Originally Posted by Billd
If you can ski everything in NH you will definitely be able to handle anything out west.
oh oh, no, I wouldn't go so far as to say that, not at the bird. The terrain can be berry, berry steep and the closed ropes are only on the pitches where skiing will "almost definitely" result in serious injury. There are plenty of places where an advanced skier could easily get hurt. Good skier in NH, he he, you will soon learn to pay attention to the !Caution! signs at the bird.
There are plenty of common runs, like chutes off the cirque which are regularly skied by true western experts, where it will be VERY unlikely that you will want to ski on your first trip out west. I certainly don't risk most of them and I consider myself an advanced skier at the very least.
Don't be surprised or disappointed if you don't have powder when you are there. Eastern skiers often think Western or esp Utah skiing is all about the POW. Sure, when you place your chips on a trip to Snowbird, you are likely choosing to go to the best resort in the world, for combination of steep/big/varried lift-served terrain, all in one neat and tidy package; and chance of good POW. But even at Snowbird it doesn't snow everyday and when it does, it is skied out fairly quickly by the next day. Like alot of things in life you have to hit it right, and I put those odds at about 25% for powder. (I am rethinking the 50/50 I posted before). But I have been lucky to hit many, many powder days at Snowbird/Alta. Supposedly, even though Snowbird and Alta both report about the same snowfall totals, the locals says Alta has more snow, not sure exactly why, maybe because base at Alta is higher; it is splitting hairs, but it might be true. I have skied many a whiteout day at Alta.
What that regular snowfall and the north facing slopes at Alta/Snowbird does is keep it nice, soft and sweet, even in the bumps. And you will be able to ski much steeper terrain with less fear of injury. And if you consider yourself an aggressive skier, it is quite easy to have "fear of injury" with you all day long at the BIRD!