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Great pow adventure '14... I hope.

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Thread Starter 
After gaining lots of knowledge from stealthily watching the threads I thought it was time i reared my ugly head and say hi! Great forums, lots of knowledge and balanced discussions here as opposed to other flaming-pits on the Internet which keeps my grumpy levels nice and low.

I am currently planning an adventure to the Rockies (and possibly beyond) in a few weeks time and was hoping for a bit of local knowledge to steer me right. I have had a long held dream (since I was about 11) to wander freely amongst proper mountains with waist deep powder and not a care in the world. Well, that time has arrived! As I'm just abut to sell my business and Scotland isn't renowned for 12000ft peaks or snow, I'm looking west.

I have made a loose plan so far (1st danger sign..) and I have been watching the threads for the snow reports before I firm up what I want to do. My original plan involved telluride, Durango and up past copper, a-basin then on up past wp (for a blast from the past) to steamboat. From there a long drive through to SLC area for alta, solitude and maybe a few others. I also plan on driving north again to hit grand targhee, Jackson and money/time dependent big sky before a long drive back to Denver for the big bird home!

I have a million questions so I'll limit myself to a few, sorry...

How's the Colorado snow? I know wolf creek is solid which is good for the south and steamboat sounds awesome, but I see mixed reports for elsewhere and Utah. Am I better driving to a few snowier Colorado areas then try to focus up north in Wyoming or Montana? I know a lot can and will change and I promise to keep watching but I have no idea how your winter patterns stack up so am a bit clueless here.

Any suggestions for cheaper, more local towns where my buck will allow me to go further? It's my aim to spank 2 months taking as many face plants as possible so I won't be skiing in/out, unless its from an RV! I would quite like to meet & ski with some real folk (maybe from this forum if available?) so please, steer me clear of the glitzy places. Ill last about 3 days before leaving a broke man!

What to do about travel? Looked at RV rental (maybe, but berthing would be a headache amongst a few things) car rental (made my eyes water when I googled it) or maybe even buy one for the time I'm over there?

And would a pair of Rossi soul 7's do me for the trip? I have skis here but they would be like ice skates out west!

Thanks for taking the time to read this, never mind those that reply!

Oh, a bit about me. Been on my skis since I was 8ish (33 now), spent every weekend as a teenager on the hills and am batshit-crazy about skiing. advanced/expert I'd say, but I'd leave the judgement to others. All I know is it comes naturally and you got to let it flow!

Cheers,

Keith

Or how about the powder highway up north? Hmm....
post #2 of 8

Keith, sounds like a great trip.  Everywhere is great depending on conditions.  Colorado is doing better than here Utah right now, but as I sit here typing, it's snowing outside.  As for traveling north out of CO and UT -- Targhee is known for great powder, Jackson is legendary, and Big Sky is huge...if the conditions are looking good, I'd definitely head up that way, too.

 

I'll let others fill in what I can't answer...which is a lot.

 

Transportation - don't know the best option there, maybe others can help

 

Lodging - airbnb.com, couchsurfing.com, vrbo.com (I've only used vrbo.com, and it's certainly more expensive than the other two)

 

Small Towns - try anything slightly outside of the main ski towns.  here in utah you can stay in SLC or Ogden and still have quick access to the ski areas.  There are public buses that run from salt lake up to the ski areas in the cottonwood canyons (http://www.rideuta.com/mc/?page=RidingUTA-SkiService) and buses that run from Ogden to Snowbasin and Powder Mountain.

 

Skis - the Soul 7 would work great.  You'd want wider if you hit epic powder, but the 106 waist will work in anything.  If you're trying to save money, then you can buy used skis here.  I don't know what in Denver, but here in SLC we have Second Track Sports (www.2ndtracks.com/) with great prices.

 

Hope this helps a bit.  I'm sure others will provide their inputs, too.

 

Good Luck!

 

T. - wasatchreport.com

post #3 of 8

When making your ski selection, you might want to keep in mind that most large destination ski areas are firmer most of the time than they or their proponents would like you to think.

 

A dedicated powder ski may simply seem sluggish and slow to hook up in the conditions that you can expect to encounter most often. The Soul 7 might work well; I haven't ever tried it. I live on British Columbia's Powder Highway, and I use a pair of skis with a 96mm waist as my daily driver.

post #4 of 8

jhcooley, so true about the hard snow -- the 98mm Sin 7 would probably be the best choice for all round conditions if he's set on rossis (not as stiff as the experience 98).  i used to ski a 98mm as my daily ski, now i have a 103mm Ritual, but only because I have an 80mm, a 110mm, and a 115mm to also choose from.

 

ah, what first world problems we have.

 

T. - wasatchreport.com 

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your input folks, it seems that my thread has posted twice so I'm getting a lot of it!

I'm currently using head xrc800 here in Scotland, so a wee treat will happen and I fear I'm caught in rossi's marketing machine.. The soul 7 looks great and fairly versatile for your kind of snow, but I'm not so sure it would like an icy day with high winds at cairngorm mountain. I would like to use them at home but its a second need, primary requirement is something that does groomers without being a handful yet is at home in fairly deep stuff when it's available. I like groomers, ski quite aggressively when the slopes are clear and want to improve my deeper snow skills. What's your thoughts on either armada tst or line sir Francis bacon?

Cheers
post #6 of 8

Just so you are aware, the last significant snow that hit Wolf Creek was before Christmas. We got hammered over and over and over in the early season that got the base established, but storms have all drifted North since then.

 

What happened last week does not determine what happens next week, but right now we have mild snow in the forecast for the weekend and then nothing next week.

 

If the goal is to ski powder rather than a bunch of resorts, I would keep your options open and decide an itinerary based on the forecast about a week out.

post #7 of 8

It just snowed quite a bit here in Utah, and elsewhere in the West.  Check out the snow totals for the Utah resorts here:

 

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/slc/snow/

 

BTW -- it's snowing outside as I sit here and type this, too.

 

T. - www.wasatchreport.com

post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by anachronism View Post
 

Just so you are aware, the last significant snow that hit Wolf Creek was before Christmas. We got hammered over and over and over in the early season that got the base established, but storms have all drifted North since then.

 

What happened last week does not determine what happens next week, but right now we have mild snow in the forecast for the weekend and then nothing next week.

 

If the goal is to ski powder rather than a bunch of resorts, I would keep your options open and decide an itinerary based on the forecast about a week out.

 

This no longer holds. The pattern has shifted and Wolf just got hammered back to one of the deepest bases in the state and there is a ton of snow in the forecast.

 

My understanding from lots of lift rides with NM folks recently is Taos needs more to be good to go, but with snow in the forecast you can now see how it will get there. Telluride and Silverton have been faring pretty decently and have the base to make a powder day amazing.

 

When is this trip happening?

 

Finally, that is an enormous amount of driving for a ski trip. You may save money and have a better time by booking the flight, and deciding where to go and park based on the 2 week forecast rather than driving all over creation. Booking last minute for rooms will be more expensive, but you will save lots of gas money and time by staying put at the place where it is going to dump, or moving between 2-3 places depending on the forecast.

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