where did you ski? How was it? Inquiring minds want to know!
Thanks everyone for the advice!
I just got back from skiing at Deer Valley. The road to Alta required chains (which I don't have), and I didn't have time or energy to figure out the bus system. I didn't hit the slopes until 12:30 p.m., which worked out well, because Deer Valley has half day lift tickets and ski rentals -- so that saved some coin.
Deer Valley had excellent conditions. They only had about a dozen trails open, but it seemed much larger than that -- the trails were spread across much of the resort, and were nice and long. It was snowing lightly throughout the day, especially on the lower part of the mountain, although the sun poked out on the top every now and then. It was *chilly* though -- around 10 degrees (maybe lower on top) with a strong wind at times. I discovered several flaws in my layering/dressing approach. First, I started getting frostbite in my toes (they became completely numb), but some time in the lodge thawed them out. I think the problem is that I put on boots that had been in the freezing car all night, so they started out nice and icy. I also forgot my neck gaitor, so my face and neck got quite chilly.
Deer Valley had some snowguns going, and I couldn't help but notice that they were "old school." Mid-Atlantic resorts really outshine the western areas when it comes to snowmaking, especially with new computerized and airless guns. On the other hand, Western resorts usually don't need snowmaking, but in dry early seasons like they've had in Utah, it sure would have helped. The Canyons still only has 7 trails open (up from 4 yesterday, so that's good.)
Deer Valley wasn't too crowded (never more than a couple people in front of me on the lifts), and it took me awhile to notice that there were *no snowboarders*. I had forgotten that Deer Valley is one of the only resorts (maybe down to two now?) that doesn't allow snowboarding. And I have to say... it was kind of nice. I don't have anything against snowboarders, but this definitely gave a different "feel" to the resort. There seemed to be more older people and families there; no one was skiing wild and crazy. And the employees were very friendly.
I had heard the design of Whitetail was inspired by Deer Valley, and it's easy to see how.
I should probably write up a formal trip report, so I'll stop describing it here. Anyway, it wasn't a bad way to spend an afternoon. Next up is Vail, which is absolutely drowning in snow right now. That should be fun.