How To Tell The Difference Between An East Coast Skier and A West Coast Skier

Lindsay Hayden | | Industry NewsIndustry News
Fresh snow for Killington
A good day at The Beast of the East. Photo courtesy of Killington Resort.

Ever since I was pizza-ing and french fry-ing, I’ve been skiing on the Ice Coast. Blaring snow guns, granular ice, and bracing for impact are just a few images that come to mind. It wasn’t until I was nine years old that I got my first taste of West Coast skiing. After that trip out to The Bird, I was forever changed. I couldn’t get enough of the world of endless pow and fat planks that lay beyond the East Coast.

I love both coasts and their mountains for different reasons. Having a boot in both worlds has allowed me to quickly spot a true East Coast skier from a true West Coast skier. So, here are the top five differences between the Beasts of the East and West Coast Best Coasts.

When you’re riding up the lift…

East Coast: “It doesn’t sound good down there *scratchy, granular ice sounds*.”

West Coast: “If the lift stopped here, I could totally jump off into this pow without getting hurt.”

When you’re talking forecasts… 

East Coast: “The snow feels like cement today.”

West Coast: “*gets 6 inches of snow the night before* It’s only dust on crust.”

When you’re buying new skis…

East Coast: “What’s your best all-terrain ski?”

West Coast: “I need nothing less than a 100mm underfoot.”

When there’s ice…

East Coast: “Heard it’s straight ice fields out there today *still attempts to stomp the double backy*.”

West Coast: “Avoid the packed pow dude, it’s looking rough out there.”

When planning a ski vacation…

East Coast: “Let’s go to Colorado!”

West Coast: “I heard Alaska’s the new West.”

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3 thoughts on “How To Tell The Difference Between An East Coast Skier and A West Coast Skier

  1. *West coast skiers never seeing ice their lives* what the hell is this hard stuff in the ground bro? * east coast skier skiing ice everyday* ahhh! What a nice day the ice is just white not blue!

  2. West Coast: “It’s really icy today; you can hear the skis when they turn.”
    East Coast: “If it isn’t clear it’s not ice; it’s only hardpack.”

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