The other guy strikes me as a bit of an aggro jerkoff, so I am paying him no mind. I used to be 19 and able to ride all the time (100+ day years) too and would get territorial about my mountain (Stowe).
Help me out with another thing if you would.... I keep hearing that the snow on Hood is pretty "heavy", does this mean slushy? or is it just really dense? or should I form my own opinions through the season.
I'm sorry, I really don't mean to sound like a jerk, but how do you ride a 100+ days a year and not know about conditions at some of the most popular/talked about resorts in the world?
Pacific North West snow is usually "wetter" on powder days. It has more water content than more central-west states and resorts. Such as Colorado, Utah, Wyoming etc.
It all has to do with location, being close to the ocean vs. close to the desert.
Wetter/heavier snow takes a little more work to board, but you get more steep terrain because the snow sticks better.
But you get a good trade off in the PNW with year round snowboarding, at least at some resorts.
Honestly, it's completely pointless to "form your own opinions" when you have never ridden any other western resorts. You'd need some Utah, Cali, Co, BC experience to even begin to form a valid opinion....
Either way you are going to be blown off your ass coming from the east ( and especially not even knowing about western resorts!) so enjoy your new and improved life.
Also I attempted to sound as unbiased as possible with that snow report, so yeah.