My girlfriend and I were just out in Ogden, UT here's the rundown:
Day 1: Snowbasin. I skied it alone as she had a work commitment in Ogden. Loved the place! great terrain, great food, great lodges, incredible bathrooms....sucky snow. (Snowbowler you were right about the John Paul chair.) Too low and exposed I think. We wanted to ski there later in the week but they only got 2" total all week. I will ski return when there is fresh snow.
Day 2: Alta. We had to drop her colleague off at the airport in SLC so we headed up Little Cottonwood Canyon and skied the legendary Alta! I have been before but not in a long time and not enough to really know my way around. We started on the Collins lift and skied a groomer, then back up Collins and onto the high traverse for some bumping. We found crusty crud and nice loose snow but as it hadn't snowed in 10 days, not a lick of pow. We took an adult advanced clinic; 2 & 1/2 hours for $65 per person. It's supposed to be a backcountry, trees and powder kind of thing , but as I said - no pow. Still fun and a great value as we had our own guide/instructor showing us around the mountain from 1:30ish until closing. Thanks Dave we really enjoyed it and you found us some really nice snow too!
Dinner with friends at The Red Iguana in SLC - highly recommended!
Day 3-6: Powder Mountain. Once we got to Pow Mow we never left! Day 1, Friday, it was getting ready to snow. The show finally got underway around 3 and we had close to an inch by the the we left for the day. It was good to have a day where we could see the lay of the land because visibility was not so much for the next few days. This was just fine because this fluffy white stuff kept falling from the sky! By the time the sun came back on Sunday we were finding plenty of knee deep powder! Though it did not snow a ton for being socked in for almost 3 days, they ended up with about 15 or so inches of top of a mostly soft base.
Pow Mow is not an incredibly challenging hill, but there are some nice steepish faces and tree shots and a few places that would qualify as pds: pretty damn steep. The attraction is that it is so spread out and you can ski anywhere. It is the perfect place for an aging powder hound like myself who likes a little steep with some cruising, interesting places to hike to, and mellow enough that my creaky knees can handle multiple days on boards. Oh, the salads at the cafeteria are amazing as well.
Here is a video/slide show I put together. It is all Pow Mow save for 5 stills from Alta at 1- minute into the video. The skier in red is my girl. There is only one shot of me and a few of my skis.
The music is "Kid" by Cry Cry Cry.