Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Spring Skiing at its Best

When I think of spring skiing I tend to think of slushy snow that turns into ice. It usually brings back memories of injuring my shoulder on the last day of the season because of the "spring" conditions (oh and a bit of me goofing around). What I do not think of is fresh powder, with beautiful untouched hillsides on a gorgeous 50 degree sunny day.

My brothers and I had talked all winter about going snowboarding together, but it wasn't panning out. It was close to the end of the season (Snowbasin closed that Sunday) so we decided to just make it happen. My brother-in-law also decided to come with us, and we made the trek up to Snowbasin just East of Ogden Utah.

Because my older brother is a season pass holder we were able to use a couple of coupons that came with his pass, and were able to get all day ski lift passes for only $33 bucks (averaged out between 3 of us.) Which was a great deal. I have always thought that locals should get a discount for the slopes, so in my mind this was my locals discount.

It was a pretty warm day down in the parking lot, but I wasn't sure how cold it would be on the slopes with the wind blowing. So I just pulled my bibs over my shorts I was wearing and threw on a fleece pullover and put my coat on. By the time I made it to the lift I knew I needed to take more clothes off as I was already sweating. For "spring" skiing the conditions were nothing short of marvelous.

The runs at Snowbasin are long, and provided a lot of room to play. It had just snowed the day before so there was a nice top of fresh powder for me to play in (I love the powder and would prefer to stay in it all day if I could)

After a couple of runs in the morning we headed back to the parking lot and had a little tailgate BBQ. The JalapeƱo Cheddar Bratwurst with grilled red/yellow/green peppers, onions, and sauerkraut were a hit. The BBQ really is the way to go for lunch, it was nice to be able to hang out in the parking lot and enjoy the nice warm spring weather. After a relaxing lunch it was back to the slopes, were we stayed the rest of the day until closing time.

My last run of the day my legs were pretty tired, but it had been worth it. It truly was a great day of spring skiing. I think we have started a new tradition in our family.


  1. Yay! I liked having my uncles come visit our family resort.

  2. It was a blast that needs to become tradition.