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LIVE FROM UTAH 1/25/10

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The first day of my Utah excursion took place at solitude. There is plenty of snow here but unfortunately a lot of the good areas are on avalanche hold. We had a great ski day lots of steeps lots of trees. We chose solitude figuring that honeycomb canyon would be the most likely to open first,,,,it didn't open. Alta and snowbird both have significant closure areas due to avvy danger so we took our shot at solitude no luck. They did open the upper cirque at snowbird yesterday but mineral basin , baldy etc. are still on hold. We have snowbird on the docket for today expecting light snow and low vis,,discussion and potential changes at breakfast today. I'll try and post in a timely fashion and keep everyone up to date. lots and lots of snow here,,,ya just cant get at it.......YET.
post #2 of 12
Looking forward to seeing more of your updates. My wife and I will be making our first trip to Utah this Spring.
post #3 of 12
If you got a camera over there... please take pictures! Post the stoke
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Sorry for the delay in my posting, yesterday was a long tough day. Snow bird had 7 feet of snow in 7 days everything is ripe but some stuff is still on avvy hold. We were at the rope drop for mineral basin at 930 am. got in several fresh track runs in deep deep snow. Visibility was an issue on baldy and all of the basin..skiing white fog. As mineral got chewed up we went low and right over to gad 2. We had good vision and good sno and no crowd. It was a long day. first chair and standing on top of baldy at 4:16 p.m......alone. Ive got to rum out to dinner...more to follow.
post #5 of 12
Should have good stuff today with bright Sunshine!
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Wednesday was at Brighton which had 4 inches new overnight. the skiing here was exceptional with knee deep powder in the trees. there was all kinds of fresh llines in and out of bounds..avvy danger still listed as high. more updates soon.

post #7 of 12
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Thursday we skied at snowbasin. They have a lot less snow there but it was still excellent conditions. Skies were cloudless with strong sunshine which was a nice break from the wasatch clouds. For anyone whos never had the experience of Snow basin its a one of a kind first class resort. This is obvious in every aspect of the area from facilities to terrain planning and lift systems. Today will be the last ski day for this trip, its between snowbird and snowbasin again. more to  follow.
post #8 of 12
Going to Snowbasin for a week in March, thanks for the stoke!!

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Thursday we skied at snowbasin. They have a lot less snow there but it was still excellent conditions. Skies were cloudless with strong sunshine which was a nice break from the wasatch clouds. For anyone whos never had the experience of Snow basin its a one of a kind first class resort. This is obvious in every aspect of the area from facilities to terrain planning and lift systems. Today will be the last ski day for this trip, its between snowbird and snowbasin again. more to  follow.
post #9 of 12
Headed to Utah in April, can't wait.
post #10 of 12
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Well I'm in flight back to bean town so i finally have a few minutes of downtime. We were go, go go all the time since i arrived with a 6 am wake up, full ski day, apres ski, hot tub and showers followed by dinner out. Most nights we were in bed by 930.Friday i returned to snowbasin with a portion of the group and the other portion did snowbird again both teams were happy. snowbird had a couple inches fresh but was pretty much worked in at that point, snowbasin , although it had less snow STILL had some fresh lines. All in all another wonderful week in Utah.

A few things i wanted to mention. the midvales sandy area has had some type of a building/health code change requiring the re plumbing of hot tubs. I'm not sure if this is local or state but there are a few hotels that have their hot tubs closed and awaiting approval. la quinta and super 8 both had new tubs that were not approved yet. check with your hotel and make sure the hot tub is operable.

The bus system still works like a charm. 

The smog in salt lake continues to be a problem, this was the worst Ive ever seen here.

local weather calling for a small storm causing snow in the mountains for Sunday night.

If anyone has any questions regarding Utah ski trips or anything that goes with it, feel free to post them and I'd be glad to help anyway i can. 
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Some friends and I are heading west on Feb 17th.  This being the holiday week, I thought staying in Eden and skiing PM and Snowbasin would be less crowded.  I've been to PM but never tried Snowbasin.  Given the lack of snow, I'm hoping that changes before my trip.  I'm glad to hear that Snowbasin was good even though they haven't had the snow that the LCC and BCC have had.  What were the "fresh lines" like when the snow has been there awhile (isn't really fresh).  Was the untouched stuff hard or still soft?

post #12 of 12
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The lines we got were lightly wind packed but totally ski able,not crusty or stiff. the areas we found in the shade were just powder. i was surprised to see so much snow which was untracked but that's the way it is at snowbasin. They have a lot more acreage and a lot fewer people. While i cant guarantee the snow conditions i am comfortable saying that Ive never heard of anyone who was disappointed by a visit to snowbasin. Its that good.
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