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Snowbird and Alta Spring 2015

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Well in what is turning out to be my yearly trip to Salt lake city, i was unsure to go for it this year due to the poor reports coming out form the US resorts. I live in Scotland and it is not a cheap trip and a long way but has always been worth it previously... 

 

The trip involved about 4 days kin New Orleans then 6 days in Salt Lake then back for a week in New Orleans.... so hot to cold and back to heat... certainly felt weird arriving in New Orleans with skis in a big bag... 

 

Normally this would be a very detailed write up but its now October and i got back mid April so i was lazy and didn't do the video until last week and this has certainly got my head in Ski mode again... 

 

Day one Snowbird

 

I left New Orleans early and the flight was good but bumpy... arriving in SLC by about 10 ish and by the time i got my hire car and drove up the mountain i was on snow by about midday at Snowbird... On arrival i was like oh oh this is going to be rubbish... all i heard was icy sliding noises... went out and explored the Mountain and it was just like i remember it but with about half the snow... was still a fun day and finding my ski legs since i hadn't skied for 6 weeks... i lasted till about 3 and gave up for the day and at this point i was regretting taking my 118 wide Billy Goats and wishing i had taken my 102 Kung Fujas...I headed back down to the city and my usual hotel in Midvale and crashed as i was so tired with the ice shattering legs then heavy spring snow... 

 

 

Day two Alta

 

Well i am still not sure which one i prefer out of Alta or Snowbird but this was one awesome day... woke up to rain in the city and headed up sharp to Alta... On arrival it was snowing and snowing pretty hard... rushed to get a pass and up Collins i went... what an awesome first few runs lapping Sugarloaf and the extrovert piste, there was hardly anyone there and i had all the fresh turns to myself!!! Later in the morning i made my way to the Catherines area off Supreme and it was fun and again some lovely fresh snow in the trees trying to stay as far right as i could to avoid other people. Later on in the day was fun off high traverse and dipping in all the runs from it... Overall what a day it was and what i picture Utah skiing to being like. It sucked as it certainly wasnt a day for photographs but got some good runs on the GoPro... 

 

Day three Snowbird

 

Well there was more snow after i left so decided to hit up Snowbird, driving up i was shocked how low down the snow was since the first day there was nothing there at all, it was bluebird and dam it was going to be a fun morning.  i managed to get on the second tram up and then the mad rush for Cirque, wow that was fun, did a couple laps and made some nice tracks. On my third i went over the side down to the Gad valley and down Regulator which had been pisted but was that lovely soft springy piste and i got some great speed up there. rest of the morning was spent on Baldy which was perfect and again a mad rush once it opened...  hard hike since not used to the altitude. Was dead after 2 times up there so spend the rest of the day just cruising... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 Snowbird

 

This was certainly a good day... i had picked up the other half from the airport the night before and she was a Salt Lake virgin so spent the day showing her around Snowbird and just cruising about... She tested out some new Rossignol Saffron 7s which she eventually bought and i just flew about skiing what it felt like to being any condition of snow possible in one day. 

 

 

Day 5 Alta

 

Well it was Alta demo day and i love going to this and have been for the previous four years. started off skiing Sugarloaf and then Supreme showing the other half the entire mountain then heading back over to the ON3P tent and getting out some Kartel 98s and dam these are some fun skis, only thing i would think of replacing is my Kung Fujas and these would be the skis i would change them too so lively and poppy and so different to the Billy Goats i have been skiing on this trip... It was a great fun day with Fiona preferring Supreme pisted runs and the Mambo run then the black runs at the bottom of Collins.... I had a couple trips into Bone crusher and High rustler which were very sketchy to get into but fun whilst into. Another great day was had. 

 

Day 6 Snowbird

 

I gave Fiona the choice of the two resorts and she picked Snowbird since she loved the runs down Peruvian and then regulator so we headed back there and it was a perfect spring day, lots of fun and every snow condition except some powder. We gave up around 4 and had certainly made the most of the day with Fiona always going one more  and one more... we scooted down the mountain and straight to the airport and was back in our beds in New Orleans by midnight... 

 

Overall the trip was still perfect... was it a low snow year - yes and this was very noticeable to previous years, most importantly i had so much fun and yes i plan to be back again in April 2016. Now bellow is the video to see how much fun was had....  i have the blue skis and fiona the Pink... 

 

 

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Glad you had a good time.  Hopefully we will have better snow this year.

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Nice report. Pray for  a better snow year. But the report is helping me get psyched. 

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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post
 

Glad you had a good time.  Hopefully we will have better snow this year.

 

 

thanks.... i certainly did... dont think there has been a better place for spring skiing but i do have memories of the 19 inch powder days of three years ago...

 

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Nice report. Pray for  a better snow year. But the report is helping me get psyched.

 

yes i booked my new years trip to Val D'ISere, France then started to think about this video...

 

still have the season edit to make which covered Utah, Verbier and Val Thorens 

 

i am now stuck looking at ski stuff daily... 

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Fun TR as always, better late than never.  Fiona is clearly getting more adventurous.  How big is her quiver?  :)

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Fun TR as always, better late than never.  Fiona is clearly getting more adventurous.  How big is her quiver?  :)

 

she has one good pair but she bought those skis for her one ski everything ski... and i am impressed with those skis if they were not too light a swing weight then i would try the mens equivalent... 

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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

Fun TR as always, better late than never.  Fiona is clearly getting more adventurous.  How big is her quiver?  :)

 

she has one good pair but she bought those skis for her one ski everything ski... and i am impressed with those skis if they were not too light a swing weight then i would try the mens equivalent... 


I like Rossi skis in general.  Have had a good time on Temptations during demo days, as well as the Saffron 7 at the Alta Demo Day.  The Savory 7 wasn't quite wide enough for the 25" dump on April 15 so I switched to something 115cm underfoot for the afternoon.  First time I've had a chance to ski in powder that deep since improving enough to deal with powder over 8 inches without having to think too hard.

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