Join Date: Aug 2007
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Utah trip review
Went out to Utah for the first time last week and thought I would write a quick review of my trip. Only other "real" place I have been to is Colorado...Copper and Keystone.
Stayed in Midvale, about 15-20mins from airport, at the National 9 Inn...aka Discovery Inn. Pretty dumpy place, but cheap and a decent breakfast (Waffels, cereal, oatmeal, toast, bagels, english muffins). The location was great for heading to the resorts for us.
First Day - Snowbird (Never waited for lifts): Crap is steep, which is normally fine, but when you haven't had any fresh snow and it's warm and rainy = FOG....we couldn't see past 2ft in front of us at the top. It was like riding in a cloud, not on one like I was hoping for my trip. Towards the bottom there was no fog, but it was a very flat light and just poor poor visibility. We thought Snowbird was the worst place we went, but that was mainly because of the conditions.
Second Day - Solitude (Never waited for lifts): Bluebird day! My face got fried, but didn't care. It was a perfect groomer day. Still no fresh snow, moguls down all the non-groomed runs. Solitude is pretty open, not too steep, just basically halled balls all day.
Third and Fourth Day - Brighton (Never waited again): Partly sunny first day, semi-overcast second day. Bright was probably our favorite. Runs were pretty decent, all kinds of terrain so it felt like we could vary up our runs quite a bit. Still no new snow though.
Overall: Disappointed with the terrain parks. I wasn't expecting much from Snowbird and Solitude...which is basically none...but Brighton is basically all rails. I thought they would have some big ass jumps. Would have really liked to drop of some mellow cliffs, but we had no new snow the whole time we were there. What was untracked was just chunky ice...due to the warmup then cooling back down. Without snow it basically ruled out and double black runs, and any ungroomed black runs the whole time we were there. I would go back to Utah though, probably over Colorado just because of the price, how easy the access is from the airport, and the potential for a huge snowfall....which I missed out on. Might try up in northern Utah next time.
P.S. - UTAH - Your drinking laws SUCK!!! Memberships??!!! WTF!!!