Yesterday I went to Mountain Creek on my triple play card, what a great deal. The mountain was in great shape after a slow start this year.
The sojourn opened yesterday so for the first time since the 06-07 season mountain creek was one connected resorts. The conditions were good.
I started off on Vernon in the morning and got a good amount of runs in before anyone showed up. The only trail that wasn't opened all day was independence pass. Zero G was closed in the morning but opened later in the day. Also when lift lines picked up mid day they ran the Vernon triple.
A few runs were open on granite peak pipeline was closed looked like they had enough snow if they groomed it out but they continued to make snow in the afternoon on the trail. Devil's bit was the only real run to lap granite did a few time then headed over to south.
South this I know is the subject of much frustration with the mountain. I would say I found it be very rideable. Even though I snowboard I am not much into the park features. The lift lines on the south chair were pretty heavy but the bear chair didn't have much of a line all day. As far as the terrain on bear there weren't many features on the trails the only trail that was really loaded up with features was Kamikaze and a bunch of features on the bottom. The big bear run had nothing on it and was a great run (we even used the racing hut once, a bit icy.)
We went back and forth between the two sides twice. The sojourn is a very slow trail got stuck twice on my first run but the second time the snow guns were running and only had to buckle out once.
I rode from a little before 9 to almost 6 with 2 breaks. It was cold but not windy. With all the peaks open it was a great experience like I remember before south went all parks and the connector didn't open last year.
glad you had a great day at creek! much as us old timers despise the current on-mountain packaging, the Vernon parking, the cabriolet lift, the ersatz base lodge at Vernon, the misuse of the Great Gorge racing trail and poor treatment of the racing community, the claptrap added to the classic Great Gorge trails, closed trails, and the edgy atmosphere now prevalent, we do really like the mountain itself. I've always said we're lucky to have such a fine ski mountain so close to home. Too bad they've turned it into gangsta's paradise.
but again, glad you enjoyed it, sounds like the cold kept the herds off the trails.
monte-glad you had a good time and glad to see Intrawest rebound after my visit on Dec 29 after the record temps. Yes things obviously change but the mountain itself given ample snowfall (and some manmade)still retains much of.. its character from yrs back.
Incidentally Monte as a plug for the boarder/ski differentiation, you exemplify the best and if half of the overall ski/ride population did the same it would be great ski world.
The first time I ever offered ski pole assistance to a boarder in my life and there couldn't have been a better person to help get that "boarder speed up" from an "old"man".
Monte,you didn't comment on that brief youtube fall of yours at Camelback!