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post #1 of 7
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I'm making my first trip to Utah in early January with a bunch of younger, better skiing friends -- patrollers, etc. I know they'll show me around, but I don't want to hold them back. We're doing a warmup afternoon with the free voucher at Deer Valley, which I expect will be right up my groomer alley, but then we're doing two days at Snowbird, two at Snowbasin, and two at Alta. Me, Eastern skier, 65 years, level 7 or eight if it's smooth, bringing my Magfires. Where should I go, and when should I tell my pals, "are you kidding?" And should I bother bringing my RX 9s?

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post #2 of 7
As long as you are riding the same lift you should be able to find each other pretty easily. I would just bring whatever pair of skis you are most comfortable on. If it is a pow day you can rent something wider.
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Originally Posted by evansilver View Post
I'm making my first trip to Utah in early January with a bunch of younger, better skiing friends -- patrollers, etc. I know they'll show me around, but I don't want to hold them back. We're doing a warmup afternoon with the free voucher at Deer Valley, which I expect will be right up my groomer alley, but then we're doing two days at Snowbird, two at Snowbasin, and two at Alta. Me, Eastern skier, 65 years, level 7 or eight if it's smooth, bringing my Magfires. Where should I go, and when should I tell my pals, "are you kidding?" And should I bother bringing my RX 9s?

Thanks
I have to assume you're going to get off the groomers to really experience Utah skiing. One thing that you may not be used to are long, sometimes bumpy and/or rocky traverses to get to some good skiing. The High Traverse at Alta and the Cirque Traverse at Snowbird are good examples. I don't recall seeing anything similar in the East. They take some getting used to, and there are definitely both techniques and etiquette that you should be familiar with before you go -- especially if it's a powder day. Talk to some of the more experienced people before you go on them.

I also agree with the previous poster that you should not be afraid to demo fatter skis if the snow is deep. They'll make your legs last much longer. Oh yeah, and remember that you'll be at a higher altitude than you're used to -- drink LOTS of water.

And have fun!
post #4 of 7
your magfire should be fine for everything leave th Rx-9 at home.
post #5 of 7
[quote=evansilver;784863]which I expect will be right up my groomer alley /quote]

If I read this to mean you intend to stay on groomers then...

Alta...every lift has groomed runs you can come down and meet them at the base of the lift (or another lift). No worries. Be careful of following them on any hikes or traverses. Some are fine for intermediates, some can end up where you don't want to be if you don't know where you're going.

Snowbird...Not that familiar with, but I think it's pretty much the same. Even Mineral Basin has a catwalk you can go down if you want. But if it's iced over you might want to avoid Mineral Basin altogether. Once again, you might want to avoid any hikes or traverses if they're not sure where they'll end up.

Snowbasin...everything to the left (looking up from base lodge) of the John Paul lift has groomers you can take and meet them at the bottom. Most of the off-trail stuff is pretty mild as well. If you go up the John Paul lift, you might want to skip the ride on the Mt. Allen Tram at the top. I don't think there's a groomer way down from it. Off John Paul itself, there's a couple of groomer Olympic Downhill courses down. Grizzly is a very steep groomer. If it's iced over when you're at Snowbasin you might want to avoid the John Paul lift altogether.
post #6 of 7
Are you going to do the resorts in order? I'd hit snowbasin before Alta and Alta before the bird. That's the proper learning curve, Dear Vallet, Snowbasin, Alta, Snowbird....
post #7 of 7
I agree, starting with Deer Valley is the best move. Though known for their groomers, there are some open areas where you can ski some powder and get some Utah experience. Ask anyone there in a green jacket and they can guide you.
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