Just got home and am thoroughly exhausted! Some thoughts before I pass out. (Just for reference this trip was a group of boarders plus one expert skiier)
This was an awesome mountain and as always we rode every lift and checked out the entire mountain, from groomers to chutes/trees, even a few tram rides and the trip through the tunnel. Conditions were rough since the remnants of Tuesday's storm were long gone, so mostly hard/crusty stuff remained. We managed to find a few good turns over in the Peruvian Gulch area and some slushy ones off the various mineral basin cliffs. But hey, it was bluebird and I thought to myself several times that day, "Man this place would be incredible on a pow day!"
No offense to any loyal locals, but we were all severely underwhelmed despite the beautiful bluebird weather. I know some might say it would be different on a pow day, but in reality any mountain is better on a pow day. The problem was we just didn't like the way the ski area is laid out nor the terrain, and we rode every lift and went pretty much everywhere. Even driving by it on the way to Brighton today, after 7" overnight, we could see how the mountain was already looking tracked out.
Sunday: Park City
Originally we had no intentions of visiting Park City at all. People I know personally and whose opinions I trust have all unanimously poo-pooed this place. Yes, everyone there is a tourist, but in the end we decided to check it out anyways, partly so that we could check it off the list, and partly just to see this mega-resort for ourselves. I'm glad we did, as we came away pleasantly surprised, despite the vibe that was clearly...let's just say different than over in the Cottonwoods. It's a huge mountain where everything not on the frontside was pretty good (yeah, the entire frontside pretty much sucked). It was snowing hard all day, albeit a bit wet/heavy not to mention thick fog, but nothing we're not used to coming from the PNW! We thought McConkey's bowl and Thaynes might yield good terrain--NOPE. Where we really found success was over in Jupiter Bowl. We spent the majority of the day lapping that lift, traversing/hiking either side, and finding fresh turn after fresh turn.
Originally we had only planned to ride 3 days, but with the Sunday/Monday storm, we decided to add another day and agreed on Brighton. I am really glad we did on both accounts! We woke up to 8" overnight which is far from epic, but combined with bluebird weather, easily made for the best day of the trip. We spent the entire morning hitting rock drops and cliff drops off Milly Express. Sure, none of that stuff is big enough to really impress anyone, but was big enough to get your heart racing. We did a few runs off Great Western which was pretty good, but found the most enjoyable turns racing through the endless trees around Snake Creek Express and Crest Express. Sure I snagged my brand new jacket on a tree and blew out the seams, but I would still go as far as to say that today was definitely among the top 3 days I've had all season in terms of fun factor.
Bottom line, Snowbird and Brighton get 2 thumbs up!
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16 Flow Talon . 14 Flow Hylite
Last edited by Triple8Sol; 03-05-2013 at 12:33 AM.