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Old 09-26-2009, 12:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone know where to hire sleds in Northern Utah. Also Where can you use them? A few friends and i are keen to hire a couple and make a few back country booters somewhere for a few days in the Powder Mountain/ Snowbasin area
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Old 09-26-2009, 02:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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just make sure you let folks know where youre goin so theyll know where to look for your body in the spring
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just make sure you let folks know where youre goin so theyll know where to look for your body in the spring
exactly what i was thinking! fuck yeah, lets just rent some fucking sleds and build some shit in the back country.
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Old 09-28-2009, 09:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
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yeah goodbye mate.. well donīt think about the price of the sled you wonīt return anyway
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Old 09-28-2009, 10:33 AM   #5 (permalink)
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There are safe ways to do it.....I think what they are trying to tell you is be sure you know where you are and where your going at all times..... Check with Diamond Peak they have some great guides and packages. There is a ton of Private Property that surrounds both resorts so you pretty much need a guide to be able to know where to go. Now, with the proper bribery and a paid for sled rental..... I might know someone that would take you out and about.
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Cheers Capt for the positive response.
I take it there is plenty of negativity towards using a sled to access some BC. Guess I was wandering if the forestry trails have any good areas where one can find some lines to themselves without endangering lives. Nothing too steep, just a fun day out hopefully without causing an avi or pissing off those who earn the turns
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no negativity towards sleds just the attitude of " hey I know nothing about this place but where can some friends and I rent sleds and randomly go into the backcountry" not smart at all
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Cheers Capt for the positive response.
I take it there is plenty of negativity towards using a sled to access some BC. Guess I was wandering if the forestry trails have any good areas where one can find some lines to themselves without endangering lives. Nothing too steep, just a fun day out hopefully without causing an avi or pissing off those who earn the turns

Here's the problem with that statement. You have to know what to look for and how to travel in avalanche terrain to be able to do this. You also have to show a fair amount of restraint. If you don't know how to do this, then you'll have no idea what is safe and what isn't. Avalanche paths, slope angles, buried layers, hangfire, terrain traps (loads of those in Utah), among many other things all come into play. Utah has what is probably the second sketchiest snow pack in the US next to Colorado. You might as well load a bullet in a revolver, put the gun to your head and squeeze the trigger. Traveling to the spot where you want to dig a booter could be the most dangerous part. My advice is to find a guide who is willing to take you out to do this, or just have him/her take you around for a day of sled riding in the bc. Trust me on this one.
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Old 09-29-2009, 03:04 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Default Around here you don't really need a sled to find a spot to build a booter.......

You can pretty much drive to anything booter worthy......now actual BC riding should be done with a guide....don't waste your time and money on a sled or guide just to build a hit and spend the day in one place. You can do it right outside your condo or drive 5 minutes up the road for that.

Moral of the story is every year we loose a ton of riders (both locals and touries) for making bad decisions. At Powder we have what is called "lefty" and if you go left you will be hiking for a very long time and most likely loose some appendages due to frost bite....I have given many clothes(being a girl I always have extra's in the car) to people being drug out and needing warm dry clothes to go down the mtn in and I am about sick of loosing my gear to dummies. Not to say I won't continue to help a person out but damn.....just be aware and take precautions.....

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I've been out Lefty, (or Lefty's as I thought it was called) I think you are over dramatizing that one a bit. It is a bit of a pita getting out of there though. Especially if you don't use your head about it. It's like the guy who spent two nights in the back country because he ducked a rope at Keystone. He realized he was out of bounds and tired to back track but couldn't do it. So he ended up staying put. Now, if he had of continued down, he would have hit the forest service road (popular with snow shoe and cross country users) and could have walked back out to civilization no problem. Regardless, Lefty creek did cost us a few hours of time getting out of there and back to the resort. No small detour by any means, and for some people, it would be way more than they wanted to deal with.
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