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Old 02-23-2011, 04:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

My friend and I are going to Utah this coming weekend (2/25 - 2/28) and plan to snowboard for 3 days (Sat, Sun, Mon). We are interested going to three out of the these places (Powder Mountain, Canyons, Park City Mountain, and Snowbird). We are both intermediate riders and would love to try powder riding and everything the east coast doesn't offer.

We are staying in downtown Friday night and staying at the Canyons for the following two nights. Do you guys think it's worth the effort/time to drive all the way to snowbird the last day or should we just stay at the park city area?

Also, given that we have never tried powder riding before (youtube video is showing that you will be covered in snow), what kind of clothing is a must to ride in the single digits to the upper 10s?

Any comment is welcome!

Thanks so much!!!
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i recently came back from utah .. 2/11 - 2/14 snowbird is AWESOME ~!
we did quickstart at parkcity the first night .. snowbird the second and parkcity the third ..
as nice as park city was .. we all thought snowbird was badass ..
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Snowbird for the experience, Powder Mountain for real riding... and the Canyons is better than PCMR (in my opinion)
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Snowbird for the experience, Powder Mountain for real riding... and the Canyons is better than PCMR (in my opinion)
What is the snowbird experience?
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I consider myself an intermediate...I liked powder mtn the best out of the three you mentioned. Snowbird was tough...lots of traversing and steep. Powder mtn even let's you sleep in parking lot
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Snowbird was my favorite when we were there for new years...no contest.
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What is the snowbird experience?
Snowbird is the mecca of Utah resorts. It has the most challenging terrain (in my opinion), and it's probably the resort most people have been to, so it's always part of any Salt Lake City trip conversation.
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snowbird is just legendary. you have to ride there. epic terrain. canyons is also better than pcmr for sure. I'd also recommend solitude
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Snowbird is the mecca of Utah resorts. It has the most challenging terrain (in my opinion), and it's probably the resort most people have been to, so it's always part of any Salt Lake City trip conversation.
which is exactly the reason to skip it ... on big pow days its completely tracked by 11a.m. on huge pow days the canyons is usually closed .. you can get great vert at solitude or snowbasin and not have to worry about half the state and every tourist who wants to get xtreme being in your way ... is snowbird fun? yes ... is it the end all of utah resorts? hardly ... also if its a dry spell youre looking at steep runs of hardpack which isnt too fun .. if you happen to get a midweek pow day Id say roll the dice and go have fun but if its the weekend youre better off at other resorts for sure
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which is exactly the reason to skip it ... on big pow days its completely tracked by 11a.m. on huge pow days the canyons is usually closed .. you can get great vert at solitude or snowbasin and not have to worry about half the state and every tourist who wants to get xtreme being in your way ... is snowbird fun? yes ... is it the end all of utah resorts? hardly ... also if its a dry spell youre looking at steep runs of hardpack which isnt too fun .. if you happen to get a midweek pow day Id say roll the dice and go have fun but if its the weekend youre better off at other resorts for sure
I agree. Snowbasin is one of my favorite mountains, but if he's staying in SLC he might not want to make the drive to Ogden more than once. Solitude is great, too. I haven't been able to catch Brighton with any fresh snow, so my opinion of it isn't that high. In hindsight, not really sure why I mentioned Snowbird!
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