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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I will be in SLC and plan to visit several areas inclduing Solitude. I have skiied Honetcomb canyon in the past, but I just got the new Powder and they mention "Fantasy Ridge" have some sweet couloirs. Is this hiking up from the long traverse on the far side of Honeycomb or is this area somewhere else.

Also, anyone have any experience with Solitude's "BackTracks" guided backcountry tours. $165 for full day of guided tours sounds enticing, but I don't want to end getting stuck with a group that only wants to ski open bowl type terrain.

Thanks.
post #2 of 12
hi jay, i believe that Fantasy ridge is accessed by the Summit Lift. I've never been up there but you get good views of the one side of the ridge while going up the Summit life.

Looks at upper left corner of map
http://www.skisolitude.com/downloads...ilmap_2004.pdf
i believe that area is the ridge with the word Buckeye on it. Yes there is some very sweet couloir skiing up there, and last year i was eyeballing it pretty hard while on the Summit lift, however I was told that a local guide is recommended, because you can get into some sticky situation.

do you have alot of western skiing experience, and SLC skiing in particular. There is plenty of nice steep narrow skiing where you can see what you are getting ito first. You don't need much instruction to find the steep in the Cottonwoods, esp the Little Cottonwood, head over to Snowbird and you will have all the Couliers you need. Have you skied the Snowbird Cirque? or the Gad II area, plenty of fun.


oops, rereading your post, i see you know honeycomb a bit already.

I do an annual SLC trip with Pittsburgh guys! patrollers from hidden valley. Any SLC questions ask away, surprised you haven't had any replies.
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
SD,
Thanks for the response. I am also surprised by the lack of response. I will be heading out to SLC this winter with an intermediate and a meeting up with a local snowboarder (so Alta's out). He just moved to SLC from Bozeman so he's not real familiar SLC areas yet. I used to go out west every winter, usually SLC, but spent some time overseas and with 2 kids under 3 I have not had much time recently but begged the wife to let me go this year. I've skiied almost all major areas in SLC with exception of Snowbasin and Brighton. Confident on almost in in-bounds terrain. To answer your question, yes I have hit most stuff off the tram. Mineral Bain was not around ( I don't think) last time at Snowbird. Looks open enough that my intermediate friend could handle it and I may find some tighter areas there. Is this accurate? I was kinda looking forward to doing something different which is why I was asking about the "Backtracks" thing at Solitude but no one seems to know anything about it. Seems like a good price for all day guided backcountry, just don't want to get stuck with the wrong group.

Have you done Snowbasin recently? Looks like sweet hike to terrain off top of Needles chair. Friend lives in Oden (sp?), south of SLC, so I think Snowbasin may a little far.

We were thinking of first week in March. Just out of curiosity when is your group heading out?

Thanks again.
post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post
hi jay, i believe that Fantasy ridge is accessed by the Summit Lift. I've never been up there but you get good views of the one side of the ridge while going up the Summit life.

Looks at upper left corner of map
http://www.skisolitude.com/downloads...ilmap_2004.pdf
i believe that area is the ridge with the word Buckeye on it. Yes there is some very sweet couloir skiing up there, and last year i was eyeballing it pretty hard while on the Summit lift, however I was told that a local guide is recommended, because you can get into some sticky situation.

do you have alot of western skiing experience, and SLC skiing in particular. There is plenty of nice steep narrow skiing where you can see what you are getting ito first. You don't need much instruction to find the steep in the Cottonwoods, esp the Little Cottonwood, head over to Snowbird and you will have all the Couliers you need. Have you skied the Snowbird Cirque? or the Gad II area, plenty of fun.


oops, rereading your post, i see you know honeycomb a bit already.

I do an annual SLC trip with Pittsburgh guys! patrollers from hidden valley. Any SLC questions ask away, surprised you haven't had any replies.
On somewhat the same subject. I'm in the process of planning a trip to the same area and would like to get into the back country. Is the the second week in Feb two early for good snow and if not what would be your best guess to when is?
post #5 of 12
hi jay, we have a standing trip the last weekend in Feb. I think it's the best time to go, after the first week of march the sun gets higher and higher affecting conditions, although snowfall holds up in march and snowpack is peak. I'm also heading out Dec 6-9 with my daughter.

Snowbasin is a great place to ski. #2 on my list after Snowbird. The mountain skis differently, there is quite a bit of intermediate terrain you have to pick through, but it is nice and wide open and a Snowbasin is always a epicski favorite.

Mineral Basin, careful with intermediates, it points south and the conditions can be touchy, better to stick to cat track first trip down for friend. i love MB, tremendous area! HUGE! BOWL!
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post
hi jay, we have a standing trip the last weekend in Feb. I think it's the best time to go, after the first week of march the sun gets higher and higher affecting conditions, although snowfall holds up in march and snowpack is peak. I'm also heading out Dec 6-9 with my daughter.

Snowbasin is a great place to ski. #2 on my list after Snowbird. The mountain skis differently, there is quite a bit of intermediate terrain you have to pick through, but it is nice and wide open and a Snowbasin is always a epicski favorite.

Mineral Basin, careful with intermediates, it points south and the conditions can be touchy, better to stick to cat track first trip down for friend. i love MB, tremendous area! HUGE! BOWL!
Concur on the cat track for the intermediate friend for the initial trip to the bottom. The terrain down from the Alta-side lift is good for intermediates though once you're in the Basin.

