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post #1 of 9
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On Dec. 22 I was blessed by the snow gods got to shred snowbird on a 31' powder day on the last day of my 7 day excursion to the Wasatch front. Apart from mineral basin not being open due to weather, it was easily the best day of riding I've had in my life.

Although my friends and I didn't get up gadzoom until 10:00, we managed to get the 5th chair up little cloud as it just started running around 10:30 and ran powder laps for an hour before a large crowd built up. I ended up bailing on my 2 friends (and the 15 minute line) to ride up in the singles line with a stranger.

We talked about how great life is in Utah and he spoke of how he rode 100 days the last year and I talked about how depressing midwest snowboarding is. He invited me to take what he promised to be "the best run of my life" with him so I quickly obliged. It was located toward the end of the cirque traverse dropping in skier's left and the line was somewhere inbetween gad chutes and mach schnell.

Where I dropped into the chute it was a wooded, steeper, essentially blind left turn that fed out into the this. (view looking back up)
http://flickr.com/photos/9135876@N02/2229410735
this is further down
http://flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=2229437537
This is toward the bottom, I am fairly certain that is big emma in the valley
http://flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=2230206560
toward the bottom looking up, sideways tree can be used as point of reference to where I came down.
http://flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=2229438819

Other things I remember are that it fed out toward the skiers right hand side of big emma (not sure how far though) and that the guy said he was taking me to "lone pine" but I think its possible that I dropped in before he meant for me to. I have been looking for random pictures from other people that I can match up to those I took but no such luck so far. I did find one picture of the entrance that looked similar to what I remember that was identified as "south chute" but I would really just like to know what the name of the best run of my life thus far is called.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 9
Sorry for the off topic, but no idea about the run`s name.

Hey man it all looks like a ******* good staff, wish I skied it!!

Do you really agree it was "the best run of your life"?
post #3 of 9
that is not lone pine. I am 95 percent sure that is "South Chute" aka Barry Barry Steep. If itd anything else is a wilbere bowl chute.

I should get to ski that area today I will be 100 percent sure after today.

I have has several 'best runs of my life" on that very slope.
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by apeyros View Post
Sorry for the off topic, but no idea about the run`s name.

Hey man it all looks like a ******* good staff, wish I skied it!!

Do you really agree it was "the best run of your life"?
Absolutely, living in southwest Michigan severely limits my opportunities to hit epic runs but I've been lucky enough to be able to pursue my passion at some of the best resorts in North America. The combination of great timing, amiable locals, challenging terrain and 31 inches of fresh untouched snow on the run top anything else I've experienced before.

I have only spent 21 days in the mountains total so I use the term best in my life tentativly, but for now it holds true. Hopefully I will able to top it on my upcoming trip to the BC in East Vail. I will be graduating from college this April so hopefully I will be able to find a good career somewhere by the mountains (Salt Lake City would be grand).
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
that is not lone pine. I am 95 percent sure that is "South Chute" aka Barry Barry Steep. If itd anything else is a wilbere bowl chute.

I should get to ski that area today I will be 100 percent sure after today.

I have has several 'best runs of my life" on that very slope.
I am outrageously jealous that you get to make powder turns while I am stuck in an office 1500 miles away. I had a feeling that I dropped in fairly early off the traverse so I am beginning to think that it probably is south chute. I tried to return to the run later in the day but couldn't find it and ended up taking a shot down mach schnell instead (also an epic run). Thanks a lot for the ID and I hope the snow was great today.
post #6 of 9
Nice pics! We are heading out to Snowbird over Easter and are from Milwaukee WI, so I have a similar background and for some reason we really love the chutes! We'll be hitting the Basin for sure and this run specifically! Thanks!
post #7 of 9
Dalton's draw?
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by kewlguy53403 View Post
Nice pics! We are heading out to Snowbird over Easter and are from Milwaukee WI, so I have a similar background and for some reason we really love the chutes! We'll be hitting the Basin for sure and this run specifically! Thanks!
yeah this run is not in the basin...

but I am 100 percent sure now and was wrong at first the run you have pictureed is know as 'Nirvanna" or less commonly know as "the strainer". I took about 30 from tha gathering down this in some great conditions
post #9 of 9
If you like chutes, then check out the ones off Carbonate. Stay skiers' right off the trail, and meander through the woods. I was just out there 2 weeks ago during that arse kicking of a week, and found one of the chutes (I believe it's called gate 3), and there is a friggen rope tied to a cottonwood tree. I had to use it repel/ side slip into the chute.
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