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coming out to utah friday - any tips?

post #1 of 12
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i will be in slc from jan 4 - feb 1, if anyone wants to get together and laugh their asses of watching me try to make it down the mountain, pm me. ditto if anyone knows anybody who has a room to rent short term. (or couch, dog bed, broken down van in the driveway, whatever.)

anyone have any tips on where to go / what to see (besides the mountains)? are there any sketchy areas of the city to avoid?

are solitude and brighton less crowded on powder days than alta/bird?

also, as i have only skied on little ice hills here in wny, where would be some good spots at any of those areas to start out, so as i don't kill myself on the first day?

and finally, is there any reason at all to bring a pair of rx8s or should i just save the weight and just bring my goats?

doug
post #2 of 12
Salt Lake City itself is certainly not anything like New York I hardley go there at all other than just passing thru maybe the mormon church or the trolly square.Your better off going to Park City for a trip up and down main street.
For skiing Solitude is the least crowded on powder days and a must do is snowbasin agreat mountain with no crowds.You should be able to start out on any of the slopes just warm up before heading to any of the bowls or hike to traverses.Regarding the skis the Goats (great for powder days)are not the best on hardpack or groomers the Mantra would be much more versitale so if you were thinking of taking the rx's it wouldn't be a bad idea.You will need a 4x4 if your going to drive up little or big cottonwood canyons on snow days.
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yeah, i heard slc is boring, i've pretty much committed myself to being stranded there without a car for most of the time and taking the bus to the canyons. i'm not sure it can be much worse than buffalo.
post #4 of 12
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oh, also, are there any steeper runs at any of those places that won't kill me if i screw up?
post #5 of 12
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Regarding the skis the Goats (great for powder days)are not the best on hardpack or groomers the Mantra would be much more versitale so if you were thinking of taking the rx's it wouldn't be a bad idea.
Anybody who flys from NY to SLC to ski hardpack and groomers is insane. Gotamas are probably the best one ski quiver for Utah that I can think of. Unless something really really really weird happens, the rx8's will just be taking up space.
post #6 of 12
Just bring the gotamas its going to be snowing allweek. I will be skiing snowbird on sunday. The crowd wont be that bad and if your any bit good where we will be skiing wont be crowded at all.

Gotamas are better on groomers than the mantras anywho and anyone who says differently doesnt ski fast enough.
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Just bring the gotamas its going to be snowing allweek. I will be skiing snowbird on sunday. The crowd wont be that bad and if your any bit good where we will be skiing wont be crowded at all.

Gotamas are better on groomers than the mantras anywho and anyone who says differently doesnt ski fast enough.
Well, considering i've never skied anything more than ankle deep, or any real off piste conditions, i'm pretty sure i'm not going to be any good. not by sunday anyway. hopefully by the end of the month i can get to a point where i don't look like a total gaper. had the gotamas out for half a day on groomers and i thought they handled amazingly well for being almost 2 full inches wider than the rx8s, so i guess i'll take your word that they're enough. what part of the mountain are you going to on sunday?
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Well, considering i've never skied anything more than ankle deep, or any real off piste conditions, i'm pretty sure i'm not going to be any good. not by sunday anyway. hopefully by the end of the month i can get to a point where i don't look like a total gaper. had the gotamas out for half a day on groomers and i thought they handled amazingly well for being almost 2 full inches wider than the rx8s, so i guess i'll take your word that they're enough. what part of the mountain are you going to on sunday?
anywhere there isnt lines which means Gad 2 while everyone hoardes the tram line and then the tram after that line dyes off. Unless of course flat light is scaring people away from mineral basin where the greatest storm totals are expected to be. I am already getting pyched about sunday. untracked snow all day long, each time i get a powder day at the bird I make better use of it.

those gotama are going to make its so easy anyways you should be fine I just hope you went long enough. short skis suck at snowbird on a powder day no matter how wide they are.
post #9 of 12
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those gotama are going to make its so easy anyways you should be fine I just hope you went long enough. short skis suck at snowbird on a powder day no matter how wide they are.

is 183 long enough?
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is 183 long enough?


unless your bigfoot you ll be fine. just that someone on here that was like 170lb was on the 168. thats way to short.
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Salt Lake City itself is certainly not anything like New York I hardley go there at all other than just passing thru maybe the mormon church or the trolly square.Your better off going to Park City for a trip up and down main street.
It sounds like you haven't spent enough time here to give any advice. IMHO, it's funny how people say SLC is boring. Personally the only thing that makes since to me about that is that these people are just boring people.

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For skiing Solitude is the least crowded on powder days and a must do is snowbasin agreat mountain with no crowds.You should be able to start out on any of the slopes just warm up before heading to any of the bowls or hike to traverses.Regarding the skis the Goats (great for powder days)are not the best on hardpack or groomers the Mantra would be much more versitale so if you were thinking of taking the rx's it wouldn't be a bad idea.You will need a 4x4 if your going to drive up little or big cottonwood canyons on snow days.
There won't be any hardpack this weekend. They're forecasting the mountains to get 3+ feet of snow by sunday.
post #12 of 12
If you go to Alta, Yo yo ballroom 'till you can make it down without crashing. Evenly weight the skis much more than on hardpack, maybe 60-40 and ski centered, you'll be fine. You'll get the hang of it. Then hike over to the Backside and crash and fall there. It's steep but on a pow day you'll slide ten feet. On a hard day, you can slide a considerable distance, but unless there's a rock in your line, you won't hit anything that hurts. The hurty things are big, green, and a hundred feet tall. avoid them. Search "self arrest" but it sounds like a moot point. Tahoe is said to be getting as much as 10' and we're next.
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