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Heading to Powder Mountain for the next 6 weeks......

post #1 of 25
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I am beyond excited as this Saturday Jan 24th approaches and I fly into SLC to begin a 6 week odyssey on snow at my favorite mountain in Utah.   I will live in Eden and ski most days at Powder Mt. with a few days at Alta or Brighton thrown in for variety.   

While there I will have a steady albeit not continual stream of family and friends come in for a few days or a week.  Powder Mt. is a friendly place and I have made friends with others there for the "season".    Last year I had the privilege to show the Bears who were in Utah for the gathering a little magic on the mountain -- not my skiing --but the terrain. :rolleyes.

If you are coming in and enjoy skiing some nice tree skiing at a pleasant pace (not too fast or slow) send me a PM and maybe we can make some turns together. 

In the mean time do a lil snow dance as they could use a good stream of storms.  

:p:D in the mean time I remain giddy that for the next 40+ days this Florida boy will be skiing 

post #2 of 25

Be there in a month, pal. 

Save some of the goods for me.

D1

post #3 of 25
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Originally Posted by mikebike View Post
 

I am beyond excited as this Saturday Jan 24th approaches and I fly into SLC to begin a 6 week odyssey on snow at my favorite mountain in Utah.   I will live in Eden and ski most days at Powder Mt. with a few days at Alta or Brighton thrown in for variety.   

While there I will have a steady albeit not continual stream of family and friends come in for a few days or a week.  Powder Mt. is a friendly place and I have made friends with others there for the "season".    Last year I had the privilege to show the Bears who were in Utah for the gathering a little magic on the mountain -- not my skiing --but the terrain. :rolleyes.

If you are coming in and enjoy skiing some nice tree skiing at a pleasant pace (not too fast or slow) send me a PM and maybe we can make some turns together. 

In the mean time do a lil snow dance as they could use a good stream of storms.  

:p:D in the mean time I remain giddy that for the next 40+ days this Florida boy will be skiing 

You lucky guy :D

 

Thanks for guiding last year at the gathering 

 

If you want to come to Tahoe to ski over challenging rocks and destroy your skis :mad

 

By all means let me know

post #4 of 25

A few of the SkiDivas will be in the Ogden Valley Jan 26-30, and at Alta on Jan. 25.  I'm also in Ogden Valley again Feb. 23-28.  I coordinated the Diva Week West last year and I believe we met up at the Alpine Pizza dinner - would love to ski with you sometime!  Safe travels and we'll probably see you soon.

post #5 of 25

My girlfriend and I are big Powder Mtn fans and have friends in Ogden who keep on inviting us out.  We are debating coming out in Early March as we already have a week booked at Telluride in February and are planning a week's ski safari in the northeast in later March around the eastern gathering.  If we do we will get in touch.

post #6 of 25

Hope you have a great time.  Don't pull a "bamaman" and break something ;)

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Hope you have a great time.  Don't pull a "bamaman" and break something ;)

Yes that would be the plan :rolleyes

I am just about packed - and still rather surprised-- as this is not my first long ski trip -- that I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas.  Stay tuned for some updates and such once the fun is underway.    :ski    :popcorn

post #8 of 25
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Day 1 - skied a full 6 hours for my first day on the slopes and also the first since leaving the flat warm countryside we have in Florida. 

It was a spectacular ski day (for one with no fresh snow) - groomers had done an excellent job and in the morning before it warmed a bit I was able to find some fresh (untracked) snow to play it - it was not powder but not heavy  and it was fun. I guess that is the benefit of skiing the same mountain for 8+ years. 

 

As the temps went just above freezing  I was watching the sun bathed slope on skiers left coming off of the Paradise Lift and when I figured it was right I headed over and found it to be as I had hope -- creamy corn snow.   Being that it is steep enough of a pitch it was a blast.  

As always the Powder Mountain crew of staff, lifty's, and ski patrol were friendly, helpful and relaxed.   That truly is the magic of Powder Mountain. 

post #9 of 25
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early morning pic on Day 2-- another bluebird  day with great skiing.  Nice corduroy and in after lunch some decent corn snow off piste. 
It was a good 6 + hour of skiing with mild temps--- generally the snow held up well 

post #10 of 25

Yeah, the past two days have been something else despite how warm. (I've been skiing at Basin, since it's out my back door.) I need to remember to ping you if I head over to PowMow anytime soon. I LOVE it there. It needs to snow, soon...

post #11 of 25
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Day 3 in the books... it was a cloudy day with flat light some of the time but we had a blast.  I have a long time friend and his buddy in for 3 days of skiing.  We played on all the groomers in the morning then ventured into the trees in the afternoon when the snow had softened a bit.  As good as it gets without any fresh snow.  


I am the guy in the blueish shell.   

