Hi Songfta - sorry this is so late I was googling a related issue and ran into this thread. I grew up skiing Blue Mt and have never found an area I liked as much since. I was actually ski patrol at the area when I was 16 - 18 yrs old, '76 - '78. No idea what the vertical was; as others have said there was a poma lift and a smaller t-bar. The t-bar was put in around '78 for an improvised Bunny hill. The area was actually open weekends (both Sat and Sun, skibuny must have gone to church on Sun :) ) + Wed, Wed mostly for High School ski classes.
There were primarily two runs -- the "North" side, accessed by turning right from the poma (the lift went up and west). The North side was actually fairly steep, enough to provide fantastic powder runs even knee/thigh deep after a storm. The side ran a little further north then back, so that an aerial photo of the pruned run and the lift line looked like a bow. The run was subdivided into 5 "get off" points (get your minds out of the gutter kids, you can get off a poma lift wherever the heck you want). The get-off points were flat areas to allow a more or less graceful disembark from the poma lift, after which you could follow a trail several hundred meters out to join up with the "North" side. Or you could side trip into the pine forest and relieve yourself, as necessary. There was no grooming at the area so after the powder was skied off there were huge moguls to bounce across, which with any luck had been cut with the right frequency to provide a base line to "Brown Sugar".
The other run was the "South" side (turn left from the poma lift). The South was several tracks split by a mature Aspen forest, which made for some really fantastic tree skiing. Skiing the Wasatch front you probably know that Aspen are great to ski around, being self pruning (there's no branches to hit). I still smile thinking of gliding in and out of Aspen bowls, finding surprise clearings for a few turns, back into the trees, turn now or meet the tree. The South was a wonderful side after a storm. And once it was packed out the terrain made for a great downhill run, with steeps and flats alternating just enough to keep you under 60. Of course as ski patrol I had to keep it under 40. :)
Man what a fun recollection. Sorry for getting kinda carried away. Thanks songfta. Hope you see this one day. BTW my Grandfather George Palmer was one of the founders of the area. That's how I ended up in this thread, looking for history stories about that. Thanks Grandpa!
- Rick Cahoon