What slopes are you "hitting" this season?

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  1. jmsx521

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    I've never skied in the Salt Lake City area and have heard good comments in the ski forums about the well-groomed snow at Deer Valley, Park City, Solitude, Solitude, Snowbird, and Alta. I hope to "hit" 4-5 resorts in a 5-day skiing vacation.
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    Hmmm, I'm not sure yet, although I'm not even sure if I'm going this year. (I'm not sure if I can afford to miss tournaments)
     
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  3. tennis-n-sc

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    Been to SLC several times and returning Christmas to ski Snowbasin and The Canyons, for sure. The will likely hit Alta and Brighton again. They usually have great early snow so am looking forward to it. Snowbird is my least favorite of the area slopes. Solitude is nice, as well. Deer Valley is a nice family mountain. Take lots of green stuff. I have enjoyed Park City as well.
     
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    Let me agree with Tennis-N-SC completely. IMHO, Snowbird is nice but generally WAY overcrowded. I really don't dig Park City's vibe. IMHO, Brighton as the funnest mix of slopes/terrain and Solitude is just what the name says, don't think I've ever been there when I didn't get right on the lifts, plus they have a really cool staff and everything is nice and open. I'll be there in January, hopefully sooner. Have fun.
     
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    Funny, I'll be going to Park City in late Feb... (After Pres' Day)... Don't know where yet though, still looking.
     
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    Went to SLC last December and loved it. Cheaper and less crowded than Colorado with same great powder snow. Alta was well groomed but slower lifts. Canyons was huge with great lifts but much was ungroomed but I still oved it there. Snowbird looks great. Brighton is for night skiing. Deer Valley is very classy with valets and excellent lodging. A buddy of mine also skied Park City and didn't like it as much as Canyons or Snow Basin.

    Check out Olympic Park. We were luck enough to meet some gold medal skeleton ladies since they were racing that day. I want to move to Salt Lake City now just because of the awesome skiing and uncrowded feel.
     
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    now that the Canadian $$$ is on par with the greenback, my list of resorts I want to most-visit in the lower 48 are:
    - Big Sky + Bridger Bowl, MT
    - Lake Tahoe
    - Sante Fe area, NM
    - Aspen
    - Stowe, Sugarbush, Smuggs, VT
     
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    Steven's Pass

    I'm in the market for a new snowboard, any suggestions for a first-time buyer? Any good online stores to consider?
     
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    I've gotten my last few new boards from e b a y at completely rediculous prices. Other than that, reioutlet.com is pretty good on close out boards.
     
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    I haven't been to Utah since before the Olympics but if I remember correctly Granitechief you have kids and all, so is this going to be a family vacation? If so, the Park City vibe is perfectly fine for that. Since it is actually a city there is more available there after or instead of skiing than the smaller "resorts" where hooking up with Miss Right-now is the order of the day.
     
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    I try to get out to Tahoe at least once in the winter, but I'm not sure I'll be able to this year.
     
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    Thats correct, i do have kids, 4 of em, and all of our vacations are family vacations for the near future. However, i didn't mention going to Park City. We usually go to Tahoe since we have a place to stay there and since i'm addicted to KT22 at Squaw.

    I do have some friends that offered to host us in Park City and its been several years since i've gone to Utah, so it maybe in order for this season.

    Finding miss-right on the slopes would be awesome.

    This year i hope to go to Tahoe (Squaw), Mammoth & Utah (Snowbird / Alta / Canyons)
     
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  13. LuckyR

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    Hahaha, I didn't say Miss Right, I said Miss Right-now. There's a difference...
     
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    I live in the Boston area. I rent a ski house at Killington every year. I try to get 30-40 days in a year but with 2 little ones, I'm lucky if i get 15 days ina year nowadays. I have been to Tahoe over 15 times in the last 15 years. Love Kirkwood and "squallywood". I had a friend who was on the freestyle team at squaw in the 90's and when we would visit, we would do laps on "dead tree chute", KT22 , sun bowl, ( in the am)and broken arrow. She knew the mountain so well, it was an adventure everytime out there. I met my wife at Killington, so don't lose hope. Chicks on sticks rock! BTW, Alta definitely rules little cotton wood canyon. Much better than snowbird. No boarders and no ice.
     
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    I'm going to Steamboat, Colorado over Christmas break. I've been there 5 times in the last 10 years. Never skiied anywhere else, but I love Steamboat.
     
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  16. tennis-n-sc

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    Steamboat is a great mountain. The resort was recently purchased by Intrawest so expect some great improvements and higher prices.
     
