Thanks again for the info.
and I think I get the picture concerning MT High. It seems many major cities have those little feeder day areas that display such a total lack of any amenities, variety, or concern from the management about making any improvements (above those absolutuly required to stay legal). Detroit has several.
So what then is left besides new jean-clad neophytes at these crummy local hills?
In my view:
those die hard skiers who love the sport so much that their week is not complete unless they get in a few runs after work on weekdays.
The not-so-ex-racers who now have "real" jobs, but still kick ass on a 15 second beer league course.
The destination vacationers who wish to audition friends to guage their love of skiing ( i.e. can I go to B.C. with this person for 10 days and not want to kill them by day three).
Skiers who don't currently have gas money.
In short, if you frequent one of these day areas, you get to know the regulars among the thousands of casual and new skiers. if the regular crowd and staff is a good one, then that is why I suspect you return time after time.
That's why I Do.
OH, I almost forgot to mention another reason for enjoying these areas:
Comic relief-- Have you ever seen a substandard "advanced" beginner with 4 total days under his belt trying to teach his pals/kids/girlfriend how to ski?
You just don't get that at the Major resorts.
okay well occasionally you do, but at small areas near the cities it's a nonstop parade of mullet & carhart wearing self-proclaimed experts Yelling TURN,TURN at their victims from afar. If it weren't so darned funny it would be sad.
BTW: Shanty Creek's Shuss Mtn. Rocks.
For those of our readers not familiar with the midwestern U.S., 30 to 60 inches of snowfall is a normal winter for most of this part of the country. Shanty Creek routinely pulls down over 200 inches of snow each season thanks to Lake Michigan! Keep in mind, we have no rocks or stumps to cover so a mere 6 inches can open open hills in this region.
Is anyone else out ther getting excited about the upcoming season? Lets here it...