Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD
Better than, no. Different, yes. Snowbasin is a very nice ski area. But low elevation, poor exposure and wind can really mess with the snow there. It's just not as consistent as LCC.
I second that.
I took the family there 2 years ago on Pres. week. We stayed in Eden at the very nice Moose Ridge condos. From there it was 6 miles up the access road to Pow Mow. PM was a lot of fun especially since crowds did not exist even during a holiday week. It was ski right onto every chair and plenty of unskied lines after a powder day.
We his some very good powder one day but on another it was like dense salt, Very heavy and very hard to ski. Thankfully, I had some very fat skis and was able to make the best of it but it was tough especially because there aren't many long steep lines.
There are a good number of short spots which are pretty steep and the longer steeper lines they do have are pretty low elevation so it can get heavy at times. If you get some light snow you'll have a great time but it's not like Alta. We got a dump or two when we were there but at the same time Alta was getting huge light dumps which we missed out on.
Unfortunately it was a low snow year two years ago for PM and Snowbasin. Nevertheless, I'd go back again. I never got a chance to get into the "powder country" runs down to the bus route. We did take a snowcat run up and over the back one time and there was some very good terrain back there but at an extra $20 per run for a family of 4, I wasn't going to allow the kids to get hooked on that.
I give PM an overall big thumbs up though for lack of crowds, low prices and great ambiance.
As far as Snowbasin goes, we went ther just one day and the wind was howling like a hurricaine. It scoured the entire mountain almost down to hardpack. It was pretty rotten. We found a few well protected very steep areas in the trees that were real good though. It looked like there was some excellent terrain though and the place is huge. I'd love to go back when the snow is better.
The Snowbasin base lodge, etc. must be seen to be believed. Such opulence that I almost want to puke now when I think about it. But at the time, on a rotten windy day, we enjoyed having lunch there.
I much prefer the laid back ambiance of PM though even if it did take the freaks behind the lunch counter 25 minutes to make me a burger. I customer at a time -cook burger for 25 minutes - next - Burger? Yes. Throw one on wait 25 minutes - serve, next customer! Unreal. Lunchtime on the cafeteria line but don't have anything ready until it's ordered! Its laid back that I can swear to. PACK A LUNCH!
Lunch issues aside, I'd absolutely recommend both places for a good week of skiing but only if the conditions were right. If they are then you'll love it. But Alta/Bird is probably a much safer bet if long term planning is needed.