Originally Posted by elkhaven
I'm going to guess the biggest difference between Brianhead and Hoodoo is snow quality. People aren't going to travel 8 hours to ski "portland cement". Anyways, like I said above, the little resorts are always a blast and we try to hit everyone possible in our travels.
Happy snow accumulations!
The irony is the last two years that is more of what our snow in SW Utah resembles, but that hasn't been the normal. Sierra cement was always hero snow in my book; makes most of look better than we really are. I also have fond memories of slalom skiing between 8-10 foot pinwheels at Sweitzer the day they closed in 2005(??) because of warm temps and low snow totals.
"Average" years we resemble something between CO Rockies and Wasatach fluff. Somehow we are actually doing as well as some of those resorts in the Wasatch this year, in fact this last system that dumped on us a foot or so bypassed most of them.
I have mostly skied small resorts. I cut my teeth at A-Basin when I lived in the front range during high school and college. Was hard to beat a $99 season pass and the terrain was more than enough. We use to go "backcountry" at one of the abandoned resorts along the front range. We setup the old snow fences early season and refurbished a loft in one of the beater gear sheds for a sleep space and would ski weekends for free. Didn't really think about the legality of it at the time but no trespassing signs went up a few years later. Was rather oblivious and self-centered as 20 year old.
Skied Sundance for the first time this year and I can't think of a much better place to ski myself. And that was a day with rain on snow up to the last 200 feet of terrain, i.e. not remotely prime conditions. They are one of our "sister" resorts so we get a few free passes each year to them. All of them are small places across the west. I look forward to getting to know them over the years.
Its actually going to be odd to go up to PCMR and the Canyons mid-month for a PSIA clinic as I move torwards higher certification. Its been almost a decade since I skied a big resort. I can ski steeps but the trail map is just intimidating in scope. Just hoping they get some snow in the next few weeks.