Originally Posted by poutanen
How does heavier allow for steeper pitches? I'd think it'd be the other way around?!? I was on a 100% slope (45 deg) last spring in the back bowls of Lake Louise. My GF was complaining about the slush at the bottom of the resort, I went up to the peak and hit some of the best runs of my life!
I've got a buddy in Vancouver so one day I'll have to catch a seat sale and hit up some of the hills there. Maybe after I've had a taste for it I'll want to tour my way down into Oregon and the other states...
what you experienced is a function of temperature gradient thru elevation. higher = colder.
warmer snow = wetter = more cohesion. think of packing a snowball with wet vs superdry snow...