SO. MUCH. SNOW.
That sums up the week in a nutshell. The snow was coming down steadily as I arrived late Saturday night, Jan 21 and didn't stop until sometime Thursday night. I think the official tally was 2+ feet at Solitude during that timeframe.
This was what has become my annual Utah birthday trip. I went to Solitude this time, because the condo deal was too good to pass up along with the chance to ski with my good friend, John McEvoy, who I've known for more than 50 years.
$319 for the whole week in Eagle Springs East in Solitude village. Granted, I was sharing the 3 BR place with 3 couples and I got the pullout in the living room, but still, that's about what I'd pay per night at Alta's Goldminer's Daughter.
At the date of this writing, 2 weeks have passed since the trip started, so I won't even try to detail each day. Some highlights follow:
2nd run on the first day, John convinces me to hike Evergreen Peak. I've never been known for finely reasoned logic when skiing is concerned. This hike/climb was about 3 times steeper and farther than I anticipated. The snow was deep and light and the terrain was awesome. Perfect pitch and spaced trees. But when we popped out on the connector trail, John said I didn't look too good. That was just a moment before I disgorged my breakfast burrito onto my rental Rossi Soul 7's. 🤢 Ewww! The combo of altitude and exertion did not sit well in my tummy-yum-tum.
We got out to Homeycomb Canyon on Sunday on our first day, which was fortunate because it wasn't to open again until Wednesday due to the continuous snowfall. There is a whole crap-load of terrain to ski out there on both sides of the canyon. Don't miss it when at Solitude.
BRIGHTON: THE LAKE SHOTS
We skied Brighton on Wednesday. In between Solitude and Brighton is a lake with a dam. Skiing off of the Millie lift at Brighton, follow the boundary line to the skier's left, and then cut in to the skier's left after the rope transitions to boundary signs every 50 feet or so. Make sure to not ignore and catch the traverse out to the skiers right and then walk out to the dam, back to the trails at Brighton. I did 4 runs total in there, every one deep and untracked. The trees are perfectly spaced, and some parts get steep and cliffy. I would lap that all day, given the chance.
One of our group missed that traverse, and wound up lost at the lake. We had to engage Brighton Ski Patrol to find him and lead him out. Chris, the BSP guy that helped us, must be the most chill dude in the profession. He was so cool and nice and matter of fact about having to go find some touron and break trail uphill through deep snow to slog out from the lake.
DIAMOND PEAKS HELI-SKI ADVENTURES
I had plans to do this for my 50th birthday, but was shut out due to it snowing on the day I was supposed to go. 7 years later, the opportunity again presented itself. This time, at the operator Craig's suggestion, we schedule for Wednesday with the understanding that we'd be flexible and fly when we could. That turned out to be Friday, which was the first day all week it wasn't snowing and had dawned bluebird clear.
Diamond Peaks operates from the parking lot at the top of Powder Mountain at the Hidden Lake Lodge. 6 runs of untracked powder. Not real steep, but glorious, deep untracked through widely spaced trees as far as the eye could see. A true bucket list experience!
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