Snowbird May 18-19 2019...with a little Alta

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JTG4eva! JTG4eva!
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Snowbird May 18-19 2019...with a little Alta


May 18......🤔

The start was a bit of a shit show.

Peruvian was delayed until 9:00, but third chair made it worth the wait.  Mineral Basin and Little Cloud opened around 10:00.  Mucho powder.  A little heavy in spots.  After a few runs in Mineral I hit the Cirque.

I looked at this for a bit before I dropped over the cornice...



....but there was no passing on first tracks into the steep main chute from the Cirque into the top of Great Scott.  Not often you get that on a classic Snowbird test piece.  Hucked and stuck a good size drop for good measure on the way out.  It’s been a good morning for me.  The hoots and hollers on the mountain are non-stop.
We REALLY need a proper roll eyes emoji!!
JTG4eva! JTG4eva!
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Re: Snowbird: May 18, 2019

Tunnel to Mineral Basin is pretty cool.



Seek and ye shall find......at 12:30.



Sun thought about making an appearance.

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Re: Snowbird: May 18, 2019

I’m glad I got back to ski Snowbird.  Even though a relatively small percentage of terrain is open, what’s available skied huge.  Everywhere you turn or look, no matter where you are on the mountain, there’s another great line.  Spent the afternoon skiing off the Cirque Traverse, mostly.  Snowbird is without a doubt the most consistently steep mountain I’ve ever skied.

Pics never do justice, but these spots on the Gad side were STEEP.  Even found an untracked line at 2:30.





Even got to ski some aspens (I think).


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Re: Snowbird: May 18, 2019

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JTG4eva! wrote
May 18......🤔
Nice to have a separate TR, but however you tried to do the pics that were in the other thread didn't work.  Glad I saw them before the disappeared.

Deep powder at just the right time . . . lucky!
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Re: Snowbird: May 18, 2019

Fixed it!

Another good day today, interesting.  The freeze overnight left many aspects firm and chunky (read: unpleasant).  Groomers were great, but that’s not what you come here for, right?  North facing aspects weren’t all firm chunks, and untracked areas (yes, they still existed out the Baldy Traverse) were an ok supportable crust. Didn’t ski a lot today, but what I got in was good.

I went the lift ticket route, and last run I scooted around the corner on the Baldy Traverse into Alta, then skinned up to Main Baldy Chute.  It held great snow.  Still some powder at the edges, and slightly firm cut up powder down the gut.  The coverage is incredible.  Hard to fathom Alta being closed with the amount of snow out there.



As usual, pic don’t do justice, it doesn’t really show the cornice at the entrance.


Snowbird gets another superlative, as that is the most aesthetically pleasing chute I’ve ever skied.  That’s a run to end the season on!

A little more Superior/Wasatch porn....



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Re: Snowbird: May 18, 2019

JTG4eva! wrote
Fixed it!

Another good day today, interesting.  The freeze overnight left many aspects firm and chunky (read: unpleasant).  Groomers were great, but that’s not what you come here for, right?  North facing aspects weren’t all firm chunks, and untracked areas (yes, they still existed out the Baldy Traverse) were an ok supportable crust. Didn’t ski a lot today, but what I got in was good.

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Thanks for the pics!  Late season skiing in LCC is always fun, one way or another.
raisingarizona raisingarizona
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Re: Snowbird: May 18, 2019

Score! Way to go JTG!

This winter just won’t stop. It’s dumping snow up at our area right now.
Jamesdeluxe Jamesdeluxe
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Re: Snowbird: May 18, 2019

I always wonder what the balance sheet looks like for ski areas that stay open as long as conditions allow, e.g. Snowbird, Mammoth, or Killington. Which percentage of their customers are pass holders vs. people who pay for day tickets. How much the late-season factor persuades people to make it their home mountain, etc. I assume that this question been covered here; however, I couldn't find the thread.

Congratulations on the mid-May score.
ADmiKe ADmiKe
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Re: Snowbird: May 18, 2019

The coverage you pictured here, as well as what I've seen around the rest of the social media posts from across the western US right now, is just unbelievable.  Friggin mid MAY!?!?  Guess it's going to be a late start to summer out there!
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Re: Snowbird: May 18, 2019

ADmiKe wrote
The coverage you pictured here, as well as what I've seen around the rest of the social media posts from across the western US right now, is just unbelievable.  Friggin mid MAY!?!?  Guess it's going to be a late start to summer out there!
Meanwhile back in Myrtle Beach...
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