>Is it true they repaced the old Little Cloud lift this year?? that used to be a real bottle neck.
no, it's the same old. I could see why they might not want a quad there, but at least a triple would be nice. a fond snowbird memory was when the road to provo was closed for a few days because of heavy snow, and we were riding little cloud up just after they dropped the rope and the lucky were coming down in untracked 24-30"" of fluff, everyone laughing and giggling, falling all over the place in the deep snow. what a scene of complete happiness! we had our turn soon and we joined the crowd with a face plants and tumbles of our own, of course when the snow is deep like that you don't look over your shoulder to wait for your pals, but blast on down to catch another ride up.
thanks for the hx on regulator and other slopes. Anyone other antidotes would be appreciated. I think ole Dick is the reason many hold a grudge against Snowbird, maybe he wanted to make some of it nice, but personally I really don't think the facilities are all that nice, food is a B- compared to other resorts(or less). But certainly there is this anti-bird attitude some have, and I can't completely figure it out.
When you look at the pics above of the Cliff and Iron Blossom you have to admit they didn't do a bad job of fitting in with the canyon scenery. From up high, the Cliff looks might small and tidy, doesn't it? I used to stay at the Cliff when I was young and poor, but now, been there, done that, and am content to stay down below, skip the $22 breakfasts etc. and save a few bucks, plus I recharge and sleep better in the valley- sleep low, ski high(I wish<g>!). Although I really enjoy the service of those Snowbird employees and the look they get after being there all season, and I am sure it is the same for Alta employees.
The Little Cloud pic.'s really don't do it justice, look at how tiny that lift is(bottom one on decmber 21st, 2006, 04:17 PM) to get an idea of that bowl. Regulator is a very sweet steep long groomed cruiser. Try skiing to it's right(looking down) near the rocks for some real steep wide open skiing(I think that the steepest long pitch in little cloud). Also all the backsides of the Little Cloud mounds often hold decent pow days after a storm. For a little exploring at the Bird - Go All The Way left in in Mineral Basin to the resort boundary(way left of Baldy Express) a little adventure in a steep seldom skied chute. Also, for more fun, and sweet snow, left off Gad II, left left left follow the tracks to the mid thunder bowl area to end up at the top of Baby Thunder Lift. If you enjoy feeling the strong pull of gravity, you will enjoy the bird. Another one, obvious, but dont miss it, under Gad II lift, the snow is always so sweet even though it is regularly skied, the sun never kisses that slope, for even more gravity, try next door STH. But if you fall and roll like a bowling ball, you won't knock those big pines waiting for you down at the bottom. And although not really steep, everyone that does the bird has to go down the Black Forest. (a mini Honeycomb Canyon). Hope this brings back some pleasant memories and anticipation for some of you!