Skiing at the Canyons, Snowbird and Alta 2008
Just like Telluride in January, The base was amazing in Park City the first of March. The temperature had moderated a bit so it was necessary to deal with the freeze/thaw cycle every day in areas that received direct sun however anywhere that stayed shady was great.
And then there was Snowbird and Alta. I learned the secret. Follow people that seem to know where they are going. I was standing on a traverse in the middle of a run when three guys zipped by me headed around a tram tower on the traverse and into trees. I decided to follow. What I found was Dalton's Draw and Mach Schnell.
I followed two ski patrollers at Alta and found the way to the top of "Lone Pine" and "Alf's High Rustler" and several other great runs. Here are a few pictures.
Skiing at the Canyons had an entirely new dimension this year in Silverload Bowl off the Golden Eagle Lift. Two moose had decided to claim a space on each side of the bowl. The one on the right side "above" was no problem. That area is not skiable. The other, however, bedded down in the middle a traverse. The moose did not create a hazard if you were skiing down the trail because you could see it before you got too close. I like to ski the trees in Silverload Bowl and you just drop out of the trees onto the traverse without much warning. One run I came out about 25 or 30 feet below the moose. I was carrying enough speed to ski up the trail a bit. I surprised the moose about as much as she surprised me so I made an abrupt left off the trail into the trees and skied the first few turns considerable faster than I normally ski in tight trees!!
Snowbird Traverse - Road to Provo
Alta - Alf's High Rustler and Lone Pine Runs