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Snowbird to open this Friday!

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2008-11-05 — Snowbird Announces 2nd Earliest Opening Ever
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SNOWBIRD, UTAH – Continuing the tradition of offering the longest ski season in Utah, Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort will open Friday, Nov. 7. This year’s opening marks the second earliest start to a season in the resort’s 38-year history.
“This storm and the subsequent lake effect have provided a timely blanket of snow in Little Cottonwood Canyon,” said Snowbird President Bob Bonar. “Skiing early season powder is a great way to kick off the season.”
Snowbird will be offering the Aerial Tram and two lifts, Gadzoom and Mid-Gad, to skiers and riders beginning Friday at 9 a.m. Expected open terrain includes Regulator Johnson from the top of Hidden Peak, as well as Big Emma and Bassackwards. Additional lifts and terrain will open as conditions permit. The Snowbird Center and Creekside Lodge will be offering multiple food, merchandise and equipment rental options throughout the weekend.
More than 3 feet of snow has fallen in November, and cold temperatures have allowed snow guns to operate, adding to the already impressive early season snow totals. Last year, Snowbird received 611 inches of The Greatest Snow on Earth® and had a 183-day season with skiing and riding from Nov. 30 to June 22.
Snowbird is offering an early season ticket price of $62 and chair passes will be honored to access the Tram until additional terrain opens. Early season lodging packages are currently available starting at $99/night through much of December.
Snowbird, along with neighboring Alta, was recently named the No. 1 ski destination in North America by Outside Magazine. Recent area improvements include renovations of the Tram Club and the Aerie Sushi Bar, located on the top floor of the Cliff Lodge. Kids 12 and under will ski free at Snowbird for 2008-09 with all lodging packages booked through Snowbird Central Reservations or www.snowbird.com. Snowbird’s Mountain School has also added new pre-season pricing to its private lesson offering.
For more information or to see photos of the current conditions, visit www.snowbird.com. Live shots of the current storm’s snow accumulation can be seen using Snowbird’s SnowCam at www.snowbird.com/snowcam.
For media information or digital images of the snow, contact Jared Ishkanian at (801) 933-2047 or jishkanian@snowbird.com.
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611 inches of snow last year... got to be up there for resorts ever?
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Last year they failed to open on schedule, too little snow. That was forgotten by mid-January. By February it was Epic!
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Yes we can. This is definitely what we need...going to be a great season again UT!
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This is absolutely amazing!

I am flying to SLC tonight... I've had the trip planned for a number of weeks, just planning to visit my brother/sister in law and niece.

Suddenly, I'm going to be getting first tracks in Utah tomorrow!!

I can't get over how totally sweet this is!!!
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Damn U Damn U damn U! I'm so jealous !
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Don't worry!!!! I will take pictures and post a TR... hopefully!!!
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That is killer. I saw pictures of Alta after the storm... unreal. Have fun.


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611 inches of snow last year... got to be up there for resorts ever?
Mt. Hood got 859 inches last year.
I think Mt. Baker in WA State still holds the world record with 1,140 inches during the 1998-99 season.
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I'm going to be getting first tracks in Utah tomorrow!!
Me too!
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We should link up, I'll send you a PM.

Can anyone recommend a good place to rent skis in the area? I should mention that while I have had this trip planned, I did not plan on skiing this weekend, and I didn't pack them when I left for business this past Monday.

I'm all set for boots, my bro has an old set of mine.
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$99 rooms are the Cliff too! I think I might have to book a trip for Alta's opener!
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We should link up, I'll send you a PM.
I'll be the 6'8" 300# 40-something guy with the "westside barbell" knit hat with flames on. (Oh God, that sounds like a joke, but its not.)
post #14 of 24
Go to Ski n See. They have multiple locations and are pretty inexpensive. You can check their website out for coupons and even reserve online. Have fun!!!!
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my favorite place to rent nearby is The Lifthouse at the base of BCC. Plenty of options for a fair price, plus a cool store.
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Go to Ski n See. They have multiple locations and are pretty inexpensive. You can check their website out for coupons and even reserve online. Have fun!!!!
Seconded. The store in Sandy still has a lot of 50% off clearance gear from previous seasons. I picked up a pair of ski pants and a helm there yesterday.
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http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick...unit=0 &lg=en



Let it snow let it snow let it snow!!!!
post #18 of 24
I believe yesterday was Friday. Did anyone go? If so, Trip reports/pics please lol?

edit: Nevermind lol it's in the Trip Reports forum
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Thanks for the tip on Ski n See!! The rentals worked out great!

I went hiking on opening day instead of skiing, but I skied today! Great times! I replied to the TR thread.
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You're welcome! How was Snowbird? Ski n see is a great rental place.

Were the runs super crowded or not too bad?
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You're welcome! How was Snowbird?
On Friday it was awesome until about Noon when the crowds arrived in masses. But by then most of the untracked was gone anyway.

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Were the runs super crowded or not too bad?
It was getting crowded after lunch, when I was leaving.

What an awesome start to the season though! I made fresh tracks in pretty good powder for over 3 hours. I did hit some rocks underneath some of that untracked snow, but nothing too serious, and it was well worth it.
post #22 of 24
My skis will never forgive me for going yesterday. Here a rock, there a rock, everywhere a rock rock... A lot of hardpack and kind of crowded too. I bolted at about noon.

Need more!

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hmm they had ungroomed runs open?
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Were they open officially? No. Were people doing them anyways? Of course. Tracks were all over the mountain, including on runs that were officially closed. I mostly stuck to the officially open, but it's hard not to pop off runs to do stuff that looks okay... Especially when you have friends who know the area real well.

That being said there were rocks even peeking out of the groomers. That's where I mostly hit.
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