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Old 01-21-2010, 05:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys - happy to be here,

I went to Appalachian state & got to rip up the ice slopes for 6 years, and did the Freestyle & Boardercross competitions & Instructed, but since graduating 5 years ago, I havn't had any big snowboard trips while I was getting my shit together. I'm coming out to salt lake city solo for a week or 2 at the end of February, and thought i'd hang out here & look for some info on where to hit. I've never really ridden any true fresh backcountry powder and am hoping to learn how I might do that using the SLC transit system

Just excited I guess

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Old 01-22-2010, 02:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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So I don't live in SLC, but just came back from there. I know there's a bus system that you can get to Snowbird, Brighton and Solitude. For other places you'll probably need a car.
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I also know some resorts have snowcat tours, as well as backcountry runs accessible by hiking. From this site you can access the resorts: Utah Ski Resorts | Utah.com
FWIW Brighton was my favorite and Snowbird my least favorite. Brighton's terrain is better for snowboarding, while Snowbird seems geared towards skiers.
Check this place out called Porcupine for beers and food after the mountain.
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Old 01-23-2010, 01:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks for the info!
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Bookmark this link and check it regularly.....NOBODY is going into the BC right now.........

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Special Avalanche Advisory
Unusually dangerous conditions exist today and through the weekend for most of the mountains in Utah. Many slope lie hanging in the balance waiting for a trigger, such as the weight of a person or snowmobile. These avalanches will be unusually large and mostly unsurvivable. Backcountry travelers should avoid all slopes approaching 35 degrees and steeper that face northwest, north, northeast, east and southeast at mid and upper elevations.


RECENT ACTIVITY

Avalanche activity continues, even though it is many days after the storm. Yesterday backcountry skiers triggered yet another large avalanche in the Yellowjacket area of Gobbler's Knob. The slope collapsed when they were on a flat ridge and the slope below broke out 2-4 feet deep, 200' wide on a NNW facing slope at 8900'. Another backcountry skier triggered the northeast face of Murdock Peak, which is in the Canyons-Summit Park area. He triggered it from a 30 degree slope to the side and it broke out the whole bowl 3-4 feet deep. You can find more information in Current Conditions. Avalanche control continued to produce very large avalanches near Park City (Limelight) and backcountry explosive testing produced a large slide in Mary Ellen, which is south of Snowbird. The Cottonwood Canyons resorts continue to produce several, localized, class 3 and 4 avalanches to the ground with explosives.
We have photos and details from the fatal accident in Meadow Chutes on Wednesday.
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Bookmark this link and check it regularly.....NOBODY is going into the BC right now.........

Utah Avalanche Center | Keeping you on top




Special Avalanche Advisory
Unusually dangerous conditions exist today and through the weekend for most of the mountains in Utah. Many slope lie hanging in the balance waiting for a trigger, such as the weight of a person or snowmobile. These avalanches will be unusually large and mostly unsurvivable. Backcountry travelers should avoid all slopes approaching 35 degrees and steeper that face northwest, north, northeast, east and southeast at mid and upper elevations.


RECENT ACTIVITY

Avalanche activity continues, even though it is many days after the storm. Yesterday backcountry skiers triggered yet another large avalanche in the Yellowjacket area of Gobbler's Knob. The slope collapsed when they were on a flat ridge and the slope below broke out 2-4 feet deep, 200' wide on a NNW facing slope at 8900'. Another backcountry skier triggered the northeast face of Murdock Peak, which is in the Canyons-Summit Park area. He triggered it from a 30 degree slope to the side and it broke out the whole bowl 3-4 feet deep. You can find more information in Current Conditions. Avalanche control continued to produce very large avalanches near Park City (Limelight) and backcountry explosive testing produced a large slide in Mary Ellen, which is south of Snowbird. The Cottonwood Canyons resorts continue to produce several, localized, class 3 and 4 avalanches to the ground with explosives.
We have photos and details from the fatal accident in Meadow Chutes on Wednesday.
Avalanches are not cool....BUT DAMN MAN WTF!! I was just there and it didnt even snow!!! A week later are warnings for avalanches!!?? CaptainT you did the snowdance didnt you!!??
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I sure did but I need to keep it up!!
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Old 01-29-2010, 02:35 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Well thank the snow God's for me for making it snow as soon as I leave!!!!
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Brighton's terrain is better for snowboarding, while Snowbird seems geared towards skiers.
Seriously! Seriously?! Seriously? Hmmmm Oh, Thats right, WTF were The North Face and others thinking when they planned the schedule of the "Masters of Snowboarding." Ugh.

Brighton is good for park, pipe, and locals. Snowbird is great for killer Freeriding and snow that just goes on and on!

That being said, OP, I assume you are geared-up with Beacon, Shovel, Probe, and riding buddy? If you plan on doing true BC, then you'll need to be prepped. Otherwise, you can get a good BC feel, in-bounds, at Snowbird. You can also get safer cat runs at Powder Mtn.
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