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Has anyone ever done this?
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Originally Posted by wasatchskier View Post
Has anyone ever done this?
I've done Brighton to Solitude to Alta and back over to Brighton but not with the official tour provider.

I guess that wasn't your question, though, was it?

If you do a search here, you'll find several references. Here are a couple:

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...connect +tour

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...connect +tour
post #3 of 13

Depends on your ability/experience

We took the tour last season out of Snowbird...see the second post in the link below where I included a detailed review:

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=37080

Overall, everyone in my party thought it was a collossal waste of money, however, as you'll see in the responses to my post some disagree. If your and advanced to expert skier and have done backcountry before, you'll probably be disappointed. If you haven't been in the backcountry and have wanted to try it, you'll get to sample some short, easy runs and you might have a good time. At the time we booked, I talked to a guide and she stated that the Snowbird based trip was the more challenging of the two options. My recommendation - save the money and ski 3 extra days at the resorts or pay some extra $$ for Exxum Guides.
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Originally Posted by jay_p View Post
or pay some extra $$ for Exxum Guides.
Roger that suggestion for sure!

http://www.exum.ofutah.com/backcountry.htm#private

I've skied quite a lot with Julie Faure Bradley, who runs the Exum Utah operation. She is a delightful person, an outstanding guide, and one of the best d*mn skiers - male or female - I've ever seen. There's no way any human - much less a lightweight woman on tele gear no less - should be able to blast through crud with the speed, strength, or balance that she has.

She or one of her guides can tailor a backcountry trip in the Cottonwoods to the skiing ability and fitness level of nearly any group. You'll see fewer people, more snow, and have a more satisfying experience.

Huge double thumbs up.
post #5 of 13
We did it. It was well organised and all the rest of it, but it was a waste of a powder day. I'd have got way more fresh and terrain in the resort. We did the full enchilada, it was a sunny day after a significant snow storm, so technically it was the perfect day.

However, the other participants were very intermediate. This slowed us down, and also meant that we couldn't go hike the extras (Wolverine especially). I had to help the guide cut the trail across the "stairway to heavan" as the others did not have basic skills like traversing a steep slope safely. That was bloody hard work! We had to go back and forth to make a pathway for them.

As a tourist trip, seeing all the terrain and how it connected, it was great, and the guides were very nice, but as a ski experience it was ordinary.

I don't know how they could stream it better though, the others plainly considered themselves "advanced" skiiers, although several fell by the wayside and were abandoned at the BCC resorts. It's a common problem in all areas of skiing and I don't know you'd fix it.

I'd have loved to have got at some of that amazing terrain around BCC and LCC especially as it was ALL fresh, but there was no prospect of that. There must have been some rule that both guides had to stay with the group, as they could have split off me and my friend to go do the good stuff with one of the guides, but didn't.
post #6 of 13
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Thanks for all the help. I'm an advance skiier, but I have never been into the backcountry. I had a feeling like this was an intermediate trip for beginner backcountry skiiers. I don't think I would do it. I would like to go on a trip with similiarly skilled skiiers as myself, even though I have never been in the backcountry.
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Thanks for all the help. I'm an advance skiier, but I have never been into the backcountry. I had a feeling like this was an intermediate trip for beginner backcountry skiiers. I don't think I would do it. I would like to go on a trip with similiarly skilled skiiers as myself, even though I have never been in the backcountry.
Contact Exum of Utah. They could provide exactly what you're looking for.

Another idea would be a service that Solitude used to provide and may still. I forget what it's called, but they take skiers into the Solitude backcountry on a guided-party basis. There is fantastic skiing available without TOO big a hike from Solitude's summit lift. (note... for the Fantasy Ridge hike, you don't want to be TOO allergic to heights. )

Check with them to see if they still offer it. Good program.
post #8 of 13
I did it once. I agree, I could have gotten just as much good skiing inbounds. A TOOON of trecking, you will be toast by the end of the day. It is fun to day you did it once, not worth much past that.
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post
Contact Exum of Utah. They could provide exactly what you're looking for.

Another idea would be a service that Solitude used to provide and may still. I forget what it's called, but they take skiers into the Solitude backcountry on a guided-party basis. There is fantastic skiing available without TOO big a hike from Solitude's summit lift. (note... for the Fantasy Ridge hike, you don't want to be TOO allergic to heights. )

Check with them to see if they still offer it. Good program.
I ll report next year, I plan to do it because my rate is much cheaper than the publics. My friend who did do it. got enough people in the group together that were expert skier sand could hike so they had a fun day out in corn snow conditions.

here is alittle PSA

to anyone who know there way around the wasatch on At or Tele gears they never ever check upper lifts for lift tickets. Its all public land so hiking or skinning up is allowed. So yeah do what you would like with that info.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
to anyone who know there way around the wasatch on At or Tele gears they never ever check upper lifts for lift tickets. Its all public land so hiking or skinning up is allowed. So yeah do what you would like with that info.
That sounds kinda like stealing to me. Just sayin.
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That sounds kinda like stealing to me. Just sayin.
Not only that, I know FOR A FACT and from first-hand experience that Alta does - sometimes - check lift tickets on the upper lifts.
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Not only that, I know FOR A FACT and from first-hand experience that Alta does - sometimes - check lift tickets on the upper lifts.
I guess I got lucky at alta one day, but I am pretty sure the lifties were drunk already .....

the place next door nvm
post #13 of 13
My wife and I did the Interconnect 2 winters ago. Our experience was as Bob, Ant, and others describe. During the same trip West we hired Exum guides with a couple of other folks for a couple of days - the cost was about the same as Interconnect, but we skied our butts off.
One of the cool things about the Interconnect tour is that you do get to see how a bunch of those resorts are connected and get a run or two in at each.
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