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Family has reconsidered and now we are going to park city. We are gonna go to snowbird for a day and I was wondering what are some of the best runs, considering I will only have one day. Some of the runs that are "must-do" runs. Was lookin at pictures and was wondering if you can ski from the top of the twin peaks(above Gad valley)? If so, do they bomb them for avalanches? Thanks
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The best run at Snowbird (IMO) is a run that many locals call "Lone Pine" and what the the trail map refers to as "wilbure chute". Not the steepest or longest or deepest or best trees or even north facing--just a all-around fantastic run, with one of the best views of any run anywhere. The run is basically a long avy path, with a narrow entrance and widening towards the bottom. In the middle of the run stands one large, gnarled pine tree--hence the name.

To get there takes some time--but that's much of the fun--and without somebody to show you the way you might have some problems finding it. Basically, you need to follow the cirque traverse all the way down as far as you can go (watch for rocks at the top of upper cirque), past the Peruvian cirque, past tower 3 chutes, past wilbure bowl...eventually you'll get to a narrow stretch where most people sidestep down over some rocks and onto the south face. Work your way down out of the little pine forest and boom--check out that view. The fall line is straight and steep. We used this run for years to determine whether our legs were finally in shape--once you can ski this one from the tram to the base without stopping, you know you've made it.
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Do a search on Snowbird and you will find absolutely TONS of info on this site. We will be in SLC in Feb 2007 and I cannot wait. I was told to make sure you also hit Snowbasin for a day. Will you have a car?
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Why not start with the goal of skiing each lift! Are you an expert skier? There is plenty of expert terrain, everywhere!!! available from just about anything!

Fantasize on these maps.
http://www.snowbird.com/ski_board/trailmaps.html

For sure, you want to take 2-3 runs down Mineral Basin, the line will depend on your skill level and the conditions that day. Of course, you will not want to miss riding up the new Peruvian Express and taking the tunnel to MB. Packing into the tram with 125 other Snowbird skiers can't be missed, make sure you stand next to the window on the right or up front or in the back for incredible views of the alpine steep! scenery.

Little Cloud Bowl is one of my favorite places on planet earth and I never tire of skiing it. Look for powder stashes on the downhill sides of the little hills in the bowl. For steep skiing go all the way to the right and ski down to the Little Cloud lift. Take the Road to Provo to experience a VERY LONG traverse and pick your line.

Take the undulating Black Forest trail down to Gad II lift. Then if you dare, ski under the Gad II lift, nice and steep, faces completely north, it is steeeep and snow is sweet, ALWAYS!!!!

From the tram, take the Crique Traverse, lean over and look at the very steep shutes on the right, jump in if you dare, or you will likely feel more comfortable skiing down the ride to the Peruvian Cirque which is fairly steep, but nice and comfortably wide if you want to wind your way down.

If you are an expert, follow the little tracks off into the unknown and/or enter the NUMEROUS double black gates that are found all over this wonderful mountain.

If you have decent luck, there will be fresh snow, but even without that, the conditions are likely to be just fine. You will notice the difference. Maybe you will become a Birdman like myself! If you are not a very confident expert, be careful with the gates, there is easy trouble to be found at the Bird for the overzealous. (I'd skip Wilbur Bowl until you are sure you are comfortable skiing the very steeps!)

One more, if you are a bump skier and fit, try to see if you can make all the way down the 1200 ft of unrelenting and usually soft bumps down Primrose Path from the tram. I can do it!

Do you like to feel the pull of gravity while you are skiing, that is very easy to find at Snowbird. If you like to explore and delve into the unknown, off the beaten path, this is the place to do it. (take Gad II left and keep going left, left, left along the left side of the ski area boundary.) P.S. - when an area is roped off at the bird or posted, heed their advice!!

A Snowbird Devotee
post #5 of 15
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions. Just found out that we will be in PC during the Sundance Film Fest. Was wondering if that will casue the mountians to be less crowded? And still wonderin about the twin peaks? Keep the suggestions coming. I am so pumped about this trip that I just stare at the trail map every day in school. So happy we switched from vail to PC. O ya and I forgot to mention the level of skiing is expert.
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Family has reconsidered and now we are going to park city. We are gonna go to snowbird for a day and I was wondering what are some of the best runs, considering I will only have one day. Some of the runs that are "must-do" runs. Was lookin at pictures and was wondering if you can ski from the top of the twin peaks(above Gad valley)? If so, do they bomb them for avalanches? Thanks
The only problem with doing a day at Snowbird is that you will wish you were there for a week. Great mountain, my favorite. I only wish it was in Colorado.
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions. Just found out that we will be in PC during the Sundance Film Fest. Was wondering if that will casue the mountians to be less crowded? And still wonderin about the twin peaks? Keep the suggestions coming. I am so pumped about this trip that I just stare at the trail map every day in school. So happy we switched from vail to PC. O ya and I forgot to mention the level of skiing is expert.
The primary way down to the ski area from the Twins summit is Pipeline couloir. It's a pretty stout hike and is seldom open because it empties out onto the skier's left side of Little Cloud bowl. I doubt that it would be open when you're there but you never know. It's more likely to be open later in the spring.

