Aussies tour the west.

Resort and backcountry skiing and snowboarding in the western US and Canada, including our famous reader-submitted No-Bull Snow Reports.

Aussies tour the west.

Postby Sbooker » Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:00 pm

After delayed flights and lost bags we’re in downtown SLC. It’s nice to be in the cool with snow capped mountains not far away.
Going out for a beer or two now before an early night. The plan is to ski Alta tomorrow. Any word on crowding today?
To be continued.
Sbooker
 
Posts: 181
Joined: Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:29 pm
Location: Brisbane Australia
Location: Brisbane Australia

Re: Aussies tour the west.

Postby tseeb » Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:39 am

Have fun. You may need to ask a local about drinking beer as it used to be the drafts in some places were weak compared to bottles.

Good thing you are skipping CA this year. I saw our odds for normal annual snowfall is down to 1 in 6. I’m at SEA and will be in Calgary this afternoon.
User avatar
tseeb
 
Posts: 845
Joined: Tue Feb 13, 2007 11:16 pm
Location: Northern California

Re: Aussies tour the west.

Postby Sbooker » Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:03 pm

Thanks Tony. I had a few draft beers from Squatters last night. They do a nice Pale Ale but their Porter was great.
Having a coffee in Alf’s restaurant now. No traffic issues and no crowds. We’re skiing onto the lifts.
Sbooker
 
Posts: 181
Joined: Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:29 pm
Location: Brisbane Australia
Location: Brisbane Australia

Re: Aussies tour the west.

Postby Sbooker » Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:43 pm

Just a little busier now. Still less than 30 seconds wait for a lift.
The snow is beautiful. The whole mountain is soft. Our friends love the tree lined runs - a first for them. They are quite good and they handle the groomers very nicely. A couple of pics.
Attachments
8DCBBBDE-34AA-4D3C-8A4E-87F4F03ECCAB.jpeg
The ladies at the top of Sugarloaf.
alta2.jpg
alta2.jpg (96 KiB) Viewed 1314 times
alta3.jpg
alta3.jpg (70.86 KiB) Viewed 1314 times
alta4.jpg
alta4.jpg (60.05 KiB) Viewed 1314 times
Last edited by Sbooker on Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:45 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Sbooker
 
Posts: 181
Joined: Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:29 pm
Location: Brisbane Australia
Location: Brisbane Australia

Re: Aussies tour the west.

Postby Sbooker » Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:44 pm

Damn photos turned on their side. I don’t know how to correct that.
Sbooker
 
Posts: 181
Joined: Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:29 pm
Location: Brisbane Australia
Location: Brisbane Australia

Re: Aussies tour the west.

Postby jamesdeluxe » Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:29 pm

Always take pix in landscape (not portrait) format. :bow:
User avatar
jamesdeluxe
 
Posts: 3622
Joined: Mon Oct 04, 2004 3:19 pm
Location: South Orange, NJ + Denver, CO

Re: Aussies tour the west.

Postby Sbooker » Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:27 pm

jamesdeluxe wrote:Always take pix in landscape (not portrait) format. :bow:


Ummm. Yeah. Thanks. :oops:

We finished the afternoon over the Collins side. We did a couple of runs out across the High Traverse. I don’t know exactly where we went down but I think it was once in the Sunspot area and once about Watson Line. The area offers breathtaking views toward the north west and is bathed in afternoon sunshine. The snow remained chalky right up until last run.
I’d put up a photo of the view from the High Traverse but some idiot took it in portrait.
We’ll probably go to Snowbird tomorrow. Our mates might hang at Alta I think as they have a preference for groomed runs.
As an aside I spoke to more people from the eastern states than locals or those from out west. I also chatted to a guy from Montreal that had his second day ever at Snowbird yesterday. His first was in 1973!
Sbooker
 
Posts: 181
Joined: Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:29 pm
Location: Brisbane Australia
Location: Brisbane Australia

Re: Aussies tour the west.

