Snowbasin to Re-Open for Weekend Skiing/Snowboarding Starting June 11th

Due to popular demand and a 100 inch base, for the 1st time ever Snowbasin Resort will be re-opening for weekends beginning June 11th and will remain open for as long as snow conditions allow.  Skiers and Riders will be able to upload and download on Needles Gondola to access multiple runs off intermediate terrain off of Middle Bowl Triple from 8 am to 2 pm.  Snowbasin’s General Manager said, “Maintenance scheduled for Needles Gondola has been recently completed which will allow access to the Middle Bowl Triple. Cool temperatures and a significant amount of late season snow has kept our base over 100 inches deep at mid mountain so it only seems natural for Snowbasin to re-open on weekends.” 

Season passes for the 2011/2012 winter season can be purchased starting this Saturday, giving those dedicated snow enthusiasts access to skiing and snowboarding earlier than ever.  Single day lift tickets are selling for $35.  Passes from the past 2010-2011 season will not be honored.  Barbeque food will be available. For any other information please call 801.620.1000.

Snowboard Superpipe Final Highlights – Toyota Championships 2011

Luke Mitrani Kills It in Pipe, Vito Takes Cup, Clark Gets Win and Cup

After pulling the run of his life, Luke Mitrani stood at the top of the podium and in classic style, said that all he remembered is that he blacked out, got to the bottom of the pipe and the crowd was screaming for him.

The 20-year-old Frends rider just happened to pull the highest scoring Winter Dew Tour pipe run ever, and his 97.00 bumped his older brother Jack off the podium into fourth place. They jokingly duked it out at the base of the Snowbasin pipe, but Jack said he was super stoked for his little bro.

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Luke linked together a double Michalchuk, frontside 9, backside 5, front 10 and cab double 10 for the win.

Luke Mitrani throwing the double Michalchuk

“I’ve actually never won a contest this big so I’m pretty pumped right now,” Mitrani said. “I didn’t do so hot at the past couple stops and my confidence level wasn’t so high, so I went into this contest not really stressing, just having fun, and I guess that’s when I do best.”

Louie Vito won the last two stops of the Winter Dew Tour and came into this weekend’s Toyota Championships favored to win the overall Dew Cup, and that’s exactly what he did. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to pull the runs he wanted and finished off the podium in seventh place.

“You know I would have liked to get up on the podium, but Luke and Greg rode super well,” Vito said. “It would have been nice to get on there with them because the riding level was sick tonight, but it is what it is. I got the Dew Cup, so I guess on the bright side I’m happy to be ending with that. It’s a love hate. I’m stoked I got the Dew Cup, but bummed I didn’t get on the podium.”

Louie Vito, your new snowboard pipe Dew Cup Champ

Greg Bretz, 20, was killing it in finals, and the Mammoth local finished second with three 1080 variations that earned him a 95.00. He even pulled back-to-back double corks in his second run.

“I’ve only linked back-to-back doubles once before that and I put it down and it was amazing,” Bretz said.

Third place with 92.00 went to the veteran of the bunch, 28-year-old Steve Fisher, who decided to keep his secret weapon, well…secret, until an opportunity like this presented itself. And it was in front of a capacity crowd lining the pipe that Fisher landed his first ever frontside 10 double cork.

“I’ve done it into an airbag a few times, but that’s it,” Fisher said. “I tried it on a wall once but didn’t even come close.”

Dialing in tricks like that is exactly how he keeps up with the progression of the sport and competes against the younger guys.

In the women’s field, Kelly Clark went from dead last in Finals at the first event of the season, to impressive back-to-back wins at last month’s Winter Dew Tour and tonight’s Toyota Championship. Her results put her in first place overall and she collected the second Dew Cup of her career.

Kelly Clark blasting

“I’m glad I could recover from my Breckenridge experience and to come back and win the last two and walk away with the Dew Cup,” Clark said. “It’s a lot of fun and I’m even happier with my riding.”

Her winning run had a frontside 7, cab 7, frontside 10, cab 3, frontside 5 and backside 5.

Last year’s Dew Cup champ Kaitlyn Farrington was in third-place going into her final run, and she stepped it up with a backside 5, frontside 7, cab 7, backside 5 and an alley oop 5 that bumped her up to second with a 91.00.

“I’m super stoked,” Farrington said. “This is one of the best pipes I’ve ridden this season so it was just great to come here and be comfortable.”

Japan’s Soko Yamaoka also increased her score on her second run and finished in third overall after a solid run that included a McTwist, frontside 7, and back-to-back 5s and a score of 86.25.

“I’m really, really happy,” Yamaoka said. “Snowboarding is my life.”

Highlights from Yesterday’s Women and Men’s Freeski Superpipe Finals at the Winter Dew Tour’s Toyota Championship

Yesterday’s action was incredible.  Check out some video highlights or better yet, get on up here and see the last day’s action for yourself.

Sunday, February 13th

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Women’s Freeski Slopestyle Final
9:45 AM – 10:30 AM Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Final
12:40 PM – 1:15 PM Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Gatorade Free Flow Tour – Men’s Freeski Superpipe Final
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Gatorade Free Flow Tour – Women’s Snowboard Superpipe Final
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Gatorade Free Flow Tour – Men’s Snowboard Superpipe Final
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM Dew Cup Awards Party at The Scrapyard – All Ages $20
9:00 PM After the Awards – DJ’s Steez, Odix and C-Cee at The Scrapyard – All Ages

Dew Tour First Look Videos – Slopestyle

Freeski First Look Video – Slopestyle Course Preview

Paul Mitchell brings you the first look at the freeski courses with Bobby Brown in Snowbasin at the third stop of the Winter Dew Tour

Snowboard First Look Video – Slopestyle Course Preview

MATADOR brings you the first look at the snowboard courses with Torstein Horgmo in Snowbasin at the third stop of the Winter Dew Tour

Snowboard First Look Video

Snowbasin Report – Wednesday January 19th

Nice Turns!Wild Powder Wednesday, where did everybody go? After a weekend of miserable rain and warm temps, father winter came back to reality and dropped 5+inches on Snowbasin in the middle of the night. Those who watched the snowstake knew what to do on Wednesday…GET UP TO Snowbasin ASAP for more fresh powder turns. Quite frankly, it might have been the least crowded powder day in our memory. At one point in the am the top was very socked in (couldn’t even see the next lift pole), but we got luck and almost all the clouds blew out leaving was with some stellar sunny conditions until about 2:30 when it became overcast and started snowing lightly.

Even though there were fresh tracks everywhere, there were also patches of ice from the prior rain, this was especially true on steeper aspects. Those who knew what to do spent the day over searching out low angle runs on Strawberry, riding endless lines of untracked powder down Main Street, Elk Ridge, Moonshine and WFO. Later in the day we were even treated to an opening of the Sisters for even more fresh terrain.

We also had some great runs down Dan’s, Wildcat Ridge and Wildcat bowl where long after lunchtime we still were finding huge glades of the fluffy white stuff. Even though we pushed it till the very end of the day we left quite a bit for Thursday’s visitors to Snowbasin. Wow, what a day.

Snowbasin Report – Powder Friday

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.

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.