Their snowboard instructors are actually snowboarders...

Corbin Clement, a snowboard instructor at Windells camp, Mt Hood. Photo: Windells

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...instead of skiers in disguise

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They build proper parks…

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...like actual proper parks...

Photo: Brian Finestone/Whistler Blackcomb

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...instead of just paying a bored Frenchman to poke piles of slush around with a shovel

Photo: Tom Ewbank

They have 'lift hosts' who ensure every chair is full…

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…so there’s less of this

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Plus there are fewer people…

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…and more of them are snowboarders

Photo: Matt Stensland / Keystone Kid of the Week

They open up a lot of the backcountry…

Photo: Silverton Mountain

…so you can ride more of this

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But it’s still patrolled…

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…so you don’t have to worry so much about this

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They believe in service with a smile…

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…instead of sneering the whole time

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A regular apartment looks like this…

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…not this

Photo: Le Prariond

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And hot-tubs come as standard

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...so you can party like this

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Or like this if you prefer

Photo: Distratify.com

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In a lot of states this is legal…

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…and even where it’s not, they all do it anyway

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And when you get hungry You can get almost any food you want anywhere - sushi, steak, you name it…

Photo: Whistler White Spot Restaurant

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…as opposed to everywhere serving cheese, cheese and more cheese

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Plus the portions are enormous, and cheap...

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...and they even give out free cookies and hot chocolate on the slopes!

Photo: Epicski.com

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