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Any special tips for skiing Utah with a snowboarder?

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 My son and I are going to be skiing in Utah for his February school vacation.  It now looks probable that one of his friends will be going with us.  The thing is, he's a snowboarder.  Of course, he likes trees and bumps, which makes him ok in my book.  And he is pretty good -- here is a picture of him a year and a half ago on Goat at Stowe.  I'm pretty confident he will be able to enjoy the same terrain we like.



I know the obvious -- no Alta, no Dear Valley -- but what else should we know?  Any places with particularly tricky traverses to get to the pitch or long runouts to get out?  He has never boarded outside of New England. 

(We are going to be staying in the valley fairly near the BCC and LCC canyons, but haven't picked where we are skiing yet.
I am tentatively thinking 4 days at Snowbird, one at Solitude, and 2 somewhere else  -- Snowbasin? Brighton?)

By the way, the last (and only) time I skied Snowbird was in 1986 -- I wonder if it has changed any .
post #2 of 9
If you haven't been to snowbasin, you have to go there. Definitely one of my favorites. FWIW, I've skied w/ my sons with snowboarding friends. You will spend some time waiting. whether b/c of traverses,catracks, or they have to put their bindings on every time they get off the lift. There's a reason they call them slowboarders. still, it's fun skiing with your kids and their buddies.   
post #3 of 9
By the way, I'm sure you already know it, but since 1986, Snowbird has added Mineral Basin. Plus easy access thru tunnel from top on relatively new 2600 vert feet chair. Mineral Basin is very cool on a powder day. 
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Originally Posted by Maui Steve View Post

By the way, I'm sure you already know it, but since 1986, Snowbird has added Mineral Basin. Plus easy access thru tunnel from top on relatively new 2600 vert feet chair. Mineral Basin is very cool on a powder day. 

if the powder day has sun your right but for storm skiing mineral basin kinda of sucks especially if you dont know where your going.

Tram laps are the best skiing at snowbird that is if your legs can handle them....


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Originally Posted by mdf View Post

 My son and I are going to be skiing in Utah for his February school vacation.  It now looks probable that one of his friends will be going with us.  The thing is, he's a snowboarder.  Of course, he likes trees and bumps, which makes him ok in my book.  And he is pretty good -- here is a picture of him a year and a half ago on Goat at Stowe.  I'm pretty confident he will be able to enjoy the same terrain we like.



I know the obvious -- no Alta, no Dear Valley -- but what else should we know?  Any places with particularly tricky traverses to get to the pitch or long runouts to get out?  He has never boarded outside of New England. 

(We are going to be staying in the valley fairly near the BCC and LCC canyons, but haven't picked where we are skiing yet.
I am tentatively thinking 4 days at Snowbird, one at Solitude, and 2 somewhere else  -- Snowbasin? Brighton?)

By the way, the last (and only) time I skied Snowbird was in 1986 -- I wonder if it has changed any .

 

Snowbird is amoung the best, even the traverse for the cirque is all downhill. Everything else is ok solitude can be a pain if you want to do honeycomb.
post #5 of 9
You might want to ski Brighton, known for young snowboarders and the skiing/snow won't disappoint.
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
 I was playing with the idea of Brighton --  I did one night there in the springtime and it was a bit like visiting a foreign country.  I'd have to do some research to figure out what to ski in the daytime (its just a couple lifts open at night).
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Thread Starter 
 This is going to be the week that starts with Presidents Day, Sunday to Saturday -- does that make a difference?  I figured we ought to stay away from Snowbird (and Alta if that were an option) for Sat-Sun-Mon.  Midweek the locals will be back at work/school and we will only have to fight the other New Englanders.
post #8 of 9
I vote for Snowbasin and Powder!!
post #9 of 9
 Snowbasin is great..... 

You might also try The Canyons.  Great mountain, plus you can have a little fun in Park City.

TC is pretty snowboarder friendly.  Big and wide, not too much flat traverses.  
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