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post #1 of 8
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I'm thinking of heading back to Utah next year. 

 

I've skied most of the Utah resorts, but never out of bounds.  At $300 the Interconnect looks amazing fun, but very pricey.

 

I think the biggest reason I've never done the back country is the fear of hiking uphill.

 

I'd like to hear from people who have done the Interconnect tour.  Was it worthwhile?

post #2 of 8
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Originally Posted by kermit88 View Post

I'm thinking of heading back to Utah next year. 

 

I've skied most of the Utah resorts, but never out of bounds.  At $300 the Interconnect looks amazing fun, but very pricey.

 

I think the biggest reason I've never done the back country is the fear of hiking uphill.

 

I'd like to hear from people who have done the Interconnect tour.  Was it worthwhile?


Well, I haven't done it, so take this with the requisite grain of salt -- I was going to do it a few years ago, with a group of friends traveling to Utah for a long weekend. When we needed to make reservations (ie, a few weeks ahead of time), I had just tweaked a knee. I wasn't sure if it was anything serious or not, but I was a bit wary of committing to a tour. So, two of our group ending up doing the Interconnect, and the rest didn't.

 

It turned out that there was so much snow the week of our visit that the Interconnect party was hardly able to ski down anything. Avy danger was too great in the bc. Meanwhile, the rest of us were at Alta having an amazing bluebird powder day, and our friends were going traverse, traverse, traverse, traverse. So, they were a bit miffed about it -- they said it was really cool, except they knew what they were missing.

 

ANYway ... that's  just one scenario. I've still never done it, although I would like to. It would be best to be able to plan a short time ahead (so that you'd know the weather), but I'm not sure that's possible. It might be, but we were a larger group and needed to reserve more spaces than one or two. 

 

post #3 of 8

Here is a link to some reviews I found. They are not glowing reviews.

 

http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-2745579-ski_utah_interconnect_adventure_tour_salt_lake_city-i

 

 

 

post #4 of 8

I didn't realize it was that expensive. For that kind of money, I'd rather pay a little extra and do cat-skiing for the day. Interconnect is mostly just cool because it's unique, but if you look at it, you'd probably have more fun just skiing one resort or the backcountry for the day. For the money--definitely cat skiing.

post #5 of 8

Seems like they are mostly doing side country between the various resorts. The fact that you don't skin up means pretty much that the options are limited for what routes are they going to take you on.

post #6 of 8

I second JoeUT's thoughts.

 

     The interconnect at $300.00 a person (two would be $600.00, three $900.00, etc.) seems pricey, you could probably hire a private guide for that, especially if your a group of two or more combining your funds.  I would make sure guide is licensed, however.

 

    Unless you have some need to hit all the resorts the Interconnect covers, your'e probably better off covering less terrain and having a higher quality experience.  And if you are going to do all the traversing and skiing across parking lots the reviews of the Interconnect mention, you might as well get some backcountry gear and strap on the skins anyway.

 

     Utah Mountain Adventures has several clinics that are more reasonable and you'll learn valuable backcountry skills to in the process.  Their two day clinic is only $295.00.

 

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post #7 of 8

If you're looking for great backcountry turns, go on another tour designed specifically for good turns. The Interconnect is not about getting good turns in...it's a tour of the resorts and the bits of side country between them. Don't waste a good powder day on the Interconnect. Much of the day is spent simply covering ground to get from here to over there.

 

The main reasons to do the Interconnect:

* Really getting a sense of how the resorts are situated relative to one another (which was enough for me!)

* Getting to say "I skiied DV, PCMR, Solitude, Brighton, Alta and Snowbird yesterday"

* Getting to tell teenagers "I know how to get to Chad's Gap from the bottom of Alta"

 

I enjoyed my day on the tour, but I wasn't expecting "great turns" and so wasn't disappointed when we didn't get many.

 

 

 

(we happened to pass through Grizzly Gulch at the perfect moment to catch a pro skier throwing a double flip over Chad's Gap...don't expect the same) 

post #8 of 8

Hoody, cool TR. The thing I think it cool about the interconnect is that you can do it with no touring equipment and with out having to skin. It seems like a good way to go and get the lay of the land and see alot of the BC in a single day.

 

I would agree that you might get more turns and have more options if you just hire a guide. But then again you would have to skin alot more and for many people who are not used to skining at 10k'+ just don't have the aerobic fitness to skin up 6000' in a day and keep up.

 

 

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