We felt the same way last year when we went. And sometimes to get from one lift to the other to get higher up the mountain you had to take your board off and walk it. Canyons was better we felt, except never having to use a tow rope at our resort, we were at a loss as to how to work the one at Canyons as one of the blue runs has an uphill and set up a tow rope to get you up the one section to the top and we laughed hysterically as I was trying to work it - finally gave up and walked up the hill! lol I was afraid I was being videotaped and would be on YouTube for ALL to laugh at! And for the life of me I could never get off the Orange Bubble chair lift without falling! Each time the lift operators said you will do it this time and boom - fall - was too much of a slope for this old time boarder! lol
actually went there today. the lift setup is stupid (IMO) and more than once i ended up on someone's property because of the mountain layout but otherwise canyons was much better than park city. the rope tow was...a learning experience for sure.
regarding it being too cold to snowboard; i get what you mean. there were moments where i was thinking, "WTF i SWEAR i'm standing on slope right now. why am not moving?!?!"
You never noticed the snow being somewhat sticky when its really cold, like single digits? It has somethinhg to do with the snow not melting from the friction of your board going over it and having the water act as a lube. Its science dude.
Nope, I've never experienced that. My location is a clue I guess.