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Best Powder 2009: Alta/Snowbird

Alta and Snowbird usually receive between 400 and 500 inches of snow, depending on the season and where it’s measured. In 2008, Alta got 702 inches. That's nuts.
posted: 08/11/2009

Powder Tips From the Pros

“Lengthen your turns. Instead of making lots of short, thrashy movements, make smooth, long-radius turns that let you stay inside the white room for as long as possible. That way, your face shots last three times as long as they do with dainty little turns.”  —Shroder Baker, pro skier

The license plate. Always with the goddamn license plate. Utah’s plates brag that it has the “Greatest Snow on Earth,” a message brought to us by the prisoners making those things. We get it, Utah. But how about the sticker? Ski Utah printed one up that reads, “It just pukes in Utah.” On it is an illustration of a guy on his hands and knees, barfing into a cloud. But instead of vomit, the cloud expectorates snow, which violates physics and good taste. The sticker’s stuck on a door in our office and we love it because it’s as funny as it’s apt. Alta and Snowbird usually receive between 400 and 500 inches of snow, depending on the season and where it’s measured. A snow reading in a wind-protected meadow at 10,000 feet looks a lot different from one in the parking lot. But last year Alta got 702 inches. That’s nuts.

Three Things You Need to Know:
>> The Snowbird tram is great. But if it’s crowded, you don’t need it. Gadzoom and Peruvian Express have stashes galore.
>> The Forklift, at Snowbird, serves the best breakfast in the world. It’s called oatmeal brûlée, and it involves a blowtorch.
>> When it’s deep, get to the chutes off Alta’s Supreme lift. Good God.

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