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Spring Skiing At The Canyons (Pix)

post #1 of 19
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Last Friday, I skied with Inspector Gadget and Utah49 at the oft maligned ASC money pit, The Canyons. All three of us like this ski area, which, in the eyes of many, makes us hopelessly uncool.


Crowning Glory


Inspector Gadget heading toward Another World


Cloud 9


Gadget on Arrow Head


Snow Canyon


Lunch at Lookout Cabin


James where he broke his leg two years ago.
post #2 of 19
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Originally posted by jamesdeluxe:
Last Friday, I skied with Inspector Gadget and Utah49 at the oft maligned ASC money pit, The Canyons. All three of us like this ski area, which, in the eyes of many, makes us hopelessly uncool.


Lunch at Lookout Cabin
Looks like fun. Who's who?
post #3 of 19
Left to right: IG, Utah49, JD

BTW, great shots James. I wish I was there being uncool with you guys!!
post #4 of 19
I never realized being hopelessly uncool could be so cool. :

As many of you may know, JD has twice suffered a broken leg while skiing in Utah. There was one run when Utah49 and I got separated from JD; after waiting for a while, we decided to retrace our steps. Speed racer that he is, JD had gotten ahead of us. As we were riding up the lift we saw him skiing below us; after agreeing to wait at the top, Utah 49 and I breathed a collective sigh of relief. Neither of us had wanted to face the possibility of history repeating itself.

James skied four days in Utah and - other than being tired - is no worse for wear.

[img]graemlins/angel.gif[/img] Hallelujah [img]graemlins/angel.gif[/img]

Let's do it again soon! Hopefully Ryan will stay healthy and join us next time; sorry you couldn't make it Ryan.
post #5 of 19
'Spector,

what's the official prog. on the knee?
post #6 of 19
I wasn't expecting much from The Canyons because of its "uncool" reputation, but I thought it was a really fun place. There's definitely a wide variety of terrain there. We actually got a kick out of those Cabriolet things that take you from the parking lot - felt a little like the ending to Willy Wonka.
post #7 of 19
I skied 2 days at the Canyons 1 1/2 weeks ago and overall was impressed. Lots of fast lifts. Easy to avoid lift lines (the little amount of time they were even there) by going singles. Lots of good terrain if you know where to look. I got in over 40,000 vert on my 1st day since I was skiing by myself and mostly on the high speed quads. The longest runs, most advanced terrain and best snow was off 99-90 and Super Condor Express. Shorter but still nice runs off Snow Canyon and Saddleback Express. Good terrain off Tombstone Express but probably the most crowded lift on the mountain and it suffers from lower elevation. Nice intermediate terrain over in the Dreamscape area. Overall probably a better mid-winter mountain since lots of terrain faces east and south and get baked in the sun. Lots of spring to very slushy conditions early in the day especially lower on the mtn. If you're in the PC area it's definitely worth a couple of days.
post #8 of 19
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Originally posted by cattracksplat:
what's the official prog. on the knee?
Good question. And thank you for asking. The doc said it's no more wobbly than my other knee. As he smiles, telling me skiing isn't easy on the knees - I grew up skiing with he and his brother. He said to take it easy, but do whatever feels right.

I ski for a half day with James and Utah49 and the knee feels great. I rode my bicycle to work yesterday - it's only three miles each way - and the knee doesn't bug me in the least. But if I sit down for any length of time, I hobble around when I stand up. :

I'm wondering if I hit - the medial femoral condyle or, maybe, the head of the tibia - something when I fell and bruised the bone.

Whether you are a doctor or just play one on TV, what does this sound like to you?

Besides a bunch of whining. :
post #9 of 19
Inspector,

while my sprain is sloooooooowly but steadily healing - less stiffness, more range of motion, less "ouch" to certain angles - i still really notice it when i stand after sitting for awhile, or getting out of bed in the morning, when the blood gets to the injured area.
this morning was the first i somewhat walked, rather than hobbled, to the shower.

i'm thinking i'll be back on the bike for low-intensity mileage in a week or so.

i thought (hoped) mine was a bruise, too. if you're skiing, though, and riding the bike with no problem, maybe it is just a bruise. kinda wonder, though, about that gimpiness when you stand up. hopefully a little less of that each day?
post #10 of 19
Having skied the Canyons on Friday Feb 27th in a fresh but a bit wet foot, I only wish my timing would have allowed a few turns with the three "un cool" listed above.

