Went up to Whitetail yesterday, arriving about 1:45pm for four hours of skiing. Used the valet parking to avoid carrying my gear from lot to lodge, NICE FEATURE! Lots were full with quite a crowd on hand. I had my semi-new skis...K2 Apache CrossFire (174). Have used them on three trips...first at Snowshoe in early Feb...was a dream; then last weekend at BK and Seven Springs in chopped up powder...not so good, seemed far less responsive, and then yesterday.
Anyway, the slopes were crowded, even on the experts side. Lift lines OK as long as Whitetail employee directed traffic, otherwise every man, woman and child for themselves (like in Europe).
Must admit, I did not enjoy my skiing. If I pointed them down the hill I picked up too much speed and the snow was hardpack or ice with plenty of chopped up loose granular. When I turned to control speed I found I was having to put too much weight on downhill edge causing sharp short turns. GS type turns were downright dangerous with so many folks (especially boarders) bombing the hill and not paying attention to turning riders in front of them. Not sure my problem was my skis, fear of being hit from behind, or fear of going too fast myself for conditions...but the bottom line: I skied 9,500 vertical feet in less than four hours but really did not enjoy it, especially after the sun began to set and the trails turned to ice.
I saw a lot of skiers that seemed to be "surviving" rather than skiing.