Interconnect Tour - Utah
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oldensign - DCSki Columnist
19 days ago
Member since 02/27/2007 🔗
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Has anyone done Interconnect Tour in Utah? Basically, you ski from Deer Valley to Snowbird via the backcountry hitting six ski area in the process.  The trip is guided, and beacons are provided.  No hiking or skinning but some "side stepping". I had thought about doing years ago probably should of then as it is twice and much now.... 

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marzNC - DCSki Supporter 
19 days ago
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Haven't done it but know a few people who have.  On a day with good visibility, people have a good time who are in decent shape and are comfortable skiing potentially deep untracked powder.

Can also start at Snowbird and head in the other directions.  Apparently starting at Snowbird requires more time on snow that's not skiing down.  That's what people do who stay at Alta Lodge.  On the website, says that public tour route is based on "initiating reservation."  Need at least 2 people for a tour to be scheduled.

"All participants must be advanced to expert skiers in good physical condition. The day requires walking, hiking, traversing, and of course skiing, but all this is done in diverse snow conditions. In the backcountry Mother Nature will decide the snow conditions, be confident your guides will search out the best conditions, as they want to ski quality too!"

Crush
19 days ago
Member since 03/21/2004 🔗
1,126 posts

At least take this before you go

continue.utah.edu

Have you ever executed a Rutschblock Test? Do you actually know how to use a beeper in search mode? This ain't Disney-land. Your guides will be great but they can't insure things. Think carefully about your conditioning and make sure you have maximum health insurance that can support a heli evac. I've had more than a few friends that needed it because of a simple mistake. Sorry to be Debbie Downer.

oldensign wrote:

Has anyone done Interconnect Tour in Utah? Basically, you ski from Deer Valley to Snowbird via the backcountry hitting six ski area in the process.  The trip is guided, and beacons are provided.  No hiking or skinning but some "side stepping". I had thought about doing years ago probably should of then as it is twice and much now.... 

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oldensign - DCSki Columnist
18 days ago
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It doesn't seem that hard core but thanks will look into it. 

marzNC - DCSki Supporter 
18 days ago
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oldensign wrote:

Ski Utah Interconnect Tour - Ski Mag

It doesn't seem that hard core but thanks will look into it. 

 Note that the article is from 2008.  The weather patterns in the Wasatch aren't quite the same in the 2020s.  Of course, every season is different when it comes to snow levels.

It's possible to see the historical snowfall for Alta on their website.  Can compare the current season with a past season going back at least ten years.

Crush
18 days ago (edited 18 days ago)
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 I won't tell all of a funny story of sorts. So I did the U of U back country course in I think 2003. We did the usual tests on the snow pack at altitude and aspect; our guide Bruce said he checked the avalanche report and it was medium. I got to be the the guinea pig on the block test and it totally broke. Bruce said "... OK well I think the danger is high. Eric you go up and traverse first and don't stop, just keep going; we'll stay back here in the trees - don't make any noise ..." great - me I have to do it? 😓

oldensign wrote:

Ski Utah Interconnect Tour - Ski Mag

It doesn't seem that hard core but thanks will look into it. 

September
15 days ago
Member since 01/21/2023 🔗
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Don't be concerned about advancing pits and analyzing the snow column.  Your guides are there to do that for you.  Additionally, there is only one area that might be of concern if you start on the Park City side and that area has been controlled by Solitude Ski Patrol. 

Have a look in here prior to signing up.  https://www.kbyg.org/

Take the tour, you won't regret it.

marzNC - DCSki Supporter 
15 days ago
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September wrote:

Don't be concerned about advancing pits and analyzing the snow column.  Your guides are there to do that for you.  Additionally, there is only one area that might be of concern if you start on the Park City side and that area has been controlled by Solitude Ski Patrol. 

Have a look in here prior to signing up.  https://www.kbyg.org/

Take the tour, you won't regret it.

 Thanks for the link to Know Before You Go!

I'm only interested in lift-served skiing or in-bounds short hikes but did a fair amount of reading to increase my "avalanche awareness" when I started going out gates at Alta for terrain such as Catherine's about ten years ago.  I saw the avy debris in person a week after the Kachina Peak slide that killed two guests in-bounds at Taos a few years ago.  My Alta instructor (lives in NC when not teaching at Alta) always skis with a beacon, even in-bounds.

The initial focus of KBYG was on educating middle school kids in Utah but it's clearly evolved into a great online resource since 2004.  The online course dates from 2018.

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September
15 days ago (edited 15 days ago)
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"My Alta instructor (lives in NC when not teaching at Alta) always skis with a beacon, even in-bounds."  

I know him well.  Hardscaper and artist by trade.

Crush
14 days ago
Member since 03/21/2004 🔗
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I've seen in-bounds avalanches causing serious injuries or death ( like in the former Canyons off of 9990, or the one that killed Jamie Pierre at Snowbird although they were not officially open). I almost bought it near the Gad 2 lift. Stay Safe!

September wrote:

"My Alta instructor (lives in NC when not teaching at Alta) always skis with a beacon, even in-bounds."  

I know him well.  Hardscaper and artist by trade.

Denis - DCSki Supporter 
13 days ago
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I wear a beacon inbounds at big mountains in the west.  I never want to be the subject of a media story that goes, ‘they found his beacon in his pack in the base lodge’.  
Crush
11 days ago
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 Smart move bro! People take things too lightly. 

Denis wrote:

I wear a beacon inbounds at big mountains in the west.  I never want to be the subject of a media story that goes, ‘they found his beacon in his pack in the base lodge’.  
bob
8 days ago
Member since 04/15/2008 🔗
711 posts

Did it way back in 1995. Park City to Alta. Dropped OB from the top of the Jupiter chair. Yes it was worth doing and yes you need to be in good shape.

And yes deadly inbound avys do happen. 20 or so years ago a May slush slide off the Pali  lift at A-Basin killed a skier, and 2-3 years ago a slide at Taos' Kachina lift also let loose killing at least 1.

wgo
7 days ago
Member since 02/10/2004 🔗
1,534 posts


 Rode up on a lift at A-basin last season with a skier who was telling me about that. The run is now named for the skier who died.

bob wrote:

 20 or so years ago a May slush slide off the Pali  lift at A-Basin killed a skier

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