Last winter I had some downtime between contests and projects at the start of March. I was hanging in Utah when I saw a snow forecast for over a foot of snow due in the Wasatch front, followed by a week of sun. So I called my good friend Alex Mager of Bloom Content to link up and brainstorm a short project showcasing the duality of ski scenes in Utah. Salt Lake City is one of the Ski Meccas of North America with over 7 resorts within 30 minutes. The interesting part is how drastically different the scene and vibes are at each resort. There are so many skiers, so much terrain, and so many styles of skiing. That is the best part about Utah, no matter what type of skiing you like there is a place for you.
So Alex and I decided to film one day at Alta and one day at Park City because they are about as opposite on the spectrum as you can get. Alta is an off piste playground. There is no park except for the jumps and side hits that get built everywhere by local shredders. At Alta, however, the ski patrol doesn’t destroy jumps. This allows the whole mountain to be transformed into the ultimate terrain park. This makes Alta the perfect stomping ground for the Revision Subtraction. The Subtraction allowed me to butter, float, and jump my way around while having a blast. Alex and I spent our day on the classic Wildcat chair hitting features into a foot of light Utah pow. I haven’t had many days at Alta but every time I go there I have one of the best days of my season. We hit jumps, drops, tree taps and took tons of pow turns before treating ourselves to some delicious pizza at the Goldminer’s Daughter.
A couple days later once the storm had passed Alex and I met up again, this time to get some park laps in on the east side of the Wasatch Front at Park City Mountain Resort. Park City has one of the best lap parks in the world. The park chair gives you access to two different jump and rail lines and the features range from mellow to gnarly. The S-rail is one of my favorites and cannon rails always get me stoked. We had a banger day getting both jump and rail shots in the sun. The parking lot is right by the lift so we were able to take a car lunch and I made the switch from my Dimes, which I use to jump, to my Talismans, which I prefer for rails. The two park skis really cover all the types of tricks I want to do so it is optimal to have both of them in the car, depending on what I feel like skiing that day. The Camber of the Dime is nice for cold mornings when the snow is tough, but as it gets slushy the Talisman is the ski you need to blast through and not catch in the ruts. Both Park City and Alta treated us well and with just two days in Utah we were able to do some really fun skiing. I can’t wait for this winter, do your snow dance everyone!! -Ian Hamilton