Wasn't Snowbird the bees-knees just a few years ago.
Funny how everything goes downhill when you leave (pun intended).
I didn't personally disparage Josh in any way, nor am I new here so...
Vail. Serial Abuser of Nature:
O.M.G. It's not night in this image. They do this regularly?
Or was this show put on for a photo-op?
Used to. I've never seen that big a crew, but I've seen half that size running around.
Not any more. They stopped grooming during operating hours.
I know what you're talking about, Josh. When high alpine snow refreezes it's is in a league of it's own. I remember one Snowbird trip we were skunked for good snow (in early feb) and they only people skiing were easterners on vacation. It was some very 'rugged' conditions to say the least.
So 2 days at snowbird, both days start with much harder/icey snow than basically any day at stowe this year. The ski I was using usually hook up fine on the worst groomers at stowe, but where having a lot of trouble here. even during freeze thaw stowe does a better job on the grooming.
before anyone says that I can not ski remember I can. this is me on some of the better corn snow the past couple days.
I think I am going to start recommending narrow skis for snowbird skiers. the snow here is just way to freaking hard.
what is the point of this post?
Josh... if you read this in time to head north tomorrow morning, get yourself up to Snowbasin. We skied there this past Thursday and it was superb spring skiing.
I mean it was - like - incredibly outstanding.
They have the elevation differences and aspect choices to take full advantage of a sunny April day. It was delightful.
Much better than Grand Targhee was today.
What do you know? You ski The Big on slalom skis? pfffft, I bet my friend Bob can do that!!
There use to be an entertainer from NYC, named Sweet Pie, who made a living in Vermont and had a song he wrote called; "Vermont, Its a Poor Man's Colorado". I guess it should have been: "Utah, Its a Poor Man's Vermont".---Who knew?, well other than Josh who knew even before going to Utah, I'm guessing.
This year at Vail, we have changed the way that we approach grooming. While we still cover the same amount of acreage, we have altered our operations so that all grooming is finished by the time the mountain opens to skiers and snowboarders. We want to be as transparent as possible in letting you know about these changes and the reasons behind them so have created the following list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any other questions please write them in the comment section below!
Q. How has Vail’s grooming changed this year?
A. This year we have stopped doing daytime grooming. In the past, our snowcat operators would give a few trails a final pass as they finished up their shift in the morning and moved to where the cats are left for the day. ...
Q. Have you reduced grooming at Vail?
A. The amount of terrain that we groom is the same if not more – between 900 and 1,200 acres a night depending on snowfall and conditions on mountain. We have added cats to the fleet and employ 70 operators that groom the mountain in two shifts; between 3:30pm to 9am.
The line of snowcats making its way across the mountain in the morning clearly made an impression on our guests over the years; an effect that was not lost on our marketing department. Eliminating this dramatic sight each morning and grooming some of the same trails a few hours earlier has caused some guests to think that that less terrain is being groomed, or that the snowcat fleet has been diminished. This is simply not the case. Snowcats have been added to the fleet, and the grooming shifts have been changed from three smaller shifts to two larger shifts with more operators. ...
Getting on the hill later means you only get 1/2 a day of skiing instead of a full day. Better to ski the SGs in the am with hard snow and an empty hill and switch skislater.
Follow the sun and stick to wide open, unshaded runs and bowls. Easier to do at some resorts than others--not every resort has south facing runs (and in low snow years those runs may be bare come spring). It has gotten more complicated since DST was moved back into the ski season. You have to reset your corn clock once DST starts.