Postby Sbooker » Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:41 pm

We spent the day at Snowbird today. Fantastic cool weather and the snow was in great condition though some places were better than others. We had four or five lifts on the Gad side so my friends could get their confidence. This reinforced my view that Snowbird has heaps of great terrain suitable for most skiers. I will concede it is fairly easy to get into locations that are a bit advanced if you don’t really know an area and you aren’t on a marked run.
We took them up the tram and through the tunnel to Mineral Basin. Fantastic views from there.
After we had lunch at the restaurant at the top we spent some time on the Peruvian side. Amazing that there were still areas of perfectly soft snow. That perfect snow really makes ordinary skiers seem like better skiers.

Tony C. I understand you know Snowbird well. Care to take a guess where the last photo was taken?
Attachments
18B4272B-22B1-41B8-AA49-6AECBCA5FC2C.jpeg
My wife with the city in the background.
4BB964C5-04A7-482F-A0EF-A1756A6ACF34.jpeg
The sun didn’t deteriorate the snow in Mineral Basin.
015E3C07-20BE-4B79-BD0A-B6EDD4E95BD6.jpeg
Areas like this still had the softest chalky snow even though it last snowed three days ago.
Sbooker
 
Posts: 181
Joined: Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:29 pm
Location: Brisbane Australia
Location: Brisbane Australia

Re: Aussies tour the west.

Postby sierra_cement » Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:38 pm

Sbooker wrote:We spent the day at Snowbird today. Fantastic cool weather and the snow was in great condition though some places were better than others. We had four or five lifts on the Gad side so my friends could get their confidence. This reinforced my view that Snowbird has heaps of great terrain suitable for most skiers. I will concede it is fairly easy to get into locations that are a bit advanced if you don’t really know an area and you aren’t on a marked run.


That is certainly encouraging to read for me!
sierra_cement
 
Posts: 90
Joined: Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:01 pm
Location: San Jose

Re: Aussies tour the west.

Postby Tony Crocker » Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:25 pm

sbooker wrote:That perfect snow really makes ordinary skiers seem like better skiers.

That was my observation on my first trip to LCC in 1981.

With high altitude, low humidity and good exposure, it is routine for the winter snow to stay that way for awhile. By my experience even the sunny exposures often don't melt/freeze below 20F, Sunshine yesterday being a good example. That's why Jackson and Vail's Back Bowls preserve just fine in January/early February most of the time.

The upcoming weekend is a more borderline situation. OpenSnow says Jackson mid-mountain high temps will be 34F for a couple of days. After that the temperatures go back down and it will snow a few inches early next week. I think the 34F will likely melt/freeze the direct south exposures. The more widespread east exposures have a decent shot at remaining packed powder. I can't say for sure as other factors such as wind and clouds can also affect the snow surfaces.
http://bestsnow.net
Ski Records
Season length: 21 months, Nov. 29, 2010 - July 2, 2012
Days in one year: 80 from Nov. 29, 2010 - Nov. 17, 2011
Season vertical: 1,610K in 2016-17
Season powder: 291K in 2011-12
User avatar
Tony Crocker
 
Posts: 10438
Joined: Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:37 am
Location: Avatar: Charlotte Bay, Antarctica 2011
Location: Glendale, California

Re: Aussies tour the west.

Postby Sbooker » Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:01 am

So we’ve had a couple of days travelling and doing tourist things.
We skied at Jackson yesterday in nice conditions. The never ever snowboarders had mixed results. The fellow picked it up easily and the female........is not snowboarding today. She’s going to give skiing a go when we get to Big Sky in a couple of days.
The other couple are doing fantastic. They have been shocked by the skiing experience compared to skiing in Australia. We all took a ride up on the tram and to my surprise my mate Rod insisted he was going to ski back down with us. He did quite well but had a slight moment halfway down Rendevous Bowl but quickly got his skis back on and got to the bottom with some traversing and some genuine turns. My wife has come quite a way with her skiing. She skied straight down the bowl with no traversing and even came up for another tram run straight after.
Snow conditions have been nice and the top half of the mountain certainly hasn’t melted/refrozen yet. There’s some lovely soft spots of wind blown snow.
I’m wondering why Rendevous Bowl hasn’t had big moguls form when some of the other parts of the mountain has?
And for those that know the mountains - would my wife be able to tackle Liberty Bowl at Big Sky and Highland Bowl at Aspen if she successfully navigated Rendevous? Assuming decent conditions of course.
Sbooker
 
