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Old 02-24-2013, 09:17 PM   #11 (permalink)
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i'll be in town the same time as OP, sounds like it's gonna be dry during our stay but maybe there will be some leftovers somewhere? i'm guessing the best bet would be cat skiing at pow mow, anyone know how long it usually take for it to get tracked out?
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To be totally honest I wouldn't make any plans about anything till the day before
Good advice which I'll probably follow. Based on what I'm seeing with the snow forecasting and rising temps, I'm a day of cat runs at PowMow is sounding better and better. So now the question is, do we try to slot that in as early as possible (Friday) or at the end (Sunday)?
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Early as possible -

Although, I read this in Wasatch Snow Forecasts last update:

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Both major global models indicate a chance for a weak system around the 4th of March and potentially stronger systems the following weekend. Don’t hang your hats on this forecast quite yet, as its too far out to be sure of anything…but it is certainly worth noting.
If that pans out and isn't as weak as they think - sunday might be the day. All you can really do is play the waiting game.
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Good advice which I'll probably follow. Based on what I'm seeing with the snow forecasting and rising temps, I'm a day of cat runs at PowMow is sounding better and better. So now the question is, do we try to slot that in as early as possible (Friday) or at the end (Sunday)?
How's your trip been, Pat?

I leave tomorrow morning. Won't ski till sunday. Looks pretty war thru Tuesday. Any tips?
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I live in Ogden now. Pow Mow is good in my opinion after the other bigger terrain resorts get tracked out. I don't find Pow Mow's terrain challenging and it's kinda flat... as a tourist it would be a let down in my opinion unless you go off the beaten path and know where to go there are some hidden gems. I ride there off passes from my work but I have a seasons pass to Snowbasin. I really love snowbasin. 3,000ft of vertical give you long runs and a ton of options.. plus two gondola's that run most the mountain means you can smoke no matter what type of weather is outside. and I think they were presuming 7" for tomorrow.

This is probably all way too late of information but hey still thought I'd chime in!
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I live in Ogden now. Pow Mow is good in my opinion after the other bigger terrain resorts get tracked out. I don't find Pow Mow's terrain challenging and it's kinda flat... as a tourist it would be a let down in my opinion unless you go off the beaten path and know where to go there are some hidden gems. I ride there off passes from my work but I have a seasons pass to Snowbasin. I really love snowbasin. 3,000ft of vertical give you long runs and a ton of options.. plus two gondola's that run most the mountain means you can smoke no matter what type of weather is outside. and I think they were presuming 7" for tomorrow.

This is probably all way too late of information but hey still thought I'd chime in!
On our Utah trip this week. We were planning on heading back to CO but looks like we're getting snow! Brighton was awesome today, no crowds for a weekend. Nothing like we're used to in CO anyway.

Hit Snowbird and Brighton so far, Snowbird maybe tomorrow if they get pounded. We hit it and it was hard conditions and hot out. Woulda been awesome on a powder day. Wanted to try snow basin but its a little off track.
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Still here. Hit Snowbird on Fri, Solitude on Sat, Park City today, and decided to ride a 4th day...most likely Brighton tomorrow. Thank god for the storm!
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Yeah I love Brighton for that reason, it's just really laid back and reminds me of the east coast. Snowbird is one of the sickest mountains I've ridden, too bad it's also the most popular for that reason, I hear fresh tracks on Snowbird are pretty much a myth.. you can hike that mountain before the lift even opens and there's already a line of hikers getting after it.

Snowbasin is off the beaten path. I think it's a really fun mountain and has some of the best views I've ever seen on a resort and the lines are never really that long. Altho this weekend was a ski race and it was pretty packed but nothing near the lines back in CO. Best part about snowboarding Snowbasin is that you can do a short hike get a bowl of snow or hit some pretty big cliff drops if you want then rip across a couple cat tracks do some all mountain and still get in a terrain park or two or three in... if you really want all in the same run. Not bad. But it lacks the tree runs that I like.

FYI Parkcity is the biggest rip off in Utah. Unless you only want to ride park. $110 a ticket is it??? Yeah.. screw that. The Park is good tho.. luckily I don't pay full price to go there or I never would. but if any strangers ask me in person "where in Utah should I ski!?" I always tell them Parkcity. Parkcity.
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Just got home and am thoroughly exhausted! Some thoughts before I pass out. (Just for reference this trip was a group of boarders plus one expert skiier)

Friday: Snowbird
This was an awesome mountain and as always we rode every lift and checked out the entire mountain, from groomers to chutes/trees, even a few tram rides and the trip through the tunnel. Conditions were rough since the remnants of Tuesday's storm were long gone, so mostly hard/crusty stuff remained. We managed to find a few good turns over in the Peruvian Gulch area and some slushy ones off the various mineral basin cliffs. But hey, it was bluebird and I thought to myself several times that day, "Man this place would be incredible on a pow day!"

Saturday: Solitude
No offense to any loyal locals, but we were all severely underwhelmed despite the beautiful bluebird weather. I know some might say it would be different on a pow day, but in reality any mountain is better on a pow day. The problem was we just didn't like the way the ski area is laid out nor the terrain, and we rode every lift and went pretty much everywhere. Even driving by it on the way to Brighton today, after 7" overnight, we could see how the mountain was already looking tracked out.

