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Planning a trip to Utah...any advice??

post #1 of 10
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what's up,
a few buddies and me are planning a week long trip to utah this winter (probably feb or march).  we're all expert level and ski/ride pretty much just backcountry.  i've looked at different trail maps and places to crash, drink, whatever, but none of us has actually been there.  does anyone have any advice or any inside scoops of places to check out??
thanks,
brandon
post #2 of 10
Here is a little advice for backcountry in Utah - get and learn to use avalanche equipment, take it with you.
Plenty of places to go - REI in SLC has maps with locations and acess points. Probably other sport shops have the same.
Of course, a little more organized is snowcat skiing at Powder Mt. and Alta. But still quite a trip.
There are also organized tours between the Cottonwood Canyon areas. (Snowbird,
Alta, Brighton, and Solitude). Make sure you are in good physical condition to do these tours, there is some climbing.
post #3 of 10
Google "utah interconnect ski tour"

Scratch REI, substitute Wasatch Touring.  
post #4 of 10
There's a ton of accessible backcountry skiing in the Wasatch.  It wouldn't be a bad idea (actually a very GOOD idea) to spend a day or two with a guide to familiarize yourselves with the canyons and the snow conditions.

If you want to do that, these guys/girls are beyond excellent:

Utah Mountain Adventures

Have fun.
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post

Google "utah interconnect ski tour"

Scratch REI, substitute Wasatch Touring.  
 

Thanks Bob,
Will try and check Wasatch Touring the next trip to SLC, I'm usually in a hurry to get places when there, and REI is handy from Interstate between Park City and Cottonwoods.

Steve
post #6 of 10
 On of The Best things about Utah is you have 10 world class resorts all within an hour of each other.  As others have said there is plenty of back country to explore.  Check out some of the ski pass deals on The Net at SkiUtah.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by Steve2ski View Post

Thanks Bob,
Will try and check Wasatch Touring the next trip to SLC, I'm usually in a hurry to get places when there, and REI is handy from Interstate between Park City and Cottonwoods.

I understand being in a hurry to get to the mountains, but if someone is hoping to go into the backcountry (as mentioned by the OP) then some contemplation and deliberation is in order.  REI is fine for an in-and-out big-box experience, but if you want to enjoy the nuances of (and be safe in) the Wasatch backcountry, the people at Wasatch Touring are far and away your best bet for information, resources, and equipment.  It's just a much better match for the kind of info the OP was requesting.  
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post

There's a ton of accessible backcountry skiing in the Wasatch.  It wouldn't be a bad idea (actually a very GOOD idea) to spend a day or two with a guide to familiarize yourselves with the canyons and the snow conditions.

If you want to do that, these guys/girls are beyond excellent:

Utah Mountain Adventures

Have fun.

That sounds cool.

I would add, if you go for cat skiing, I would recommend Park City Powder Cats. Their zone is more out of the way and you are less likely to get poached by the local touring crowd like in the cottonwoods.
post #9 of 10
If the ambulance driver asks if you "want to go into town"? Say "Yes"-he means, SLC....
Or else, the clinic in Park City will try to relocate your shoulder sans drugs....
post #10 of 10
If your crew decides to break down and ride lifts one day, here's a tip to make the wait in the line shorter: when you ski up to the end of the line, just yell "reach for the sky, honkies!" - you'll be on a chair in no time.
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