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post #31 of 43
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Thanks again for all your input as we are more leaning toward altabird or Jackson hole more for the crowds and more exiting terrain. 

More exciting terrain for sure .

 

Not so much on the crowd management aspect. 

post #32 of 43

Not sure how your knees are faring at age 50, but one potential factor is footrests on lifts. Snowbird and Vail have them but Alta does not. 

post #33 of 43
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Not sure how your knees are faring at age 50, but one potential factor is footrests on lifts. Snowbird and Vail have them but Alta does not. 

 

Hmm I am 69 with crap knees and manage Alta just fine. 

post #34 of 43
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Hmm I am 69 with crap knees and manage Alta just fine. 

I would have thought you've lived long enough that you've learned to ignore any comment that has anything to do with age!:cool

post #35 of 43
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Not sure how your knees are faring at age 50, but one potential factor is footrests on lifts. Snowbird and Vail have them but Alta does not. 

 

Hmm I am 69 with crap knees and manage Alta just fine. 


That reminds me . . . anyone who is in their 50's and wants to feel young should spend a few days at Alta mid-week.  I think the average age of the Wild Old Bunch is probably at least 70.  Can always find a few around 11:00 at Alf's.  Only time they ski the groomers is when it's too frozen first thing in the morning during spring conditions.

post #36 of 43
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Hmm I am 69 with crap knees and manage Alta just fine. 

So where are you floating during hurricane season?   Just a tad off topic!

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So where are you floating during hurricane season?   Just a tad off topic!

 

I am tucked into my favorite spot in Clarks Court Bay on the South Coast of Grenada but will be off to the Tobago Cays then Tobagao followed by Trinidad. 

post #38 of 43

Sorry,just saw the title and dropped in with a little local favoritism. Vail is flat. AltaBird is not. Also, Little Cottonwood Canyon is the Rocky's best snow, period.

post #39 of 43

Not saying it's an issue for everyone, and at 36 I don't have any issue personally. But my parents, longtime Alta lovers and around your age, can no longer ski more than a few runs at Alta because there aren't footrests, and many of their friends have the same problem. So thought I'd mention it in case this is a factor for the OP. Most resorts have footrests -- especially the Vail-type resorts -- so some people may not anticipate this.

post #40 of 43

Can't ski without footrest?

Bring your own. Mrs. Grump does.  

She even have different color ones to match all her outfits. :cool

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Can't ski without footrest?
Bring your own. Mrs. Grump does.  
She even have different color ones to match all her outfits. cool.gif

This is some gizmo that dangles from the chair? How big is it?
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This is some gizmo that dangles from the chair? How big is it?

 

Sorry for the thread drift.

The portable foot rest is call Krazy Legs. We bought it at A-Basin back in the mid 80's. It was hot pink. :eek 

The company has gone out of business long ago. Can't find any traces of it on the net.

   

It's carried around in a self contained fanny pack. The pack itself is 4"H x 10"L x 1" T.    

Technical it is not attached to the chair. It is attached to the waist of the skier.

It transfer the weight of the skies, boots & leg section below the knees to the waist area. 

 

The original got very worn over the years. A few years back, I took the original apart and use it as a template to make new ones.  

Many bears who attended gathering had seen her use it. Kind of like pulling yourself up by the boot straps. 

 

 

Krazy Leg clones in different colors. Fanny pack closed.

 

 

 

Fully deployed via help from couple of bungee cords. 

 

 

Mrs. Grump at Sun Valley with the portable leg rest. Hardly noticeable.  

 

post #43 of 43

The front side of Vail is like what you are used to skiing in the East.  Runs cut from the trees.  The back bowls of Vail are huge but not very steep.(steep enough but definitely scary).  Skiing Alta/Bird is a completely different experience.  There are so so many areas to explore and test yourself.  There are so many places to take a chance and wander off into the unknown, hoping that where you are going isn't over your head.  It is so much fun if you have the right companion. The odds are very high that Alta/Bird will have better conditions. 

 

The only negative about Alta/Bird is the lodging.  It's sublime staying at either, but you might get claustrophobic after a few days and there isn't anywhere to stroll and see stuff at night.  Many of us Utah lovers stay in Midvale/Sandy, and commute the 35 minutes to one of the 4 Cottonwood resorts(Alta/Bird w/ Solitude/Brighton thrown in for variety), and maybe a day in a PC resort or Snowbasin too.  You can get a hotel for $70/nt w/ breakfast and eat at a suburban restaurant.  The commute can be a pain, esp if it's snowing, (going up or down), but the scenery is incredible!  Speaking of scenery, it's much better at Alta/Bird.  All the pines and sharp peaks make it much prettier than Vail.

 

At Snowbird you will find the HUGE Mineral Basin (bowl), dozens and dozens of steep chutes and nooks and crannies that you probably won't even begin to explore on your first trip.  Also Snowbird is steep, 3000 ft top to the very bottom on the front side(in most places).  Alta has smaller bowls, but lots to explore, and it is Alta of course!  There is no "right" place to stay, each has its' pro's and con's.  I've stayed at Snowbird many times, but I'm happy to save a bunch of bucks and stay in the valley and put it towards next years trip.  I'm there for the skiing. 

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