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post #31 of 50
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Originally Posted by ZekeWolf View Post

So who is around in SLC from 18-27 feb?

Pretty much all of these guys:
http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/91357/utah-2-15-2-22-anyone-gonna-be-there
post #32 of 50
Thread Starter 
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What a trip! Not so lucky with the snow the first day but we went for some nice hikes up to flagstaff, montreal etc(puh 2,5 hours of pure pain bu it was worth it). Then it came amazing powder (Katerina pass are and hiking further out for some top of the line runs) we lived in Sandy next to little cottonwood road and that was perfect! Nightlife in SLC is also great Sandbar, Hotel, Canyon In. All closes at 1.30 so you can be fresh for the day after. thanks for all you info I will come back with a report from my Mt Blanc adventure but first i have two other trips: Verbier and Chamonix.
post #33 of 50
Looks like you had a great time. Awesome pic!
post #34 of 50
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Originally Posted by ZekeWolf View Post

Alta.jpg

What a trip! Not so lucky with the snow the first day but we went for some nice hikes up to flagstaff, montreal etc(puh 2,5 hours of pure pain bu it was worth it). Then it came amazing powder (Katerina pass are and hiking further out for some top of the line runs) we lived in Sandy next to little cottonwood road and that was perfect! Nightlife in SLC is also great Sandbar, Hotel, Canyon In. All closes at 1.30 so you can be fresh for the day after. thanks for all you info I will come back with a report from my Mt Blanc adventure but first i have two other trips: Verbier and Chamonix.

 

I guess this pic proves those guys that claim you still ski "in the snow" on fat skis are wrong. 
post #35 of 50
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Just came back from the Mt Blanc trip. Been a very odd trip. I got sick the first days so i didnt have time to do the aclimatisation. Decided to cheat and ordered a heli to 3700 m.(is only possible to land on the italian side if you not a movie producer..;) ) The altitude i climbed was pretty demanding. You need alot of leg power and used to high altitude. 3 friends never made it but they started at 2000 the day before. They couldnt handle the altitude and started to puke and feeling ill. After 4 hours we reached the summit. Awesome view and awesome feeling to be on the highest mountain in Europe. It was a lot of traffic on the way up and you are meeting people who couldnt make it or on their way down. We were one of the few groups that planned to ski down from the summit. The skiing is not so complicated but can be dangerous due to glacier holes and some step areas. The run itself is very beautiful but if you are looking for the run of your life its not worth it. You cant ski fast becuse of the danger and its very hard snow. The snow ended around 1500 m and after that you have to "roll down" in the forest to reach the village. I was pretty happy when i ordered my first "unit" at the bar Chambre Neuf..

Next year im planning a trip to alaska( Haines ? ) so if you have some input feel free to send me a pm or post it here :)
post #36 of 50
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Next year im planning a trip to alaska( Haines ? ) so if you have some input feel free to send me a pm or post it here :)
Check out my post #17 in the following thread:

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/94144/swift-silent-and-deep-dvd-trip-report-contest-the-jackson-hole-air-force#post_1219288

Do you have any pics from your Mt. Blanc adventure?

Thanks,
JF
post #37 of 50
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cool will check it out. What about Valdez?

some pcis but i didnt took any cool ones on the step parts. to tired..

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post #38 of 50
I haven't skied Haines, I've heard it's really good. But I was there last summer and it's a PITA to get there.  AK's weather is really variable.  Many times people book weeks in advance and hardly get their vertical in.

I would fly into Anchorage and rent a car for two weeks minimum.  If the weather is good, go straight to Thompson pass and surf the heli ops for open seats. If the weather sucks, ski Aleyeska
or tour Hatcher/Tompson Pass.

Someone just posted a TR on TGR that they successfully used this method and the Costco Heli package.

http://www.valdezhelicamps.com/heli_skiing_snow_cat_skiing_rates_and_packages/index/costco/
post #39 of 50
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Thanks for the Info SHREDHEAD

post #40 of 50

nice pictures from the mt blanc trip. and shredhead is right on aleyeska. some friends of mine used to live up there and they got spoiled by how much it snows there. i think mid mountain gets wat 500 some inches a year. id say thats not to bad

post #41 of 50

Utah or Whistler in BC Canada.

Salt Lake City has many different mountains & SLC has lots of cheap hotels, car rentals are inexpensive. In the Cottonwoods (Snowbird/Alta) there are lots of places to hike beside riding the lifts. Lots of fabulous tree (sous bois) skiing easily accessible by car. The snow is the best in the world (well I haven't skied India or Australia yet).

 

Whistler in British Columbia, Canada has huge terrain. The BIGGEST in North America. So you can ski a lot of terrain & weather in the same day. There is tremendous hiking up there, it is not as cold a Utah and lower altitude. 

 

Generally speaking in North America back country skiing is not overly complicated like in Europe as we have few crevasses but you MUST pay close attention to avalanches & changing weather.