I just looked on the Pow Mow web  site and they are reporting 4" - not much but better than nothing-  Today (day 4) holds some promise 

post #12 of 25
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Day 4--- Well the bluebird skye gave way to some fresh snow; it was only 5-6" but it skied deeper than that.   Had a great day playing in the trees until the fog got the best of us at about 2:30.  I know  that 5-6" is nothing compared to normal here but with the high pressure system that has been in place over much of Utah this refill in the trees was needed.

post #13 of 25

I'm jealous.  Pow Mow is may favorite place to ski.  6 weeks there sounds like a GREAT vacation.  :)  Nice jacket by the way...I have the exact same one.  

post #14 of 25
Keep those positive waves going for lots of new snow. Be there first week of March!
post #15 of 25
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Originally Posted by cstreu1026 View Post
 

I'm jealous.  Pow Mow is may favorite place to ski.  6 weeks there sounds like a GREAT vacation.  :)  Nice jacket by the way...I have the exact same one.  


Yes Powder Mt is my favorite place to ski--- I can play in the trees for days & days and nit tire of it. 

 

 

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Keep those positive waves going for lots of new snow. Be there first week of March!


I will still be here then ... and will hope we have had many good storms before then

 

Day 5 is in the books... still plenty of fresh lines to be had today and you did not have to look too hard to find them either.   It was sunny but the temps stayed in the  mid 20's which should make tomorrow more of the same

post #16 of 25
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Yes Powder Mt is my favorite place to ski--- I can play in the trees for days & days and nit tire of it. 

 

 


I will still be here then ... and will hope we have had many good storms before then

 

Day 5 is in the books... still plenty of fresh lines to be had today and you did not have to look too hard to find them either.   It was sunny but the temps stayed in the  mid 20's which should make tomorrow more of the same

 

See you soon and PM coming soon:)

post #17 of 25
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Day 6 is in the books.   Today was the 3rd day since it has snowed and yet I was still able to find fresh lines in the trees.   Another 6.5 hours of making turns and riding lifts.  Temps were nice today topping out 25 degrees so the snow stayed fresh all day as it often does at Powder 

post #18 of 25
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Day 7 -- a good day but you had to really look for fresh lines ....but they were there, just a lil harder to find.  Pretty cool weather occurrence today, the fog in the pic below was pushed up the hill and eventually covered the ski area for about an hour (not super dense) .... then blew on by.  It looked like  a scene out of a Stephen King novel as it approached 

post #19 of 25

Wow -- the fog makes it look like you're on top of the world.

post #20 of 25
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Day 8 in the books and my legs are still fresh, glad the 5,000 plus miles on the bicycle are paying off.   We need some new snow and it may be coming this week (one can only hope).   The snow off piste is getting choppy but still relatively soft.   I did ski a few more groomers and a little less in the trees but all in all a good day


The aspens are my playground   #livinlife  #powdermountain

post #21 of 25
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Days 9 & 10 -- Day 9 groomer day ... Day 10 They said 1" but it sure skied like 3" -- in any event it refreshed the trees and made today an excellent day.   Now I know what you are thinking - 3" made it a great day??   YES.  It is many themes what you make of it and I was expecting another day of nearly all groomers and we got to go anywhere we wanted on the top half of the mountain.  We truly had a great day.  

There is a storm brewing -how much we get is still up in the air --somewheres between 4-12".  Here is a pic of the erie lighting-   

 

It was taken at 10am

post #22 of 25

If you are keen on showing a  New Zealand skiier around your favourite mountain around  2/21-23 I'd love to hear from you

Me ,54 ,Male  not an extreme skiier but very confident

I havent booked a bed yet but I will probably stay in Ogden?

Cheers

John 

post #23 of 25
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John... i have been away from this thread for a bit.... I will be skiing the next 4 days with my Son who is in from Florida and will be catching up with him.  But at least we got some soft stuff to refresh the woods.  Enjoy your time at Powder Mt.   

post #24 of 25

Good update -- be there on the 4th.  Keep thinking those positive powder waves.

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I am now back home in Florida -safely.   While at Powder Mtn I was able to ski 40 of 43 days.  I had 2 travel days and took a day off while my wife was there to go shopping.  

All but 4 days I was able to play in the trees despite it being a dismal snow year.  Those 4 days were caused by warm temps followed by very cold temps and the snow in the woods became like a cement sidewalk. 

 

We had one serious storm while I was there - 17"  plus various wind loading.   That was a great day- one you had to stay on steep stuff and face shots abounded and even several way over the head shots in the wind loaded steeps.    The day after the storm was also a hoot as there were fresh lines everywhere for the shredding. 

The 2nd day after the storm I did some last minute Cat- skiing and it was 15 runs of untracked bliss from 8:40 - 5:15  We had a group of similar ability and we just kept lapping and moving down a perfect north facing fall line with slightly increasing steepness as we went - AWESOME. 

 

Overall in spite of a marginal snow year - there was decent (not epic) coverage. I had an excellent time and the legs held up very well after 40 + days of 6+ hours of skiing (excluding lunch) 

Now it is Florida -- and back on the bicycle 

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