lift served backcountry like skiing through the conifers
at times, warmer temps for degrading snow conds.
The access to very long, "in bounds" back country runs off of John Paul lift is nothing short of incredible. Your quads will be screaming long before a quick lunch break if you're going to ski over 6 hrs during a La Nina year and if you're fortunate to receive a cold storm from the NW. Not infrequently, warmer base temperatures results in sleet, wind and a damp ride with fogging goggles up the gondola. Crowds seem to be an infrequent problem though wind and visiblity issues at the top are not uncommon. During those times only the hardcore seem to truly enjoy the upper mtn. Not a parker but I can't recall seeing much of one the last time that I was there nearly two seasonss ago.
The facilities on the mtn are second to none with uncrowded, incredible fireplace adorned log structures (not as dramatic and massive as Two Elks at Vail but nearly identical to the new lodges at Sun Valley-same owners). The furnishings and facilities seem more like a country club and the food is terrific (best that I ever had at a ski resort.). Nightlife....remember this is Huntsville-Ogden, Utah and not Aspen or Breckenridge, CO. One picks this spot for the skiing and nothing else and access from CO is far easier than the drive through SLC and up lil' Cottonwood Canyon.
My favorite Utah spot.