Getting ready to the first trip to Solitude, trying to figure out the trail map & reading the past threads here. Hoping to go into Honeycomb Canyon; the first day of skiing will be with kids, who are also pretty psyched and want to explore everything. We've only skied in the East so far, so not quite sure what to expect. In the East we can ski most things (but not always gracefully), I would say I'm fairly advanced but definitely not an expert; the kids can ski glades and average bumps happily, but of course we don't have too much experience with deep snow. Certainly don't want to get into technical chutes, have to ski over cliffs, etc.
So my question is, can anyone give me a quick guide on how to explore, building up in difficulty? Are the ungroomed trails (check grooming report?) off Eagle Ridge good to try before venturing into the Canyon? Any particular areas with bumps, trees, etc?
About the Honeycomb, do I understand correctly that the first thing to try would be to go skier's left off Summit lift and drop in on Black Bess/Voltaire? Does it get harder if you traverse further? Discussion in past threads seems to say that going into Black Forest/Here be Dragons from Powderhorn lift would lead to more difficult lines, and that we should avoid the Parachute/Milk Run area unless we are really ready for it. Did I get it right?
Finally - when people talk about long runouts at Solitude, on Woodlawn and elsewhere, do they mean a flat trail that requires skating for a while, or just a long easy boring trail down?
Perhaps I'm overthinking it - look down from the chairlift and just go where it looks good might be a good plan. But I don't want the kids to get too adventurous too quickly and then discouraged too soon, for the rest of the trip. Thanks for any tips!