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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 08-18-2009, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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Utah Resorts

Hey everyone, I am leading a group of about 15ish people to Utah this year for some snowboarding. Last year we went to Breckenridge and had a blast. I did a search for Utah, and did a bunch of reading, but I still wanted to make a post.

What places do you recommend for a group my size? The best snowboarder is me, and I am just an intermediate. Skill level goes all the way down to beginner in my group. We are looking for a ski-in and ski-out or 5min hike to the lift lodge. Something with low lift lines would be great too. The dates we are looking at are in January. We can rent cars, but would love to avoid it if at all possible.

I read things about Park City, Brighton, Powder Mountain, Snowbird.

What do you recommend and why?

Thanks in advance for the help.
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a buddy of mine was out there for 12 days a few years ago so he had the time to cover a lot of resorts. he said park city was by far the worst with crowds and stuff. compared it to killington on a weekend. he said everything else - brighton, snowbird, solitude, powder, etc were awesome.

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park city, snowbasin , powder mt, canyons, whats up, I did a Utah trip last year, sick trip, awsome snow. the Resorts I went to were Park city, Snowbasin, Powder Mt and the Canyons. I hated Park City, it was crowded everything I could find was all gromed so tight it was almost iced over. just didnt like the vibe there definately felt like I was back i Vermont at killington and I went there to escape that sh!t. Snowbasin was the second day and it DUMPED that day i mean an insain amount making every run anywhere untouched pow. they had some SICK natural halfpipes there thats just part of the mountain, a good mix of groomers to back country. Next was powder MT. it rained some that morning before we left so when we hit it, it was somewhat crusted over, but we could see it had alot of potential. not many runs more just go where you want to go feel, a few nice little cliff drops , all in all a good fun layed back mountain. Last was the Canyons. LOVED the canyons , mountain was Hugh, great run, groomers , backcountry was official, I have no complaints about the canyons at all, every where we went we found a sick new spot or run, def find the lift "9990" it takes you up to the highest point i believe and the drops and pow up ther is just amazing. all in all utah is sick, best powder I have ridden so far.
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Yea...I went there last season (with NyInfamous2k2 , so I hit all those same resorts. I hated Park City too, it SUCKED. It was icey and the vibes just completely sucked. Most expenisive lift ticket in Utah and the worst mountain. Utah is basically all backcountry and lots and lots of powder. If you dont like back country riding, you may want to consider Colorado instead. Anyway, my favorite day was Snowbasin, just cause it dumped there that whole day and it was something like out of the movies. But my favorite mountain was the Canyons. It was HUGE. Not the highest peak, nothing like Colorado, but the runs were miles long. My main picture for this forum is me at Powder Mountain. Just like NyInfamous2k2 said, you gotttttta hit the 9990 lift. Its intense, and the signs before you get on the lift is like EXPERT ONLY BEWARE DOUBLE DIAMONDS ONLY. But go anyway. Dont be intimidated by all of it. They were actually setting off dynamite to cause avalanches all day when we went, and it was only during the last hour of the day they finally opened it up. When you get to the top, these are the signs :






Here are some pictures from Snowbasin:







Also, VERY IMPORTANT.

***When you get there MAKE SURE you rent a truck that has 4 wheel drive. Me and my BF are the kind of people that live on the edge and loves an adrenaline rush, but we were never so shook up driving anywhere before. The night we got there and had to drive to our room it was dumping outside and it was real exciting until we started driving. It accumulated about 6 inches of snow in MAYBE an hour tops. And the people there are used to driving in that so they were all speeding past us and all that. On the way there we saw like 3 cars on the side of the road, one truck looked like it was about to flip over any second cause it was swaying back and forth so much. Also, if you dont have 4 wheel drive and its snowing, your not allowed to drive unless you have chains on your tires. Me and my BF were gonna rent a car to save $$$ but at the last second decided on a truck. Thank God we did!! Here is a picture the first night we were trying to get to our hotel:






And that was only the first half hour it started snowing. It got worse then that.

Its no lie that Utah has the best powder your ever gonna ride. Enjoy your trip...your gonna have so much fun!

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Holy crap infamous girl! Resize that photo!!!

640X480 is standard bulletin board size.

Ow my eyes hurt...
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Thanks infamous!!!
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A couple of notes about those signs at the top of 9900. That is a backcountry access point. The slopes are not patrolled, bombed, or any other type of control. It is easy to ride the slackcountry there and loop back into the resort, but it comes with the danger. If you don't know how to read avalanche conditions, have a beacon, shovel, probe, and know how to use them, I don't recommend going out that gate. It's deadly. Two years ago a snowboarder lost their life back there, and they have had several close calls. You need to know what you are doing, especially with the sketchy Utah snow pack. It's only slightly better than what is found in Colorado and tends to rip with deeper fractures when it slides. If you choose to go back there, realize it can have very serious consequences if you read it wrong. Don't take it lightly.
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A couple of notes about those signs at the top of 9900. That is a backcountry access point. The slopes are not patrolled, bombed, or any other type of control. It is easy to ride the slackcountry there and loop back into the resort, but it comes with the danger. If you don't know how to read avalanche conditions, have a beacon, shovel, probe, and know how to use them, I don't recommend going out that gate. It's deadly. Two years ago a snowboarder lost their life back there, and they have had several close calls. You need to know what you are doing, especially with the sketchy Utah snow pack. It's only slightly better than what is found in Colorado and tends to rip with deeper fractures when it slides. If you choose to go back there, realize it can have very serious consequences if you read it wrong. Don't take it lightly.

Yea for sure. When we were there, a few snowboarders got caught in an avanlanche real bad and luckily, they all made it out. I never suggest going off designated trails unless you REALLLLLY know what you are doing and have all the right avalanche equipment. 9990 is an amazing designated run, there really is no need to go off the trail. I just wanted to give you an idea of how incredibly serious it is there. I actually meant to add that into my above post. When you get to the top, and you look over on the other side of the gate, it is tempting to go that way but just stick to the designated run. You wont be dissappointed.

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UTAH....Canyons..
AWSOME Place...went last year for eight days straight..year before six days straight...Funny 9990 lift..my buddy, daughter, her BF and myself rode up..went down Fright Gully..lost everyone..had to wait on everyone..specially daughter, she was a pissed off chick the rest of the day...made us sware never to take her up that lift again...she thought she was going to die

Def recommend the resort...

Park City SUX...$$$$$$$ lift tickets and way crowded...bonus on the night ridin...

Have pics can upload later...
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park city, snowbasin , powder mt, canyons, whats up, I did a Utah trip last year, sick trip, awsome snow. the Resorts I went to were Park city, Snowbasin, Powder Mt and the Canyons. I hated Park City, it was crowded everything I could find was all gromed so tight it was almost iced over. just didnt like the vibe there definately felt like I was back i Vermont at killington and I went there to escape that sh!t. Snowbasin was the second day and it DUMPED that day i mean an insain amount making every run anywhere untouched pow. they had some SICK natural halfpipes there thats just part of the mountain, a good mix of groomers to back country. Next was powder MT. it rained some that morning before we left so when we hit it, it was somewhat crusted over, but we could see it had alot of potential. not many runs more just go where you want to go feel, a few nice little cliff drops , all in all a good fun layed back mountain. Last was the Canyons. LOVED the canyons , mountain was Hugh, great run, groomers , backcountry was official, I have no complaints about the canyons at all, every where we went we found a sick new spot or run, def find the lift "9990" it takes you up to the highest point i believe and the drops and pow up ther is just amazing. all in all utah is sick, best powder I have ridden so far.
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