- Jun 4, 2004
- NEK by Birth
Here is my summary so far with maybe a month left or so here....
- Snow: D+ . We had about three weeks of winter that gave us a base, but other than that it has been sparse. Sure, we've had some powder days, but overall, not great.
- Number of Days: A. Right on target--a bit less than last season but on track for 40-45 days (not bad considering I work FT, we went to Maui for two weeks, and it has been warm). There have not been many days when I did not go when I could have.
- Variety: A. Again, can't complain--lots of Alta, Brighton, and Montana. Big surprise has been how little time I've been to Snowbird.
- Season Pass Resort Rating for Brighton: A+ . Once again, underpromise and overdeliver. As one employee put it, "this place is just about having fun." Snake Creek and night was a huge boon. The added lift and terrain increased interest and decreased lines. I had a great season (to date). No question I will be back. They are taking steps to make sure that 2022-2023 is a good one for passholders by requiring IKON reservations.
- Season Pass Resort Rating for Alta/Snowbird: C- . Not going to lie, both started in the toilet in terms of satisfaction and service. When the chips were down as the season got going, Alta delivered and Snowbird not so much. POWDR is making Snowbird a shitty amusement park experience full of crowds and high prices.
- Best Repeats: Montana--Discovery and Big Sky. Montana is definitely the last best place. Discovery was fun even though snow was low and it was cold. Big Sky was a nice surprise re-visit after my solo trek in 2021. It was cold as fuck, and snow was low, but I got some solid skiing in.
- Biggest Surprise: Alta. The parking rollout was a disaster and you all know I was hesitant at first, but no doubt it saved the season for me in LCC. We had parking when we needed it and it kept the lines low. Snowbird could learn a lesson....
- Biggest Disappointments: Snowbird and Deer Valley. I've all but given up on Snowbird--POWDR has destroyed it and left it a dysfunctional, crowded mess. Deer Valley is a shadow of its former self. Subpar grooming, low snowmaking, no more special ambience. Just another crowded ski area.
- Bucket List: Finally hiked and skied off the top of Baldy at Alta/Snowbird.
- Biggest Regret: another season with no ski trip back east. I last skied Burke in March 2020 and closed it down. It has been 11 years since I skied Sugarbush.
- Another Big Regret: not taking more powder sick days. I can think of two, including last Tuesday, when I should have just gone.....
- Saddest Development: my daughter's apathy of skiing. She only got in three days. She spent a whole week sitting in a hotel room in Big Sky not skiing. The last year of Snowbird Ski Camp was a disaster (2019-2020) and left her not at all interested in skiing. When working with kids one should do no harm. I am sad that she does not want to do it with us. I always thought Daddy-daughter ski days would be a thing. There's still time....
- Best Development: more ski time with my wife. I made it a point to ski more with her--we were in a nice groove doing Sunday Ski Dates at Alta. We had a lot of fun at Big Sky. It made the season meaningful for me.
- Best Memories: opening night at Snake Creek with powder and the falling snow making a nice lightshow, hiking Baldy, taking my wife on Dakota and Shedhorn at Big Sky, skiing with friends at Discovery.
- Overall rating as of today: B+ . The plusses have been more time skiing thanks to nights at Brighton, more terrain for that nightskiing, awesome trips to Montana, and great consistent days at Alta. Quantities were there, quality is lacking because of the dearth of snow. In terms of stages of grieving with Snowbird I am maybe at the end of depression and moving towards acceptance that we may not be there next year.