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    Right now the skiing is fine Im sure. Getting into march if the big storms don't come its gonna be a SHORT spring for many places Utah included.


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    Quote Originally Posted by snoseek View Post
    Right now the skiing is fine Im sure. Getting into march if the big storms don't come its gonna be a SHORT spring for many places Utah included.
    Someone with knowledge told me that Snowbird is thinking May 1st closing. We will be lucky to make that at this rate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thetrailboss View Post
    Someone with knowledge told me that Snowbird is thinking May 1st closing. We will be lucky to make that at this rate.
    I sure hope not!!
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    I have friends at SB today and it looks pretty good to me.
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    Utah: How bad could it be?

    From the title I got a different notion of what this thread was about.

    I just got back last week from my first visit to Utah.

    How bad could it be?

    1. Lulled into joining a liberal ski event I wanted to support in a infamously red state, but that was a bust where it turned out to have no one actually skiing in it, so skied alone. Felt like I got bait and switch’ed and gave my money to a place I wouldn’t have otherwise supported. Fool me once…
    2. You only find watered-down half-strength ‘kinder-bier’ for après ski - really?
      • Never could tell if you’re better off with bottled beer vs draft beer - since got half strength watered-down beer from both? Locals swore by one or the other - but the 'rule' never held. Always ended up with weak tasteless bad beer.
    3. Martinis served in kid’s-sized glasses, as if taken from a doll house? Where are the REAL adult-sized martini glasses? Is this on Candid Camera?? Yet they charge same price as if it was a normal sized adult martini?
    4. Cuisine as expensive as Aspen but nowhere near the quality of Aspen (charging Aspen prices for mediocre cowboy cuisine)
    5. Not as friendly as other western ski areas, so didn’t hook up with other skiers on the chairs or in the bars - again, skied alone, which is first time this ever happened in skiing many places out west
    6. Accosted by no less than 5 Mitt Romney supporters outside SLC convention center on my way to the airport to sign their “get him on ballot” petition. “Since you asked me - Let me tell you about him from my experience of him as Governor of Mass” - “Don’t bother, he’s a Mormon, and that’s enough to get my vote”.
    7. Mediocre man-made machine-groomed snow, yet western “no way there’s any good skiing back east” attitude to which you had to say: “You know - right now Vermont has better snow than you here right now” - to their horrified stunned faces. Did I even mention skiing over rocks and roots on your double-blacks here?
    8. Spent the week just traversing around the ravines, it seemed 85% of the time you were skate-skiing across flat cat-tracks trying to get around to various lifts, or worse "trails as snow sidewalks" through endless number of other people's trophy homes, to get from Park City to the sole ONE mountain lunch spot that actually had a bar which was in Canyons, etc.
    9. If you skied one good section for 5 minutes, it was short and short lived, and always led to the end in the bottom of yet another endless ravine, flat skiing for another 15 minutes, green trails back to the everyone is funneled, way-too-crowded lift (Tombstone lift was aptly named)
    10. Bad food, bad beer, bad martinins, bad snow, and filled with Mitt Romney supporting morons (said morons, not mormons)


    Yeah - that kind of bad Life is too short to ski Utah.
    Last edited by Teleskier; Mar 5, 2018 at 3:53 PM.

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    This guys seems pleasant.
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  7. #37
    Quote Originally Posted by BenedictGomez View Post
    This guys seems pleasant.
    He did it all wrong.

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  8. #38
    Quote Originally Posted by BenedictGomez View Post
    This guys seems pleasant.
    Honestly, I thought it was fantastic.

    I knew about the beer, so one could assume mixed drinks/hard alcohol is probably under strange circumstances as well.

    Cuisine is interesting and helpful as we all enjoy cuisine. I find cuisine to be very subjective though, many people might find SLC to have great food for instance.

    The friendliness is quite interesting. I always notice that being from New England... almost everywhere you visit, the people are much nicer than back home.

    The attitude I find tough to blame them on though. How many days in a season can you honestly say the skiing/riding is better in VT than UT? You can probably fit that number on 2 hands, maybe 1 for a "normal" UT season.

    The Mitt Romney and Mormon stuff was pretty amusing as well.

    I'll have to ask my friend who is in UT if he agrees about the traversing and ravines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckstah View Post
    He did it all wrong.
    That too.
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  10. #40
    Quote Originally Posted by Teleskier View Post
    From the title I got a different notion of what this thread was about.

    I just got back last week from my first visit to Utah.

    How bad could it be?

    Yeah - that kind of bad Life is too short to ski Utah.

    I agree with most of this. Utah is overrated. Colorado is still much better. The only places in Utah worth going to are Alta, Snowbird and Snowbasin.
    Sure, Utah might get more snow, but Salt Lake City sucks, it's literally just Mcdonalds, Burger King, and Wendy's repeated every 5 blocks.
    There are also more chain regulations for cars making it harder to drive to the ski areas.
    Flights from the east coast to Salt Lake are more expensive and often require a transfer at Denver anyway, so you might as well just get out and ski Colorado.

    There's a reason Colorado has been doing very well economically the past few years. Utah will continue to be lightyears behind unless they change basically everything. And that's not even starting to talk about Utah's politics...
    "Well, they called him Super Skier,
    As he sat around the sundeck,
    For he swore that he would never take a spill.
    When they finally brought him down
    They had to use three toboggans
    To carry all the pieces down the hill."
    --Chad Mitchell Trio

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