NOTICE: Construction Impacting Trails

Due to construction for improved wireless service, Becker and Elk Ridge trails and the upper section of Green Pond Loop will be impacted for the next 3 weeks, starting June 26th. Trails will remain open, but please be aware of construction activity. Some sections of trail may require stopping for construction equipment or a short walk.

We will update the status of the construction impact on trails regularly. Thank you!

Culinary Expedition: Caribbean

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While dining at Needles Lodge with breathtaking views, be whisked away to the Caribbean for delicious cuisine and exciting live entertainment!

The menu will include Herb and Coconut Crusted Mako, Shark Fillets with Sauteed Kale, Mofongo, Pineapple Fried Rice, Jicama Salad, a Caribbean fruit display, Spiced Rum Cake, and a live Jamaican Jerk Goat carving station, as well as many more traditional Caribbean dishes. See the full menu here: Culinary Expeditions – Caribbean

The Dining Discovery: Caribbean Culinary Expedition is $70 per person. It will be held on August 2nd, 2014 at 6:00 pm at Needles Lodge and includes a ride up the gondola and live entertainment. To make reservations, please call (801) 620-1021. For more information on Dining Discovery events, click here.

Live entertainment from The Cabana Band :  https://www.gigsalad.com/the_cabana_band_salt_lake_city

Steel Drum Island Music and  Covers of Jimmy Buffet, UB40, Harry Belafonte, and more.

Your First Powder Day

Powder off the Mt. Allen tram

The snow had fallen thick and quick the day before. And even though it was mid-morning, fresh powder was an easy find on many of the runs at Snowbasin. I thought to myself, “why not introduce the kids to a little powder today.” Why not?

We approached a swath of powder on the side of Snowshoe off the Becker lift. My son and I stopped near the top. I gave him a few brief pointers and then said, “follow me!”

And he did. For about one turn. Then a yelp of fear. A tight turn to the left. First one tip dove under the surface, than the other and he disappeared headfirst into the white bliss. Only he didn’t think it was blissful.  He fought to get his head up, but with goggles still covered he began to panic and scream. Once the goggles were cleared he calmed down… until he tried to get up. And couldn’t. He was well and truly stuck.

Me? I was laughing my head off ten feet below while hiking back up to help. All my childhood powder days were flashing before my eyes. All the days where my dad gracefully floated on ahead and I augured in head first. So I wasn’t surprised at all when he said, “I don’t like powder.” Many powder newbies don’t. A good powder skier makes it look so easy! And it is, if you’ve mastered a few tricks that are different than skiing groomers.

Kids skiing powder

1. Center Your Balance Over Your Skis

There are two tendencies for the first time powder skier. 1. Ski it like you would a groomed run, with your ski weighted near the tip. But if you do this in powder, the tips will drive. And you will to. Often head first. 2. The second tendency is to ski with your weight way to the back. And while this will elicit better results than option #1 you will find your quads working harder than necessary. Balancing directly over your skis allows you to control your turns and ski efficiently in powder.

2. Don’t worry about carving your turns.

All that edge work you’ve perfected on the groomers means very little in the land of knee deep powder. When I am turning in the powder, I think of tipping my ski, or dipping my thigh, to initiate the turn. I don’t weight my lower ski heavily (more below). You want your upper body facing downhill and your skis gently turning beneath you.

3. Ski with your weight evenly on both skis.skiing powder, tips for beginners

Heavily weighting the downhill ski can cause that ski to dive deeper in the snow and often cross under the other ski, causing your to fall. Powder turns are much more subtle and you need be more patient for them to round out. Skiing with your skis a tad closer together will also help you float higher in the powder, making turning easier.

4. Speed is your friend.

Often people become fearful and tense while skiing powder. But a little speed and loose legs are exactly when you need for good powder skiing. The snow will actually hold you back a bit, so don’t be afraid to ski a more direct line down the hill. And your turns will come much easier the more speed you have.

5. Ski with a buddy.

Ever been stuck upside down in a tree -well? It is incredibly disorienting. Just like my son experienced, falling in deep powder can be hard to recover from, by yourself. Finding skis, poles, and getting them all back on is exhausting. For your own safety and sanity, ski with a friend.

On your first powder day, pick an intermediate pitch of untracked bliss to ski first. Start with your skis shoulder width apart and get a feel for the snow, how heavy it is, how fast it is skiing. Then slowly break into your turns. Before long you’ll be shredding with the best of them.

