Snowbasin Report #5 – Heavy Powder Monday. Oh Yeah

Awesome and challenging powder day for those who played hooky on this powder Monday and came up for some incredible skiing at Snowbasin. Early morning snowfall was heavy at times starting the day with 3-6″ coverage over previous pack. At the top of the mountain visibility was very limited but heavier patches of untracked powder could easily be found, with some shots up to a foot deep. Later in the afternoon clearing began about mid mountain, nice runs off of Dan’s, Griz, Philpot and Wildcat. Lower aspects towards the end were a bit heavier and set up. Today was wet, foggy, a thigh burner and absolutely awesome skiing and boarding. Fun turns with Michael, Elizabeth, Steve, Heidi and Lance.

On a side note, the full menu at the lounge at Earl’s is available. At the end of the day we enjoyed my #1 favorite, the smoked trout and salmon plate and a nice pale ale to finish the day.

Thanks Snowbasin!

Snowbasin Report #4 – Fickle Foggy Friday Fun

Today turned out to be a fun day at Snowbasin. You never can tell. Rainy and drizzly on the valley floor this morning and a bit foggy at the base. I expected it to be a rough day. However, we rose above the fog on the first gondi ride and had pretty good vis for as flat as it was. There was a 2-3″ fresh layer in spots on top of the base provided for spring like conditions on the 3rd of December.

Spent the morning with some shredders, Alex, Nate and Nick. Tim E. was with and Alex R. was capturing video.

Good day to be at Snowbasin!

Snowbasin Report #2 – Fabulous Friday

Friday was yet another great day at Snowbasin.  Sunny and clear all day with plenty of powder if you know where to look.  Cinnabar Lounge is now serving food and refreshments and is a great place to relax at the end of the day.  A bowl of chili for lunch was just right.

Snowbasin Report #1 – Opening Day Photos and Video

Snowbasin had what many consider it’s best opening day EVER on Thursday!! Bluebird, Powder, Opening Day.

Skiers and riders of all ages started their Thanksgiving feasts with tons of untracked lines of POWDER.  WhooHooo!!  It was awesome, everyone was smiling and happy about the bluebird conditions and the fact that over 30% of the mountain is already open.  Temperatures were cold at times but that didn’t stop people for enjoying the great conditions.  You’ll also notice lots of new park features.   There’s still lots of powder up there if you know how to scrounge for it and aren’t afraid to walk a bit.  However, keep in mind that it is still early in the season, not only is there brush visible in spots but there are also big rocks that remain uncovered off piste.  Please be careful and cautious during early season conditions and try to stay on trail for a while until we get some more storms.   Snowmaking continues and temperatures remain cool so there is plenty more snow to ride on.  Hope to see you this weekend.

Terrain Park Report from Tim Eastly

Terrain Park Manager Tim Eastly gives the terrain park update in anticipation of our opening day.

More Terrain Park Features

The Terrain Park crew has been grinding, shaping and welding 20 new features for the progressive terrain parks. Watch for new rails, fun boxes and wall rides for the 2010-11 season.

NASTAR Moves Uphill

The NASTAR run has been moved up the mountain from City Hill to Bullwinkle. The new location will provide variety of new terrain, including a couple of steep pitches. The course was moved to help ease congestion on the lower part of the mountain. NASTAR will run Saturdays and Sundays (weather permitting) and all holidays.

Snow and More Snow

Snowbasin received between 4-6 inches of new snow from the last storm and we were able to make snow for 36 hours. We have a new pump and two new fan guns to enhance the quality and consistency of early season conditions. We are still anticipating a Nov. 25th opening day.