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I'll be dropping into Alta this year or next(when I get a pass to the bird) from
the surrounding backcountry, there no law that says you can't snowboard there they just won't let you on the lift. You can drop right into deer valley from the unamed summit right off of Gaurdsmans Pass 30 minute hike from Brighton.
The only problem with dropping in from the surrounding backcountry is that the snow in the surrounding backcountry is probably going to be pristine and rad, while the no snowboarding ski areas will be chopped up, hard pack, and groomed. If I am going for the sweat equity, I'd probably choose quality over making a statement that no one really pays attention too.

Also, rumor has it that this *might* be the last season for the ban at Alta. I've read and heard a few things. Don't be surprised if snowboarding is allowed there this spring and the ban is gone next year. I really didn't seem to think that this was going to happen, but it seems things are rolling this way.
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The only problem with dropping in from the surrounding backcountry is that the snow in the surrounding backcountry is probably going to be pristine and rad, while the no snowboarding ski areas will be chopped up, hard pack, and groomed. If I am going for the sweat equity, I'd probably choose quality over making a statement that no one really pays attention too.

Also, rumor has it that this *might* be the last season for the ban at Alta. I've read and heard a few things. Don't be surprised if snowboarding is allowed there this spring and the ban is gone next year. I really didn't seem to think that this was going to happen, but it seems things are rolling this way.
Weird I heard the same thing about Deer Valley , if it works out that way next year I'll be getting an Alta-Bird combo pass for sure.

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The Deer Valley thing has been rumored for a good while. I just can't see them holding on for too much longer, even with their high end clients. Too many of them have kids where Johnny and Susie want to ride snowboards. For them to do that, they have to go to the Canyons or Park City. Not ideal if you want to ski as a family. They are booking elsewhere. Deer Valley knows this. The only reason I think they have stuck it out is the Burton Poach thing from a couple of years back that made them look like asses.
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Either way Deer Valley and especially Alta are pretty epic resorts especially if you take into account their access to the local backcountry.

Now that I'm getting familiar with the SLC\Park city area I'm astounded by how close all these resorts actually are to each other. One can easily skin from one resort to another and ride some pretty kick ass backcountry area on the way.

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Either way Deer Valley and especially Alta are pretty epic resorts especially if you take into account their access to the local backcountry.

Now that I'm getting familiar with the SLC\Park city area I'm astounded by how close all these resorts actually are to each other. One can easily skin from one resort to another and ride some pretty kick ass backcountry area on the way.
As long as you're on skis, I think there is a program you can sign up for that does exactly that - it's basically a mini tour that goes from one mountain to another or something, I remember reading about it.

Of course, if you're an experienced BC rider with a split, there's really no need to pay for that schmooz you can just do the same thing on your own.

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As long as you're on skis, I think there is a program you can sign up for that does exactly that - it's basically a mini tour that goes from one mountain to another or something, I remember reading about it.

Of course, if you're an experienced BC rider with a split, there's really no need to pay for that schmooz you can just do the same thing on your own.
Yea that tour is really very simple anyone with a backcountry trail map\compass\GPS and experience can easily do it on their own, but I think some of the cost of the tour includes lift rides to make the trip easier\faster.

Not all the resorts out here offer single lift ride tickets like Brighton :-(

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Yea that tour is really very simple anyone with a backcountry trail map\compass\GPS and experience can easily do it on their own, but I think some of the cost of the tour includes lift rides to make the trip easier\faster.

Not all the resorts out here offer single lift ride tickets like Brighton :-(
Yes it's a lift-served thing now that you mention it. I think it allows you to ski 5 peaks in one day or something like that.

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I'm with Gary on this one. If I am going to skin up Grizzly to drop into Alta I am going to keep going to the Wolverine Cirque way better and much steeper pitches than Alta will give you. The provo brothers made a sick edit from a year ago of snurfing in the trees at deer valley before they opened that was sick.
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I'm with Gary on this one. If I am going to skin up Grizzly to drop into Alta I am going to keep going to the Wolverine Cirque way better and much steeper pitches than Alta will give you. The provo brothers made a sick edit from a year ago of snurfing in the trees at deer valley before they opened that was sick.
Ahh yes but what I'm getting at is if you have multiple partners with multiple cars you can start and end your tours at resorts(or trail heads) where you have cars parked with plentiful amounts of snacks and PBR's. :-)

Yea I was standing above the Deer valley closed lifts 2 weeks ago @ Gaurdsman, it was untouched tracks all the way down to the base area the only reason I didn't hit it was the girlfriend has no Avy training or equipment and I didn't have a ride back or a split to skin the 2 miles back to the ridge of the pass to get back to my car.

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