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post #31 of 41
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Hello All,
I had a great time in Utah.  My group ended up hitting Snowbird Monday.  Despite not getting any major snow, it was still a blast!  Based on the advice of a few locals, we decided to save a few bucks and opt out of the Tram ticket.  There hadn't been much powder in a while, so we didn't really need it.  For our group, we found most of the terrain quite doable, though we did see how you could potentially get into trouble there, as some nice mellow "untracked" can lead to the "cliffs of no return".  The highlight was probably the 2900' of fall line off Chip's Run... not the cat track, but the steep stuff.  I'd like to see that on a powder day some time.

On other days, we hit up Snowbasin, Solitude, and Brighton, which were all fun too.  Snowbasin was a little hurting for snow, even on the hike we took, but it still had some top notch cruising.  The Downhill Run which was fresh groomed off John Paul was probably the highlight there (first run of the trip). 

Solitude and Brighton were fun too, with a few more fresh tracks than the bigger resorts.  Definitely worth going back to.

All in all, it was pretty incredible, and I'll definitely be back.
post #32 of 41
 No tram ticket, great move. Glad you enjoyed it!
post #33 of 41
No Tram ticket.  Dumb Move.  There is nothing else like it and it is worth the extra couple of bucks just to do it once. 
post #34 of 41
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No Tram ticket.  Dumb Move.  There is nothing else like it and it is worth the extra couple of bucks just to do it once. 

There was no powder to beat the rush for... everything off the tram was pretty bumped out.  On a powder day, I could see it being a different story.
post #35 of 41
Has nothing to do about the terrain, you don't need it for that. The ride is worth $10 extra for the day for sure, maybe not for a local on a budget, but if you spend $1,000 on a trip, you missed something big for something little.
post #36 of 41
What is ur opinion on somone who skis Cannon all trails/mittersill other than the glades with confidence? I would be going the week of April 18th with the wife & she's an intermediate skier does all the blues with confidence and is challenged on blacks. I want her to enjoy the trip but have the feeling Snowbird would be a bit too challenging. Anywhere else to go out west at that time that u would recommend?

Thanks

Aris
post #37 of 41
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post

No Tram ticket.  Dumb Move.  There is nothing else like it and it is worth the extra couple of bucks just to do it once. 
 

Ok, maybe once, you are right.    Sorry, didn't mean to pee in your cheerios!
post #38 of 41
Hi Aris.  Where are you thinking of going mid-April? Snowbird? It will be open.  Alta is projected to close April 19th, 2010.  Alta can be generally better for intermediates and beginners. 

Where else?  I don't know.  They say Colorado is higher and therefore colder, but I'm not sure where to direct you.  Not Vail, Snowbird will be better then, and same with Aspen.  

I am not sure about Colorado, but just about everything is winding down then.  But I would think chances of good skiing at Snowbird are at least 50:50 or maybe better( ie. no slush), you even have a good chance of powder, I doubt it rains then, maybe almost never at that time of year.
http://www.snowbird.com/imagelib/trailmaps/trailmap_snowbird.pdf
Snowbird is just fine for intermediates.  Look at the map.  Stay on Wilbere lift and Gadzoom, then wonder over to Gad II.  Follow the trail signs for Blue, not that hard to do.  The slightly tricky part is the left side of the mountain.  But it is gorgeous and incredible scenery and terrain to check out.  She can come down Chip's run.  Intermediates do it constantly all day long, just follow the signs.  She can take the Tram, she can go through the tunnel and ski a whole bunch of stuff in Mineral Basin.  There is lots for her to do.  Just keep her off the blacks, because some of them are real black.

I just did the Wiki for Snowbird.  It is not up officially yet, but soon.  But lots of stuff about traveling to Utah is there.  Scroll to the bottom.   I'll be there myself on Sunday.
http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/91083/snowbird-contest-official-entry-thread#post_1181310
post #39 of 41
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Hi Aris.  Where are you thinking of going mid-April? Snowbird? It will be open.  Alta is projected to close April 19th, 2010.  Alta can be generally better for intermediates and beginners. 

Where else?  I don't know.  They say Colorado is higher and therefore colder, but I'm not sure where to direct you.  Not Vail, Snowbird will be better then, and same with Aspen.  

I am not sure about Colorado, but just about everything is winding down then.  But I would think chances of good skiing at Snowbird are at least 50:50 or maybe better( ie. no slush), you even have a good chance of powder, I doubt it rains then, maybe almost never at that time of year.


Thanks SnowbirdDevotee! Snowbird is at the top of our list. We'll keep our eyes on the conditions  before finalizing plans. I'm hoping to get 4-5 more days of skiing in the spring and we've never been out west. Anyone else with suggestions? Looking to travel April 18th-23rd etc. Prefer ski in /out. Just the wife and I for her Bday.
post #40 of 41
I think there are very good bargains to be had in April and ski in ski out at either Snowbird or Alta is like no place else!
post #41 of 41
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What is ur opinion on somone who skis Cannon all trails/mittersill other than the glades with confidence? I would be going the week of April 18th with the wife & she's an intermediate skier does all the blues with confidence and is challenged on blacks. I want her to enjoy the trip but have the feeling Snowbird would be a bit too challenging. Anywhere else to go out west at that time that u would recommend?

Thanks

Aris

Bachelor would be a better choice for your wife. Snowbird's black diamonds aren't the steepest in the world, but if you aren't comfortable skiing them, it is a really terrible choice. I can't think of many skiers who would be happy skiing bassakwards, big emma, and chips run all day, especially when there are entire resorts out there that focus on their type of skiing. 
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