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Old 12-18-2020, 09:43 AM   #1561
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Thanks so much for sharing this video! I drove through the mountains of Colorado and those of other states to get from Houston to Chilliwack in October 2019 but found that my irrational fear of heights kept me from enjoying much of the trip. I've saved the link for this video, because it's such a treat to be able to enjoy Colorado's stunning beauty while my feet remain solidly at or close to sea level! Even the virtual trip had my heart racing in spots, a treat to experience while feeling entirely safe.
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I recall your saga and can relate. My parents were both born and raised in Western Kansas, Prairie View, very aptly named. They were afraid of the mountains but we did visit them occasionally, but only in the Summer. I didn't ski until I was married and then found out the Mountains treat you with respect, if you treat them with respect. Same way in skiing, you can dance with the mountain, but the mountain will always lead.
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Old 12-18-2020, 10:04 AM   #1562
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Didn’t get the best vibe from Vail but it’s been 10 years since I’ve been there. Always liked Breck. Had fun at the very top of peak 8 in the high-alpine bowls around 13,000’. Nothing like that on the east coast! That’s for the heads up on the other mountains. Have some family near Monarch Mountain in Salida so have thought about trying to get out there too.
Monarch is a nice area also, South of Summit County a couple of hours. If you are in that area and enjoyed the Breck peaks, you might consider the Irwin Cat skiing. Salida is one of our favorite towns.
I have skied with Steamboat Powder Cats maybe a dozen days. From several people that have skied with Irwin, it should be very similar to the Steamboat program but at a higher elevation . That should make the powder even better.
http://irwinguides.com/snowcat-skiing
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Old 12-18-2020, 10:22 AM   #1563
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I was born and raised in Colorado skied most places, even before they became so popular. Then we lived in Utah for 10 years and skiied a lot there and found Utah snow the best. We haven't been skiing for 25 years, since we moved to AZ.
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Old 12-18-2020, 10:35 AM   #1564
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"you can dance with the mountain, but the mountain will always lead."

The same is true of the river when you are rafting. Such an enchanting dance; I would imagine the feeling of skiing like that is the same as rowing a rapid.
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Old 12-18-2020, 12:05 PM   #1565
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You are not wrong there, that moisture from the Great Salt Lake does make magical snow. And the crowds are always much smaller and very compatible.
Our favorite there is Snow Mountain, larger than Vail and very few people. Spent a week there a couple of years ago and had a super time. That whole Eden Valley is a special place, Summer and Winter.
The Eden Valley ( upper Ogden Valley ) is a magical place. I have had a vacation home in Eden for 16 years. The first 12 years for vacations the last 4 years being retired, I spent the winter there. Since this forum is such a small community I will share.
I think you got your names mixed up.
The two major ski areas are Snow Basin, where they held the 2002 Olympic downhill and giant slalom. Great mountain and the best lift system I know of, awesome day lodges, and 5 star food. This resort is a sister resort to Sun Valley Idaho.
The other is Powder Mountain, this is where I ski. Largest ski area in northern America, over 8000 acres. Season passes are limited to 1500 and day tickets are limited to 1500. On a sold out day ( there aren't many ) there are no more than 3000 skiers. If you know this mountain you can ski Virgin powder 7 days after the storm. They have lift served, they have skin and ski, they have powder country, ski ungroomed down to road and a bus takes you back up, and they have 1 ride snowcat skiing for $25 a run. They also have all day snowcat and helicopter skiing. Last year when the pandemic closed us down I had 61 days on the mountain. My best was 2018/2019 when I got in 72 days. This is my happy place.
There is also a small local mountain Nordic valley, any place else this would be a great area, but they have to compete with the big Two in the valley.
The valley also has great hiking, biking, and water sports, Pineview reservoir dominates the valley floor. We call the area More Park with less City.
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Old 12-18-2020, 12:07 PM   #1566
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"you can dance with the mountain, but the mountain will always lead."

The same is true of the river when you are rafting. Such an enchanting dance; I would imagine the feeling of skiing like that is the same as rowing a rapid.
I have done both and do see some crossover. Have done most of the Colorado trips and some in Utah. Also the Grand 4 years after the big flood that changed the river drastically. Reading a river is much like reading a mountain, the flow, speed and surface turmoil vs the snow conditions, terrain and weather. In both cases if you fight the setting you will lose, if you work with what you see and understand it can be a harmonious/spiritual connection.
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Old 12-18-2020, 07:50 PM   #1567
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16th Avenue was a great hill in town. I skied down the sidewalk. Ok, so maybe it was on my Red Racer. No my friends didn't call me Ralphie.
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Old 12-19-2020, 07:03 AM   #1568
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Snow

Adrian, in Minot you only shovel the snow. Two winters of that was plenty for me.
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Old 12-19-2020, 07:12 AM   #1569
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Snow basin

Great place and we used to ski there for discounted cost just by showing our company Id. Then the large co. bought it and that was the end of that. Park City was a good deal for locals, you could buy books of tickets before season and then renew the books during the season.
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Old 12-27-2020, 06:23 PM   #1570
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Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area, Flagler Beach, Florida

Ranger said the north atlantic right whales are in the area. Got lucky and saw one surface this afternoon. This is why we love camping. You never know what you will see.
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Old 12-27-2020, 08:59 PM   #1571
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Canyonlands National Park, Needles District campground.
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Old 03-29-2021, 09:59 PM   #1573
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Just toured Canyonlands/Dead Horse Point today (Arches yesterday)! Enjoy the nice weather.
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visited Canyonlands in the spring of 2019, awesome place. we camped at Dead Horse Point, and explored the islands in the sky as well as the needles district, plus a day at Arches.

that whole part of Utah is awesome. I think my *favorite* part of that trip was Cottonwood Rd in the Grand Staircase Escalante Preserve. And that cap on that was, after coming out at the south end, we decided to drive around on pavement since it was late in the day, even tho it was 4X the distance back to camp, and we stumbled on the Flying V Cafe in Kanab for dinner, which was freekin' awesome. 4X the dinstance on pavement ended up taking about the same amount of time, if you don't count the 2 hours we dawdleed over dinner
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Out our back window in the Devils Garden Campground at Arches National Park this afternoon. Our campsite is on a bit of a hilltop and we were pleasantly surprised to get a decent cell signal.
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Horse Thief campground Canyonlands N.P. The virga turned into a great desert storm. Kind of a pointillist thing going on with the raindrops.
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Horse Thief campground Canyonlands N.P. The virga turned into a great desert storm.
Liked that cg a lot.
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Right next door at Dead Horse Point. The rain just missed us here.
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Right next door at Dead Horse Point. The rain just missed us here.
Dead Horse SP was awesome. the rim trail there was like a mini Canyonlands.
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After a post-sunrise rain shower. Not much color but we’re sure not complaining.

Site 13 even comes with its own dead juniper tree!
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