I live in Utah near red rock country where you see red rocks and river rafting scenery like that depicted in Whitewater I have done river rafting trips on the Colorado both in Cataract Canyon (near Moab in So. Utah) and the Grand Canyon.. probably the exact type of areas where the art and theme came from. Whitewater reminds me of the fun and memories of those trips which is why I sought out the game and love the theme.
When I see white, snow capped themed mountains replacing the red rocks with a translite and playfield of desert, red rocks, and people in swimming suits/rafting gear, I have to laugh. Who rafts down rivers in the middle of the winter?
Just my opinion but the white mountains and snow White water was a bad idea born out of a yearning desire to somehow incorporate the abominable snowman yeti into this game. It was not a good idea as that is a different theme altogether.