Today was an awesome powder day at Snowbasin. The early bird gets the worm and those who came early were treated to an incredible layer of dense 5-8″ powder just about everywhere on the mountain, some drifts were considerably deeper. You could still feel the bottom at time but that didn’t seem to matter much as most skiers and boarders came down with some huge smiles on their faces.
We started the day with a few laps on John Paul, tearing it up right under the lift at the top and sweeping out onto the Grizzly Downhill and The Hollywood Hills. After getting our fill of steep, deep and fast we ventured over to Strawberry for even more wide open powder fields. Even thought it was only partly sunny in the morning, the visibility stayed good until about 12:30 and then the flat light took over and the fog rolled in. Ski Patrol was kind enough to open No Name so we ran back over there after a few runs off Upper Main Street and our favorite, Moonshine Bowl. No Name had deeper drifts that rewarded with a few face shots as we worked our way down the ridges.
We also had the Salomon Ski Crew setup on the plaza demoing their new BBR ski. Interesting design, reminds us of an old Winterstick snowboard stretched out like silly putty. Those who clicked in came back with huge grins and lots of positive comments on this great all around powder ski. The day wrapped up with Friday Night Lights Rail Jam getting set up with lots of young riders showing off their stuff.
Thursday was another special day at Snowbasin. We still had plenty of powder lying around from yesterday’s storm. JP and No Name were both open and surprisingly the day ended with still many fresh lines to be taken for those willing to walk 100 paces. Conditions were BRISK in the morning, the groomers were fast, wide and uncrowded. Lots of smiling face coming in from the Snowsports Learning Center as well as those taking a break in the sun on Earl’s Plaza. If you haven’t tried the tomato bisk you are missing out!
We woke up to 8″ on the snowstake. Tons of fresh powder everywhere. JP Lift was open, and then at lunch time we had the first opening of the season of No Name Peak. You had to boot pack it but it was worth it. Incredible runs down No Name and Shooting Star. Even got a taste of the Pyramids. Thanks to Snowbasin Ski Patrol for getting more of the mountain open.
Photo Note: Somehow we left the camera by the door, call it powder day jitters, today’s photos and video were taken with an HTC Evo cell phone camera. Not bad.
JP Face at 9:25 AM, 12-11-10 - Photo by Jim Forster
We decided it would be fun to get the do a people’s report for this past weekend’s conditions at Snowbasin. Taken from Snowbasin’s Facebook page, here are some of the comments that our fans had to say.
Jennifer Lanza great snow until about 3:00pm as the clouds rolled in… started to crust/ice over. Line was a little long at Needles, Middle Bowl was empty.. just the way we like it!
Ryan Reedy who wasnt at basin today is the question.
Alexander Romashko Laps on Middle Bowl were sweet as were repeated cliff drops. Finally getting some coverage and fluffy landings. And there was plenty of faceshots off of JP. Keep it coming Ullr.
Cody Laws good snow, good friends, cheap beer. a win all in all.
Jamie Shambarger Sounds like everyone had a great day, we were headed up, then one our little ones started getting sick, the flu, bummer!!! But just maybe, Dad may need to take a few quick runs tomorrow!!! Wish us luck!!
Kyle England All I know is I was hearing nothing but stoke from the bottom of JP all day!! Those lapping it in the morning sure had their way with all the fresh stuff. Main runs are tracked out, though there are a decent amount of small shots up higher if you look for them