Day 2 at Snowbird dawned with seven inches of fresh on top of yesterday’s five and sunny skies. We got an early start from the hotel, and made sure to jump on first tram.

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Getting sendy in Mineral Basin

From there, Mineral Basin was again our destination. As any good pow skier knows, there are no friends on a powder day, and it was only one run before all of us had broken up in a face shot frenzy and to take advantage of a much faster singles line. The snowboarders took fresh laps down Mineral Basin proper, while the skiers began making the moderate traverse to deeper, untouched lines skiers right.

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Lord of all the pow that he surveys

Around lunchtime, the snow began to fall again and we moved to more hike-to terrain in upper Peruvian gulch. While the still falling snow didn’t hurt, we were shocked by the degree to which all of the traverse-to and hike-to terrain hadn’t been skied. It’s not every day that only moderate hiking will yield untracked lines in the trees on a western powder day, but that’s the beauty of skiing with a big resort like Snowbird with lots of terrain to traverse to.

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A well developed powder beard

Even easily accessed terrain still yielded very soft, fast turns and a face shot or two.

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Cold smoke

The only question that now remains is whether to spend another day at the resort, or to bring our fat skis and skins to the backcountry.

-Powder Moose