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Snowbasin Utah Jan 9, 2012

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Another bluebird day above the inversion here in Utah.  The small storm over the weekend combined with outstanding snowmaking and grooming crews have Snowbasin skiing much better than you would expect.  For those of you who have never been there, here is a link to a helmet cam vido of my daughter, Kristina making a top to bottom run down from the top of the Strawberry gondola.  Gives you an idea how long the Snowbaisn runs are......

 

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DYdpWJh4Seko%26feature%3Dmfu_in_order%26list%3DUL&h=PAQHu1W3nAQEcDzKAw0hwWFzwDcJAlv4HW6Tk64X6HEcCyw

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Nice video of your daughter.  But also depressing.  I was there last March and it was covered in snow.  I recognize the place... but not.  We never stayed on the trail at Strawberry; there was way too much good fresh stuff. 

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Yeah it was pretty bad Sunday. Less snow than there was a month ago, and things that are usually slopes by December are bushes and dirt. Rocks peppered throughout the middle of named runs and slick patches all over. The little bit of snow we got over the weekend made for some fun just off the trail, but it was all but inevitable that you would hit a rock, probably a few.

 

The weather was nice for most of the day, but on my last run, got some of the dreaded Strawberry Fog and couldn't see a damn thing. That combined with the rocks and ice patches made for some scary turns--and not the good kind : )

 

Looks like a fun afternoon with your daughter, though. Also looks like you got there for the best part of the day, unlike my lazy self.

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Originally Posted by hep4186 View Post

Another bluebird day above the inversion here in Utah.  The small storm over the weekend combined with outstanding snowmaking and grooming crews have Snowbasin skiing much better than you would expect.  For those of you who have never been there, here is a link to a helmet cam vido of my daughter, Kristina making a top to bottom run down from the top of the Strawberry gondola.  Gives you an idea how long the Snowbaisn runs are......

 

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DYdpWJh4Seko%26feature%3Dmfu_in_order%26list%3DUL&h=PAQHu1W3nAQEcDzKAw0hwWFzwDcJAlv4HW6Tk64X6HEcCyw


That looked like a beautiful run down. A lot of it seemed more Green than Blue. Are the Blues at Snowbasin on the easier side in general?

 

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That looked like a beautiful run down. A lot of it seemed more Green than Blue. Are the Blues at Snowbasin on the easier side in general?

 



The very beginning is just a lightly graded cat track that winds around to the actual slopes. I wouldn't say blues at Snowbasin are any easier than anywhere else. Overall, I'd say it's the most diverse resort in Utah and I think its ratings are pretty accurate.

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That looked like a beautiful run down. A lot of it seemed more Green than Blue. Are the Blues at Snowbasin on the easier side in general?

 



No, they tend to be challenging.  Helmet cams have a funny way of making steeps look like nothing; something about the lens orientation (but I know zero about cameras, this is just what I've been told).  Skiing Strawberry from the top is fantastic - and when it's clear, the view to the west over the entire Salt Lake basin is incredible.

 

As long as it stays cold, Snowbasin's high-tech snowmaking can make up for a lot and when I was there 12-23 to 12-30 it was great until the 29th, when it got warm and we had mashed potatoes.  (I used it as practice for SoCal.)  But it is an extremely dry year so far, almost frighteningly so given that the snow provides the water for the rest of the year.

 

I'm going to burn our Christmas tree and follow some kind of ritual this weekend to break up that high pressure ridge.  I may even go buy some junky skis from a thrift store to burn in sacrifice to Ullr.

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No, they tend to be challenging.  Helmet cams have a funny way of making steeps look like nothing; something about the lens orientation (but I know zero about cameras, this is just what I've been told).  Skiing Strawberry from the top is fantastic - and when it's clear, the view to the west over the entire Salt Lake basin is incredible.

 

As long as it stays cold, Snowbasin's high-tech snowmaking can make up for a lot and when I was there 12-23 to 12-30 it was great until the 29th, when it got warm and we had mashed potatoes.  (I used it as practice for SoCal.)  But it is an extremely dry year so far, almost frighteningly so given that the snow provides the water for the rest of the year.

 

I'm going to burn our Christmas tree and follow some kind of ritual this weekend to break up that high pressure ridge.  I may even go buy some junky skis from a thrift store to burn in sacrifice to Ullr.


Thanks, that it was I was lead to believe by other things I've seen and heard.

 

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