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Where to go on powder day in Salt Lake?

post #1 of 14
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What's the best place to get some good powder with lots of space and not many people within under 2 hour drive from salt lake city? I tried Alta, Snowbird and Solitude, but all three were really crowded and got tracked out very fast. I believe the Canyons area is the same story, so it probably makes sense to go to less obvious places.

I do not care about resort, food, even lift speed/lines - just the best chance to get untracked powder for the longest possible time. Steep open slopes would be a plus though. I am thinking about Powder Mountain, but that's just because of the name and lifts-to-skiable-acres ratio. Is that the best option? What are other choices? THe plain is to drive there (4x4) early in the morning on a powder day and get as much untracked powder skiing as possible.

Thanks!
Max
post #2 of 14
Hmmmmmm. Odd. You must be the only one thinking of doing this.
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by maxl View Post
What's the best place to get some good powder with lots of space and not many people within under 2 hour drive from salt lake city? I tried Alta, Snowbird and Solitude, but all three were really crowded and got tracked out very fast. I believe the Canyons area is the same story, so it probably makes sense to go to less obvious places.

Steep open slopes would be a plus though. I am thinking about Powder Mountain,
Max
If you think it gets tracked out at Altabird and Solitude (Solitude tracked out fast???!!!), then you're sort of out-of-luck.

Steep and PowMow in the same sentence is an oxymoron.
post #4 of 14
I had 2 powder days in Utah.....Snowbasin and Deer Valley. Both were fantastic. DV tracked out before Snowbasin.

I say Solitude.
post #5 of 14
Powder? Here in Utah? Untracked

You have to hike. Plenty at Solitude 3 days after a storm if you know where to go.
post #6 of 14
hit the supreme or wildcat lifts at alta. also vail ridge off the sunnyside lift usually has some powder left, even if the runs are pretty short. try to be at the top of sugarloaf when they open devil's castle or the cecret saddle area. try to hit alta midweek during a bad storm, you'll have the place practically to yourself with free refills all day.
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Hmmmmmm. Odd. You must be the only one thinking of doing this.
No, the idea was that a mountain that is further away and less built out may be less popular and thus get fewer people. Long shot but not unreasonable.
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If you think it gets tracked out at Altabird and Solitude (Solitude tracked out fast???!!!), then you're sort of out-of-luck.

Steep and PowMow in the same sentence is an oxymoron.
Is there any reason to go to Powder Mountain then? I mean does it have anything better than say Solitude?
post #9 of 14
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Is there any reason to go to Powder Mountain then? I mean does it have anything better than say Solitude?
The short answer is no.

It's bigger than Solitude, and that's about it. It's also lower - check what the weather's been like in UT recently and make your own deductions. When you look at the "lifts to skiable terrain" ratio, also be careful to see what PowMow considers "lift serviced" versus their terrain totals.

As far as steepness, let's just say that Solitude is a quick and simple answer again.

I was up on Honeycomb Canyon (Solitude) today, and although it's been 10 days since the last real snow, there was some heavy pow to hit - if you found that the pow got tracked out quick at Solitude, you were in the wrong place.
post #10 of 14
I'm surprised no one suggested Snowbasin. Much less crowded then Cottonwoods and some nice steep terrain. Also, though lifts weren't a priority, you'll get fast lifts to access it all. I'd get away from Needles as fast as humanly possible and opt for John Paul/Allen Peak Tram or Strawberry. And if it looks tracked out--hike a little further out there. I was there last Saturday (two days after any snowfall) and there was fresh lines all over. I hiked to some really nice off completely untracked steeps off of Strawberry.

"The short answer is no."--??? Wasn't the purpose of this post to find a mountain in Utah that doesn't get tracked out quickly? I'll admit I don't have as much experience with Powder, yet, but I have heard many a tale that it has fresh pow days, if not weeks after a storm. Granted it's not as steep as many other Utah resorts but with that much terrain you're bound to find something you like covered in deep. I'm going to throw some love out for Pow Mow.
post #11 of 14
All of the Utah resorts have "untracked" days after a storm. You just have to get lucky on being at the right place at the right time when the ropes drop.
post #12 of 14
I skied untrack powder 95 percent of the day at snowbird you just arent looking hard enough.
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I skied untrack powder 95 percent of the day at snowbird you just arent looking hard enough.
(Cough) Bullshit (cough)
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(Cough) Bullshit (cough)
eh stay over in BCC. everyone at snowbird rides the tram and overlook the far western end of the resort all the time.

I have taken alotpeople out to thunder bowl, coffin chutes and white pine(well I know not inbounds but very much lift serviced by snowbird) days after a storm and found line that werent touched
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