naw, your comments were spot on with what i experienced there last season.
i went with a boarder friend who loved that place. it's where she learned to ride. admittedly she's not a very strong boarder, but she gets down the hill okay. she is persistent in convincing friends to go boarding with her and she teaches them (won't get into this argument...will save for another time).
at any rate the day we went i was demoing a pair of 175 6stars. I had a blast ripping up the groomers. Not sure what run it was, but it was tree lined, in the shade and skiers right after you get off the main lift that takes you to the top. Nobody was on that sucker but me. I had a good time on the backside as well, as long as i sluffed off onto the more moguly offshoots from the main thoroughfare.
That main green/beginner run that switchbacks the mountain, though? Brutal. Like playing Frogger on meth.
And don't get me wrong. I LOVE rap music. but i'm pissy about my rap. I grew up in the late '80s hey day when Public Enemy, De La Soul, Organized Konfusion, Ultramagnetic MCs and others ruled the roost and rapping about killing fools, having much money, and getting drunk on Moet was NOT the oder of the day.
I thought the whole tailgater vibe was trashy and ridiculous. too many people trying too hard to be hard, blasting the rap du jour and scowling and smoking and tossing trash around. hey, i was a drunken fool in college, but usually kept that stuff under wraps when we were out in public places. i'm more about having lunch on the back of my truck with perhaps a single cold beer and hanging out with a couple of buddies discussing the runs we did and planning our afternoon.
I too also found a "urban" tinge to the mountain and the proliferance (is that a word? I have a tendency to make words up, it's my journalistic trademark) of boarders kind of turned me off. granted as another post said it's not so much that they're boarders, it's just that some of the folks who frequent that mountain missed out on the class about etiquette and proper mountain ethics. At any rate, I enjoyed the terrain, it was the atmosphere that kind of rubbed me the wrong way.
i much prefer the vibe at Kirkwood or Alpine or even Sugarbowl (but then I have a soft spot for the Bowl since I learned to ski there, grew up in the Montclair/Oakland Ski Club, etc.) I also have to say that after experiencing the segregated bliss of Alta last year, I kind of like the whole skiers only mountains. The fact that I ride with a bunch of boarders, though, still has me enjoying sharing the mountain with whomever respects it and those of us who are along for the ride.
we can make some turns at Kirkwood instead (I need to demo the AK King Salmon soonish!)