re talking snow here, not Iran.
Is your first name Donald or so?
Please retain some style.
In the meantime I’m enjoying my splendid cappuccino, on this stunning terrace with dito view in Lech.
Still having nightmares about those US coffees looking like tea...
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boarder2020 wrote:
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I can not think of any place in the US where lift-accessible powder lasts even half a day.


I don't know about USA but there are definitely places in Canada. Especially if you know the resort well enough. There was what we call a sleeper pow day in kicking horse a couple of weeks ago (couple of cm forecast but woke up to more like 20-25cm). Patrol said there were only 400 different lift tickets scanned that day (some of those only did a couple of laps before work). Pretty much fresh tracks all day. Of course you are not going to get that at somewhere like Vail or Jackson hole.

Also at most bigger resorts they stagger opening different areas as they get cleared for avalanche control so it's possible to get fresh tracks in each area as they open. Of course some knowledge of the hill and luck is involved.

Yeah the further you are away from cities and population centers, the better for powder preservation. Then you can have those surprise days where the weather over-performs the forecast. I've seen it happen many times but if you're near a population, word spreads and they come. Canada is almost certainly better than the USA in this regard, but I'm sure there are a few smaller, more isolated places like this in the US. 25 years ago Big Sky Montana (and many others like it) was such a place... but no more. These days word of powder spreads like wild fire on social media.
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Langerzug wrote:
@Whitegold, ...“annihilates”, “pecking order” Puzzled
Darling, we’re talking snow here, not Iran.
Is your first name Donald or so?
Please retain some style.
In the meantime I’m enjoying my splendid cappuccino, on this stunning terrace with dito view in Lech.
Still having nightmares about those US coffees looking like tea...

I miss American coffee terribly (NOT STARBUCKS)! Simple filter coffee. Large mugs, savor it for 20 minutes, get it anywhere, no fuss. And bottomless at any Diner.

I think Europeans have gone mad with their coffee pretentiousness. Expensive, tiny, fancy machine-made, ridiculousness. Free tap water and a large filter coffee for me please (not a watered-down espresso Americano)!!! Mad Mad
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altaski8 wrote:
Simple filter coffee. Large mugs, savor it for 20 minutes, get it anywhere, no fuss. And bottomless at any Diner.


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 Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
altaski8 wrote:
I miss American coffee terribly...Large mugs, savor it for 20 minutes, get it anywhere, no fuss.


Isn't that an over-enthusiastic Oxford comma? Surely "Large mugs savor it for 20 minutes"?
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Isn't that an over-enthusiastic Oxford comma? Surely "Large mugs savor it for 20 minutes"?

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boarder2020 wrote:
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I can not think of any place in the US where lift-accessible powder lasts even half a day.

Also at most bigger resorts they stagger opening different areas as they get cleared for avalanche control so it's possible to get fresh tracks in each area as they open. Of course some knowledge of the hill and luck is involved.

It still doesn't last half a day. It last just as short a time window. It's just the "window" maybe in the afternoon.

However, there're actually plenty of resorts, or I should say mountains, that powder last a full day, or even two. It's just most people haven't heard of them because they're not "resorts"! Monarch, Homewood, Whitefish... to name a few
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