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Why I'm a Snowbird Devotee

post #1 of 16
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I skied Snowbird Friday and Sunday and as usual the skiing was incredible. Top to bottom steep skiing on an inexhaustable supply of steeps and tree shots. The snow was firm and crunchy, even at the bottom of the mountain. While I was skiing, I looked up the hill, and always saw the mountain rising up to the sky with the sun just peeking over the top. God made an experts skiing miracle when he created Snowbird for us.

I've heard people complain about the ugly, concrete Cliff Lodge ruining the view. To that I say "get a life". The creators of Snowbird have to "make a living". Thank god the canyon is narrow and limits the amount of developement that can take place, I would assume it is over and it is very liveable.

It snowed a few inches on Monday/Tues and when I skied it Friday the conditions were perfect. No real big moguls. Little Cloud was perfect with crunchy styrofoam snow all the way down. Even Mineral Basin, just about the whole bowl around, gave delightful skiing all day long. I love Snowbird because I am not stuck skiing the same slopes or areas. We ski for miles and miles, constantly veering off the main trails, following the tracks into the "unknown" or into the double black experts gates(always good). The tree skiing is also great, usually nice and steep, the northern exposure of the hill keeps the snow sweet and "safe".

I think the Gad II chair is my favorite run. It faces straight north is nice and steep, no sun ever kisses it and that matter huge. The Cirque skiing is just incredible! And another favorite is 1000ft of straight non-stop moguls on primrose path into the Peruvian Gulch off the tram.

Another thing about Snowbird, the scenery is INCREDIBLE at just about every turn!

Snowbird Devotee back from Utah - still devoted!!!
post #2 of 16

2nd Gad Chair

Love that thing...
post #3 of 16
C'mon, it's not ALL THAT anymore and you know it.
The crowds suck and are getting worse; the steep-->flat-->steep-->flat layout is boring; the endless switchbacks have turned into suicide paths; the tram's too crowded and when it gets uncrowded it closes too early at 3:45; parking has become nearly impossible unless you're there early; there are far too many loose rocks on the groomers; the employees have an attitude; the combo pass is too expensive; there are too many snowboarders; too many trollers whistling at you to slow down; they're too quick to close areas when it snows and too slow to open after a storm; they don't groom enough; and the runs are more difficult than marked.
post #4 of 16
Now tell us what you really think
post #5 of 16
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>The crowds suck and are getting worse
that's nuts. crowds are no different than they were 20 years ago, I usually go the same weekend, (after President's Day) and find the crowds "unpredictable"
> the steep-->flat-->steep-->flat layout is boring
boring compared to what? the place has an inexhaustable number of different ways down, just follow the tracks off the main roads for the "good fun". I am not a Snowbird Devotee because this place is the best for intermediates or learners, although the Gad side is just fine for them. The amount of different steeps at that place is incredible!!!!
>the endless switchbacks have turned into suicide paths
That applies to the Peruvian side only, and on my last run we took Chip's run-Rothman way down and I agree diff for intermediates and crowded, they don't belong on that side, there are NO switchbacks on the Little CLoud/Gad side
>the tram's too crowded
unpredictable, Friday there were NO real waits in the tram, Sunday there were, but many other Sundays there have been no lines
>it closes too early at 3:45
that's reasonable to clear the mtn by 4:30p, take 3:45 tram and still have time for at least one Peruvian(closes at 4:30p).
>parking has become nearly impossible unless you're there early
I don't think showing up by 9:30 is early, set your alarm, get ready for a day of skiing and you won't have such problems. Parking no worse than anywhere else
>there are far too many loose rocks on the groomers
now you are hallucinating, the base is 130" and that is pretty typical for much of the season, sure there are a few rocks on the very tippy top of windblown Little Cloud, in just a few places, i ski around them
>the employees have an attitude
as they should!!! They know they work at what is probably the greatest ski resort on planet earth. I love it!
>the combo pass is too expensive
buying a combo pass is a dopey thing to do!!!
>there are too many snowboarders
I estimated about 1:10 or less, I think snowboarding is silly, but they don't bother me whatsoever. I saw NO snowboarders ruining the moguls or chutes. For the most part, they know where they belong, on the groomers.
>too many trollers whistling at you to slow down
WHAT?? If you are flying and close enough so that you can hear peeps whistling to slow down, maybe you should!!!
>they're too quick to close areas when it snows and too slow to open after a storm
Now that I'll give you
>they don't groom enough
to each his own, head over to the other side of the hill(PC), the bird is not for groomers
>and the runs are more difficult than marked
sweeeet
post #6 of 16
I enjoy skiing in UT and no trip is complete without skiing Snowbird. I'm glad you had a good time at your favorite mountain and like to tell others about why you love the place. Passion for our sport can unite us or drive us apart.
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by Talisman
I enjoy skiing in UT and no trip is complete without skiing Snowbird. I'm glad you had a good time at your favorite mountain and like to tell others about why you love the place. Passion for our sport can unite us or drive us apart.
And obviously each of us has their own opinions to give...that's the beauty of this forum!

