Opening day on Strawberry

Opening Day on Strawberry at Snowbasin is one of the favorite milestones of the season . When Stawberry opens it means things are just starting to get into full swing on the mountain, it means that everyone gets to spread their wings a bit more and best of all it means that a whole slew of new lines and powder shots are ready to be reunited with on the mountain.

Strawberry is a special place for me. I’ll never forget my first visit there. It was a solo sunny Sunday about 10 years ago. I had never been to Snowbasin before and when I arrived in the middle of the Strawberry bowl I stopped for a moment to catch my breath and appreciate the grand surroundings of the Sister Ridge to my right, Demoisy Peak to my left and a beautiful view across the Morgan Valley to the East. I sat there totally alone in the vast emtyness of a deserted World Class Ski resort wondering where had all the people gone. I had to pinch myself to check if this was real. Ten years have passed since that moment and more than any other that was the driving force behind a decision to trade in the surfboard for a snowboard, to start a new chapter of life living in the mountains and playing in the snow at Snowbasin.Brent Blakley near Coyote Bowl

Ten years later and Strawberry is still a favorite destination on the mountain. On any given day our band of powderhounds waits for the Strawberry signs to drop, letting us know that Ski Patrol has done their job and now the bounty is ours. It’s a race to the Strawberry gondola base and the first tracks down are the best. Even though the saying is “no friends on a poweder day” we like to keep the group together as we take the Strawberry Traverse over to the other side, blasting powder turns and hero jumps toward the last pitch of Elk Ridge. A glance above reveals a string of empty gondola cars, our chariouts waiting to carry us upward then we dive down the steep and wide face of Carnahan’s.racing to be one of the first to get to the top.

Once you’ve made it to the gondola and begin you’re accent to the top you get the satisfaction of knowing that you will be one of the first on that day, with your powder friends, to sample a big bite out of the best Strawberry you ever tasted. Arrival at the top of Strawberry is usually rewarded with a breathtaking vista west across the Great Salt Lake,. Take a picture if you dare sacrifice a precious moment, or if you’re like us you’ll maintain a steely focus while you crank down the bindings, and check your zippers before you taste one of the best powder runs of your life, on Strawberry at Snoowbasin.

 

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