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post #31 of 51

Couple miscellaneous non-skiing tips for your first Utah ski trip:

 

  - although it's unlikely to be as much an issue in UT as at some of the higher elevation Colorado resorts, read up on the effects altitude might have so you can recognize and deal with them if it rears it's head (also have your companion read up - one of you might notice what's going on with the other before you realize it yourself)

 - do some touristy things in addition to skiing til you drop

     - if weather's clear, hang at Alta or Snowbird after skiing until it's full dark - the views of SLC on the way back down the canyon road are pretty memorable

     - along those same lines, since it sounds like you're going to have a car, make the time to drive into downtown SLC and see the temple - it's a pretty impressive sight whether you're Mormon or not (also look for the Seagull statue - might just be me, but as a guy from the South Jersey seashore I found it kind of bizarre to run across a statue of a seagull in the middle of Utah!)

     - bring home something other than (or at least in addition to) t-shirts and sweatshirts, I've lived in 5 different places since my first western ski trip 30+ years ago and a print from my first trip has always hung on the wall somewhere in each; I've also got assorted knickknack crap from other trips but that picture will always be something special

post #32 of 51

If like Mexican you should try to get to the Red Iguana. They have 7-8 kinds of Mole. We loved the place.

post #33 of 51

2 thumbs up on Red Iguana.And I grew up in  Texas.

post #34 of 51

Ahhhhh the Red Iguana is amazing!

post #35 of 51

Red Iguana for Moles

Mocasalsa for burritos

Lone Star for tacos

 

if you got red iguana and order fish tacos after eating fish tacos at lone star will be pays more money and be dissappointed, but their moles is exceptional.

post #36 of 51

Don't go to the Red Iguana hungry.  In 3 times trying to eat there, I've never seen less than an hour wait for a table at either location.  The first time we waited... and it was pretty good.  The 2nd and 3rd times we were just too hungry to deal with the wait... especially after 6 hours of skiing.

post #37 of 51
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If like Mexican you should try to get to the Red Iguana. They have 7-8 kinds of Mole. We loved the place.

so, so good

post #38 of 51

Have you ever been stuck at the mountain when the road is closed with no place to stay?

post #39 of 51
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Have you ever been stuck at the mountain when the road is closed with no place to stay?

 

Happens all the time in WA. Several times have sat on the road while avy control work being done.  It happens. Just make sure you got gas in the tank, and wait for the avy and road crews to do their thing. It's not like the road will be closed for more than a few hours. I suspect it's no different in UT, CO, or CA...

post #40 of 51

ccohen,

 

I hope you finally figured out your final travel plans.  We're supposed to get some more snow here in Utah over the next week, so conditions should be good.  It's been a bit dry lately, but the groomers are good and the extra snow will make them superb.  If you haven't committed to where you're skiing, I really like the inputs you've previously received, except I'd swap out Brighton with Park City.  By going to Solitude you get to see the BCC, so you should go experience Park City, too.

 

Good luck, have fun, and check out my single webpage with links to a lot of great information for skiers here along the Wasatch!

 

T. - wasatchreport.com

post #41 of 51
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ccohen,

 

I hope you finally figured out your final travel plans.  We're supposed to get some more snow here in Utah over the next week, so conditions should be good.  It's been a bit dry lately, but the groomers are good and the extra snow will make them superb.  If you haven't committed to where you're skiing, I really like the inputs you've previously received, except I'd swap out Brighton with Park City.  By going to Solitude you get to see the BCC, so you should go experience Park City, too.

 

Good luck, have fun, and check out my single webpage with links to a lot of great information for skiers here along the Wasatch!

