The world is a vast, yet tiny place and although the climates, cultures and skin tones vary greatly from place to place, there are an awful lot of similarities between Americaland and Euroland. It’s almost like we descended from the same primate or something… But because making broad generalizations about places, some of which we’ve never actually been to, is almost as fun as loading up a boat and crossing the Ocean – we present the following list of US States and their European counterparts. To save ourselves a little bit of brain power though, we’ve mostly focused on the states/countries that have actual snowboarding, unless we came up with a really clever comparison.
Tulips mostly. Also Seattle is pretty much our Amsterdam these days. If Washington could just get a snow dome or two, then we’d really be onto something, but I guess we’ll have to settle for Mt. Baker.
Cali livin’, brah.
California = France, Spain and Portugal
California is just too big to be one European country, but the culture, food, wine and coast line of Northern California is the Mediterranean. The beaches and chill vibes of Portugal are San Diego County, Spain covers the rest of So Cal, with Barcelona being the Spanish version of LA. That leaves France to cover Napa Valley and the Bay Area – which means Paris is definitely San Francisco.
Alaska = Iceland
Just like Alaska used to be Russia, Iceland used to be Denmark. Lots of people go there, but very few people are actually from there, and as a result the locals have to be very careful to make sure they don’t hit on their own cousins. Also, polar bears.
Hawaii = Monaco
Tropical paradises, essentially. And while the Helgason’s are summering in Monaco, Shaun White surfs in Oahu.
If you’re still mad at Colorado, blame Vail Resorts!
Two insanely beautiful places with some super sick mountains, where people like to drink (and drive) and give very few fucks – but are just a wee bit behind the times.
Nevada = Turkey*
Legit snowboarding in Tahoe that we can parallel to the expansive mountains of Turkey, and Vegas is definitely Istanbul.
We missed posting this one last year, so watch it now!
Utah = Germany
Ski nazis = actual nazis. This one may feel harsh to Americans, because Mormons are generally super nice people and Utah is home to the best snowboarding in the world, but history is the real asshole in this case.
Idaho = Finland
A cold place no one needs to visit unless they like to play in the snow, with a city that’s almost really cool but just never will be because… it’ll always be in Idaho. That said, both have solid snowboard scenes and have turned out some serious talent over the years.
The Flat States
An artsy flick about how to make the most of life in a barren wasteland.
North Dakota = Mongolia*
A vast wasteland with lots of unusable snow. That is, unless you’ve got a snowmobile and/or a winch.
South Dakota = Romania
They’re both a lot more interesting than you’d think.
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