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Snowbasin March 22nd and 24th

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OK, this is my first attempt so please be gentle.  For me personally, skiing in Utah this year has been mediocre, that was until Snowbasin this past weekend.  

 

Friday, March 22nd - Arrived at Snowbasin at 8:45AM and parked in the first row.  Weather that day was predicted to be dicey and dicey it was.  We started right in the middle of the mountain and had first tracks down blue groomers topped with 4-6" of snow.  It snowed on us virtually all day which meant free refills and that was a pleasant surprise considering the place felt deserted all day.  Once down, we headed back to the top and straight to Strawberry.  I seem to have bad luck with Strawberry.  I had only been in the area twice before this day and both days visibility was terrible.  The same was to be said on this day.  We headed left off of the gondola where I ran into a fellow skier stopped dead in his tracks.  He had stopped because you could barely see your hand held out in front of you and he was unsure of the way down.  Lucky for him, that seems to be my luck and I told him to follow me to the traverse back to mid-mountain.  Little did we know poor visibility at Strawberry was a blessing in disguise.  

 

Our next stop on the Snowbasin tour was John Paul.  I had to talk the friend I was with into going because the staff had written on the board that the John Paul area was ungroomed and was considered black only, no easy way down.  I'm starting to think they wrote that to preserve the powder because it was absolutely epic!  We stayed between there and Porcupine the entire rest of the day because it was untracked 8-12" of the softest famous Utah powder I've experienced in my short skiing career (3 years).  The bowls were off limits this day because of avalanche danger which was a disappointment.  

 

Sunday - March 24th - Arrived at Snowbasin at 8:30AM with some friends who had never been.  It was clear that it was going to be a much busier day than Friday (still not that busy however).  No new snow to report and the resort was much more tracked out than Friday.  We spend almost the entire time off of John Paul and Porcupine.  The bowls were open this day and much to our surprise, there was plenty of powder still available from two days earlier.  Of course, we made our traditional run to Strawberry to find visibility as poor as ever and so headed back to John Paul.  I will mention, the groomers this day were as smooth and as fast as anything I have skied all year.  It looks like this will be the closing of my ski season and it couldn't have ended on a better note.  The best time to ski in Utah for me seems to be mid-March to mid-April.  Maybe it's just my luck.  The pictures below are from the Sunday trip.  Unfortunately I didn't have my camera on Friday but the Sunday pic's should give you a little idea of what Friday might have been like.  Just a reminder, this is my first trip report so be kind. smile.gif

 

 

 

Just off of John Paul below Mt Ogden.  Yes, I did manage to fall right here.

 

 

 

Looking at Mt Ogden

 

 

 

 

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Very nice TR - especially since it was your first.

I really like the picture in Mt Ogden bowl.  It shows how much powder was still to be had 2 days after the storm.

 

BTW - I was also there on Sunday and had a great day.  The snow was still pretty light and fluffy, except for some of the more eastern facing slopes that are exposed to the morning sun.

 

I made it up to No Name first run of the day and was rewarded with some really nice snow. 

Here are a couple shots taken from my iPhone:

 

This is a shot from the top of No Name looking back towards Mt Ogden:

 

And one looking down towards the base from the top of No Name:


Edited by NeedToSki - 3/26/13 at 1:42pm
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Originally Posted by NeedToSki View Post

Very nice TR - especially since it was your first.

I really like the picture in Mt Ogden bowl.  It shows how much powder was still to be had 2 days after the storm.

 

BTW - I was also there on Sunday and had a great day.  The snow was still pretty light and fluffy, except for some of the more eastern facing slopes that are exposed to the morning sun.

 

I made it up to No Name first run of the day and was rewarded with some really nice snow. 

 

Here is a shot from the top looking back towards Mt Ogden:

 

That is a great pic.  No Name is the one area I've yet to make it to and everybody tells me it's fantastic.  Snowbasin isn't my "home" mountain and I only get there 2-3 times per season.  Next time I'll definitely take the hike up and give it a try.  

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