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best place to ride in utah?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I hate bumps(moguls) , i dont like anything too steep, although ive never riden in powder before, steep hills in the east usally mean lots of ice, still nothing too steep. I dont care about rails, just nice wide open jumps.
post #2 of 16
My suggestions would be Powder Mountain (Ogden), Park City, Brighton and the real odd ball: Beaver (Logan).
post #3 of 16
Based on your tastes, I think Park City, the Canyons, Solitude, Snowbasin, and Brighton would suit you just fine. They all have good parks and aren't too steep. Park City has the best parks by far, in my opinion, with kickers ranging from tiny to neck-breakers.

Snowbird is the best freeriding resort in Utah, but would be out since you don't like steeps.
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
boarder freeriding is what i love, im just detered by all the ice that comes with a steep hill here in nj- vermont ( sometimes) I definetly think ill be checking out snowbird , I gotta give it a try, heard too many great things!!! =) honestly the only thing i really desest are moguls . Ill have to ask which runs to aviod i guess
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by cyro26
boarder freeriding is what i love, im just detered by all the ice that comes with a steep hill here in nj- vermont ( sometimes) I definetly think ill be checking out snowbird , I gotta give it a try, heard too many great things!!! =) honestly the only thing i really desest are moguls . Ill have to ask which runs to aviod i guess
In that case, then Snowbird delivers an unmatched freeride experience. From trees to bowls to chutes to cliffs, if it's fun to freeride, Snowbird has it.

Snowbird has a pretty decent park as well.

If you're curious, I posted some pics taken at Snowbird here: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=33971

Ice? What's that? You mean not everyone gets blower pow all the time? :

Moguls aren't really an issue since there's typically a groomer to use to avoid mogul fields. If there are bumps, they're usually quite soft. And with our regular dumps (knock on wood) of snow, bumps get covered up pretty well.

When are you coming out to Utah?
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
those pics are awasome i must go to snowbird! i love the bottom 2 pics i only dream of riding in those conditions... that jump seems great cant wait to hit that! but that one pic of u jumpin off the cliff seems outta my leauge, but im sure i can aviod that.... im goin to be there the week of jan 8th.. say how do you feel about the forecast? im glad about the precip but seems like it gonna be a mix for the next few days... hey ill take anything since the mobs will be tracking everything this week, but will i miss out on that dry snow I hear utah is famous for? please keep me updated if you go agian... thanks and merry chrismas
post #7 of 16
I don't trust forecasts that are more than about 24 hours out. Just keep checking the weather as your trip grows closer. A good resource for Snowbird weather is the National Weather Service at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/data/forecas...&city=Snowbird.

It looks like we have a good week for snow coming.

Even if you don't get freshies, you'll still have a great time. Snowbird is an amazing and huge mountain to ride, regardless of conditions.
post #8 of 16
my choice in utah is usually brighton first, snowbird second.
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 

El Nino Baby!!!

looks like 12+ inches for utah in the next few days.. ill be arriving the 9th, am i pretty much locked in for great conditions ?? i hear sooo many differnt opinions about utah this year.... everything from epic to one of the worse seasons in years whats the real deal? and whats it shapin up to look like for my visit?
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by cyro26
looks like 12+ inches for utah in the next few days.. ill be arriving the 9th, am i pretty much locked in for great conditions ?? i hear sooo many differnt opinions about utah this year.... everything from epic to one of the worse seasons in years whats the real deal? and whats it shapin up to look like for my visit?
We're actually a bit ahead of average snowfall for this time of year. The snow started late this year, we've been getting pounded as of late. Snowbird has had over 100" of new snow fall in December.

The riding today and yesterday has been pretty much great! About a foot of new today made for some awesome riding. The rocks are now covered up since there's a 92" (!) base already. Here's a photo taken of today's riding from the Snowbird website:



You'll have a great time when you're out here. If you want a tour guide, let me know.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by cyro26
those pics are awasome i must go to snowbird! i love the bottom 2 pics i only dream of riding in those conditions... that jump seems great cant wait to hit that! but that one pic of u jumpin off the cliff seems outta my leauge, but im sure i can aviod that.... im goin to be there the week of jan 8th.. say how do you feel about the forecast? im glad about the precip but seems like it gonna be a mix for the next few days... hey ill take anything since the mobs will be tracking everything this week, but will i miss out on that dry snow I hear utah is famous for? please keep me updated if you go agian... thanks and merry chrismas
Don't stress. The snow will be fine. We're getting hamered again today. Even if you don't get any snow the entire time you're here, it will still be good. It will be dry and "chalky" and very rideable. In the intrim, you can keep your eyes on the following forecasts, they are the best.

http://www.avalanche.org/%7Euac/newa...y/advisory.php

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/slc/projects...odForecast.php

I don't ride, but from what I hear, spend most of your time at Brighton and Snowbird (start at brighton).
post #12 of 16
I'd say SNOWBASIN....!!!
post #13 of 16
Snowbird has some truly gnarly terrain, but from the total experience standpoint it seems to me that Brighton is perhaps more popular with the younger boarding set and definitely caters to that crowd. So I would try to check out both, after all it's just a question of whether you take the first left (Big) or the second left (Little) when you go up the Cottonwood canyons. Brighton also has nights open if that is of interest.
post #14 of 16
One big advantage about Brighton that no one mentioned is that Brighton is cheap.

But Beaver Mountain costs even less; but it's almost in Wyoming and/or Idaho.

Maybe this is just my perception and I have a bad attitude; but you know what else I like about Brighton?

When I ski there, little kids stare at me. I think that some of them have never seen a skier before because snowboarders are definitely in the majority at Brighton.

If you're going with a friend that doesn't like skiing or boarding, Solitude Nordic and Snowshoeing is right down the road.
post #15 of 16
I would say all those "I can'ts" means get some skis.
post #16 of 16
Hey, Ant, I resemble that remark.....

It looks like his (her?) trip has come and gone.....

But if anyone else is checking out this thread, maybe that's a reminder that Brighton is a good place to learn snowboarding or the first place to try if you're skiing the West for the first time.

It has lots of beginner terrain.

Of course, I ski; so a snowboarder might see things differently.
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