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Utah - January 9 - 12, 2009

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone, Long time lurker, new poster.

I'm flying to UT with one other person on 1/8 - 1/12.

We're staying in Sandy, UT, and have a rental 4WD.

Originally, we were planning on hitting the following, depending on who got the most snow the night before:
  • PCMR
  • Snowbird
  • Brighton
  • Snowbasin

However, it looks like there's pretty much no new snow in the forecast and it seems as though snowfalls are below average for the year. So... where should we ride?

We've been to UT once before and did PCMR, 'bird, and Brighton. We enjoyed all of them. There was also a lot of powder on our last trip...

Our style: We are snowboarders, but of the carving/powder/tree run variety. We don't care about terrain parks or rails, etc. We prefer steep & powder above all else, but with not much powder to be found, we're at a loss on which areas to ride on this trip. We come from the midwest, but we've lived for a stint in Burlington, VT, and have spent a few seasons visiting the western rockies. We're both in the 'advanced' range, with my travel companion being closer to the intermediate side of the spectrum.

Given the lack of fresh snow, where would you recommend we go in UT this weekend/next week?

Thanks!
post #2 of 15
If you want to ski powder and good snow offpiste I would recomend... No where. Seriously, can you reschedule? 
post #3 of 15
You might want to consider a sidecountry/backcountry trip out of one of the resorts if you have the skills. If you'd like to try it and don't have all the gear and training, you might want to consider the BackTracks program out of Solitude. I've never gone out with them, but have seen their ads. They advertise that for $199 per person "each guest is provided a backcountry access tracker avalanche transceiver, black diamond skis with fritschi bindings, Black Diamond backpack with shovel and probe, climbing skins, and snacks." Might be worth a shot because resort-based skiing doens't look to be all that good for that period though there are some storms that might clip us as they pass on by.
post #4 of 15
Hopefully this isn't a hijack, but I was kind of wondering the same thing.... in case the drought continues into February (when I go).

In my case, I'd be wondering who'd have the best selection of groomers (i.e. long, steep, and interesting) in lieu of powder.  We've got snowboarders too, so Alta and Deer Valley are out.
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info!

Sadly we can not reschedule. We had to request the time off from work months in advance, and the flights/hotels/car has been booked. We got a great deal on it all, and we're coming from MN (where 300' bumps are called "alps"). Even though it'll just be long groomers, I suppose it's better than nothing.
post #6 of 15
Don't fret too much.  I have been skiing at Snowbasin everyday since Thanksgiving, & although I have only gotten a couple of powder days the skiing is fine.  The groomers are great & I have probably spent half my time off piste.  Even with the very low snowpack I have been skiing on new skis for the past 3 weeks.  I have only knicked a couple of rocks although I have slashed alot of bushes.  There is more snow in the cottonwoods, but I think they need more snow on average for good coverage.  Even if you are not skiing the deep stuff, it has not gotten icy, the snow quality is good & you will have a good time.
JF
post #7 of 15
Well what's done is done. It is rugged but manageable off piste. At the beav, the snow seems fairly dense and supportive depsite the  base depths being low.

I don't' care how experienced you are, take a guide and proceed with extreme caution on any BC trip. The snow pack seems to be dangling by a thread...



post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by 4ster View Post

Don't fret too much.  I have been skiing at Snowbasin everyday since Thanksgiving, & although I have only gotten a couple of powder days the skiing is fine.  The groomers are great & I have probably spent half my time off piste.  Even with the very low snowpack I have been skiing on new skis for the past 3 weeks.  I have only knicked a couple of rocks although I have slashed alot of bushes.  There is more snow in the cottonwoods, but I think they need more snow on average for good coverage.  Even if you are not skiing the deep stuff, it has not gotten icy, the snow quality is good & you will have a good time.
JF

Well this is certainly an encouraging post! Definitely lifted my spirits. We went to Summit County, CO in late-December and I ended up with several nice long gauges on my base, even though we stuck 100% to groomers that were open and on-piste. C'est la vie.
post #9 of 15
I'm not saying yoou won't hit rocks, that is the luck of the draw anytime of season.  I will say that the groomers are totally rock free.

Here is a picture of another crown above Snowbasin from yesterday:


JF
post #10 of 15
I just got back from Utah last Sunday. Skied Snowbasin, Canyons, Snowbird, Brighton, and Solitude. Canyons had rocks in a lot of places, even on groomed runs. Snowbasin was pretty good, even off groomed runs. Snowbird was pretty good, but when venturing off trail, managed to find many rocks. Same with Solitude. Strangely, the runs off Summitt chair seemed to have the most rocks. I would go with Brighton, Alta, Snowbird and Snowbasin. PC areas really need a bunch more snow.
post #11 of 15
I just got back from Utah last Sunday. Skied Snowbasin, Canyons, Snowbird, Brighton, and Solitude. Canyons had rocks in a lot of places, even on groomed runs. Snowbasin was pretty good, even off groomed runs. Snowbird was pretty good, but when venturing off trail, managed to find many rocks. Same with Solitude. Strangely, the runs off Summitt chair seemed to have the most rocks. I would go with Brighton, Alta, Snowbird and Snowbasin. PC areas really need a bunch more snow.
post #12 of 15
Maui Steve,
Shoot me a PM next time you're coming to Snowbasin.  Like to meet the Bears when they are in the neighborhood.
That goes for everyone.
Thanks,
JF
post #13 of 15
Will do. would love a tour. Will definitely be in area from March 16-24 with my sons fro spring break. They are both pretty strong skiers. Unfortunately, probably better than me. I think it has something to do with old age. 
post #14 of 15
OP,

We have been in Utah since the 28th of Dec. As I have stated, I am the world's worst luck when it comes to dumps. Don't except any snow through the 12. I'll be leaving the 16th, and then it should start to snow again. But on other notes, the snow cover is thin, and My edges and skis are jacked after 6 days of skiing. Thats the price I guess... the nice part? No one out there. Soli, Alta, PCMR... all wide open

have a good time,

david, fellow minnesotan - we're staying in sandy as well, PM me if interested.
post #15 of 15
Agree with MauiSteve - the Canyons has alot of rocks in the groomers.  No way to get off the Tombstone lift at the end of the day without eating the rocks.  On the other hand, it was deserted on Sunday.  Very sparse crowds, but I guess at the end of the holidays it was a travel day.
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