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Old 07-09-2012, 10:05 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Generally speaking, you get heavier snow fall totals the closer you are to the coast. As you move inland, the snow fall amounts back off, but the snow quality is of a much lighter and drier snow. It also ratchets up the avalanche danger though. It really depends on what you want to ride. Some people will argue that the lighter snow is ideal. The blower stuff is great and riding it in the deep feels like you are on a cloud. The wetter coastal snowfalls tend to dump a lot more snow, and the avalanche danger generally stabilizes withing 24-48 hours. It also sticks to much steeper lines. That is why Alaska has become to big mountain rider's mecca. So positives and negatives to either option.

I personally don't care, 2 feet of fresh snow is awesome. Regardless if you are riding a wetter Maritime climate or a super dry Continental climate. You'll still have that shit eating grin on your face.
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