SbD...I will be in Utah for the first time 3/28-4-1 for four days of skiing. One of the days I was planning on Snowbird, which I am told is a can't miss. I have been skiing for 26 years but I consider myself an intermediate/advanced...level 7/8 leaning towards 7. Will ski some steeps (mostly mogul free!) and some intermediate woods as well. As much as I want to ski Snowbird (and Alta for that matter) is there enough terrain there for an intermediate who skis mostly on-piste groomers?

Thanks,

Marc
post #8 of 16
SnowbirdDevotee
the bird is not my fav UT resort but it is great,
So Ron,where do you have a season pass again?
and where was it last year and the year before that?
post #9 of 16
Have to give props to SbD - Snowbird has the most accessible steep skiing in Utah. Views are spectacular, and when they replace Little Cloud crowds won't be a problem (what can I say? I am cheap and never get a tram ticket). If I had to pick only one place to ski Snowbird would probably be it.

But I don't. Which is really what makes Utah the most amazing place. So I go to Alta, Canyons, Snowbasin, etc. etc. Why wouldn't you?

As for advanced intermediate, if the snow is good you can really go all over both Snowbird and Alta without getting into too much trouble. The narrower trails can get rutted and bumpy, but pretty much all lifts have something groomed and wide to get down.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by gores95
SbD...I will be in Utah for the first time 3/28-4-1 for four days of skiing. One of the days I was planning on Snowbird, which I am told is a can't miss. I have been skiing for 26 years but I consider myself an intermediate/advanced...level 7/8 leaning towards 7. Will ski some steeps (mostly mogul free!) and some intermediate woods as well. As much as I want to ski Snowbird (and Alta for that matter) is there enough terrain there for an intermediate who skis mostly on-piste groomers?

Thanks,

Marc
There is plenty of intermediate terrain at Snowbird and Alta. What is groomed is always hard to predict, but go and enjoy.
post #11 of 16
this thread is useless without pics
post #12 of 16
The Bird would absolutely be the best mountain in Utah if Alta wasn't there. But number two ain't bad.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by matt_davis
SnowbirdDevotee
the bird is not my fav UT resort but it is great,
So Ron,where do you have a season pass again?
and where was it last year and the year before that?
Doh! You got me there, Matt. Sheesh, I'm glad at least somebody noticed the little winky I put on my post.
post #14 of 16
Putting your winky in a Post might get you banded here. Or it might get you a date.
Acutely it was nice to read a post by SBD that didn't put down all the other Utah Mountains.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by endlessseason
Doh! You got me there, Matt. Sheesh, I'm glad at least somebody noticed the little winky I put on my post.
I saw it but I think it did its message, well until now. I think you meant to deter others from going there by saying those things which hopefully worked and they don't come back to read this post.

Also why do they call it snowbird? I mean it hardly ever snows and there is always a 90 minute line for every lift. Oh and forget about the tram, I heard there is a 3 day waiting period. On powder days (not that they get more then 1 every five years) it is a 4 month wait, making it almost impossible to time it right unless you show up in september in a tent.









shhhhhh
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by endlessseason
Doh! You got me there, Matt. Sheesh, I'm glad at least somebody noticed the little winky I put on my post.
Me thinks a few people don't know who you are.
I just got back from 3 days of Alta, the Bird and Solitude. After skiing Utah for the past 5 years my vote goes to The Bird. They have more terrain than anywhere else, more vert, biggest bowls, etc. Mineral basin after a 13 inch dump, and closed the day before, was simplu the best skiing i have done all year. When I die, I hope I end up there for some quality Apre Life skiing.
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