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  17. shwetty[tennis]balls

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    I'm actually a resident of Salt Lake. Your question depends on what you want to get out of your experience, and on whether you're a skiier or a boarder. Alta, for instance, doesn't allow boarders on the mountain, and as far as the snow and terrain go, it's by far the very best in Utah, definately the best in the U.S. and arguably one of the top in North America. Assuming you're a skiier, you'll appreciate the "no snowboarders" policy. I would definately start out with Alta, especially if you're looking for challenging and fun terrain. Snowbird is actually on the same mountain, more or less- while driving to Alta, you'll hit Snowbird first on the same road, which is why Alta and Snowbird are usually the big favorites for hardcore skiiers, and advanced Snowboarders.
    If you want to enjoy a much more "resortish" feeling, shops, restaurants, as well as decent slopes, I'd suggest Deer Valley, followed by the Canyons (I actually like the Canyons better for the skiing, but Deer Valley is closer to Park City). There are a TON of people, however, on these mountains, which gets annoying after a short while.
    If you want no hassle, no nonsense and prefer a mountain with as little people around as possible, I would send you to Solitude or Snow Basin. Personally, 7 times out of ten, I usually get my season pass at Solitude. You get great snow, great terrain(not as good as Snowbird or Alta), and virtually the whole mountain to yourself, which is the greatest feeling in the world. Every run you hit , you can find untracked snow.
    I avoid Brighton nowdays because there are too many obnoxiuos trick boarders and skiiers there, always cutting people off, being rude, stupid and dangerous. It's a great mountain, but the lines are too long and you'll always run into some stupid kid trying to **** people off.
    I hope you find yourself welcome when you hit us in Salt Lake and enjoy yourself, it's a great place to be in the winter time!!!
    Any other questions, feel free to email me-
    faahee1@yahoo.com
     
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  18. The_Dark_Knight

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    I went snowboarding for the first time this past january in new mexico. It was pretty fun once I got the hang of it.

    I hope to go again sometime.
     
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    I live in new mexico and i plan on doing my usual trips to Angel Fire, Red River, Santa Fe, Durango, and Wolf Creek. I live like 10 minutes away from the Sandia Crest, so I usually go there on any weekend when I'm bored and have money.
     
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  20. nickybol

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    I will probably go to some French or Austrian resort in the Alps.
     
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    The slippery slope, of course!
     
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    I have tried the slippery slope and wouldn't recommend it, but the downward spiral is even worse.
     
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  23. NLBwell

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    Most years I get my Copper Mountain pass, but for a change this year I will go with the Keystone/Breckenridge/10 days at Vail pass.
     
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  24. The_Dark_Knight

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    I might go sand-boarding on the dunes over at South Padre Island.

    Hey, it's still a slope...
     
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  25. jmsx521

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    Due to weather-conditions, change of mind for me.... Maybe Loveland, Colorado now. And for even greater adventure, I am shooting for sleeping on the mountain too.
     
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  26. ShooterMcMarco

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    Just got my board and bindings in the mail. This is my first season with my own equipment (frikkin rentals ;) ). I am so excited for this:

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    Burton Elite board
    Burton Custom bindings
    Burton moto boots
     
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    I have a Colorado Pass...

    ...good at all the Vail Corp resorts, also a Loveland Pass, also an Eldora Pass, which is where I train for Masters racing. So, all of the above, plus we have races (including the Western Championships) at Winter Park and also two weekends of downhill racing at Ski Cooper...
     
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  28. ShooterMcMarco

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    Anyone hit the slopes yet? I did on saturday, and ended up with a mild concussion, luckily I wore a helmet :-|

    For any boarders out there, any recommendations on how to keep most of your weight on the front leg? By leaning back, I had one of my worst crashes. This is something that I need to fix.
     
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  29. jmsx521

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    Doesn't your balance need to be in the middle on a snowboard?
     
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  30. GRANITECHIEF

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    OK ShooterMM, you gotta stop trying those 70 ft cliff drop 1080's of the first day of the season.

    Balance should be fairly centered during steady state crusing, but when turning you have to shift over the nose to start the turn,then slowly transition edge pressure progressively toward the tail through the turn, then back over the front for the next one.

    To keep more weight over the front, leave the tea party and take off the skirt, fear is what makes you lean back. Conceptualize perpendicularity of your body with respect to the slope you are on, the steeper it is the more you need to lean forward to turn efficiently. As you know now, leaning back means the board takes you for a ride as opposed to the opposite.
     
