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Terrible Utah conditions, Mormon boy-bands and Spinal Tap

post #1 of 17
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Timing really is everything.
I was out here in Utah this past December 1-8 and conditions were possibly the best I've experienced in my short 4 year ski career.
I flew out this past Thurs night to meet a buddy who'd been here all week (of course he had great days at Deer Valley, Snow Basin, Powder Mtn and Solitude).

We head up to Brighton on Friday morning(yesterday), and it starts out pretty good except for the iffy light conditions. Get in some nice runs early off Great Western and the wind starts pickin up.

We decided to head over to the Millicent side since we'd never been, and mistakenly thinking it won't be windy over there. YEAH RIGHT! By the time we made it to the top, that chair was bouncing around like I've never seen.
Gusts from this front moving in must've been 50mph. Did a few more runs back on the other side and decided to bag it around 1pm.

Decided we'd go get some lunch and head to Alta for the free 90 minutes of skiing at 3pm. Well, conditions were a bit better there. At least the trails weren't as windblown and hard as some spots in Brighton were. It was snowing cats and dogs, but we got about a half dozen runs in off the Sunnyside lift. That free at 3pm program at Alta is the best. And the folks working there are probably the most friendly I've met at a mountain.

Today- We decide we'll try Sundance. Never been, figured it would have to be the least crowded slope on a holiday weekend.
Drive thru nonstop rain all the way there. It finally turns to snow about a mile from the resort. But this stuff is WET and HEAVY. Am I in Utah? Is this possible? Heck, it's only mid-February.
We take Rays lift up to the Summit. And then proceed to ski the most miserable run I've ever had. The snow was like mashed concrete, visibility poor and I was already starting to get soaked from long chair ride.
When we got back to the bottom, the snow had turned to sleet/rain and we decided to ask for a refund. It just didn't seem worth it to try and get thru the day. Back at the ticket office they smiled and said sure, here's your refund, c'mon back some other time. Man was I disappointed. Sundance seemed like it would have been great for a day. But it was so foggy you could barely see any of the peaks.

So we headed back to the hotel in Sandy, chilled for a while, caught some great Middle Eastern food and decided to see what turned out to be a really funny movie called Sons of Provo.
I'm not lying when I say this film is about a Mormon "boy band". And yes, there is a Spinal Tap connection.

So I managed to get in 1.1 days of mediocre skiing this trip but will return to Utah with a smile. Main lesson learned, never plan only a 2 day ski trip unless you're willing to deal with crap. Nuff said...
post #2 of 17
I was at DV this past Mon/Thur had nothing but fresh powder.
Snowed 12 inchs Sunday Night, and like people,including myself , have said, DV skiers stick to the groomers., and rarely go into the trees. Guess thats why i was skiing un tracked pow every day.
Sorry to hear your recent trip to UTAW wasn't the best.
post #3 of 17
Had you used a little better selection process, your outcome would have been entirely different.

1st, when a system is on the approach, high winds are often a factor. Choose areas that are more sheltered, such as Solitude & Deer Valley. Solitude was quite good on Friday.

2nd, when a storm is advertised to be warm, as this one was, choose an area that is higher up. Sundance's summit is around Alta's parking lot. That makes a HUGE difference in snow quality. Alta was decent today.

So, if you had used a better selection strategy, your outcome would have been entirely different, and you would not have had to pay homage to the Mormon movie industry. BTW, 'The RM (Return Missiorary)' is on KJZZ Sunday. I heard it was pretty funny.

Powdr
post #4 of 17
Bring Back Spianl Tap
post #5 of 17
Spaniel Tap?
post #6 of 17
Spinal Tap
it was a 'b rated movie , from the early 80's,.
About a fictional rock band,They did put out a album,
One of those good movies to ignore at the drive in,
post #7 of 17
One thing that the mormon movies do is poke fun at themselves and the Mormon culture. If you ever see SLC Punk (Saly lake city Punk) in the video stor rent it it is pretty funny.
post #8 of 17
theres also a porno comady ,poking fun at mormons,
Love how the tpoic came this far ,.haha
post #9 of 17
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My strategy was flawed from the outset....

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Originally Posted by Powdr
Had you used a little better selection process, your outcome would have been entirely different. Powdr
Powdr, you are absolutely right and I realized that at Sundance on Saturday morning. My "flawed" thinking was that my strategy would have avoided a crowded Saturday somewhere. I should have realized that Solitude is a winner any day from my 3 days there in December.
The "original" 2-day strategy had Sundance for Fri and Alta on Sat...live and learn.
post #10 of 17
I really enjoy mormon get togethers with some good music. Its an oportunity to dance with my wives. Althouth they 're not real good at dancin, neither am I. It's an oportunity for us all to be together and step on each other's toes.

Any single women - looking for no. six.
post #11 of 17
No. six should have supurb tuning skills!
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by Utah49
One thing that the mormon movies do is poke fun at themselves and the Mormon culture. If you ever see SLC Punk (Saly lake city Punk) in the video stor rent it it is pretty funny.
I guess I didn't realize there's a whole film genre like that. One of the previews they aired was obviously one of these kinds of films. I think it was called Suits on the Loose.

I'm curious to see if the Sons of Provo film will end up making a run at some of the hipper theaters in the big cities. Seems to me it would go over pretty well here in the Philly area. It was really a howl.
post #13 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Utah49
One thing that the mormon movies do is poke fun at themselves and the Mormon culture. If you ever see SLC Punk (Saly lake city Punk) in the video stor rent it it is pretty funny.
or Napoleon Dynamite, even better!
post #14 of 17
I missed Napoleon at the Pack City film series. They get a lot of the " Art House" and other movies. that don't normally play at the regular theaters in town. Now back to skiing It's going off right now have to finishing eating and I'm Gone
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by William Tell
Decided we'd go get some lunch and head to Alta for the free 90 minutes of skiing at 3pm. Well, conditions were a bit better there. At least the trails weren't as windblown and hard as some spots in Brighton were. It was snowing cats and dogs, but we got about a half dozen runs in off the Sunnyside lift. That free at 3pm program at Alta is the best. And the folks working there are probably the most friendly I've met at a mountain.
Will,

Thanks for the props. We try hard.

Anyway, I think you (well, maybe your buddy) just chose poorly. Sundance it pretty low in elevation compared to the other Utah resorts. You should have been OK at Brighton, but maybe spent some time (as suggested) in the sheltered areas. When skiing in the storm, you gotta look for leeward areas or tree filled areas. It makes all the difference. I love skiing in the storm, but conditions are often challenging. Snow quality, however, can often make it worth it.

L
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by tahoetr
theres also a porno comady ,poking fun at mormons,
I imagine you're referring to "Orgazmo" - from the folks that bring the quality entertainment known as South Park!
post #17 of 17
Wow! someone besides me has heard of that lol
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