Wow! This just overtook Beaver Creek (Colorado) as my favorite place.
Pros: Great variety. This kept my intermediate, relaxed skiing husband and oldest son happy on the blues and double blues. My other teenaged son and I enjoyed the wide variety of terrain available, from groomed and ungroomed blacks, to fast wide open double blues and blues, to having fun in the trees. There is something for everyone, and you stay busy.
We felt like we got in a TON of runs here. TONS. You can really cover a lot of ground in a day.
Even Presidents' Weekend when it was BUSY we still never felt crowded and found whole mountainsides where we were the only ones on runs.
Appreciate the fact that they have black diamonds that are both moguls (I don't love these tons, but like some) and also groom a good number of them so you can really rip it down the steep blacks.
Loved the HomeRun run that got you back to the lodge. It's a green run and easily accessed from most of the mountain. Don't turn up your nose at the "green" because it is a riot to start at the very top and just bomb down it all the way to the base (with your ears popping along the way).
PCMR really shines at grooming. We were there when there hadn't been any appreciable snow for a week or more, so grooming was crucial. Canyons this week was a nightmare of ice, but PCMR kept the slopes fantastic and ice-free. They are grooming pros.
Really liked their electronic tickets that you tuck into a coat pocket and no one has to scan you in line. Great!
Super friendly and helpful employees that obviously love their jobs.
So fun to ski into town for lunch (try Devanzas near the townlift).
Their base resort has a huge number of ski shops (my teenagers loved checking them all out).
TIP: Don't pay the rack rate in the ticket line. Before your trip, go to Liftopia.com and purchase tickets at a discount. I saved 25% on our lift tickets for a holiday weekend, and that was only purchasing them 3 days in advance.
TIP: Ski Silverlode chair early in the day. It is the one chair that got really busy on a holiday weekend in the afternoon.