Mountain Hopping in Utah
There’s something about five guys, a carload of snowboards and loose, powdery snow to bring a group of friends together. This year’s Utah snowboarding trip came and went in a blur of downhills, hot tubs and blue-bird days when we all somehow managed to recapture what it was like to be back in our fraternity – if only for a short while. Determined to hit as many runs as possible in our short five-day vacation, we headed west in search of snow and stories that would eventually become as big as our egos. If you’re planning your own guys’ boardfest, here’s a sample of the fun we had, the things we learned and what to do when you find yourself in some of the most concentrated powder in the nation.
Sundance Mountain Resort — Day One
Everything begins at the airport. If you time your trip right, plan it correctly and allow for eventualities, you’re sure to make it to the slopes without a hitch Sadly, that was not us. Jim missed his connection into Salt Lake City, Mike’s board didn’t arrive and not a single one of us remembered to reserve a rental car. Fortunately, being in a ski mecca meant rentals were plentiful and we were able to score a Chevy Suburban with a ski rack from EZ Rent-A-Car, even at the last minute. Our late arrival leads me to my first tip – half days.