I was out riding around looking for a place to ski in the backcountry a few days ago. In fact, I'm leaving in a bit to go ski a nice looking hill with a few chutes.
I would like to add that after my 3-hour long ride I found one (1) place to ski. The snow quality was wonderful, the weather was great, and because the locals are pu****s I literally have the ENTIRE backcountry to me, my skis, the deer, and some friendly (hopefully not trigger happy) hunters... That said, my #1 complaint about skiing in Utah (central to be more specific) is that you really can't just start walking any direction and find a perfect spot - unlike dirt bikes.
First off, most of the central and southern part of the state is engulfed in redrock and sandstone hills, which not only are really good heat conductors, but also are usually too low to get *that* much snow.
Secondly, the mountains that do have a good 30" of powpow are completely covered in these evergreens-without-trunks, which means you can't use that mountain if there's too many, they're just too big.
And thirdly, if you do happen to find a mountain, that has no rocks, no weird evergreen shrubs, and has enough snow on it, chances are it's WAY too steep to do anything on!
So that's my little complaint about Utah, as I said, greatest snow on Earth, worst terrain in North America.
What are your thoughts on Utah's backcountry?