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  31. ShooterMcMarco

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    Thanks for the advice Granite. Yeah, I think I'll have to rest up and avoid the 1080's for now. I have stiff neck and feel a little dizzy, which are signs of a concussion, so maybe it wasn't as mild as I thought it was. At least I didn't lose consciousness when I crashed.
     
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    Hey Granite,

    I've noticed from previous threads that you're a pretty advanced skier. Any ski/binding recs.(size, brand, etc.) for a big guy (6'3", 225#), intermediate, reforming pretty good snowboarder/surfer/skater that used to ski and is getting back into skiing, that likes to carve and go fairly fast, no tricks, no moguls (spelling?), no flips, no racing, etc.? :) Also, are racing skis/slalom skis a little too much for...should I go with all-mountain? For reference, I'll be skiing in Utah and likely around Tahoe this year, maybe Big Bear and maybe some WVA junk when I visit home. A guy on the bay is selling 2-3 year old Kneissl skis for cheap. Thanks!
     
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  33. tennis-n-sc

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    Heading to Utah in a couple of weeks. I can hardly wait. Looks like everyone is getting lots of early snow.
     
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  34. GRANITECHIEF

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    KevinT,

    Sounds like some GS skis around 180-185 might fit the bill, not race stock though as those would be stiffer and more for diamond dudes. Or some all mountain sticks might be good too. All brands have skis in that catagory and i happen to like atomic, rozzi and volkl.

    I am down with the bay, that's where i got my last couple snowboards and skis at rediculous prices.

    I'll be in Tahoe too this year. Maybe meet up for some burn/turn!!!
     
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  35. MTChong

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    Hopefully, just some resorts in Tahoe during my winter break. Then it's back to school for me; I don't know if I'll have much time, but Killington is nearby -- supposed to be decent though I'm skeptical having grown up going to Tahoe.
     
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  36. Kevin T

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    Granite,

    Thanks!! I really appreciate the reply. My wife's folks live just outside Sacto, so Jan-March are possibilities for Tahoe. I'll keep you updated via this board. Always down for hanging out with Twers.

    Tennis-N-SC,

    Have fun in Utah. Sounds like you're guaranteed a white Christmas! Enjoy!
     
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  37. Tour 90

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    Sugarloaf, Maine of course, favorite mountain.
    then going to CA to go to Mammoth in Feb.

    I ski btw, snowboarders ruin the snow! (the kids who just sit infront of jumps for like 20 minutes and finally go and land on the crest on their ass!)
     
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    i think i am going to be snowboarding in Tahoe this year at HEavenly. from what i hear it is amazing, so it should be a blast.
     
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    Big White on January 3rd for 3 days and 2 nights!
     
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  40. Tennis-Chris

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    It Will Be A Great Ski Season...

    Chamonix
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    Deer Valley (After returning to US)
     
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  41. jmsx521

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    I'll be hitting the Swiss Alps with Roger, before the AO.
     
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  42. ShooterMcMarco

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    If you crash once on a helmet are you supposed to replace it?
     
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  43. GRANITECHIEF

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    Only if you've done structural damage.

    How's the noggin?
     
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    Seriously?! I'm jealous. Please post up pics post-trips. :)
     
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    Its doing better, although my neck still hurts a little bit. On the outside of the helmet there is no damage, though I'm not sure if there was any invisible damage to the interior of the helmet
     
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  46. GRANITECHIEF

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    I finally got to go sliding !!! Yeah!!!

    Conditions were a little bony at Squaw Valley, as in rocks trees and bushes sticking out, but we managed to find a line down the hill anyway. The hills (sierra nevada) still need at least 4 more feet of snow. However, it looks like there is about double that hitting by the end of the weekend, a MONSTER STORM!!!

    Here are a couple short vid clips, the first is my friend and the second is me jumping into the GS Bowl at the top of KT22.

    http://s15.photobucket.com/player.s...a356/granitechief/MVI_0930.flv&fs=1&os=1&ap=1

    http://s15.photobucket.com/player.s...a356/granitechief/MVI_0929.flv&fs=1&os=1&ap=1
     
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  47. tbini87

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    i got to snowboard at Heavenly in So Lake Tahoe a few days before x-mas and it was fun. i will be going back up there for a few days in about a week and a half. if there is more snow it will be awesome!
     
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  48. ChipNCharge

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    I'm heading over to Red River, NM in two weeks!!
     
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  49. jmsx521

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    Looks like I am jealous after seeing the videos!
     
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    on my way to so lake tahoe right now to hit up heavenly. supposed to be some of the best conditions they have seen in a while! should be absolutely amazing.
     
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