Originally Posted by mdf
(The current approach of staying open and letting the buyer beware was a surprise to me -- don't know when the policy changed.)
Disclaimer: I am a Sugarbush employee.
Since Summit Ventures acquired the mountain from ASC they have been fairly aggressive about opening trails. If it's just that the snow is thin or otherwise "bad" it's open. I sometimes think if someone poaches a closed trail they'll open it just to keep off the Herbs who think it's cool to duck a rope. If it's closed here there is a really good reason. This weekend I was skiing with an examiner who has skied everywhere, and works part time at Killington, Stowe, and Sugarbush. Her take is, since conditions are what make expert terrain, without Sugarbush there would be no expert skiing in the east.(Shortly after watching someone slide down a couple hundred vertical feet of ripcord, she said that the day before all of that sort of terrain at Stowe was closed, and after 25 years at Killington she knows it would be closed there too in those conditions.) I know there are those who would include Mad River Glen and Smugglers in the mix but the point stands, conditions determine the level of difficulty.
I agree there are minimum standards for both terrain and conditions, but assuming that, I lean toward "it depends". Are you talking for one run, or for a whole day? Imagine frozen bumps on a constantly changing pitch, or a couple feet of powder on a featureless blue slope. For one run probably the powder, for all day probably the bumps*. I'll definitely go for interesting over featureless terrain given the same conditions on each.
*Then again after a day of skiing it, the blue will have acquired some features.