I just got from Utah - there were a series of powder dumps in feet!
The Canyons are bottlenecked at the base at the gondola - seems like Breckenridge all over again. It's a neat area, the slopes are not that crowded, except when the Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons roads are closed. The only downside to the Canyons is lack of snow - I skied there when it was called Wolf Mountain and Park West. The people who have sunk money into it must be counting on real estate sales to break even.
I skied Alta Christmas Day - everything was open, including Catherine's, Devil's Castle, Baldy Shoulder, and especially the Backside (Yellow Trail, Greeley Bowl, Glory Hole). In some spots, I got face shots - mostly in the trees. It was relatively light powder.
Seeing as how the roads to Brighton/Solitude and Alta/Snowbird were closed, we headed up to Powder Mountain (12/26). I have never seen Pow Mt. parking lot that crowded - I have skied there for about six years. The powder was very variable at PMt. - it was snowing hard, and there was lots o' powder. What happened to almost all of the skiers on the mountain that day, we couldn't tell if the powder was heavy or light, the whole day. At one point, I clicked out of both bindings, and ended up with a mouthful of snow, everybody was doing it - I had to stay in the backseat all day. At Powder Mt., you can get a snowcat ride for $7 on Lightning Ridge - the snowcat or snowmobile tows you up the ridge.
Why don't you check out Solitude? You can get discount tickets. But I still like Snowbird and Alta...
On your next trip to Utah, why don't you stay in Salt Lake? The UTA Ski Bus takes you to Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, and Solitude.
[ January 05, 2004, 03:25 PM: Message edited by: powdog ]