Originally Posted by bumpdad
I do think the mogul trails are less crowded, although at MJ there are a lot of skiers. Still easy enough to find a trail thats rerlatively empty.
I recall days at MJ when the Summit had a huge line, but most of those riding it seem to have headed down Sleeper or Mary Jane trails, which were frequently crowded. I'd go back to Needle's Eye or the Haul Brothers and ski alone. Oh, well. At least they got to go home and say they skied Mary Jane (the area) without mentioning that Mary Jane (the run) is a blue groomer.
And, of course, there are many unmarked glades, often with few skiers.
At Whitewater, British Columbia, it's a whole different ball game, although, once again, the groomers are crowded compared to the "not groomers." I hesitate to call them bump runs, since they aren't, at least by MJ standards. Some runs indeed have bumps created by skiers and riders, but they tend to be larger, softer and rounder, without the narrow trenches characteristic of some MJ runs.
Many skiers at Whitewater ride the lift and then promptly go out of bounds. Some use alpine equipment and lengthy traverses to access the backside or any of several open bowls. Others use alpine touring gear and skins, so they can climb for more vertical and even fewer tracks. Similar to those who consider groomers boring, many of these people consider in-bounds skiing to be beneath them.
Even in bounds, the terrain at Whitewater is, well, different. It's common to see a sign indicating a run with no apparent opening in the trees. Other runs are populated with enormous rocks which may slowly disappear as the season progresses, leaving what appears to be a mild bump until you discover a very large drop on the downhill face. And just when you think such things are the domain of youth, you see four guys in well-worn ski coats drop the short 50-degree pitch down the buried rock and disappear into the trees... and they're all, um, gray.
Several places have a sign indicating a run, along with another, smaller sign that just says "cliff." And not all cliffs get a sign.
Of course, other ski areas have similar features. Telluride, Jackson Hole, Alta and many others all have entertaining terrain that isn't really bumps.
So, the fun stuff isn't limited to bumps. It's all good, even the groomers.