 

Come join the Snowbasin Resort Snowsports Coaching Staff!

Are you passionate about skiing or snowboarding? Do you enjoy the mountain environment? Can you share your enthusiasm with others? If the answer to all these questions is “Yes” then maybe you have what it takes to become a Snowsports Coach. Snowbasin Resort has an excellent Apprentice Training Program that runs at the beginning of each season and it will teach you all you need to know to deliver an exceptional experience to Snowbasin Resort’s guests.  Joining the Apprentice Training Program will improve your personal skiing or riding skills and will teach you how to coach others to improve their skills.  

Join us in the Grizzly Center Children’s Center on Sunday 23rd March 2014 at 12.30 to find out whether you should join next years Apprentice Training Program and become a Snowbasin Resort Snowsports Professional! (The small print: The Apprentice Training Program is designed to improve your personal skiing and riding, however, you should be able to ski parallel on blue terrain or ride blue terrain before considering joining the program)  

For more information please contact Luke Handman at 801.620.1015

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.

 

Snowbasin Resort Presents NSAA Safety Month

 

Snowbasin Resort Kicks off Month of Skier and Rider Safety Awareness Initiatives

Interactive Activities to Include Avalanche Awareness, Snowsports Equipment Safety Demos, Opportunities to Close the Mountain with Ski Patrol

Snowbasin, UT – Jan. 2, 2014 – In support of the National Safety Month awareness initiatives spearheaded by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), throughout the month of January, Snowbasin Resort will host skier and rider safety awareness programs that resort guests are invited to participate in. Activities will include avalanche awareness courses, snowsports equipment safety check demonstrations, opportunities to meet an avalanche dog, close the mountain with ski patrol and more.

“The safety of our skiing and riding guests and employees is incredibly important to us. We view Safety Month as an opportunity to further educate our guests on the importance of safety on the slopes,” said John Loomis, general manager of Snowbasin Resort. “The interactive activities we have planned will offer simple tips about making good decisions that we hope will help keep people safe when on the mountain.”

Snowbasin Resort’s Safety Month event schedule includes:

“Shred for Smed” – Jan. 4

At Snowbasin, National Safety Month will kick off with a day dedicated to backcountry avalanche awareness in memory of area local, Ryan Smedley.

Intro to Beacon Use – Jan. 4 & 5

Guests interested in learning how to use a beacon are invited to do so with the Snowbasin Resort Ski Patrol from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Beacon Park.

Meet an Avalanche Dog – Jan. 4, 5, 18-20

Guests of all ages are invited to meet the avalanche dogs that assist ski patrol from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Earl’s Plaza

Avalanche Awareness – Jan. 4 & 5

At 3 p.m. in the Huntington Room, guests are invited to join an hour-long talk about avalanche awareness led by Snowbasin Ski Patrol.

Earl’s Plaza Safety Booth – Jan. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18-20, 25, 26

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests are invited to stop by the safety booth on Earl’s Plaza to learn about on mountain safety & have a chance to win a prize.

Close the Mountain with Ski Patrol – Jan. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18-20, 25, 26

Interested skiers and riders of intermediate and above ability level are invited to close the mountain with ski patrol. Those interested in participating will meet at 4 p.m. at the top of Needles.

Snowsports Equipment Safety Check Demonstration – Jan. 11 & 12

At 10 a.m., guests are invited to participate in a complimentary ski and snowboard safety check demonstration on Earl’s Plaza. Tips related to knowing what to look for when it comes to gear safety will be covered.

Lift Tour/Lift Safety – Jan. 11 & 12

Led by Snowbasin’s lift operations team, guests can tour Snowbasin Resort’s base area lifts and learn about lift safety measures starting at 2 pm.

Safety Booth Search & Know the Code – Jan. 18-20

Join Snowbasin Resort’s ski patrol and safety personal at our booth on mountain from 9 am – 2 pm during the day to learn about resort safety and promoting NSAA’s “Know the Code.”

Terrain Park Challenge featuring SmartStyle – Jan. 25 & 26

Join the Snowbasin Terrain Park crew at the bottom Orson’s park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Terrain Park Challenge featuring the SmartStyle code.

For more information about Snowbasin Resort and the complete schedule of events, visit www.snowbasin.com.

 

Adventuring Solo: Making the Case for Skiing Alone

Solo Adventures in Skiing

Solo exploring: It’s what I do. One day I just got tired of waiting for adventure partners to join me outdoors, so I took matters into my own hands and headed out on a trail run by myself. It might not seem like a big deal to you but, growing up with a protective mom in an urban southern city, I felt very vulnerable, as if everyone was wondering what a girl was doing out in the elements by herself — and that I might fall down the mountain and no one would be able to find me for days.

