Originally Posted by ctown
in theory if there is a sand mountain is it possible? forget about all the sand in your face or snake bitting you in the &^$# when you fall
As Lonnie says, I've done it and had a riot. It was four years ago. We skied a 750-vertical-foot sand slope at Sand Mountain State Recreation area about two hours south and west of Salt Lake City.
Yes, it was plenty steep to make turns, quite steep, actually. The tele guys/girl did better for some reason than the two of us on alpine gear (and one of us on alpine gear was Andrew McLean, so I'm fairly sure it wasn't *totally* the fact that the pinners were just better skiers
No, we didn't skid our turns. It's probably the easiest surface to carve in you've ever seen. I actually don't think skidding would really even be possible.
Yes, we saw a snake.
: (Non-poisonous variety, thankfully.)
No, it didn't hurt the skis or bindings one tiny bit.
Yes, we had enough fun on the first run to go back up, hike about a mile across a rocky ridge, and ski down a classic sand couloir between some gorgeous rock walls.
Yes, it was 100F degrees when we finished. There wasn't any shade around so I couldn't tell you what the temp was in the shade.
Yes, ice-cold beer tastes really, really good at 10:30 in the morning in conditions like that.
Yes, I would do it again - and almost did at Pink Sand Dunes state park in Utah a week ago (the only reason I didn't was because it was raining cats and dogs when we went by).
Go for it.