Ok, so I lied. It was amazing but didn't come close to living up to the hype. Just fyi, I went back in December
There were a few things I loved
- Riding primrose path and silver fox from top to bottom
- Nearly every run off of the cirque traverse (particularly wilbere bowl, dalton's drawl, gad chutes)
- Runs off of high baldy traverse
- Runs directly under gad 2 and trees to skiers right under.
- Amounts of runs that were closed ( on days where everything but the top part of east castle at alta was open). I understand the need for safety, but on a day where the baldy chutes were open, I just didn't expect that much to be closed....
- All of tiger bowl and entire little cloud bowl (including road to provo).
- Also, the bookends were also closed (wtf?)
- Snow in mineral (miserable?) basin was terrible. Heavy as balls... Saw people actually get stuck.
- Too many traverses in woods that went absolutely no where. "runs" like black forest and carbonate felt like akin to traversing from the bottom of gunsight to the cat track under high rustler (don't ask :().
- Cirque traverse was rocky as hell. Mats or something would have been fantastic, wtf snowbird? Had to do serious repair work to my skis.
- Blackjack (seriously, worst run of my life. Makes the run out off of glory hole seem fantastic)
- The tram smelled like a foot
I enjoyed my 2 days there, but the fact is, the amount of advanced terrain and quality of snow (this may have been a function of the days I was there) just didn't come remotely close to comparing with what alta has.
Nothing in my mind touched on the pure epicness of certain alta areas (supreme bowl, the backside, eddies, devil's castle, baldy, east castle...)