Originally Posted by nathanvg
It’s only 14 bucks so if the weather looks good I’m thinking about skiing there before doing a full ski day at one of the bigger mountains on Saturday.
Its hard to beat $14, but I would pay close attention to what their snow condition is- the area is located on a hill in Middle Park (the large open area North of Winter Park where Fraser/Tabernash, etc. are located) and it is both less protected and gets much less snow than the surrounding area because it isn't part of a mountain range to draw the snow out.
I skied there once. I had a free pass, there was no fresh snow in Colorado, and my dad wanted to come, and he's strictly a groomed run green/blue skier. I am a guy that usually really likes small ski areas, but I despised this place. The whole area is operated as a giant billboard to sell real estate at Granby Ranch, so expect to see pitch signs on every wall and every lift tower. The day I skied there, they had runs open that required hiking to avoid base damage- go halfway down the run and find a bare patch edge to edge (and dirt in the trees/scrub).
The mountain is very, very , very mild- generally green runs are bunny slope difficulty, blue runs are no more difficult than the easiest non-bunny hill green elsewhere, and black runs are easy blues. Virtually everything sees a groomer, and the "difficult" side of the hill is mostly scrub instead of trees, so no hunting glades for you, even if there is enough snow. The easy side of the mountain is pitched so flat that 3" of snow would probably be enough to stop the skis.
I'm not saying not to go- Night skiing is a different animal. But this hasn't been a wonderful ski year for that area of Colorado, so I would try and get a good idea of actual conditions (just because they say a trail is open doesn't mean it is skiable) before going.