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Old 03-25-2011, 10:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 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?
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You'll be fine as long as you stick to the terrain right under the Tram.
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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.
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Old 03-25-2011, 10:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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children learn at the Bird .. dont get too worked up youll be fine... buses stop running up the canyon April 2nd by the way
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Ignore my previous advice about getting up the canyon. Looks like either the shuttle or car rental is the way to go.
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Time to ask your mom if she's down with following the rules of the road.
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Time to ask your mom if she's down with following the rules of the road.
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