Skied Snowbasin last year during an 11-inch dump. Had a great time. Bit of a drive if you're staying near PC. If the friend lives in Ogden, it's not too far. Ogden is north of SLC. I don't know where Oden is, if there is one. Never heard of it.

SnowBirdDevotee, are you in Pitt? I just moved here (Pitt) this past year. I skied 7 Springs mostly last year. Sounds like you do Hidden Valley a lot? I do an annual trip to SLC with some friends second week of January.
post #7 of 12
that ridge is one of the scariest hike i have done going OB from a resort. Knife edge with wind howling and certain death if you miss a step, needless to say it was fun and would do it again if the condition were right.

Also look at all the pittsburghers in this thread I would love to guide any yinzers around utah if they give me a heads up when they come out here.

All ask is to come with an open mind and bring your best game. Glenn can fill you in more.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
that ridge is one of the scariest hike i have done going OB from a resort. Knife edge with wind howling and certain death if you miss a step, needless to say it was fun and would do it again if the condition were right.

Also look at all the pittsburghers in this thread I would love to guide any yinzers around utah if they give me a heads up when they come out here.

All ask is to come with an open mind and bring your best game. Glenn can fill you in more.
Bushwhacker...seems like nothing but Pittsburghers on this thread. I myself just moved there. Where I originally come from it's "y'all", not "yinzers". I take it you live in Utah now? I'll be out there at least twice this year. Probably early December and most definitely second week in January. I'll even squeeze in a 3rd trip in march if I can manage. It'd be nice to meet and have a beer but if you're hiking up to Fantasy Ridge and skiing it you're out of my league. You'd be pretty bored guiding my group around. Maybe someday, but not yet.
post #9 of 12
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Pretty cool to see all the Yinzers. I grew up in the burgh. lived in San Diego for several years and finally made it back. (I know some of you may be questioning this logic but SOCAL is not all it's cracked up to be). Anyway, Jdhawg after many years a finally got a season pass again so I'll be up at 7Springs alot we may cross paths. Looking forward to the new high speed 6pack chair.

Bushwacker - I may take you up on the offer to show me around. I'm thinking the last week in Feb/ First week in March. The "local" friend just moved into the area and I'm sure he'd like to get to know the area better as well. His wife is working for some small college south of SLC, in Oden. Not sure of the spelling. He is working for some small custom snowboard manufacturer nearby (near Mt. KippeCanoe or something like that).
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by JayinPitt View Post
Pretty cool to see all the Yinzers. I grew up in the burgh. lived in San Diego for several years and finally made it back. (I know some of you may be questioning this logic but SOCAL is not all it's cracked up to be). Anyway, Jdhawg after many years a finally got a season pass again so I'll be up at 7Springs alot we may cross paths. Looking forward to the new high speed 6pack chair.

Bushwacker - I may take you up on the offer to show me around. I'm thinking the last week in Feb/ First week in March. The "local" friend just moved into the area and I'm sure he'd like to get to know the area better as well. His wife is working for some small college south of SLC, in Oden. Not sure of the spelling. He is working for some small custom snowboard manufacturer nearby (near Mt. KippeCanoe or something like that).
SoCal is way too crowded. This is my first year in Pitt but so far it's pretty good. Once 7Springs opens up let's try to arrange a meeting on the mountain. I'm not an expert, but I'm ok. It would be good to meet some fellow skiers up here. Is the new high speed 6pack definitely opening? I heard rumors last ski season but didn't know if they had proceeded with it.
post #11 of 12
i'm pa but live in the poconos. just happens i hooked up with some hidden valley guys to make a trip with. i've never skied pitt area, in fact i rarely ski out east, utah is just too good and too easy to get too and i get my runs in. plus, i cross country heavily all winter so that keeps me at laest, sliding.

i get those delta card rotating between myself, my business and my wife and they are crazy about giving points for signing up, one year on, six months off.

certainly take bushwacker up no his offer, i spent a couple hours myself on his coattails feeling gravity at alta.
post #12 of 12
Hey yunz guys, yunz from the Pixburgh 'n'at? Git yunzis butt aut a dahntawn n less go skiin' in da woods 'n'at. Yunz mus be frum dahn caunty if yunz say yinz. Aut here in the burbs of Stiller Nation we say yunz 'n'at. I'm frum 'round Buht-ler Caunty rilly more in da Al-a-giny Valley 'n'at. I seen yunz was postin' bout Sal Lake n skiin' dare 'n'stuff but yunz is gotta know that if yunz kin ski da ice, rocks n junk n not get stuck full a jaggers whens yunz is in da woods here, yunz kin ski da soft stuff aut west no pra-blim. Hauscome yunz wanta go anywheres else if ya kin ski da Knob? I mean I know dares steeper stuff aut dare but is so wide yunz kin ski all day before yunz needs ta turn 'n'at.

I jus wants ta lets yunz Pixburghs know that we's gotta annual Gathering at da Springs n all yunz is welcome to come on dahn, we even ski da woods dare. Jus keep n eye on da 'Getting Together, Gatherings and Let's Go' Forums under Epicski Community for dates.

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