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Old 02-03-2004, 10:11 PM   #1
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Hey RMIC's members from UT. I'm going to UT in about two weeks from the 15 - 21. Staying in the Powder Mountain area to do some boarding. Three friends are coming with me. A core group of guys that I ride with every season. We are staying at the Wolf Creek condos and then plan on riding Powder Mountain and then maybe a couple of day trips to other resorts.

How's the snow been so far this season?

What can I expect for weather temps?

What would you guys say are the best runs @ PM?

Has anyone used Diamond Peak Heli?

Also what temp wax should we bring?

We've never boarded in UT, so this will be our 1st time.

Any input would be great.

I'm the only one in the group that drive a WRX but they are still great guys!

I'm over in BASIC but I just thought I'd post over here to see if I can get some local help/input.

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Old 02-03-2004, 10:52 PM   #2
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Season has been good and ....eh. There are really good days, and there are days its just fun to be riding and not working or doing homework. As locals, we get kind of spoiled with good snow, and when it doesnt snow for a week and there is only a few patches of powder left, but its an additional 20 minute hike to get to it, its an ...eh...kind of day . It was crazy cold last weekend. 0 degree's as suberboy and myself rolled up to Snowbird, where we have seasons passes. We both ran one ball jay cold weather wax with good results.

The temp here can change rapidly though...especially if we get an inversion again.

If you want to ride the bird, we go every weekend regardless of weather.

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Old 02-03-2004, 11:09 PM   #3
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Snow's been pretty decent this season, getting fresh snow every other week or so... a LOT better than the last 2 seasons which have been crappy. You're coming out at the perfect time, i'm sure there'll be some good snow. Seems like mountain temps are usually anywhere in the 10-40 degree range, depending on what time of day and if there are clouds, on top of whatever the weather decides to be like that day.

Powder 'has a lot of good terrain in the backcountry. Some of the funnest stuff after a good snow is off the backside of the Hidden lake lift "the backcountry" which takes you back down to the main road up and a shuttle picks you up there. That's where most of the great snow will be. We used to spend most of our time back there (i grew up riding powder mountain, then switched to snowbasin because they offered sweet season pass deals to college kids for a while and put in gondolas... now i'm spoiled). They now have opened some new areas for powder riding that take you down way below any of the lifts and you take a snowcat back up. I personally haven't been into those areas but some people swear by it.

If you're going to be at Wolf Creek you definitely want to cruise over to Snowbasin for a day (it's pretty close to wolf creek, just on the other side of the lake). Most all of the employees up there have bad attitudes but the mountiain is awesome and long and they've got a couple of gondolas that get you to the top of the mountain so fast that you'll get plenty of runs in.. and they keep your feet from achin and freezin.

I've not been up to Powder' this year, but on the Sundown lift they put up a couple of boxes and rails and big table-tops near the end of the season, not sure if they'll be up yet. And when they get around to carving it out, they sometimes have a pretty sweet pipe. They bought a pretty good sized pipe dragon (snowcat for carvin perfect pipes) a few years ago but sometimes it's nice, and sometimes it's dead.

Hidden lake also usually has a pretty sweet cornus up near the top of the lift (you'd see it off to the left) that sometimes gets pretty huge and is a blast to bomb off when the snow's soft. If yer lucky (maybe once or twice a season) it grows out to be a good 15-25 foot drop into a nice long soft runout... tons of fun.

Overall, powder is kind of a pain because there's not a whole lot of elevation really, and all the lifts are pretty slow, except for the paradise lift, but if the snow's crappy there's not much down that way.

I'd recommend definitely hit a day at Snowbasin and just ignore the snotty lifties and ticket checker nazis, and if you've got time hit up some Brighton or Snowbird for a sweet day of riding. They've got a super-mini-park at the bottom with some short low rails and up on the Porky lift they've got a couple big kickers and rails setup (and a see-saw rail, pretty fun), but it sucks ballz up there in crappy weather, gets real windy/icy. Park City Resort also usually has a great pipe and fun park setup, but i only end up there in the spring, so i'm not sure how the fresh snow treats you up there.

Oh, and on wax, i get my board waxed maybe once every other year and never rub extra on... the hills are steep enough that unless your board is dry and scratched or you're a downhill racer, you shouldn't have much of a problem.

Never used Diamond peak heli, but they take you to some pretty smooth spots that would otherwise take foreeeeever to hike to. If you've got the $$$, definitely try it. For that matter, there are some serious extreme spots up at snowbasin that you can hike to if yer up for it, but i never do that anymore 'cause i'm lazy and don't make it up more than a few weekends a month, so i take all the runs i can get.

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Old 02-03-2004, 11:46 PM   #4
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Great info Sandkicker and ibis.

Just what I was looking for.

That kinda sucks to here about the lifts at PM. But I guess for the most part any resort is great on a powder day.

Our group is mostly into bombin' the mountain, freeridin', powder, steeps, drops, etc. We will hit the park every once and awhile but mostly looking for natural terrain.

We do a heli trip every other year so this will be our third trip in a heli. The 1st two were in BC @ Whistler Heli. The second trip we got in 11 runs. It was str8 crazy!

Anyway we are all excited about UT and trying some new terrain and fresh pow.

Sounds like the Bird and Snowbasin are a plan for sure.

Over here in the NorthEast Sierras (Tahoe) we just use normal temp/all-temp wax like 90% of the time. But in Summer it's the Summer Slush 1Ball-J.

Well thanks for all the info. I'll report back after our trip and tell you how it all went.

Any other info or deals on tickets at local market places would also be great.

Lowball

P.S. Justin...nice looking RS. I use to have the same exhaust on my WRX wag.
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Old 02-04-2004, 12:02 AM   #5
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There might be somewhere up near Wolf Creek to get discounted tickets to Powder or Snowbasin you should ask them (Wolf Creek), but the only place i know of is Alpine Sports in Ogden just off of Harrison boulevard at about 31st street (conveniently right across the street from the liquor store, which you'll undoubtedly be visiting if you want anything other than 3.2% beer after the night's over.... that's if you even drink at all).

Alpine has got discount tickets to snowbasin for $48 rather than $54 at the mountain, and i'm not sure about Powder but they usually do deals there too, you can call 'em up at 801.393.0066. As for the Salt Lake resorts i'm not sure where to get deals.

Heli-boarding in Utah will probably be nothign like it was up in BC, but there are still some great spots. Enjoy, man. And expect to see a subaru next to you on the road every time you blink... us utahn's love us some subies
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Old 02-04-2004, 12:11 AM   #6
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And expect to see a subaru next to you on the road every time you blink... us utahn's love us some subies
Ya that's just like Tahoe. A Subie on every corner!

Thanks again and I'll check out Alpine Sport for the sweet deals.

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