Number of Runs, Variety of skill level runs, friendly staff, fast lifts, short lines.
snow quality, location, number of people,
This resort lies in the mountains of Bear lake, which makes the drive a pain in the rear-end to get to. if you get car sick easily, be sure to pack a barf bag with you. The resort is nice, plenty of parking, and shuttles to get you to and from the resort. However, if you park in one of the many spots where the shuttles dont stop, you're in for one heck of a walk. One of the best things about Snow Summit is the abundance of places to relax, warm up, eat, and drink. Two large facilities at the base, and one very large, and one decent sized facility at the summit. There is a multitude of runs to choose from, with plenty of lifts that swiftly go up the mountain, making for short lines, and doing multiple runs easy. I especially like the many different runs and difficulty levels to choose from. We appreciate the Military discounts, and this resort is one of a few that offer night sessions on most fridays and weekends.
Some things that we dont particularly like are the number of people, although the lifts are fast, the lines can get pretty lengthy at times. With the crowds, come crowded slopes, we find our selves dodging a lot of people who tend to sit and rest in the center of the run, or large groups of friends who will hang out and talk on the mountain, also in the center of the runs. The location of the resort it self, leads to very little snow fall from what i've seen. Relying on man made snow. The snow quality that we have experienced this season is: chunky, icy in a lot of places, and a lot of hard pack.
All in all, we really like this resort, its fun, with plenty of things to do. The man made snow isnt horrible, but we'd prefer more of it, or the real stuff. its a great place for family and friends, first time riders and the experienced all mountain or park riders. not to mention Big Bear is just around the corner. With the same ticket you get access to both resorts!