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has anyone been on this yet? opinions? how does it integrate with the peruvian side? and how are the conditions in mineral?
post #2 of 8
Yes! I went on it yesterday. First of all, the new lift is awesome and it hauls ass. It pretty much parallels the tram but doesn't go up quite as high. When you get off the Peruvian lift you can ski down the front side of Snowbird or go through the tunnel to Mineral basin.

The tunnel has a people mover that takes about 6 minutes to get to MB, it's pretty slow, but oh well.

I know this idea has a lot of detractors, but it's actually pretty cool.

1. It gives a much quicker and easier way to get to Mineral Basin, and an alternative way to ski much of the front face without taking the Tram. So if you don't want to pay extra for a tram pass or don't take advantage of the skiing off the tram top it's a great idea.

2. If the tram is on hold due to high winds on the peak, you can still access most of the upper mountain.

3. Since there's an alternate way to MB, this should alleviate lines for the Tram.

All in all, I think it's good stuff!
post #3 of 8
One question. I understand that part of the rationale for the tunnel was to get people into Mineral Basin when top had high winds, snow, etc. However, won't that commit people who go over there to riding to top on chairlift in Mineral Basin, thereby exposing them to the harsh conditions and visibility issues that can sometomes affect the ridge. Just a thought. I've been up there when I couldn't see a thing due to high winds and blowing snow. Just thinking it might cause some people to get in over their heads. But I could be wrong.
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Yup steve it will. However, the predominate winds here are out of the south, which would be a the back of those leaving M.B....

(I bet it would still be a wild chair ride...)

L
post #5 of 8
Yes Steve. And that very thing happened yesterday! The ride back up Mineral Basin Express wasn't bad at all, but skiing back down the front side to get back was no picnic. There was zero visibility until the bottom of Little Cloud.

The conveyor only goes one way through the tunnel, but you can walk the other way. So maybe there's a way to ski from one of the Mineral Basin lifts to the tunnel "exit" and walk through to the other side, avoiding the high winds. But I don't know, I haven't checked it out yet.....
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Yes Steve. And that very thing happened yesterday! The ride back up Mineral Basin Express wasn't bad at all, but skiing back down the front side to get back was no picnic. There was zero visibility until the bottom of Little Cloud.

The conveyor only goes one way through the tunnel, but you can walk the other way. So maybe there's a way to ski from one of the Mineral Basin lifts to the tunnel "exit" and walk through to the other side, avoiding the high winds. But I don't know, I haven't checked it out yet.....
Yeah, but if you're already at the top, just bomb it down the hill and go to the lodge...
post #7 of 8
I was there today and, like skichick70 says, the lift is really fast--certainly as fast or faster than any high speed quad I have experienced. The guy at the entrance to the tunnel said it was a four minute ride through to the other side which is about what it felt like. I don't know what it will look like in the summer but the entrace to the tunnel is about as unobtrusive as possible.

The conditions in mineral were OK in the morning but the upper moutain was socked in by noon (so much so that I got a little vertigo while skiing the Little Cloud area that still has me a bit off balance).

I think Maui Steve has a good point that Mineral Basin is hardly the prime spot when the mountain is socked in. However, the tunnel will help maintain the link to Alta and the Baldy Express area (which connects to Alta and is the easier skiing that the tunnel access is designed to serve) and is less prone to being socked in than the summit of Hidden Peak. It will necessitate a trip to the summit to return to the front side.

As an aside, there were signs in the tunnel stating that you could also walk through in either direction if you desired.

Overall, Snowbird still needs one more good storm. However, there was some really good skiing in places. Alta was in better shape when I was there a couple of weeks ago.
post #8 of 8
I feel lucky that my first trip out west will include this tunnel passage at Snowbird. It just gives me another positive thought about my ski trip. Can't wait!!
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