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Local Ladies Charge Snowbasin!

by Powderhound Matt January 16 2011 3 Comments

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When I first moved out to Utah some 5 years ago, I was in a race to ski as many Utah resorts as possible.  I wanted to see and ski everything in the state, so it really surprised me when I discover that many Utah locals haven’t skied nearly the amount of resorts that I have. It’s kind of like when you live in New York and you never do all those things that the tourists flock to the city for. I never made it to the museums, you couldn’t pay me to go to the top of the Empire State building, and I would avoid Time Square like it was the plague. A Broadway show...forget about it!   During the summer months we’d only go to Point Lookout Beach Club but nowhere else, even though Long Island has almost 120 miles of ocean beaches. Maybe its because people are creatures of habit, or maybe because when you grow up in a certain area, you lose appreciation for the great things that surround you. I’m not sure what it is. 

So when I got the invite from Snowbasin Resort to bring some of my friends up to explore their mountain, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to show three born and raised Park City locals just what they have been missing for all these years.  It still blows my mind that none of these girls have skied this resort. I mean, come on!: this place hosted the Olympic downhill! I’ve driven over five and half hours from Long Island just so I could stand at the top of Whiteface Mountain home of the 1980 Olympics, Snowbasin is a mere stones throw away from our homes. It’s not like these girls don’t have skiing in their blood either. 

Beth Anne Schlopy is one of our hostesses at Yuki Arashi Sushi and her mom was an Olympic ski racer, her brother Alex has been in Teton Gravity movies and is currently competing in the X-Games and the Dew Tour.

Haley Bardnt, another hostess of ours grew up skiing the Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort and her Uncle runs the Wasatch Powder Birds!

Julia Stephens, wife of one of our servers was a sponsored ski racer!

Another thing these girls have in common, they kill it on skis.

Well today would be the day they got to go outside their Park City bubbles and find out just what else Utah has to offer.  Here is what they found…

 

 

So people, what have we learned here?  It’s time to get out of your comfort zone.  Get out and explore the mountains around us and be sure to check out Snowbasin, I’m not sure you people realize just what you’re missing here.  After a day like today, I’m pretty sure these three ladies will be back soon. 

On a side note, let’s say Snowbasin wasn’t even a ski resort. I’d make the trip up there simply because of the food and the day lodges.  The food here is so good, it’s Deer Valley good, and for those of you who have eaten there you know the kind of quality I’m talking about.

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Matt Baydala

Matt Baydala, originally from Rockville Centre, New York, sniffed his way to Park City, Utah in 2006. Since then, he has built a career as a Park City restaurant manager to accommodate his skiing lifestyle. His passion and appreciation for the diversity of Utah’s wintersports product make him the perfect Powderhound. "For me skiing The Greatest Snow on Earth® is not just a hobby; it’s an obsession," exclaimed Baydala. "Now I have the opportunity to share this awesome life we live out here with the entire skiing community."

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