 

In these 2 places you will easily find people heading out of bounds & joining them can easily be done, talk to the locals & will quickly find a group. Also, Snowmobiles quickly can get you to much of the back country.

 

Unfortunately no Tartiflette this side of the Atlantic. Food is usually pretty bad on the mountain & ultra expensive.  :0(

 

Cheers & I hope the Euro stays where it is so you'll enjoy extra savings (N. America has never been so inexpensive)

 

Azim

post #42 of 50
Thread Starter 

Seems like we are going for Alaska

post #43 of 50

 You might consider PA or West Virginia after last years snowfall..

post #44 of 50
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 You might consider PA or West Virginia after last years snowfall..


funny:) Pa and WV stole all the north easterns snowfalls.

 

Stowe was about 100 inches down

 

and Snowshoe was 100 inches up.

 

I dont want to see a repeat of that. 

post #45 of 50

Eye do :)

post #46 of 50

Best snow will be in Steamboat this season.  I hope, fingers crossed anyway.  From I reckon Jan 2 till Jan 10

post #47 of 50
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Originally Posted by Azim Merali View Post

Utah or Whistler in BC Canada.

Salt Lake City has many different mountains & SLC has lots of cheap hotels, car rentals are inexpensive. In the Cottonwoods (Snowbird/Alta) there are lots of places to hike beside riding the lifts. Lots of fabulous tree (sous bois) skiing easily accessible by car. The snow is the best in the world (well I haven't skied India or Australia yet).

 

Whistler in British Columbia, Canada has huge terrain. The BIGGEST in North America. So you can ski a lot of terrain & weather in the same day. There is tremendous hiking up there, it is not as cold a Utah and lower altitude. 

 

Generally speaking in North America back country skiing is not overly complicated like in Europe as we have few crevasses but you MUST pay close attention to avalanches & changing weather.

 

In these 2 places you will easily find people heading out of bounds & joining them can easily be done, talk to the locals & will quickly find a group. Also, Snowmobiles quickly can get you to much of the back country.

 

Unfortunately no Tartiflette this side of the Atlantic. Food is usually pretty bad on the mountain & ultra expensive.  :0(

 

Cheers & I hope the Euro stays where it is so you'll enjoy extra savings (N. America has never been so inexpensive)

 

Azim


Although I can't disagree with most of your comments Azim, I am compelled to call you out on the food comment. Deer Valley in Utah has EXCELLENT food, and albeit expensive in the onslope 5 star restaurants, it's actually not that outrageous in the lodges themselves. The price is the same as Park City, for example, but the food is much, much better. Everything else, service, quality of the installations, etc., is second to none. My wife couldn't believe the fresh flowers that are placed in the womens' bathrooms each morning, which are heated I might add.

 

I would choose Utah over Colorado any day, but of course I am biased towards Utah as I went to the U of Ski, I mean the U of Utah and then lived several seasons in Park City. I have skied Colorado and I liked it, especially Breckenridge (town is great), but I found the weather to be much colder and cloudier than Utah and the snow way better in Utah. The accessibility of the resorts to the airport is unparalleled - you can fly from the East Coast early in the morning and get some turns in that same afternoon. Whistler may be huge - I have not skied there and hope to some day - but you can buy a combined ticket for Alta and Snowbird, which makes that one very large ski area.

 

Willy10 says the best snow will be in Steamboat, and he must have read the report about La Niña. If so, that means that Sun Valley, Idaho and Jackson Hole, Wyoming should get dumped on as well. Sun Valley is an awesome mountain, but doesn't get that much snow - hence the name. Once again, I'm biased as I grew up in Idaho. Jackson Hole has tons of steep, and you can make a quick trip over the mountains to Gran Targhee, Idaho and ski deeper snow with virtually no liftlines. The Tetons are very cold, and the food is as Azim describes.
 

post #48 of 50

Yes, avoid Presidents' Day weekend and check the school calendars in March if you go that late to make sure you aren't running into all of Denver or SLC public school holidays.

 

I went to Colorado for four years straight skiing mostly Vail, one day each trip to Keystone, and a visit once to Breck and Winterpark.  Thinking of going again this year if we can all work out our schedules.  I'd say stay in Breckenridge as it really has more to offer than Vail Village, which with the make-over of Lionshead has become every bit as expensive as Aspen.

 

That being said, I made one trip to Utah in 1979 and have wanted to get back ever since.  You could stay in SLC or Park City and make day trips to more resorts than you could in Colorado.  Utah's snow may be the best and most reliable in the world.  Very few areas in Colorado get the consistent dumps.

post #49 of 50

ME, ill be in Park City though the 16 to the 21 in feb

post #50 of 50

really no problem with either choice both have lots of skiing, just got back from snowmass co. lots and lots of snow had a fabulous time.

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