Granite Peak is a good size ski resort. The comet speed lift is stellar. I like how they have added a larger beginners terrain park over by the kiddie hill as well. It's fun to dink around in, but also gives the inexperienced park rats a place they can play out of the way of others. The one thing lacking is progressive park features and lines.
The park used to be over where the large magic carpet is. That park was some of the most fun I have ever had. Since they have moved the park the features are set up in a way that is difficult to hit many in one run. They aren't staggered like most parks. They used to have medium sized jumps in the park off to the side. Now there is one huge jump you can take into the park. The knuckles are hit or miss, sometimes they are good, sometimes they seem to be lacking the right proportion to the jump.
Overall, I do enjoy my time at Granite, but I feel I haven't been able to progress as much as I did when they park was on the other side. The ticket price is outrageous. $80 for a day pass is just ridiculous. If you compare to other midwest resorts and even resorts out west---seriously. I can understand being a little more expensive since they have to blow snow, but they are $30 more per day than my resort near Minneapolis, and they have 18 chairlifts! Go on the nights they have specials--4pm-9pm for something like 17$, or the nights they do the group deal. The full day ticket price just isn't worth it for me as a local. If I have a whole day or weekend to spend, I would rather travel the extra hours to the U.P. and pay half the price for powder or just go the extra hour to Devil's Head.
This is all from an intermediate snowboarder point of view. If you are at the level of huge air and plenty of rails, it is probably a tad more enjoyable in the park. I have never skied so I can't say much about how skiers feel about it.
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