There's some wonderful skiing off the west side of West Twin into upper White Pine canyon, but that's even more sketchy because it's never controlled for avalanches. Pretty much the same story on how often it's open, though.

Do you have a beacon, etc?

BTW - major agreement with Lone Pine on his namesake run. That's one of my favorite spots on the mountain. I especially like that grove of aspen trees on skier's right down toward the Big Emma cat track.
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blue sky basin has some decent expert terrain, but as an experts mountain Vail doesn't even begin to compare to Snowbird, few other mountains do besides Whislter, Jackson Hole and Squaw.(for amount) As far as the twin peaks summit, there is a couloir there, but that is quite a bit more than just typical "expert". I believe I have seen tracks there but rarely. You will find plenty of expert chutes off of the Cirque Traverse. Also the top of mineral basis is quite steep under chair. There are many nooks and crannies in Gad II that are quite steep. What do you think S.T.H. stands for?

Likely twin peaks is just a "Pipe(line)" dream. What you want to do at Snowbird is look for all the double black gates, which are all over the mountain, many of them you can look at while coming up the chairs.
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post
blue sky basin has some decent expert terrain, but as an experts mountain Vail doesn't even begin to compare to Snowbird, few other mountains do besides Whislter, Jackson Hole and Squaw.(for amount) As far as the twin peaks summit, there is a couloir there, but that is quite a bit more than just typical "expert". I believe I have seen tracks there but rarely. You will find plenty of expert chutes off of the Cirque Traverse. Also the top of mineral basis is quite steep under chair. There are many nooks and crannies in Gad II that are quite steep. What do you think S.T.H. stands for?

Likely twin peaks is just a "Pipe(line)" dream. What you want to do at Snowbird is look for all the double black gates, which are all over the mountain, many of them you can look at while coming up the chairs.
I am sure you know it this but for everyone else S.T.H. = Steeper Than Hell. Yes it is steep but there is much steeper and crazier stuff on and not on the trail map.

SnowbirdDevotee has some really good advice here what I will add.

on a powder day forget the tram everyone will be going there. I suggest lapping gadzoom or gad 2. You will beat most of the masses headed to ski the cirque. dont fret though there is plenty of fallline skiing to be had over there. ranging from wow this is a nice run to fall and die type stuff. I like something in between those.

and if everything is iced up and the sun is out head over to mineral basin for some corn snow/ slush. powder paradise is the first thing to corn up over there, then jsut keeping heading skier left untill you find the right amount of corn for you.

also feel free to shoot me a PM, i am of most weekends, and would be glad to shwo you around, keeping you in the good snow and away from the crowds.
post #10 of 15
In regards to Sundance and skiing, it won't have much effect on crowding outside of the Park City area resorts, but in PC all three resorts will be less crowded than usual... in large part, because it's damn tough to find lodging!
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Sphrrt's right. If you are a skiier AND can find accommodation in PC during Sundance, you are laughing. The slopes are yours, group lessons become privates, lift lines comprise mostly staff. The only problem is the town becomes choked, so accommodation within walking distance of skiin'/eatin'/shoppin' is primo. And the eatin' part can be an issue too. If you're grocery shopping, go to Dan's (everyone and his dog will be at Albertson's).
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top of cirque, Great Scott

These should get the blood going a little. This is the top of the Cirque, a short ski from the tram dropoff, the skiers are pondering Great Scott, steep but the snow will be sweet. Snowbird has many incredible views and steep skiing, easily accessible, but the Innumerable, nooks and crannies and vastness of the expert terrain is what makes this place so so special, add to that the greatest snow on lift served planet earth. (is that arguable?)
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photos

i've had trouble with photos, but have it figured out now, here's for others that don't have it yet. Download free Irfanview, then open and resize photo to 250 pixels to get size above, then I saved them at 90%quality JPEG, (100 is probably fine). I don't think you can do quick reply, click Manage Attachments, in Additional Options below and browse and attach and upload. All my typical digital camera photos are way too big to upload without resizing them with irfanview.
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PM me the links SD and I will post them full size. sweet pics looking at those I cant believe I have skied that so many times.
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to SnowbirdDevotee

Great pics of the cirque and great advice above on trail selctions. Thanks a ton.
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