if you went to bear creek to ride anything but park, then you are a fool.
blue is the iciest around, and thats a fact. i know many passholders that hate the grooming at blue. it has to do with their snow/water mix and lack of educated groomers.
jfbb rarely has any ice. elk does not, sno mountain, nope. even bear creek has less ice then blue. i want blue to be good, their trails and lifts are great, but between the ski patrol issuing tickets for going to fast ON A BLACK DIAMOND, shotty grooming, and short season, i just cant drop the kind of money they ask for a pass, especially when a half hour further at jfbb i can get a pass for half of what blue offers, and ride powder in the glades, open bounds policy, and impeccable grooming and snowmaking. (being open november - may doesnt hurt either)