Posts: 181
Joined: Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:29 pm
Location: Brisbane Australia
Location: Brisbane Australia

Re: Aussies tour the west.

Postby Sbooker » Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:06 am

A couple of pics.
Attachments
162CFEBE-01D1-417A-A2D5-A76170F14B87.jpeg
From the top of Jackson.
WyomingSign.jpg
WyomingSign.jpg (55.9 KiB) Viewed 1314 times
Sbooker
 
Posts: 181
Joined: Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:29 pm
Location: Brisbane Australia
Location: Brisbane Australia

Re: Aussies tour the west.

Postby EMSC » Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:31 am

First I love the upside down picture! It's not you, it the forum software. This is the only place I post pictures that doesn't read the underlying Exif data correctly to determine picture orientation, though I must admit I've never had one display upside down.

As to your question, I would rate the 3 bowls as Rendevous is the easiest of the three. Liberty might be possible for your friend especially if they are getting better as you go on the trip, but the hardest part will be the entry up top, some zig zag snow fences create a interesting entry section and can have a very exposed feeling (more so than Rendevous), especially if there is cloud around - which is often at Big Sky. That said it's a touch steeper, but usually less moguls. It also goes for much more vertical While I've never skied Highlands Bowl (will be there skiing it later this week though), my understanding is it is yet steeper then either of the other two.

What I do recommend is that everyone at least intermediate in your group to take the 'beer can' tram at Big Sky up to the top for the views (you can download it, then ski the moderate morningstar trail).
User avatar
EMSC
 
Posts: 2191
Joined: Wed Apr 11, 2007 6:54 pm
Location: Front Range of Colorado

Re: Aussies tour the west.

Postby Sbooker » Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:35 am

Jackson had snow overnight.
I got a few powder runs right under the gondola early on. I think the area is called Jackson Face.
Attachments
B3EC7E25-850D-4C6C-BA66-3E41A611577A.jpeg
6B853400-705B-473E-977C-9849F07665D8.jpeg
Sbooker
 
Posts: 181
Joined: Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:29 pm
Location: Brisbane Australia
Location: Brisbane Australia

Re: Aussies tour the west.

Postby Sbooker » Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:09 pm

EMSC wrote:First I love the upside down picture! It's not you, it the forum software. This is the only place I post pictures that doesn't read the underlying Exif data correctly to determine picture orientation, though I must admit I've never had one display upside down.

As to your question, I would rate the 3 bowls as Rendevous is the easiest of the three. Liberty might be possible for your friend especially if they are getting better as you go on the trip, but the hardest part will be the entry up top, some zig zag snow fences create a interesting entry section and can have a very exposed feeling (more so than Rendevous), especially if there is cloud around - which is often at Big Sky. That said it's a touch steeper, but usually less moguls. It also goes for much more vertical While I've never skied Highlands Bowl (will be there skiing it later this week though), my understanding is it is yet steeper then either of the other two.

What I do recommend is that everyone at least intermediate in your group to take the 'beer can' tram at Big Sky up to the top for the views (you can download it, then ski the moderate morningstar trail).


Thanks. Good advice.
The photos aren’t showing as upside down on my phone.
Sbooker
 
Posts: 181
Joined: Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:29 pm
Location: Brisbane Australia
Location: Brisbane Australia

Next

Return to Western North America

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot], Majestic-12 [Bot] and 13 guests


All content herein copyright © 1999-2017 First Tracks!! Online Media

Forums Terms & Conditions of Use

cron