I'm headed to Snowmass in early March for the first time and only the second time out west and doing a little early planning/dreaming. Its a family trip with young kids and, even though they'll be in ski school most of the time I'm skiing, I won't want to venture away from Snowmass much, if at all.
That said, I'm enamored with the thought of experiencing Highlands Bowl at least once. I'm curious if that is even a realistic option as an intermediate to upper-intermediate skier though? As a reference point on my ability, at Copper last year I spent most of my time off the American Eagle lift with a fair amount of time off both Super Bee and American Flyer as well - basically, I was good with any of Copper's blues and groomed black runs and could manage, but was seriously challenged by, the ungroomed blacks. I also managed some of the easier single black runs in Copper Bowl (immediate skiers left of Mountain Chief lift) but, again, it was a serious challenge for me.
All in all, I don't mind pushing myself a little but don't want to hurt myself. So, are there some easier lines that I could go for that would make the side trip worth it for someone like me? Or should I hold back and stick to Snowmass? I would be by myself for this side trip if that matters at all.
I appreciate any input. thanks!