Hey, no one said fears are rational.

Fast forward a few years and you’ll find that solo adventuring is now my norm. I do get a chance to hang out with friends from time to time, but I don’t allow my love of being outdoors to get squashed by not having a partner.

Solo Adventures in Skiing

The most common place you’ll see me by myself? On the ski hill. I simply can not stand idly by and let a season’s worth of pristine Snowbasin powder go untouched by my skis. It took some cautious first days to get used to skiing solo, but then I bucked up, got some confidence and thought to myself, “So what if people wonder why I’m here by myself? [By the way, they weren’t.] Skiing is the one thing I do for pure enjoyment. I’ll be darned if I let others stand in my way.”

Solo Adventures in Skiing

But no one was standing in my way. In fact, if anyone took that role, it would have been me — at least me before I put my brave pants on. But once I did, I was liberated. The more I faced adventures head on, the more confidence surged, not only in my my ability to play outdoors alone, but in my personal endeavors. I found myself holding back less in life and charging forward more — and wondering why the heck I waited so long to lead my own life.

I’ve also learned the beauty of “me” time. Take, for instance, this Christmas. As my family is over 2,500 miles away, I was spending the holiday without loved ones; however, I couldn’t quite fathom the idea of being alone, sulking in the shadow of a Christmas tree. So I put those brave pants on (read: ski pants) & made the short trek from bustling Salt Lake City to the peaceful quiet of the snowy valley where Snowbasin resides.

It was at this picturesque resSolo Adventures in Skiingort that I found an atmosphere of acceptance. Folks donning Santa hats and smiles were all around me: an outdoor family of sorts. No one judged me. I took the chance to talk to others on the lifts, or ride completely alone as it suited my mood. Whispering through trees or laying rails down on groomers, the adventure was my own. Add to that the brilliant sunshine on still untracked powder stashes and Snowbasin’s incredible red rock outcroppings and you’ll understand why I felt deliriously lucky to be in the midst of it all.

Don’t sit home. Take charge. Adventure and a better you is waiting above the city, above the noise: a glistening slice of confidence that somehow transcends the ski boundaries and seeps into your daily life. It’s addicting, this solo exploring — and it’s empowering.

A first look at the new Burton Riglet Snowboard Park!

Rails in the Burton Riglet PArk

Last weekend we checked out the new Burton Dinosaur Riglet Park at Snowbasin Resort, UT. My five year old son, with no snowboarding experience, had an amazing time!

Riglet Parks use terrain-based learning to teach young kids to snowboard. What this means is that my son can skip the hours, days, and weeks needed to learn technical skills and skip right to the fun stuff! And I can skip the painful times of frustration, tears and anger that often accompany learning a new winter sport.

Snowbasin created a fun dinosaur-themed environment where my son can learn all the basics of snowboarding while riding over mellow terrain features like berms, rollers, and rails.

Getting strapped in at the burton Riglet Park

WHEN YOU VISIT:

We found the Burton Riget Park right next to the Grizzly Center and outside the Snowsports Learning Center at Snowbasin. After signing waivers, my son’s instructor took him to get boots and a board.

Out front, he got to meet Dino and Terry, the local Snowbasin dinosaurs. His imagination was ignited and then he was off!

The instructors used small snowboards fitted with a Riglet Reel (a thin retractable cord mounted on the front) to pull my son through the course. As my son’s balance and board control improved they were able to let go, even allowing him to ride the back side of a berm or rail completely hands free!

WHAT TO EXPECT:

My son had a fantastic time exploring a new winter sport, which in itself is a miracle. If you have young kids and have taught them a new sport such as skiing or snowboarding, then you know those first few times can be truly frustrating for everyone involved. My son had a huge smile the entire time! So did I.

As a bystander I was amazed by the positive and fun atmosphere created by the instructors. They were always quick with a high five and encouraging words. Watching them with other kids, I was able to see that they could quickly adjust to the different ages, abilities and temperaments.

With young kids, one of the most important things (IMHO) is a building atmosphere. I don’t necessarily care if my son walks away on track to being the next Shaun White. I want him to believe a little more in his strength and ability to try new things and succeed. Snowbasin’s Riglet Park, accomplished just that.

 Riding Dino at the Burton Riglet Park