Sunday: Park City
Originally we had no intentions of visiting Park City at all. People I know personally and whose opinions I trust have all unanimously poo-pooed this place. Yes, everyone there is a tourist, but in the end we decided to check it out anyways, partly so that we could check it off the list, and partly just to see this mega-resort for ourselves. I'm glad we did, as we came away pleasantly surprised, despite the vibe that was clearly...let's just say different than over in the Cottonwoods. It's a huge mountain where everything not on the frontside was pretty good (yeah, the entire frontside pretty much sucked). It was snowing hard all day, albeit a bit wet/heavy not to mention thick fog, but nothing we're not used to coming from the PNW! We thought McConkey's bowl and Thaynes might yield good terrain--NOPE. Where we really found success was over in Jupiter Bowl. We spent the majority of the day lapping that lift, traversing/hiking either side, and finding fresh turn after fresh turn.

Monday: Brighton
Originally we had only planned to ride 3 days, but with the Sunday/Monday storm, we decided to add another day and agreed on Brighton. I am really glad we did on both accounts! We woke up to 8" overnight which is far from epic, but combined with bluebird weather, easily made for the best day of the trip. We spent the entire morning hitting rock drops and cliff drops off Milly Express. Sure, none of that stuff is big enough to really impress anyone, but was big enough to get your heart racing. We did a few runs off Great Western which was pretty good, but found the most enjoyable turns racing through the endless trees around Snake Creek Express and Crest Express. Sure I snagged my brand new jacket on a tree and blew out the seams, but I would still go as far as to say that today was definitely among the top 3 days I've had all season in terms of fun factor.

Bottom line, Snowbird and Brighton get 2 thumbs up!
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Just got home and am thoroughly exhausted! Some thoughts before I pass out. (Just for reference this trip was a group of boarders plus one expert skiier)

Friday: Snowbird
This was an awesome mountain and as always we rode every lift and checked out the entire mountain, from groomers to chutes/trees, even a few tram rides and the trip through the tunnel. Conditions were rough since the remnants of Tuesday's storm were long gone, so mostly hard/crusty stuff remained. We managed to find a few good turns over in the Peruvian Gulch area and some slushy ones off the various mineral basin cliffs. But hey, it was bluebird and I thought to myself several times that day, "Man this place would be incredible on a pow day!"

Saturday: Solitude
No offense to any loyal locals, but we were all severely underwhelmed despite the beautiful bluebird weather. I know some might say it would be different on a pow day, but in reality any mountain is better on a pow day. The problem was we just didn't like the way the ski area is laid out nor the terrain, and we rode every lift and went pretty much everywhere. Even driving by it on the way to Brighton today, after 7" overnight, we could see how the mountain was already looking tracked out.

Sunday: Park City
Originally we had no intentions of visiting Park City at all. People I know personally and whose opinions I trust have all unanimously poo-pooed this place. Yes, everyone there is a tourist, but in the end we decided to check it out anyways, partly so that we could check it off the list, and partly just to see this mega-resort for ourselves. I'm glad we did, as we came away pleasantly surprised, despite the vibe that was clearly...let's just say different than over in the Cottonwoods. It's a huge mountain where everything not on the frontside was pretty good (yeah, the entire frontside pretty much sucked). It was snowing hard all day, albeit a bit wet/heavy not to mention thick fog, but nothing we're not used to coming from the PNW! We thought McConkey's bowl and Thaynes might yield good terrain--NOPE. Where we really found success was over in Jupiter Bowl. We spent the majority of the day lapping that lift, traversing/hiking either side, and finding fresh turn after fresh turn.

Monday: Brighton
Originally we had only planned to ride 3 days, but with the Sunday/Monday storm, we decided to add another day and agreed on Brighton. I am really glad we did on both accounts! We woke up to 8" overnight which is far from epic, but combined with bluebird weather, easily made for the best day of the trip. We spent the entire morning hitting rock drops and cliff drops off Milly Express. Sure, none of that stuff is big enough to really impress anyone, but was big enough to get your heart racing. We did a few runs off Great Western which was pretty good, but found the most enjoyable turns racing through the endless trees around Snake Creek Express and Crest Express. Sure I snagged my brand new jacket on a tree and blew out the seams, but I would still go as far as to say that today was definitely among the top 3 days I've had all season in terms of fun factor.

Bottom line, Snowbird and Brighton get 2 thumbs up!

Agree completely. We hit snowbird the same time as you and thought, man this place would be sick with pow! We hit Brighton twice, day of the storm and the next. Love the terrain at Brighton, fun chill mountain with a good vibe and friendly people. Snowbird seemed stuck up, but I'd hit it if they got 10-12+ inches.
Cliffs/Trees at Brighton were very fun, and it had some groomers the begineer/intermediate with us could enjoy, he had a bad day following us at snowbird when it was hard and hot! Haha Powderhorn ski resort by Grand Junction was like a tiny Brighton, fun place to ride! Lifts fucking blow though.

Headed back home to hit up Vail and Breck again before we get back in Denver. On 8 straight days of riding, want a rest day but kinda want to take advantage!
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