Despite the bad snow year, we had a great time at SV. I knew SV was known for long steep groomers but I underestimated how long they were. Not only do they drop 3k vertical feet but they also keep a constant pitch the whole way down. Nearly all lifts are high speed with no lift lines. The end result was a ton of great groomer skiing.
I would have loved to have skied the bowls but they’ll have to wait (closed due to snow). Anything south facing was grass (even at the summit). A few bump runs were open on natural snow (with rocks). All snowmaking runs were open and well covered.
One word of caution, I skied with several intermediates who ski blues in CO just fine but they struggled on many of the blues and preferred skiing the greens (which they never ski in CO). It seems that SV (bald mountain) is good for upper intermediates and above. They don’t have much true expert stuff either but they have great upper intermediate and advanced slopes.
Overall I really liked the skiing and the town of Ketchum as great too. I’d love to come back sometime.
Frenchman's area (steep blue groomers)
Seattle Ridge (steep green groomers):
Fire trail (natural snow in shade was thin but skiable)
Christmas Ridge was the only run in the bowls area that was open thanks to snowmaking. (upper left to center of picture) Mayday bowls were bare with some snow in shade but not skiable.