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Utah, greatest snow on earth?

Not this season, it has been looking more than a bit sparse. But regardless, I borrowed a board from Traveling Kiwi Andy, his well-loved Skate Banana 152, and headed OUT the door. First stop, Beaver Mountain, a small, rare mom-and-pop operation in the shadow of megaresorts elsewhere in the state. Yes, the owner sells the lift tickets, how about that? The resort is about 120 miles north of Salt Lake City, on US 89 northeast of Logan, right at the Idaho border, and it’s a very pretty drive.

The Wasatch Range, looking north from above Provo

Ski the Beav!

Road to Logan, UT

Next stop, Snowbird. It’s been a while since I was last here, and in addition to the snow, I have to admit paying attention to, and liking, the Brutalist structures scattered on the slopes. Normally ski resorts are not known for their buildings, but Snowbird’s 1970s structures are a nice mix of concrete and wood, tastefully done. The tunnel at the top of Peruvian is also nifty, with a nice accompaniment of 80’s music that makes me realize how old I am.

I hooked up with my buddy Dave, and got an insider’s tour of Snowbird, with a bit of off-piste stuff to find the last vestiges of powder, mixed in with leg-burning groomers and side hits. I couldn’t think of a better way of spending a sunny weekend day. We did refrain from poaching Alta, when will they allow snowboarding? And even better was wrapping up the day with mole at Red Iguana, despite the long wait outside (wearing flip-flops).

Dave, digging that burger

Alta, forbidden fruit!