I didnt get to sample any of the off piste, but the on piste was pretty tame and very groomed when I was there. And if I recall correctly the blues were on the overrated side.
Judging by your annual report from Sun Valley I think it will be a similar experience to sun valley and you will get bored with a season pass. Is your home base going to be in the Park City area?
Our house is between the center of down-town SLC and the base of Big Cottonwood Canyon. I expect to spend a lot of days riding the bus up to Snowbird. Snowbird has a good rate on a senior, mid-week pass with no blackouts but it does not have senior rate on fully unlimited passes.
My wife, daughter, daughter-in-law and six grandkids like over-rated Blues. In fact, the selection of Breckenridge last year was a defensive reaction to some-what of a family revolt over consecutive seasons at Taos and J'Hole.
Canyons is the largest ski area in Utah and has a 3,100 foot vert. The map shows a lot of hike-to terrain and other Black areas that are through trees. It also has back-country access gates, including access to terrain that runs down to the bottom of Big Cottonwood.
My intention would be to use Canyons on week-ends (when the tram at Snowbird can be a big pain) and for at least parts of the vacation weeks with the family and friends. Canyons has an unlimited senior price pass which makes it attractive to get an unlimited senior there and a mid-week senior at Snowbird. I could do the same sort of thing with Alta, but then I am committed to a lot of tele. I only tele'd about 10 days last season.
Looking at ski area bulletin boards and blogs around the web, I'm finding that most reporters are saying the same thing as you and Atruss -- didn't get to sample the hard stuff but the blues were overrated. I think hard men who are taking a one-week at SLC head straight to Little Cottonwood and that's that.
Looking at the Canyons map, it at least is going to take some serious time to sample all of the stuff up high and maybe my posts won't just be validating what every body already knows. (J'Hole has a lot of hard stuff, so, big news.)
So, do you see any flaws in my analysis or holes in my thinking.
(Speaking of holes in thinking, I recently had a PET brain scan and found out two things -- no tumors and why I have never caught a fly ball in my life -- the part of my brain that is involved in intuitive prediction of visual/spacial events (like where a ball just leaving the bat is apt to come down) just doesn't do anything at all; no metabolic activity at all. We have no prior baseline data on how long I've been this way, but it explains a lot of things from childhood on like not being able to catch balls and not having any vertigo whatsoever regardless of the situation -- I don't know where the ball is going and I don't envision myself falling through space, bouncing off of rocks as I go.)(By the way, I can throw a ball accurately -- that's muscle memory not intuitive prediction.)
(Did I mention that I also have trouble staying on topic?)