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A Basin May 23 - 27, 2013

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Trip report for A Basin, May 23rd to May 27th

 

Background : I am a beginner who  got the bug last year when I skied first time in Steamboat, and then in Powderhorn in March. After the trip to Powderhorn, I bought my boots and skis, an Atomic Hawx 80, and Rossi 74. Also bought all the things needed to tune and wax them, maybe too much for a beginner and a recreational skier, but I always want to learn the craft I practice (I am a hand drummer, and build my own drums too). So tuned and waxed the skies with the help of you tube and forum tips and was too impatient to hold it off till November to try them out.

 

Got a good deal with room and flights, packed my skis nicely and I was off to the legend. Managed to get all my stuff in a carry on and a backpack, with no middle layers packed. Will have to check in a bag when I go back in winter as everything was packed with no space. Stayed at Keystone and had rented a car as the local buses are not running on weekdays in the resorts.

 

First day : Had a headache when I woke up, took 2 advils and headed to ski. temp was 25 F at 5.00 am, so there was ice in the morning in the shadows. Tried the wrangler first and it was a varied terrain from ice to soft, but got used to the new boots and skis. Made a few runs and then went to Sundance, since it started becoming soft (temp around 45 F) by noon, it was becoming difficult to maintain speed and balance going through the puddles. Had  lunch at the mid way cafe, and it was pretty good. Called it a day around 1.00 pm and went to Dillon in the evening

 

Second day : Much more comfortable in the early morning with wrangler and sundance, and after a few runs went to High noon. Was very pleased to find myself comfortable in the blue, but was skidding in the turns sometimes instead of carving, specially on the right turn. Went up the hill and came down through Humbug and Dercum's and high noon. made 2 trips like that and then it started becoming slushy by 12.00 noon. After a few runs on sundance called it a day. Went to Dillon and got a swix F4 liquid wax as the skis were dry, there were some deep scratches too. Waxed the skis and polished with a shop rag and they looked better.

 

Third day : Was busier than the weekdays, but not that much. Went up and don't know why but was not comfortable coming down the pipe sort shape of Humbug, the back edges were kind of gripping on turns. Maybe I was  trying to turn the body in anticipation. Kept doing the laps and was getting the feel of slushy snow, and the adjustments to be made.

 

Fourth day : This was the best day so far. In the morning I was carving better when the groomed runs were fresh, and I increased my speed in the slush and everything started becoming easier. I should have done this from the first day but I guess this is the learning progression. Did the laps till the puddles became too big at places. I was also able to find the better way down avoiding the puddles by going through the portions where it was still good for me. Ended the skiing at 1.00 pm and stuck around to have a beer at 2.00 pm at the beer fest.

 

All in all, I enjoyed the trip. I think that i will have fun in the groomers in the winter and my technique will be better in harder snow. Here are some photos from the beginning to the end. Even had a chance to fly the dreamliner on the way back to Houston :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 11

Very nice late season TR!  I have no doubt you will benefit next season from the experience. cool.gif

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I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed yourself!   As you know, that snow was pretty challenging, but a challenge is great for your skiing.   A groomed blue on normal snow is going to be a piece of cake for you next year.

 

So... where and when is your next ski trip?    Did any of the areas in Summit County catch your eye?  

 

I'd suggest you avoid the very early season skiing on the WROD (White Ribbon of Death - only one run open on man made snow).   Wait until there are at least several runs open at a number of resorts to spread the early season gonzo traffic around.   That's usually sometime around Thanksgiving.

post #4 of 11

Well done, Whitelight.

 

One word of caution... the addiction only gets worse from here on.

post #5 of 11

Great inspiration!  Sounds like a fun trip!

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I did not visit the copper or bracken areas, just keystone. I also studied the trail maps and found copper mtn. very interesting for winter, or keystone. The other alternative is Alta.

I will try and find out which of this is the best for me, less crowded, easier groomed wide long slopes to carve with some speed. It's a long way till then but I will ask for advice here.
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Originally Posted by Whitelight View Post

I did not visit the copper or bracken areas, just keystone. I also studied the trail maps and found copper mtn. very interesting for winter, or keystone. The other alternative is Alta.

I will try and find out which of this is the best for me, less crowded, easier groomed wide long slopes to carve with some speed. It's a long way till then but I will ask for advice here.

Sooner or later, you have to take a trip to Utah.  Alta was my favorite there as an intermediate long ago.  Still is now that I enjoy skiing off the High T.  Was a great place for my daughter to become an advanced skier even though she only got a week during spring break the last few years.  We had at least one powder day each trip, even when Easter was late and the slopes were open later in April.  Skiers only is a plus.

 

Also consider Snowbasin.  From the top of the gondolas, the groomers go on forever.  Snowbasin is essentially always uncrowded, including on weekends.

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Originally Posted by Whitelight View Post

I did not visit the copper or bracken areas, just keystone. I also studied the trail maps and found copper mtn. very interesting for winter, or keystone. The other alternative is Alta.

I will try and find out which of this is the best for me, less crowded, easier groomed wide long slopes to carve with some speed. It's a long way till then but I will ask for advice here.

Its only just begun

Tahoe, Big Sky, Jackson Hole, Pacific Northwest, ..........the list goes on and on........

post #9 of 11

Nice!  You should hook up with Fuzzybabybunny, (Victor). He does like to kind of go straight though, but you'd have fun.

 

Wide open groomers?

Sun Valley, Idaho perhaps.

Moonlight Basin, MT cause no one's there, and Big Sky next door cause it's good to see a human once in awhile.

 

It's endless dude...

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The addiction gets worse, is a truism of skiing. I use to be hooked on having at least 4 pair of skis at a time, then a got a craving for Gore-Tex. Both are punishing habits, so now I only keep two or three in the quiver at a time.

I second the nod for Snowbasin, endless groomers, an intermediate's delight, though you didn't do badly by starting at Steamboat, best powder in CO.

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The addiction gets worse, is a truism of skiing. I use to be hooked on having at least 4 pair of skis at a time, then a got a craving for Gore-Tex. Both are punishing habits, so now I only keep two or three in the quiver at a time.

I second the nod for Snowbasin, endless groomers, an intermediate's delight, though you didn't do badly by starting at Steamboat, best powder in CO.

 

And a third for Snowbasin.  For what you're looking for - good, long, beginner/intermediate groomers and mild to moderate crowds - Snowbasin is great.

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