Hi. Have a multi-part question. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I'm a relatively new snowboarder who rides mostly alongside a friend who's a very experienced skiier. We've been to Park City Mountain Resort twice in the after New Year winter and both loved it, in large part because of how well-rounded a resort it is: enough green and blue runs for me to have fun and challenge myself and enough black runs for him to venture off and experience some good powder. Mostly we stick together though.
We're returning to Utah in early December for a few days and were wondering what PCMR is likely to be like then, and also what other good options would be. (The tickets have already been bought and are a part of a return trip to the East Coast, where we live, from a work trip out west--so we can't delay the trip until conditions are more ideal.)
We realize the obvious options for early December are Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons and totally want to explore them. There is some hesitation though, and any direction would be greatly appreciated. Our primary concerns are as follows:
1. Snowbird looks awesome and big, but we're concerned it's going to be too advanced overall for me; I was a pretty solid blue rider at the end of last season after 9 days (ever) on mountains. To give a reference point for those familiar with PCMR, I was handling blues like Thaynes Canyon, the King Con Blues quite well, and was making my way down Payday without falling. I was no longer falling on the greens by the end of the season.
2. Solitude and Brighton look less intimidating than Snowbird, but they also look quite small. I would hate to have to get on lifts every 10 minutes because the runs are so short.
I am likely going to need a bit of time (half day at most hopefully) to get under my feet again, I realize. So I guess my questions are: is Snowbird too advanced for a rider like me? Looking at the numbers according to On The Snow, Snowbird seems to have more green+blue terrain than Solitude and Brighton have overall terrain (individually). But are those green/blues really a different standard (and considerably more difficult)? Will I spend those days falling and miserable and never get under my feet? Are Solitude and Brighton too small to really get some good runs in at my level? Or are they small but well laid out?
Any direction would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.