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Snowbird nearly doubles trail count

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It looks like they nearly doubled their trail count.  Last year, I think they were in the 80's.  This year they have 169.  It looks like they're all listed on the trail map.  Have they actually posted signage for all the new "trails" too?  One thing I always liked about the 'Bird was how they just give you a general area to go ski... and marked trails were not necessary... except possibly for marketing.

 

The only potential benefit is if any new signage can do a better of job of pointing out the real danger zones.

 

http://www.snowbird.com/imagelib/trailmaps/Snowbird_TrailMap_Web.pdf

post #2 of 9
I haven't seen any signs for most of their double black ones. haven't seen any off of the cirque traverse skiing both back to the tram/peruvian or towards big emma side.

haven't seen any signs in the carbonate/get serious chutes area

but lots of "cliff area" warning signs

trail name signs might be there, but not very visible to me in case they exist
post #3 of 9

I suppose marketing must be trying real hard to impress the new boss.

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How many names did Big Emma used to have?

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How many names did Big Emma used to have?

Now its Upper, Middle, and Lower Emma. :rolleyes

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How many names did Big Emma used to have?

Now its Upper, Middle, and Lower Emma. :rolleyes


So it was just Big Emma before.

 

Didn't Stowe do something like that with their trail names some years back?  Saw the same idea at Wildcat on pretty much all the runs from the top.  Can have some value for intermediates and those going for the first time.  But the Snowbird trail map is certainly a lot more crowded now.

post #7 of 9

The does not appear to be any new terrain. So the increase is the result from two different actions. 

The first one is the obvious ploy of naming upper & lower sections of a long trail. Some makes sense, some don't. 

The second is putting names to existing trails that previously not named on the trail map. These names are always known to the locals and documented in various maps & book, but unknown to the casual tourist. The obvious additions are off the area by the Bookend, Knucklehead traverse, High Baldy traverse & the Baby thunder lift.        

 

This looks like a big push by the new owner to market the mountain to the folks that select vacation ski areas by stats. Things like annual snow fall, total vertical & trail count are important to the casual vacationing skiers. Basically, They are looking for more bodies to fund the planned future expansions.       

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This looks like a big push by the new owner to market the mountain to the folks that select vacation ski areas by stats. Things like annual snow fall, total vertical & trail count are important to the casual vacationing skiers. Basically, They are looking for more bodies to fund the planned future expansions.       

For sure.  A colleague that usually skis the BC interior once asked me how many trails there are at Snowbird.  He was decidedly underwhelmed by the 80 or so runs I quoted.  He couldn't comprehend the fact that at Snowbird, you just point and go... who needs a trail?

post #9 of 9
another big factor is to be able to report 100 open trails early in the season, good reason one would go to snowbird instead of another resort reporting 50 open trails
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