My son and I were at first unimpressed with the area. The "goods" were very quickly skied over. We first headed for the 99-90 lift, as did most others. It being a snow day, the lift line was 20 minutes. After many runs off 99-90 or peak 5, we moved (North? ) over one canyon. We made lots and lots of memorable turns through The Aspens and Pines. off the Saddleback express. We ended the day with Dreamy untracked trees and a very short rope tow back to the base and then that gondola to the parking area. Not bad, but those full rate day passes were a shock!

"spoiled I guess"

CalG
post #11 of 19
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Originally posted by CalG:
My son and I were at first unimpressed with the area. The "goods" were very quickly skied over. We first headed for the 99-90 lift, as did most others.
That, I think, is the misconception about The Canyons -- that the only real interesting terrain and snow is off 9990. There are in-bounds goods located off practically every lift except the two on the far skier's right (Dreamscape and the other one).

Once you learn the lay of the land there (and what to avoid), it's a great mountain.
post #12 of 19
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Originally posted by jamesdeluxe:
There are in-bounds goods located off practically every lift except the two on the far skier's right (Dreamscape and the other one).
Are you saying the Dreamscape area isn't worthwhile? Of everywhere we went on the mountain, we found the snow conditions in the Dreamscape area to be the best and the terrain to be the most fun. Granted, it wasn't the steepest, but the snow was fresh and deep and the bumps were better than anywhere else on the mountain. We also never had to wait in line for chairs over there. I could have spent a whole day just doing laps in that area.
post #13 of 19
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Originally posted by Roger:
Are you saying the Dreamscape area isn't worthwhile?
Absolutely not.

During the spring, that area always has the best conditions. Utah49 and I spent the last 90 minutes of our day doing laps off Dreamscape, and it was great. I love the nice moderate pitch there and all the yummy trees, but many expert skiers (and I definitely ain't one) would probably not consider it to be "the goods."

Sorry, I guess I was pandering again.
post #14 of 19
Thanks for the photos! I was wondering what the place actually looked like.

It was all one big frame of White while I was there.

CalG
post #15 of 19
Please indulge me while I repeat myself, yet again.

The Canyons is no different than any other resort on the planet. Comparisons within the resort's boundaries or comparisons to other resorts are relative statements at best. I assure you, I can take you to runs and trails at any resort I know and you will likely enjoy yourself. But then, I'll take you somewhere that, while not a secret, it helps to have local knowledge. You might find yourself blown away and you just can't believe your good fortune.

You have these same common and not-so-common areas at your home resort, don't you?

A couple thoughts, both of which have surfaced here before:

1. Discount passes to The Canyons are readily available; as readily available as they are for other Utah resorts! If you do not possess the foresight to purchase a discount pass prior to your arrival at any ticket window, you get what you deserve and have no room for complaint.

2. I am happy, thrilled even, to show people around my home resort. If you're coming to play in my backyard, send me a PM. I really want you to enjoy your day at The Canyons and I will go out of my way to help you do so.

Damn! I should be on the payroll.
post #16 of 19
I've only spent one day at 'The Canyons' and loved it, so don't know why it is considered uncool. But then I did get the discounted pass and guided tour by IG. I have to confess that I enjoyed my day at 'The Canyons' more than the day I spent at Alta - gulp, maybe that makes me uncool.

James, thanks for the photos, I did not take any cause of the conditions - snowing, fresh powder, (you know that awful stuff that covers you from head to toe when you fall). We did Cloud9 on our first 3 runs with 30 cm of fresh powder - was my first time on skis in 4 months, the legs held up for the day, thank goodness. All we could see was the trail in front of us, and the trees at the side, so it is great to look at your photos to see the view and surrounding area.
post #17 of 19
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Here are all of the pix from my recent trip to Brian Head, Snowbasin, and The Canyons.

For you caption freaks, I haven't been able to label all of them.
post #18 of 19
As an expert skier i don't like the canyon, too much runouts to nowhere. I like the other side of the hill, little cottonwood canyon.
post #19 of 19
I just got back from an unplanned trip to Fla. Nice to see a few pics from our day at the Canyons. There is always someplace that has better terrain,deeper powder, longer runs, better trees you name it. no matter there is something special about skiing any mountain anywhere with a couple of other guys who also share a passion for skiing.
When James and me started heading down the mountain on our last run, James was understandably a bit nervous about skiing on the run where he broke his leg. It was late afternoon, That run is well exposed to. The conditions could have been better. The snow was on the verge of being really ugly. He sucked it up, skied the run and I was happy to take his victory Photo. James maybe this is the end of your Utah curse. Thanks for posting the photos James.
As always The good Inspector was an excellent host. IG Please tell Mrs Gadget Thanks again.
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