Originally Posted by BobMc
You bolded my quote but didn't read the "compared" part I guess? Around here I can look up and see the top of the tram from my house, I can see there is plenty of snow up there. I and all the regulars will be up at Snowbird tomorrow. But, around this time of year it's just us, the tourists and casual skiers aren't coming. With good reason...
If I'm traveling somewhere I'm not going to go at a time where I have to "follow the sun around." I'm going to go when I can ski whatever I want whenever I want. I'm not going to go at a time where lifts and terrain areas are being shut down for various reasons. And, most of the times November isn't that busy either, people come when the snow is good for the most part. With, like I said, good reason. Good luck changing it.
Snowbird is my favorite overall mountain but its commitment to spring skiing is lame compared to Mammoth's.
1) No salting of groomers for intermediates.
2) Drastic reduction in lift capacity. Thus:
3) When there's a dump the tram line is horrendous with no other way to get up the mountain. Mammoth runs more lifts when they know it will be busier, a concept that seems totally foreign at Snowbird.
I have skied at Snowbird twice in May when my airfare was covered in transit to business elsewhere, but I would be skeptical of a dedicated May ski trip there. I have made dedicated ski trips to Mt. Bachelor in May (and in 2012 for June/July!) with no regrets, as well as last year's late April and Mother's Day weekends in Colorado. Also my standards to ski Mammoth are fairly high since it's a 5 hour drive requiring overnight lodging and generally at least two ski days. Last Tuesday/Wednesday at Mammoth would have been exemplary ski days even midwinter: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=12136
November/early December is never under consideration for an advance commitment requiring air travel. Fortunately that 5 hour drive to Mammoth can be done at the last minute when there is enough early season snow.
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This is purely a "why is the parking lot still so full on a weekday?" observation, but we seem to be ticking upwards in people that are not giving up the season.
I think this is due to the Epic Pass and the other Epic areas being closed. If you live within 1.5 hours drive and your marginal lift ticket cost is zero, you're likely to visit A-Basin on an occasional spring day even if only for a few hours. And if powder is predicted it's a really a madhouse with easy last minute accessibility and few or no other areas open.
Edited by Tony Crocker - 4/30/16 at 12:22pm