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Old 10-09-2011, 02:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am finishing up grad school in early December. I will have some time before I start my job in January and February to take a long trip(2-4 weeks). I know SLC pretty well and would love to come back here, but I'm open to other places. Im also looking for people to ride with. Especially someone who has some splitboarding experience or knows the area well. Also looking for cheap ways to stay and ride since I wont be able to get a season pass. Anyone have an extra room or couch, I'm open to almost anything? I'm married, non-smoker and occasional drinker(basically I'm not a hoodrat).

Any suggestions?
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Old 10-09-2011, 03:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well if you're really into splitboarding. I think salt lake will have the easiest backcountry access.

I mean...this looks kinda fun....i guess...


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That will do.
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Old 10-09-2011, 06:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you make it out here hit me up. THere are a few stores in town you can rent splits from and I can show you around a few places. Probably won't hit little superior or cardiac ridge like pictured by wasatchman. I don't you have any avy experience or anything like that but we can hit some fun terrain for sure.
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If you make it out here hit me up. THere are a few stores in town you can rent splits from and I can show you around a few places. Probably won't hit little superior or cardiac ridge like pictured by wasatchman. I don't you have any avy experience or anything like that but we can hit some fun terrain for sure.
Thanks for the reply, that sounds great. I have zero experience being an ice coaster, but I want to learn. Do you know of the best place to look for lodging? The more I pay the less time I get to stay, so I am trying to go cheap.
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Old 10-09-2011, 07:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Berthoud Pass, wolf Creek Pass, Marble, and Red Mountain Pass in Colorado are choice spots in Colorado. Actually, more accessible bc riding in terrain in the state than just about anywhere.

The Cottonwoods in Utah are great. The BC riding off of Ben Lomond above Ogden is another good spot.

Teton Pass in Wyoming is stellar.

California has a lot of great stuff around Donner and Carson Spur. Plus whatever that pass is from South Lake to Carson City. More stable snow than what is found in Colorado or even Utah. If they are in a storm cycle. It can be long periods between storms.

Washington is another spot to look at. Some of the most crazy backcountry terrain you can ride actually. Utah, Colorado, even California don't really have terrain like that. Of course as great as it can be, it can rain just as much. That is a drawback.

If you have 2-4 weeks, I'd say loop around from Colorado to Utah and up to Wyoming. You could do the Front Range Berthoud Pass to Marble outside of Aspen tour, or go the Southern route and hit Wolf Creek and Red Mountain pass out of Silverton. Then drive up to the Cottonwoods and hit that great stuff up and finish off at Teton Pass for a few days.

Cheap places to stay are found at most of the places with maybe the exception of Teton Pass. I think the hostel in Jackson is reasonable. That would be a hell of a road trip and you'd get to ride some of the best backcountry spots around.

Avy knowledge is key for sure. Pretty much all of the places I've mentioned are pretty easy to slum for partners who are knowledgeable of the terrain at the trail heads. Berthoud, Cottonwoods, Red Mountain probably being the easiest. Shouldn't be hard at Wolf Creek either. As long as you are at the Summit by 9am. I would think Teton Pass wouldn't be hard, but there are some issues there, that may make people not as friendly as at the other spots mentioned. Resource issues making locals a bit more jaded is all. Still, most everyone I've met in the backcountry is in a good mood for a good reason.
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Old 10-09-2011, 08:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If you make it out to SLC let me know.
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Old 10-09-2011, 08:07 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply, that sounds great. I have zero experience being an ice coaster, but I want to learn. Do you know of the best place to look for lodging? The more I pay the less time I get to stay, so I am trying to go cheap.
Lodging I would look in Sandy or Cottonwood Heights areas. They are at the bottom of the Cottonwood Canyons. Are you looking for a hotel or what?
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Kill - at this point, not really up for the long round trip. I just want to go to one place and stay there for a while. I'm not looking for any crazy BC experience, more of the get my feet wet with splitting experience. I will keep those other spots in mind, although I'm leaning toward what I know(SLC). Still great info.

Huntertax - Will do.

Snowvols - Im looking in that area for a place to stay for more than a week on CL and VRBO. I would like to find something to cook some food and a little more than a hotel room.
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There is are a few extended stay suites. I know one is a few blocks from my house off of Union Park. Your best bet would probably be an extended stay place if you will be here a couple weeks. Most of them have kitchens or you could do the scum bag thing and make ramen noodles in the coffee maker. That is always classy.
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