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post #1 of 14
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Heading out with the family and girlfriend on new year's eve for a week. Having never been to these mountains I was wondering what are some must do runs? Also any recommendations on places to eat/drink at?
post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by big ace View Post
Heading out with the family and girlfriend on new year's eve for a week. Having never been to these mountains I was wondering what are some must do runs? Also any recommendations on places to eat/drink at?
how good are you? be honest so I dont send you off to get hurt.

places to eat.

snowbird
breakfast - aerie breakfast buffet or general grits deli

lunch -go to general grits deli its the only food that not disgusting at snowbird for lunch

apres skis - wildflower lounge

alta -

high priced dinner - shallow shaft best food in the canyon
high priced lunch - collins grilll
moderate priced lunch - Alf's
apres skis - goldminers/Peruvian
post #3 of 14
Alta is a skier's playground, that is the best way I can put it. Go anywhere that looks good and I'm willing to bet it's amazing.
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
I feel confident on blacks and feel like I handle myself well in the bumps. Sometimes I get butterflies looking down some double blacks but usually end up handling it but just not as with much confidence. From what I've heard and read the mountain that I have skied that is most comparable to Snowbird is Taos. I felt comfortable doing about all it had to offer. I would rather not have hop off any cornices though. Speaking of snowbird and taos how would you compare them bushwacker? Thanks for all of your input
post #5 of 14
At Snowbird and Alta your feelings of "butterflies" will quickly turn into a "rush."

Once you dive in you will feel right at home.

I think it's the vastness more than the steepness that made my heart stick in my throat.....all day long!!!!

Take it all in. You will enjoy.
post #6 of 14
Look at the map. Take some lessons. Then you'll know.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post

lunch -go to general grits deli its the only food that not disgusting at snowbird for lunch
Ah, Bushwacker, I beg to differ. The Rendevouz caf has a nice salad bar, which is a good option if you are going to eat big at dinner. The Fork Lift is good also when it's not a crowded day.

I also have to say that the Shallow Shaft is my least favorite restaurant in the canyon. Overpriced for the quality of the food and (at least when I've been there) a snooty staff. Who needs that? See if you can get into the Rustler for dinner. It's reliably good.

As to the important question of where to ski. Someone else has said this, and I'd like to echo it: Alta & Snowbird are best when explored. Alta in particular is well suited for this. You can wind your way into trouble (unless you're a true expert), but there is almost always a way out that protects your dignity and health. And the joy comes from the adventure in that. At Snowbird, you have to be a bit more circumspect, as it is possible to get into serious trouble.

Hope this helps.

-A
post #8 of 14
Ace -- if you're looking for anyone to ride with, I'll be out exploring from the 27th-1st. If you're going to be around any of those days, let me know.
--A_0
post #9 of 14
Bend your knees, keep your hands in front.
post #10 of 14
Just remember that a black run in the east and one in the west are very different. Start out with the blues and be careful heading past the signs that say "this is some of the steepest terrain". I also wouldn't venture into areas that you can't see...here be cliffs!!!
post #11 of 14
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Having never been to these mountains I was wondering what are some must do runs?
What runs to do change depending on how the snow falls. If there's no new snow, then it really doesn't matter what runs you decide to ski.
post #12 of 14
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Having never been to these mountains I was wondering what are some must do runs?
I would definitely do the Black Forest which is a cute, unique trail. Also, do about 4-5 runs in Mineral Basin, do each one in a different quarter of the bowl. If you like moguls - try all non-stop 1000 ft of them on the Primrose Path right off the tram. If you are really feeling up to it, traverse the Cirque, from the tram, oogle the steep chutes as you traverse down to the wider, more comfortable big steep bowl you can ski down. Then, if you feel like a little exploration, traverse left, left off the Gad II lift to the Thunder Bowl area, keep going left toward the western boundary of the ski resort.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post
I would definitely do the Black Forest which is a cute, unique trail. Also, do about 4-5 runs in Mineral Basin, do each one in a different quarter of the bowl. If you like moguls - try all non-stop 1000 ft of them on the Primrose Path right off the tram. If you are really feeling up to it, traverse the Cirque, from the tram, oogle the steep chutes as you traverse down to the wider, more comfortable big steep bowl you can ski down. Then, if you feel like a little exploration, traverse left, left off the Gad II lift to the Thunder Bowl area, keep going left toward the western boundary of the ski resort.
cmon devotee.

blackforest is anything but cute if you drop in from the top near election instead of of the upper bassakwards gate.

othere than that great runs hope he good enough to ski them especially thunder bowl.
post #14 of 14
Hire a guide....if you can afford it they will show you the goods.
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