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Old 03-06-2018, 11:26 AM
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so, ski the EAST? WHY?

you never never never get snow like the WEST has!

it's like the worst day of fishing is better than the best day of working!
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Looks like we are headed home to 1-2 feet. Tucker looking forward to it. Each year I get more West and close to Colorado winter base camp!
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so, ski the EAST? WHY?

you never never never get snow like the WEST has!

it's like the worst day of fishing is better than the best day of working!
I grew up skiing in the east. (My wife refers to as as an "Eastern Boy". But she says it with such disdain that one would think an eastern boy was one step above pond scum - maybe.)

But PP is right. There is almost universally a lot more snow out west, and the quality of the snow is much better, and we have a lot of sunny days with blue skies.

Eastern skiing is characterized by lots of very cold and gray days skiing on lots of ice. I remember cutting class one day in college and going skiing at Stowe. Among their lifts they had a single chair. At the bottom in the lift line a guy handed you a blanket with a hole cut for your head. At the top another guy collected the blankets and he told me I needed to go inside as my nose was white with frostbite.

Another time I went skiing at Killington with some buddies. It started raining and Killington handed out large, clear garbage bags. You tore a hole for your head so you didn't get (too) soaked. It was miserable, but I didn't want to be the guy who gave up...

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East makes better ski/boarders. Was saying today we better only come west end of our season or we wouldn’t want to go ice skating again.

It’s amazing that mountains don’t allow snowboarding out here! I do both so it works out for me but I will say Deer Valley is something else! Guess the skiers have all the money.

Quite treat for us out here! Last day tomorrow then back to the ice. On our way to 20 days on the slopes for the season.
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Toss me your keys- going to be over a foot at your house to the airport, so I'll come pick you up!
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Keys In it. Make sure your in it when you fire i it up!
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East makes better ski/boarders. Was saying today we better only come west end of our season or we wouldnít want to go ice skating again.

Itís amazing that mountains donít allow snowboarding out here! I do both so it works out for me but I will say Deer Valley is something else! Guess the skiers have all the money.

Quite treat for us out here! Last day tomorrow then back to the ice. On our way to 20 days on the slopes for the season.
There are three resorts in the US that don't allow snowboarders: Mad River Glen in Vermont and Alta and Deer Valley in Utah. Alta is somewhat of a throwback in time. Lots of die-hard skiiers who don't want change.

Deer Valley is known for their grooming, their customer service and their food. Deer Valley limits their ticket sales. That's not all that unusual, and I'm not sure if it's urban legend or not, but supposedly the limit is not based on uphill lift capacity, but rather the capacity of their on-slope restaurants.

They survey their customers extensively and every year or so, and the customers resoundingly do not want snowboarders. But Deer Valley is also OMG expensive. My recommendation for visitors is Solitude. I've never had a bad experience there. Being on the west side of the Wasatch Mountains they get more snow than the resorts in Park City.

About two years ago Deer Valley bought Solitude. Then Deer Valley was sold, though the former Deer Valley owners kept ownership of Solitude.

If you're coming to Utah to go skiing and/or snowboarding I definitely recommend Solitude. If you're a skier, I also recommend Alta for the experience. And though it's out of the way, I'd also suggest Snowbasin. During the 2002 Olympics the steep events were at Snowbasin: Downhill, Super-G, Giant Slalom and Slalom. One downside of Snowbasin is there is no night-life close by, or on-mountain lodging
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There are three resorts in the US that don't allow snowboarders: Mad River Glen in Vermont and Alta and Deer Valley in Utah. Alta is somewhat of a throwback in time. Lots of die-hard skiiers who don't want change.

Deer Valley is known for their grooming, their customer service and their food. Deer Valley limits their ticket sales. That's not all that unusual, and I'm not sure if it's urban legend or not, but supposedly the limit is not based on uphill lift capacity, but rather the capacity of their on-slope restaurants.

They survey their customers extensively and every year or so, and the customers resoundingly do not want snowboarders. But Deer Valley is also OMG expensive. My recommendation for visitors is Solitude. I've never had a bad experience there. Being on the west side of the Wasatch Mountains they get more snow than the resorts in Park City.

About two years ago Deer Valley bought Solitude. Then Deer Valley was sold, though the former Deer Valley owners kept ownership of Solitude.

