Few Skiers, Beautiful Scenery, Friendly Staff, Lots of Beginner and Advanced Terrain, Inexpensive
Few Lifts, few intermediate runs, many runs walk-in only, no half-pipe as advertised
As this is a new (reopened) resort in southern Utah, I'd love for it to succeed, but they need to make some changes.
First off on the positives: 1. There are few skiers. 2. Beautiful scenery 3. Low cost (as it is new, they had $30 lift tickets and if they ever get to full price, it is still only $45) 4. Beginner friendly terrain 5. Friendly and very helpful staff. 6. I did not try out the dining area/restaurant, but it looked very nice. 7. Tubing run
Ok, now for the bad. 1. There is mainly only beginner and advanced runs, and very little intermediate, even though it is advertised as 50% of the terrain. The upper mountain intermediate runs are more like harder beginner runs. 2. How about truth in advertising? They advertise a half pipe and it is not completed. They show many open runs on the lower/advanced slopes but you have to walk to them to access them (how about a sign at the lift, website and trail map saying that anything past Anasazi Freefall is walk-in only?? This affects the majority of the runs on that slope). The lift that serves these other runs is not functioning. 3. How about some signs? They close most of the runs on the advanced slope at 3:30 with a rope, close the lift to all of those runs at 4:00 (advertise a closing time of the resort of 4:30), and have no sign (not even a dry erase board) telling people this!! Argh!! How about some signs along the road showing the path to the upper lodge? 4. Better design of the lift departure area on the intermediate ski area. People would stop immediately after getting off and block traffic. I saw one person bloodied in the face because of this! Either add more space to get off or have staff directing traffic/notifying people to move along. 5. Only 4 functioning lifts. 6. Rentals only at the upper lodge.
Yes, you have to use a shuttle to get back to the upper mountain area, but there is a shuttle every 10 minutes so it is no big deal.
I can recommend this resort for beginners and anyone that wants to explore new terrain (but if you have intermediate skills, immediately head to the advanced area of the resort).