I have a few questions if you don't mind. How do you suggest skiing the Mt? Start at Strawberry and move over to JP later in the day or vice versa? It is hard from me to say no to the JP quad because there is never a line so I usually spend a lot of my day there.
It really depends on the weather that day. I spend most of my time on JP for some of the same reasons you do, but I would have to say that Strawberry was awesome this afternoon even with poor visibility. PM me the day before & I'd be happy to give you an update.
Also, I would like to play a little hide and seek with my avi beacon on this trip. I was reading on the Snowbasin website that they let people do that in their avi training center. Is this something I need to sign up for in advance or can I just show up?
The beacon park is just to the west of the Mountain Ops & Patrol building (just to the right in the picture above) in the base area. It is open all the time & is self serve. If you have any questions, just ask in the Patrol office & I'm sure they would be happy to help. We have a top notch Snow Safety team & I have done on mountain beacon practice with their input in the past.