I feel compelled to come to the defense of my old friend MJ. First a couple macro points about spring skiing at MJ:
- MJ generally has the most snow on the front range, so coverage last longer. (Not this year, though, when Breck and Copper won)
- IMO bumps are the most reliable off piste terrain in the spring. A good bump line is good skiing from crust to slush. Other off-piste skiing has a much narrower window where it's good.
- IEO (everybody's ) MJ has the best bumps anywhere. There are tons of really good bump lines at MJ, while you are lucky to find (m)any at most other mountains.
- MJ has a nice variety of aspects, each with several bump runs that are worth skiing laps on until it's time to move on.
Addressing some of your specific concerns:
- If you end up on Sleeper or the Jane trail, you are doing it wrong! Yes, Corona Way sucks, but by the time it turns to mush you probably don't want to ski the backside runs anyway.
- You can lap Outhouse! Just go to the top of Frenchman then traverse through the trees (noting the "not patrolled beyond this point sign"). That trail through the trees used to suck, but now is wide open thanks to the pine beetles!
- Does anyone really ski WP or the Cirque, anyway? You are better off taking your RMSP and heading to Copper for that terrain!
I couldn't disagree more.....crusty bumps with frozen chicken heads suck to high heaven.....you are clearly a better bump skier than I but I could have the greatest bump skills in the world and skiing teeth rattling crust in the bumps would still be skiing teeth rattling crusty bumps....I prefer to keep my fillings thank you