Is Snowbird, UT too advanced for a first season rider used to East Coast? - Snowboarding Forum - Snowboard Enthusiast Forums
User Tag List

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-25-2011, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
leecm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 27
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Is Snowbird, UT too advanced for a first season rider used to East Coast?

My mom and I are thinking about taking a trip out west in the second week of April and she found good lodging prices at Snowbird, UT. She's a great skier but has had a little bit of trouble with her knee lately and I'm a first season snowboarder that has only gone to Eastern resorts like Ober Gatlinburg, Beech Mtn, NC and Sugar Mtn, NC. I know that the blacks at these places are nothing compared to the blacks out west and from what I've read, Snowbird is one of the steepest, most challenging mountains in the US.

I'm able to go down the blacks at the places I've already been, but I have to admit that I'm not the most adept at handling the steepest parts with ease. Do you think I'd be wasting my time going to Snowbird? Would it be good to go there and work on my black diamond boarding skills? Or would I be better served by making my first western mountain somewhere like Park City or Lake Tahoe, where the trails are more varied and easier?
leecm is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-25-2011, 10:31 AM
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Mountains
Posts: 11,672
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
You'll be fine as long as you stick to the terrain right under the Tram.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Because someone has to call it how they see it!
BurtonAvenger is offline  
post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-25-2011, 10:37 AM
Member
 
kswissreject's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: NYC
Posts: 94
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I personally think anything that challenges you is a good thing. You'll probably want to start out on the lower mountain there, then move on to the Mid-Gad lift and Big Emma, then see how that goes and possibly onto other stuff as it goes. It is a whole nother world, but so so so awesome. I wouldn't pass up the chance, as intimidating as it may be. Particularly because, as you get more comfortable with the mountain, your confidence level at other mountains will soar.
kswissreject is offline  
post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-25-2011, 10:37 AM
Veteran Member
 
snowvols's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: SLC, UT
Posts: 1,402
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I used to ride the mountains of yours and hey remember Ober was named a Top 10 Ski Destination according to AOL travel You should be fine at the bird they have terrain for everything you could want, and if you find it is too advanced you can go to Big Cottonwood Canyon and ride Brighton or Solitude. You can make a trip to PC from the bird just takes 45 minutes or so to get there so not terrible.
snowvols is offline  
post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-25-2011, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
leecm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 27
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks for the replies! If we were to fly from Nashville to SLC, what would be the best (cheapest) method of getting from the airport to Snowbird mountain? I will have my snowboard and gear with me and my mom will be renting.
leecm is offline  
post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-25-2011, 11:08 AM
Veteran Member
 
snowvols's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: SLC, UT
Posts: 1,402
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
They have a bus system that runs from the airport to snowbird. It isn't direct. I think you have to take the Tracks and transfer once or twice I am not sure how many times. Look at the UTA website and plan accordingly. They also have shuttles which are more expensive and you could also rent a vehicle.
snowvols is offline  
post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-25-2011, 01:04 PM
Veteran Member
 
burritosandsnow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: slc utah
Posts: 928
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
children learn at the Bird .. dont get too worked up youll be fine... buses stop running up the canyon April 2nd by the way


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
burritosandsnow is offline  
post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-25-2011, 01:19 PM
Veteran Member
 
snowvols's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: SLC, UT
Posts: 1,402
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Ignore my previous advice about getting up the canyon. Looks like either the shuttle or car rental is the way to go.
snowvols is offline  
post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-25-2011, 03:14 PM
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Mountains
Posts: 11,672
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Time to ask your mom if she's down with following the rules of the road.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Because someone has to call it how they see it!
BurtonAvenger is offline  
post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-25-2011, 06:22 PM
Veteran Member
 
burritosandsnow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: slc utah
Posts: 928
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by BurtonAvenger View Post
Time to ask your mom if she's down with following the rules of the road.
buahahaha!


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
burritosandsnow is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Snowboarding Forum - Snowboard Enthusiast Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome