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Europe versus US?

Who knows the biggest differences in winter sports in Europe and the US? How can we compare the slopes and level of difficulty of the mountains, etc.

Heard parks in US are a lot better, is it true? And what about Aprés-ski?


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What I have learned from the majority of Europeans I have talked with on the chair, bars, etc out in Colorado:

1.) Parks are better
2.) Way less crowded (even on the crowded days they comment on how much room there is to turn).
3.) Dry snow.
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This is what I've heard from a few sponsored riders I've run into in Europe:

1. Parks are bigger and better in the US

2. Consistency and quality of snow are better in the US. Breckenridge (I think) was mentioned as having the most consistent conditions day-in day-out - kind of like going to a skatepark - you always know what you're getting.

3. The volume of snow/powder is bigger in North America. One pro explained this is a big reason behind riders usually going bigger in the US - better conditions for not hurting yourself.

days not on snow in 2011: 11
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conditions are way more consistent in the US. way more snow and higher quality snow. european resorts have way more vertical typically. many euro resorts have 6000 vertical while the average in the rockies is more like 3000.

north america is the best skiing in the world is the bottom line though.
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