First of all, I would like to thank Bill Miles, Jgiddyup, Marznc, JoeUt and Shredhed for helping me choose my destination in Utah. This was a first ski trip out west for everyone in the family but me and my first to Utah. It certainly wont be the last as we had a fantastic time and conditions while not Epic provided some great skiing at times and always alot of fun.
After a fairly laid back day with sunny skies and spring conditions on Sunday things started to improve with snow throughout the day Monday and a larger dump Monday night which was reported t about 13 but was definitely more on certain areas of the mountain especially Honeycomb.
The place certainly lived up to its name with minimal crowds as this view from the Sunrise lift shows . This was about 21/2 hours after open!
Tuesday was great from a skiing perspective but really exposed me personally for the weaknesses in my abilities as i quickly realized deeper powder and especially chopped up crud/powder are a whole different set of skills. However things started to click and here is me coming down Paradise Lost on Tuesday
Honeycomb was great but we only really accessed it from the easier Buckeye Junior and Black Bess gates as my wife has skied a grand total of 6 times and I wasn't comfortable taking her on the double black gates when I wasn't feeling so confident about myself in these conditions.
A view from the canyon floor after a little excursion in the trees
The Solitude Ski school was also amazing. This was my 9yo son's first year boarding and after three days of lessons he was shredding like a pro and went down 4 black diamond runs including Honeycomb with me on the last day. Granted he had had about 10 lessons back home at Snowshoe but I was amazed at what they did with him and my youngest.
Im determined this one is going to ski!!
Despite some slushy late afternoons, we skied a ton and had a great time every day. Will definitely go back to Solitude again.
Thanks again to all the Epic Ski members who helped me plan this amazing vacation.