If you're coming to Utah to go skiing and/or snowboarding I definitely recommend Solitude. If you're a skier, I also recommend Alta for the experience. And though it's out of the way, I'd also suggest Snowbasin. During the 2002 Olympics the steep events were at Snowbasin: Downhill, Super-G, Giant Slalom and Slalom. One downside of Snowbasin is there is no night-life close by, or on-mountain lodging
I love the Wasatch Mountains! skied them all when I was going to college at U of U. And yes i've snowboarded down Alta. Best thing is its only 30min from SLC to Brighton! they still except a green pass there
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Don't want to say to much but I heard a rumor about an epic Utah event in the future. I heard that Utah doesn't have any snowmobile or snowcat restrictions. There might even an amazing location picked out.
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Don't want to say to much but I heard a rumor about an epic Utah event in the future. I heard that Utah doesn't have any snowmobile or snowcat restrictions. There might even an amazing location picked out.
heard the rumor too...

news flash... rumor is true...
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Went hiking and skiing burthod pass today. Had a great time but probably should have joined the guys on Vail pass today. Got in 3 good laps and got rides from some nice people. See everyone at the jamboree. You should definitely drive out for the jamboree.
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Went cat skiing at Loveland ski area today. Lots of great snow and great weather. The cat skiing isn't an extra charge and I got a comp ticket so it was a free day. If you find yourself in Colorado on a nice day I recommend some cat skiing at Loveland.
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Here is a spectacular photo that forum8fox took of my cat.
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Went hiking and skiing over on Burthod pass yesterday. Definitely surprised by all of the melt. Had to go up high to find snow. I was worried that the snow would be crunchy but we found some great soft snow on a steep north facing slope. Great day!
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Sooooo much road grime!
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Awesome photo Fox.
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Snowcat has been down for a while. Had 2 cylinders not firing on one side and it sounded like junk. Initially was worried it was a head or intake gasket because the two down cylinders were next to each other. Big issue was that it wasn't giving me an error code so I had no idea what was wrong. Took it to a local shop and had them diagnose it. They did a compression test at 130psi and all was good. Eventually they came to the conclusion that it was the plugs. So they got me the correct plugs from Chevy and it runs really good. Took it to Jones pass today for a test drive. The road was super rutted from snowmobiles. The cat gave me a check engine light early but I think the bouncing may have caused the issue. It still sounds like it's on all 8 but if it keeps giving me the check engine light and the same code my exhaust sensor on bank 1 is going out. Either way it did great on a fairly big hill climb. Probably a quarter mile at 35 degrees. In fact I regretted doing the hill climb on the way back down. Major pucker factor. Enjoy the pictures, I will try and get it out for some more skiing before the snow melts.
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They are a little tough to see but my tracks go up the middle
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Sweet to see your tracks going right up the side of the mountain! Best time of year to hill climb I think with the firm snowpack. Obviously dependent on the time of day for best results. Where was that in comparison to where we went with Aaron? Glad to hear it went well, I bet the mechanic was stoked to get out for a ride.
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I agree, thought I was done for the season so making tracks in my cat was super fun. But if Hood was my last cat adventure of the year I doubt you all would show pitty. The hill climb was just to the right of where aaron turned you around. The snow being firm definitely aided in my ability to hill climb. It also helps when you have the best 2 track cat. Lots has been said on another thread on this subject and I thought I would have some fun with the debate. The mechanic wanted to go but couldn't because he was taking delivery of his newest wrecker.
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In fact I regretted doing the hill climb on the way back down. Major pucker factor.
Sean, Thanks for the story and the great photos. I'll be honest: I got a chuckle out of the part of your post I quoted. Been there, done that!

It reminded me of snowmobiling with the boys: I'd make it to the top of a really tough climb that involved picking my way through narrow trees and rocks toward the bottom before the trees stopped and the hill steepened. At the top I'd momentarily celebrate my success, and then look back down the hill. At that point I'd realize controlling speed in the descent was going to be almost impossible, and I had to get back through the trees under some semblance of control. "Oh, cr*p. Now what, genius"?

The embarrassing part is this happened more than once...

Glad you got the engine sorted out...
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ah yes, genius and his machine

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