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post #1 of 14
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Hey does anyone live near Snowbird or have skiied it cause i wanna go wicked bad. I was woundering if some of the bowls on the back side were too hard for a 15 year old but i can skii pretty much all the dimonds and doublediamonds in places in NH but the trails out there are 5 times harder soooooo.......basically, am i good enough. Anyway has anyone skiied it, adn is it wicked awsome or what..
post #2 of 14
I am an east coast skiier who has no trouble with nearly anything the east coast has to offer. I was skiing just about everything at Snowbird last year without much of a problem.

The only thing that gave me trouble coming from the east was all the powder. If you get out there and have trouble, consider a lesson.

And it's not about your age, it's about your ability.
post #3 of 14
is riding powder easier on a snowboard??
post #4 of 14
I would love to go to snowbird! I am slowly getting sick of what NH has to offer, and I bet it would be amazing to go to Utah.
post #5 of 14
The only people who would not enjoy snowbird is a beginner or very low level intermediate skier. There aren't any "back bowls" at Snowbird other then the whole mineral Basin. Mineral Basin is one very large bowl. It is bigger then a lot of ski area. The front side of The Bird Has some of the steepest continuous inbounds terrain in the country. It is a big challenging mountain. Don't forget that Alta is right next door to Snowbird. Now you need to ask advice on how to get your parents to take a family ski trip to Utah.
post #6 of 14
Little Cloud Bowl is "heaven on earth" to me. Snowbird is so huge with so much steep terrain, it is "sick" as you might say. Then once you think you know the regular terriain there are nooks and crannies EVERYWHERE for you to explore. EVERYWHERE.

Then it is on to the !Caution! gates, but watch your step. Sometimes or alot of times, you might not know what you are getting into. If you are boarder, stay out! and don't slide out my chutes/gullies. But I've found there is a shift and boarders are staying where they belong.

Mineral Basin - WOW, huge and STEEP and wicked sometimes. we used to look over there for years wondering what it would be like to ski it. Now you can. It faces south and bakes in the afternoon on a sunny day, watch out for morning death cookies. But if you hit it on a powder day you are set. Gad Valley is a total hoot through the trees. The Cirque is good, steep and clean fun.

Watch coming off that tram if it is blowing up there. You can get on board at the bottom with clear weather and get off in what seems to be a hurricane of snow.

Everytime down is different, the place is steep from top to bottom on all sides of the mountain. It is my favorite place on planet earth and I never get sick of going there every year(although I like to check out other Utah resorts too).

My only complaint about the bird is that I wish the food was a little better. Mid Gad restaraunt is crowded and food basic, the caf downstairs is best for lunch.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee
it is "sick" as you might say.
post #8 of 14
If you can ski everything in NH you will definitely be able to handle anything out west. Sure they have more steeps, but the better snow conditions makes things generally much easier to ski. as a prior posted stated, the biggest challenge will be getting used to skiing in the powder. and believe me, skiing on ice is harder than skiing on pow.

snowbird is awesome BTW, simply amazing place. and with alta right next door the only way it could get better if they dug up jackson hole and planted it next door.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Billd
If you can ski everything in NH you will definitely be able to handle anything out west.
oh oh, no, I wouldn't go so far as to say that, not at the bird. The terrain can be berry, berry steep and the closed ropes are only on the pitches where skiing will "almost definitely" result in serious injury. There are plenty of places where an advanced skier could easily get hurt. Good skier in NH, he he, you will soon learn to pay attention to the !Caution! signs at the bird.

There are plenty of common runs, like chutes off the cirque which are regularly skied by true western experts, where it will be VERY unlikely that you will want to ski on your first trip out west. I certainly don't risk most of them and I consider myself an advanced skier at the very least.

Don't be surprised or disappointed if you don't have powder when you are there. Eastern skiers often think Western or esp Utah skiing is all about the POW. Sure, when you place your chips on a trip to Snowbird, you are likely choosing to go to the best resort in the world, for combination of steep/big/varried lift-served terrain, all in one neat and tidy package; and chance of good POW. But even at Snowbird it doesn't snow everyday and when it does, it is skied out fairly quickly by the next day. Like alot of things in life you have to hit it right, and I put those odds at about 25% for powder. (I am rethinking the 50/50 I posted before). But I have been lucky to hit many, many powder days at Snowbird/Alta. Supposedly, even though Snowbird and Alta both report about the same snowfall totals, the locals says Alta has more snow, not sure exactly why, maybe because base at Alta is higher; it is splitting hairs, but it might be true. I have skied many a whiteout day at Alta.

What that regular snowfall and the north facing slopes at Alta/Snowbird does is keep it nice, soft and sweet, even in the bumps. And you will be able to ski much steeper terrain with less fear of injury. And if you consider yourself an aggressive skier, it is quite easy to have "fear of injury" with you all day long at the BIRD!
post #10 of 14
It' wickahd hahd dewd.....stick to Tuck's
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by RossiFreerider
Hey does anyone live near Snowbird or have skiied it cause i wanna go wicked bad. I was woundering if some of the bowls on the back side were too hard for a 15 year old but i can skii pretty much all the dimonds and doublediamonds in places in NH but the trails out there are 5 times harder soooooo.......basically, am i good enough. Anyway has anyone skiied it, adn is it wicked awsome or what..
Nope, you can't do it. You have to be able to spell and punctuate before we let you ski LCC....

L
post #12 of 14
I doubt he's viewed: "Survey - How old are you?" poll yet
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by RossiFreerider
Hey does anyone live near Snowbird or have skiied it cause i wanna go wicked bad. I was woundering if some of the bowls on the back side were too hard for a 15 year old but i can skii pretty much all the dimonds and doublediamonds in places in NH but the trails out there are 5 times harder soooooo.......basically, am i good enough. Anyway has anyone skiied it, adn is it wicked awsome or what..
Hey, I'm 16 and went to snowbird/alta last year for this first time, and I ski mostly in New Hampshire. If you can ski the hard stuff at Cannon and Wildcat I think your all set, but if your skiing at any other NH area, I'm not too sure. I only ski about 15-20 times a year and I could ski pretty much anything on the trail map at snowbird. You should be fine.
post #14 of 14
You'll be fine if you're running diamonds back here. The main thing is to get over the palpable fear you feel as you rise up in the tram.

Anyway, read this review of the mountain layout. There is a logical way to progress up the mountain if you have any doubt.

http://www.skisnowboard.com/snowbird/layout.html
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