Yes, I agree. Going up the west ridge was great fun, descending the normal route was more like hard work. Of course we were getting a bit tired by then. But regardless of the route quality, the views were still wonderful.
However, my most vivid memories of the route are not the loose stuff: it's having to traverse those very steep snow fields covering the path! In conditions like that, the west ridge is safer, even for regular hikers.
"So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that's on the worst day of my life."
--Peter Gibbons (Office Space)