 

T. - wasatchreport.com

 

Hey, thanks! We do have it pretty much nailed down, last day is going to be at Snowbasin (we pushed our flight back yet again in order to have a full Saturday ski day). Would love to hit PC sometime though. Anyway, I am a little discouraged about the weather thus far; I know you'll see a few inches this weekend but the rest of the week doesn't look too great (light snow showers, if any). I'm sure we'll still have a great time, but it would've been nice to ski on a 60"-70" + base with some fresh snow that the second week of January typically provides in UT. I'm jealously looking at CO who's been getting dumped on. But hey, skiing is skiing. 

post #42 of 51

just skied snowbasin today and, while it's a terrific resort with lots of various terrain, it (like all the UT resorts) needs a fresh dusting of snow.  you'll like snowbasin -- no crowds, incredible lodges, warm gondolas, incredible views...I just hope we get more snow before you arrive.

 

as for weather, i really like this website, http://www.wasatchsnowforecast.com/, because it gives daily updates in detail of the expected weather patterns and snow fall.  there's a link to this site from my website, too.

 

Have a great trip!

 

T. - wasatchreport.com

post #43 of 51

Cannot offer advice about where to ski near SLC.  Can make some comments about being an eastern skier (I know the mountains you mentioned) going out west for the first time.  Powder is something you are not accustomed to.  Ask for advice if you get to ski any big powder days - it requires some adjustment.  What differentiates most blacks in the west from those in the east is length and width moreso than steepness.  And, especially early in the year, the steeps in the east can be "chuted out" so that your tossing yourself down an icy half-pipe.   In the east you see much more narrow, icy, but short steeps.  Out west the steeps last longer but are wider and have this stuff on them that we eastern skiers and not very familiar with - they call it "snow" IIRC.   You have room to turn, snow to get hold , and distance to work out any issues, of so you don't have to claw you way down or just ride it out and pray.  

 

Out west, if they weather is off or early in the season, you may get the satisfaction of riding up a lift with some local who is complaining about how icy it is and you can laugh and say, "that ain't ice" because to you, it is snow as good as any you ever get to ski.

 

 

You are young so this may be less true for you but the much longer runs, and altitude, will show up any flaws in your skiing so you may get worn out more quickly.  

post #44 of 51

I love this from Knucklehead!  It always amuses me to be on a lift in Utah with a local complaining about snow quality.  It's always " You shoulda been here last week!"

 

I actually like  some iciness sometimes--if you know it's there and are ready for it and have  sharp enough edges to hold.

post #45 of 51

Hardpack is not what we get on a plane and fly to Utah to ski.  We can do that at home.

post #46 of 51

I recall some consistently icy places off to the left at Deer Valley.  Just saying....

post #47 of 51

Ice is when you can look straight through a foot of "base" and see grass. DV will have polished marble in places...

post #48 of 51
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Hardpack is not what we get on a plane and fly to Utah to ski.  We can do that at home.

Yup. It's one thing to make the best of a bad situation. It's another to spend hundreds to thousands of dollars to do so.
post #49 of 51
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Yup. It's one thing to make the best of a bad situation. It's another to spend hundreds to thousands of dollars to do so.

 

Bad situation?

 

Alta 190" ytd, 67" base

Brighton 170" ytd, 55" base

Snowbird 187" ytd, 67" base

Solitude 144" ytd, 56" base

 

Not so sure I'd call those numbers a "bad situation."

post #50 of 51

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Originally Posted by BobMc View Post
 

 

Bad situation?

 

Alta 190" ytd, 67" base

Brighton 170" ytd, 55" base

Snowbird 187" ytd, 67" base

Solitude 144" ytd, 56" base

 

Not so sure I'd call those numbers a "bad situation."

 

I can't speak for you, but spending a thousand dollars to go spring skiing is kind of a big deal for me and my family.  It's not the end of the world, but if I can avoid it, I'm going to try to do so.

post #51 of 51

 Great skiing in Park City today. Cold, and crisp snow. Vail is doing a good job with grooming out the 2 feet or so we got from the last storm. Bracing for warm weather next week, but when it gets warmer, go higher. The skiing will be fine. But for powder, looks like February. Or next week. 

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