Two days later I skied A Basin. And it's still opening weekend.
This time, we have 5" of fresh stuff on top of the man-made, and this made the bottom half of the top-to-bottom run feel like real Colorado skiing you'd get in late December. It was an incredible difference. They do something right with grooming.
Went back to the 6th Avenue bar and hand a few more beers, some more Thai wings (really, they are to DIE for!), and chatted with the locals a bit more.
There's not much to A Basin...no condos, no golf courses, no stores...just you and the snow. Isn't that the way it should be?