Utah never disappoints. Skied Solitude today because I got in late last night from Moab and it is the one Cottonwood Canyons area that I hadn't skied before. Got on the slopes at 10:00 because I slept in a bit and had to rent skis (less expensive than the the airlines rediculous baggage fees. I didn't fly Southwest this time.) Was in and out of See and Ski in literally 5 minutes. Highly recommend them.
Solitude received 9" of fresh powder yesterday afternoon/night. Was definitely more in Honycomb Canyon. Only took one untracked run down Black Bees because the Honycomb Return lift wasn't running and it was a long, two person wide runout to the bottom. Hit a bunch of other powder stashes beside and between trails all day. Otherwise, conditions were the best I skied all year. Late in the day the bottom of the mountain did start getting wet but not bad at all. Had to head back up to the summit to cool off. Powder was still fresh up there.
Funny story; Late in the day as I getting on the Eagle Express a lady asked me if the Challenger trail was still "icy". I told her, "I'm from the East. I thought it was great!" There were a very few "hard" patches but nothing I would call "ice". The locals I rode the lifts with did tell me that conditions were getting "bad" before the new snow. And the base is the lowest I've seen it in the last three years and I was out here two weeks later last year. But overall, my best ski day this year. Skied from 10:00 'till they closed at 4:00 with a 20 minute lunch break on the deck at the midmountain lodge.
Overall, I would say Solitude is a tie with Brighton. But Alta and Snowbird are better than both. Never went into the main lodge because I had a preloaded ticket and parked at the end of the lot by the Eagle Express lift, but it looked nice.
Sorry about the photo quality. These are from my phone. My old phone and my camera used to use the same computer cord but I forgot that my new phone has a different attachment and didn't bring my camera cord. __________
Posted: Apr 10, 2012 - 4:12 AM GMT
Edited: Apr 10, 2012 - 4:13 AM GMT
Believe me, I earn these perks! I know my grass is going to be high when I get home. Looks like yardwork all next weekend.
Moab was unseasonable warm as was the winter according to the locals I talked to. Kids were swimming in the pool at the hotel every day. Two years ago it snowed. Very little snow on the Le Sal Mountains. Locals are worried about the water supply.
See my report on Powder Mountain.
Nice report, way to get at it, Trackbiker!! I also agree with you about Alta and Snowbird being a notch or two above Solitude and Brighton. IMHO, Alta is the place for long, steep, sustained powder. But, I had a great day at Solitude last year. Beautiful place.
I think this is backcountry beyond Honeycomb canyon: