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Snowbasin Resort Reviews

by: FirstTracks - 7th February 2007

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  • 3All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 3Family Friendly
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I skiied Snowbasin on Saturday Feb 3rd, while on an eight-day ski trip to the various ski areas around SLC. In a nutshell: Great mountain, WHEN they have fresh snow/good snow coverage. Spectacular view from the top of the Strawberry Tram, beautiful austere Utah mountain scenery. HOWEVER: Conditions the day I was there was like a C- day in Vermont - extremely hardpacked to the point of downright boilerplate ice, intersperced with pockets of manmade snow. The mountain is very exposed, and can at times get very windy on its top portions, to the point of being intimidatingly close to the margin of safety for some folks' taste. (Not mine, I could handle it - but I could see how discomforting this was to some others). Most black runs had too many exposed rocks near the top of the runs to reasonably consider attempting them - even apart from the rock-hard icy conditions - bumps aren't much fun under such conditions IMHO, and I'm a solid black-run type skier who has no trouble skiing ungroomed black terrain e.g. Jupiter Bowl at Park City or East Greely at Alta. BOTTOM LINE: Come here *only* when fresh snow/deeper snow conditions exist. Stay away during low snow conditions / when it's been an extended period since last snow / and/or windy days. But do come here when conditions are decent. It's a good mountain.

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