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    Posted: Mar/18/2011 at 6:16am

I'll be there next week Thurs.- Tues.(24-29) and riding for two of the days.  I have been riding since '98 15+ days a year and this will be my first time anywhere out west and will also be my first time riding alone.     I'm staying in Layton with family.  Would love to try Powder Mountain one of the two days.  I love combination of some fresh pow and vast terrain, but is that the kind of place where I might get lost and die if I ride alone outside of the groomers?  How about Canyons, Snowbasin, Brighton?  I ride mostly in Northeast PA with a couple trips to VT every year.  I'm looking for some freshy,  open glades, bowls, and long runs.  Basically, I just want to experience something different than what I'm used to on the East Coast.   

By the way, if someone wants to be my tour guide I'll pay for their lift ticket that day. Wink
 
I would hate to have to cruise the groomers all day because I'm by myself.  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/18/2011 at 6:24am
when I went out west 2 years ago...we got no snow but we still went to Pow Mountain and it was a blast...they have some nice tree skiing as well as a few open bowls you can hike up to get fresh. We also went to Snowbird, the Canyons and Solitude (solitude sucks so bad don't go there unless they get snow...which even then go to Snowbird). The Canyons also has alot of sweet terrain and sweet terrain parks (as do Brighton). Just be social and you will meet plenty of people on the lift that will shred with you trust me. Also, if you gonna be by yourself make sure a) your phone is charged and b) its on you and c) you know where you are on the mountain so if you have to call ski patrol they can find you. Hopefully that helps! I really recommend Snowbird...the mountain is incredible!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/18/2011 at 6:25am
I think you're in luck...supposed to be a ton of snow moving in this whole week.  That much pow (could be a couple feet deep) can be really dangerous, though.  Definitely hit the glades if you have the knowledge and equipment to ride those depths

...if you can't bribe anyone to ride with you, make quick friends on the lifts or just keep an eye out for strangers heading into the pow and ride with them (that's what I do) 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/18/2011 at 9:48am

Nice!  I'm started to get pre-trip anxiety.  The two things I was worried about were 1.) riding alone and  2.) the weather.   Piranha, where do you get your weather report from?  I've been checking a couple sites for the past few days but I'm not sure if any of them are accurate or not. 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/18/2011 at 9:55am
I really don't understand all these posts about people being scared to go alone.

Just get a map and you'll be fine.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/18/2011 at 10:04am
I agree. Just board down until you see a lift!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/18/2011 at 10:07am
ddeloplaine just check the resort websites for the most accurate forecasts. I would use the national weather service for the most accurate weather.
Don't be so worried it will be a lot of fun if you feel like you don't know where your going follow others to get to the bottom of a run. It's not like your going to get lost the runs are pretty easy to follow even at the biggest resorts. Plus you can get a map at any ticket office and map out your runs on the way up the lift.
If you want long runs you won't find anything longer than the canyons it's huge. Snowbasin is near ogden and I think that's kind of a long drive from Layton.
If I were you I would spend a day like at the canyons and maybe another day at brighton or snowbird. Brighton has some pretty mellow terrein and some steeps also. Snowbird is all steeps.
good luck and have fun dude
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/18/2011 at 10:09am
With so much pow, I wouldn't recommend going alone because who knows what might happen out there in heavy pow conditions.  Find a buddy to watch your back dude.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/18/2011 at 10:16am
Originally posted by SLUSHIE

I really don't understand all these posts about people being scared to go alone.

Just get a map and you'll be fine.


Probably all the bullshit about people dying in tree wells...geez, can't people avoid a tree? </sarcasm>
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/18/2011 at 10:19am
Snowbird is awesome, Powder Mtn. is a can't miss, and I really like Snowbasin alot too. Utah is the greatest of all places for snow sports. The snow is unmatched even by Colorado-which I would say is a close second.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/18/2011 at 10:29am
Snowbasin is sick.  Tons of wide open groomers.  Powder mountain is more un-groomed natural terrain and backcountry.  Snowbaisin is also closer to layton than powmow. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/18/2011 at 10:43am
There are now like 15 threads of people asking these same questions from this year alone... I've writen reviews of all the resorts too many times lol
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/18/2011 at 10:59am
Originally posted by ddeloplaine

Nice!  I'm started to get pre-trip anxiety.  The two things I was worried about were 1.) riding alone and  2.) the weather.   Piranha, where do you get your weather report from?  I've been checking a couple sites for the past few days but I'm not sure if any of them are accurate or not. 
I'm in CA (never even been to utah), but utah always gets the same storms we do...just a couple days later.

you're right, though, riding in deep powder is not something to take as lightly as some on here do (if they've actually ever ridden in 2 ft+ pow).  You can very easily beef, launching head first and get stuck. 

Couple of weeks ago, I was in the advanced glades, simply lost my balance and fell over next to a tree.  While trying to work myself out, my board sank tail first even deeper into the snow.  I was up to my thighs in snow, but it got so tightly packed around my legs, I had a difficult time just digging the front leg out.  After about 15 min more, I was sure I wasn't going to be able to get to my rear binding...but I finally did. 

This was on a sunday, so I coulda kept yelling and someone woulda eventually heard me.  I didn't even bother riding that area the next day because there just wasn't enough people there.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/18/2011 at 11:06am
If you're by your lonesome in unfamiliar territory, just stay on, or at least nearby the groomers.  There should be more than enough snow to make things fun with just enough that if you're not used to riding in that much powder.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/18/2011 at 11:49am
I've got stuck upside-down between trees on a pow day in Stowe and could not get out myself.  My board was stuck on the trees branches.  Luckily my buddy was only a couple hundred feet behind me to help me get un-tangled.   I'm not sure what would have happened if I was alone that day, but it was enough to scare me. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/18/2011 at 12:36pm
I rode mostly by myself feb 19-26 in utah, if you stay in bounds you have next to no chance of dying from exposure, getting lost, inbounds, i cannot attest to powder tho, I skied the canyons, snowbird snowbasin and brighton, all were probably in the top 5 of my days boarding, boarding for 5 years around 10-20 days a year. pretty much all have clearly marked backcountry access points so ur not likely to get yourself in too much trouble
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/18/2011 at 12:49pm
i think you'll be ok. there's not a lot of places where people don't go at resorts, and i think you'll be able to find the powder and tree runs you want with out going out of bounds or into the backcountry.
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