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Utah April 9 - 13 super quick trip thoughts

post #1 of 11
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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!!  smile.gif

 

Thanks!

Joe

post #2 of 11

Although Supreme will be closed, any particular reason you didn't mention Alta?  I have a group of friends who will be there for the last week.  It's an annual alumni get together with mixed abilities from intermediated to expert.  Always good fun whether or not there is a late season storm for fresh powder.

 

I'll be at Alta March 30-April 6 with my daughter and friends.  Although I would love to show her Snowbasin, early April is not the time for that drive.

post #3 of 11
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Sadly, no Alta for me as I am a boarder.

post #4 of 11

I would concentrate on the Cottonwood Canyons.  Since your a boarder, you may prefer BCC.  But the best deal going is the spring ski and stay at Snowbird.

 

http://www.snowbird.com/specials/spring/?utm_source=hotdeals&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=hotdeals_april2013_springstayandski

post #5 of 11
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Thanks for the ski n stay special info.  Very attractive.  Any thoughts on the amount of Blues and lower end blacks at the Bird?  I know it's a tough mountain - Is there enough there to keep a solid intermediate entertained without getting him in over his head?

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Thanks for the ski n stay special info.  Very attractive.  Any thoughts on the amount of Blues and lower end blacks at the Bird?  I know it's a tough mountain - Is there enough there to keep a solid intermediate entertained without getting him in over his head?

I can only tell you what I've been told by others and have read. The Bird is steeper than your average hill (almost anywhere). Even for a "solid intermediate" you may find that those blues on the map are OK, but the Blacks might be too much and there are a lot of blacks! I will let the experts chime in though. It may depend on what you like to do though, conditions, etc.

 

I"m jealous though!! Have fun.

post #7 of 11

I would do the Spring Deal at Snowbird.

You have to go there if you never have been 

Its the "Holy Land", Check out the Cliff Lodge Spa.

They have a gym, jacuzzi, pool on the roof, Its fantastic!

My wife and I ski, and go to the club for a couple hours

If your not staying at the Cliff Lodge, but one of the other 

properties you can pay for the spa. We stayed at the Iron Blossom

Lodge last year, but we are staying at the Cliff Lodge this year.

The Cliff Lodge is truly ski in ski out. The beautiful locker room

is next to the slopes.

 

Also, you can still board Brighton for the day. Its not that far from Snowbird.

post #8 of 11

Well, I'll give my perspective. I am 49 and have been skiing since I was a kid. We skied every weekend in Maine for years and years. So, I can ski, but I'm out of shape and have back problems. In fact, years went by when I didn't ski due to health issues. I FINALLY made it out west 4 years ago. Since then I have skied in Summit County and Utah.

 

In Utah I have been to PCMR, DV, Canyons, Snowbird, and Alta. Snowbird is by far the resort with steepest stuff. It's also very intimidating due to it's size and overall awesomeness. It's like skiing in the Alps or something. When you get off the tram it is truly awe inspiring and scary!

 

Even the easy trails are sometimes frightening due to to proximity to cliffs, LOL. That said, you will be able to ski stuff from all lifts if you are like me. I'm OK with steepness, I don't like moguls (back), and I'm just OK in the powder. If you go (and it's open), head over to Mineral basin in the morning. It's sunny and warm and just a huge bowl of snow. Most of it is labeled a black diamond, but there are endless lines to ski that are not too difficult.

 

I'm not an expert on SB, but when I go back to SLC next week, it's tops on my list. Alta is also great with similar terrain. A bit less steep I guess. The only time I was there I skied in a blizzard and couldn't see a thing all day, so I'm not sure how it looks or anything. That is number two for us next week. We have one more day of skiing after SB and Alta, so we may choose the one we liked better for day 3. Or we might head to Solitude or Brighton.

 

Have a great trip!

post #9 of 11

I think you'd be fine.  Spring conditions can be variable and someone that skis that resort every day can help you figure out the exposures.  You might want to take a lesson if you can't find a local.

post #10 of 11

You'll most likely be fine at Snowbird.  It's a bit intimidating at first, but there are ways to get down that aren't super steep.  Mineral Basin can be fun for skiers of any level, traverse left to find the easier runs, or right for the harder ones.  Mineral Basin is nice and open and you can see what you're getting into before you drop in.

 

Take a lesson or hire a guide for a half day to show you around.

 

Brighton is also fun, but Snowbird is Snowbird and should be on everyone's must ski list.

 

Snowbasin typically closes much earlier than Snowbird, so you should keep a close eye on the conditions there and if it's worth driving up.

 

Mike

post #11 of 11

You might check to see if there are any lodging specials at Solitude.

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