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Old 08-31-2012, 11:11 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Karasene View Post
yeah darn. I'll see what options I have. At Snowbasin we have some good back (slack) country lines so I'm starting with that this season. At the least maybe I could meet up and ride a day at Brighton, not that that's back country
There are tons of places you can get access to with snowshoes in BCC and LCC. I do not know the lines around Ogden as well. I do want to explore up there at some point this winter.

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Originally Posted by killclimbz View Post
Snowbasin has really good slackcountry. It's also very dangerous. The Hells area had a huge slide in it 3-4 years back. Debris pile around 30ft deep. Went right over where everyone rides. Eye opening for sure. The stuff off of Ogden peak is nice too, same dangers though. Pick and choose around there is the moral of the story. I think there is safer and better beginner bc around the Eden valley. Though you'll have to hike for it. There are several spots around Ben Lomond where I would consider the overall danger to be low-moderate with moderate consequence on average. Where as the Snobasin lines are pretty much high danger and high consequence. The Ben Lomond stuff is also reasonable to access with snowshoes. So get yourself a pair. Check around at pawn shops, second hand shops, and such for those. I found a decent pair for the wife for $30 at a local pawn shop around here.

Not saying that the backcountry around Ben Lomond (What is it called North Park?) is completely safe. The stuff on the peak itself can be really sketch, but there is a lot of terrain there to learn on and that limits your exposure to danger. A good thing when you're getting started.
Hopefully we will finally get together this season. Have you been in American Fork Canyon? I know there are tons of super sick lines down there without the traffic you would see in BCC or LCC
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