Was in LA for a meeting, then jumped to SLC for a quick few days before some of the hills closed. Unfortunately Snowbasin had closed the Strawberry gondola, and the web cams didn't look good, so decided to skip it, and spend the time at Snowbird, except for the first day, when the Quick Start pass was back in effect.
Knowing that there had been a few weeks of questionable weather, including one where I decided to go to WB instead of SLC because of really warm weather, I figured DV would probably have the best conditions due to their overzealous grooming, and of course the luxury / benefit of if being border free is always a great appeal, so I jumped off the plane, grabbed my gear from the relatives, and went over the pass.
Conditions appeared a little questionable to begin with:
Even the tree runs that are my favorites were barely in skiable condition:
However, during the day, there began to come in a dose of the white stuff that was certainly welcome:
At the end of the day, it was DV - overgroomed with may skiers with equipment far in excess of their capability. The Stratton of the west.
So for the rest of the week it was on to Snowbird, which had all sorts of conditions over the course of 4 days.
It started our just fine, with a least-coast style "packed powder" that was crusty but edge-able, however that changed on Tuesday with a nice little 11 inch storm. The roads were supposed to be fwd or chains only, but thanks to UDOT, I just sat behind while they did a fine job of getting me up LCC.
A nice layer of freshies was on tap, however the visibility was "Whistleresque", and you couldn't see jack at the top of the Little Cloud quad, and Road to Provo was closed, so it made for a short day for me.
Later in the week the sun came out, and conditions were fairly good, however it was big-time windblown, and the laps of the Baldy chair, with reportedly 60mph winds were a challenge, but Mineral Basin was fine, as was everything off Road to Provo.
While off of Road to Provo area, came across a little professional photo shoot action:
Took a nice break at the mid-station - (this aint no 475acre berm):
All in all it wasn't such a bad little trip.
Interesting how the season has gone as far as equipment at SLC. Started out looking like this:
Sent the Atomics to my son in New Mexico, sold the MR's to a friend in SLC, then went to this:
I shouldn't have sent the Access to my son, because I wanted to replace them ever since, so now a bright and shiny new pair are in SLC. The LX92's are already gone, as I like MX's better, so for next year they'll be either a pair of MX83's or 88's to take their place. These are the "old" MX108's, which are just spo much better than today's BMX108's it's hard to believe Kastle stopped making them. Trust me, if you have a chance to get some of the old 108's grab them and run - amazing ski.
Went home to FL for a few days, but now in Japan, going back to Vancouver and WB starting on Tuesday next week. Weather doesn't look so good, but oh well.........