Skiing Colorado vs Skiing in the East

Skiing in the East


Skiing back on the East Coast vs skiing in Colorado out West??  Is there even a comparison?  I found an article on CBS website about skiing back East vs skiing in the West and I thought it would be a good piece for the Winter Park Lodging Company blog.  I have never skied back East but Sarah, my lovely wife, grew up right by Seven Springs back in Pennsylvania and she tells me it is not a place that you would want to ski after skiing in Colorado.  The problem as Sarah tells it is that back East you are basically skiing ice with some crust on top and it is not uncommon for it to rain when skiing.  That does not sound to thrilling to me.

We here at Winter Park have some bone chilling weather at times but it is always a dry cold.  -5F, no problem, put on an extra layer and the skiing is great with all the snow we get here.  Our coldest days seem to be when the skies are blue so by afternoon the sun has warmed everything up.

Winter Park is mentioned in the CBS article and here is what they have to say:

“The moguls are much bigger and, perhaps more importantly, softer, in the West. The Mary Jane section of Winter Park, Colo., is known for moguls sometimes referred to as ‘VW Beetles’.”

I know quite a few people who have learned to ski back East at resorts such as Killington, Mt. Snow, Sunday River and Waterville.  All those, that I know, are very good skiers.  Is it that the treacherous ice and extreme adverse conditions teach skiers a different way?

The differences between skiing in the East and West are significant and many: altitude, acreage, snow and weather are all different, starkly so at times.

The bottom line is, get out here to Colorado to come ski some snow.  Not ice, not rocks and not dirt but Gods’ own powdery white fluffy snow that we get a ton of here in Winter Park, Colorado.

One Reply to “Skiing Colorado vs Skiing in the East”

  1. You have to get the right skis for the state. I skied out west with some élan race skis that sink in powder but rip on packed snow and ice. Plus with the extra oxygen in the air you can get more runs in 😉

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