Hey all, new guy here looking for some Utah beta.
Flying into SLC Tuesday the 9th and planning on riding Wed n Thurs, then heading out to Eastern Nevada/Western Utah to poke around the lower elevations of the Goshutes, Silver Island Range, etc. on foot.
While it's no secret that Utah hasn't seen the totals that they are used to, the snow and trail reports still look half decent. Per the very informative Wasatch Snow Forecast blog, there appears to have been quite a bit of snow that fell this past weekend and long term a chance for some more closer to my arrival date.
Was thinking of Snowbasin and Solitude. With the base elevation of Solitude, I am no too concerned. Snowbasin, perhaps I am a bit concerned. I imagine that top 1/3 of Snowbasin would be fine, the bottom, maybe notsomuch.
If I were to come up with a plan B for snowbasin, I could stay in BCC and do Solitude and Brighton as I am familiar with both. If I were to leave my comfort zone and venture down to LCC, I imagine Snowbird would still be fine (or as fine as can be expected in April). Problem being, I hear that Snowbird is super tough. Question is, how tough? I am comfortable with blacks and lower angle trees. My buddy who will be along is solid blues. For a local comparison, he was fine on all blues at Snowbasin and Solitude on our last trip (2008). My fear is most of the blues at Snowbird would be mainly catwalks and not fall line skiing.
Also, I know how unredictable weather is and the trip being 13 days out make it dificult to predict, but, given current conditions, and historical April conditions, where would you guys choose? Keeping in mind that we don't need fancy on mountain food, no need for great service, muddy parking lots are fine. Ie, terrain and snow is what we are looking for.
Thanks a bunch in advance.
In return, we promise not to drive slow in the left lane on 80, we won't litter, we won't curse in liftlines, we won't lower the lift bar without warning and we won't stop in the middle of trails!!