We stayed at the Majestic Rockies Motel in Sandy -- $245 for three beds for a week.
Our itinerary was Solitude, Brighton, Snowbird, Snowbasin, Snowbird (Team Loel), Brighton, Park City.
We skied with Maui Steve and his son Nick four days, Dirk and Daphne (from the Netherlands) and Vince F (who is local) one day, and theconz for one weather-abbreviated day. Had a good time skiing and meeting and socializing with other Epic Skiers.
One cool spot at Solitude is the Black Forest to skiers right when you get off the Navarone chair in Honeycomb. It is all mature trees with no low branches. The canopy makes it dark in there. Very different!
On Monday we did Brighton. Visibility was mixed. It was ok in the trees but came and went on open slopes.
Here is a pair of videos of me and Phil skiing into the trees at Brighton. The trees there are very under-used, more than at the other SLC areas, it seems. Our camera guy actually set up a little too soon -- the tees start for real and it gets steep just about where I dissapear. Still, I like it. Just a relaxed run in good snow.
Late in the day I managed to tweak my knee. I was crawling down an open face in bad visbility, not really skiing because I couldn't see. My tails got hung up and I heard / felt one knee go "grunk-grunk". That night I bought new goggles, at least three (and probably five) times as expensive as my previous pair. They seem to help, but are not a panecea. Talk about locking the barn door after the horse is gone...
The knee wasn't too bad the rest of the trip -- it didn't hurt if I skied correctly, but if I forcefully twisted that ski (or jolted it sideways, like hitting a root) it hurt. Now, a week and a half later, it is almost back to normal -- a bullet dodged, thank goodness. (Getting hurt did make be a bit defensive and timid -- not a good thing for my technique.)
Tuesday was a bluebird day with about 5 inches of fresh at Snowbird. My favorite run was a long pitch of (very) low angle untracked powder under the Mineral Basin chair (the one that does not go back to the frontside). Late morning we met up with the Mauis and skied the rest of the day with them. Turns out the three boys are very compatible. They are in the same grade, ski / boarding) at a similar level, and like to jump off stuff.
Here is a photo of Kevin crashing. It made an impressive powder cloud.
Wednesday was a day of extremely poor visiblity at Snowbasin with the Mauis and theconz.
This is me, NOT all that far away from the camera.
The bunny slope cleared up some, so we decided to rescue the day by teaching Phil to ski. That deserves a post all its own.
Thursday Kevin and I did Team Loel at Snowbird .. www.epicski.com/forum/thread/92542/team-loel-at-snowbird-th-18-feb-2010
Phil boarded by himself, since everyone else was going to Alta. That evening we got together for the big group dinner.
Friday we went back to Brighton with the Mauis.
Saturday we went to Park City (which is a shorter drive than I expected) with the Mauis, Vince F, Dirk and Daphne. We had a nice lunch in town at Zoom. After lunch we all went up to Jupiter Bowl and had a great time. I've got some photos of the group skiing, but I'll have to add them later.