Saturday, December 31, 2011

USA-day 9

Continued from USA-day 8

The new year comes in 3 hours and half here in the US.

Salt Lake City has no fresh snow. It rained in this morning. The air is warm.
The forecast says it has no snow next seven days.
Now the time we should leave here.

Pack and gotta way.

Driving in the wilderness.


Finally we see the snowy load.

That's what we wanted to see.

After 5 hours driving, we arrived at...

Jackson Hole, the Holy Land for powder junkies.

I wanted to come here. This was not as planned. Unhappiness in SLC becomes happiness here?

We hope good snow here.

For diner we went to Thailand restaurant.

Good name.
Bon Appe Thai
+1-(307) 734-0245
Jackson
245 W Pearl St
Jackson, WY 83001

The streets are nicely chilly.

Now we hope some powder snow.

Continued to USA-day 10/Ski day 12 at Jackson Hole.

Friday, December 30, 2011

USA-day 8

Continued from USA-day 7

My wife and my friend caught a cold and it was also a ski day-off today.
I am very fine, as old Japanese saying that a fool doesn't catch a cold :-)

I watched a movie in the morning.

In the afternoon I went to a gym at the hotel.
I do not really like indoor excercise but have to do something while I am just eating.


A training today.

In the evening we picked up a ski set for the son of my friend.
Good to have a new ski set.

For diner we went to a Korean restaurant.

Korea House
A very friendly guy served us. Taste is also good.
+1-801-487-3900
1465 South State St.

Continued to USA-day 9.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

USA-day 7

Continued from USA-day 6/Ski day 11 at Solitude

The forecast said it would snow overnight. I woke up in the morning and found it did not snow well. Also it was warm and the ski areas seemed fogy.

Then we did not ski today.

As a proprietor, I have to work 24/7 if needed. I have skiied for a few days, and I had to work some that I put aside for a while.

For lunch I walked to a deli next to the hotel.

Half tuna sandwitch.

After that we went to an outlet mall at Park City.


The outlet was not crowded after the Christmas sale.


For diner we went to a Japanese restaurant "Ginza".

Reasonable price and good taste.

+1-(801) 322-2224
209 W 200 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Continued to USA-day 8.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

USA-day 6/Ski day 11 at Solitude

11th day for this ski season, 5 days for powder, 2 days for backcountry, telemark for 3 days
Snowbird 10:30-15:30
Gear: BanYa M1102+GARMONT RADIUM

Continued from USA-day 5/Ski day 10 at Snowbird

Today we went tot Solitude.

A small sized ski resort.

It may not be too bad, but..

There is too little snow, as the matter of the fact.

I found many trails on the map, but there are few available.

We went down wherever we could.

Hamburger for lunch.

It is pity the bread was cold.

So far, the terrains were good enough to ski, but it gets worse and worse.
We really need more snow.


Nothing but drinking?

Thai cuisine for diner.

This restaurant is very reasonable and has good taste.

Thai Lotus
212 E 500 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
+1 (801) 328-4401

Continued to USA-day 7

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

USA-day 5/Ski day 10 at Snowbird

10th day for this ski season, 5 days for powder, 2 days for backcountry, telemark for 3 days
Snowbird 10:00-14:30
Gear: BanYa M1102+GARMONT RADIUM

Continued from USA-day 4/Ski day 9 at Alta

Today we went to Snowbird again.


The forecast says the weather is getting worse (for a powder junky it's getting "BETTER"), it is cloudy. Hope some snow.

It was windy at the top of Snowbird.

And terrains were hard.

Last year, we were here and enjoyed powder skiing.
We did not any break until 2pm.

But this year, it looks like this.

Terrain downhill is still nice.

Hamburger for lunch.

I like it and take everyday.

After lunch we took the tram (a ropeway).


My new ski set made by BanYa.

Today, it was the first time to be asked what this ski is.

It became cloudy in the afternoon. Can I hope some snow?


After skiing we went to Trolley Square.

It is newly developed where it used be the trolley base many years ago.
Nice shops and restaurants are here.

For diner we went to The Tin Angel Café.

It was too much for us, but taste is good.

365 West 400 South
Salt Lake City, Utah
+1-801-328-4155

Continued to USA-day 6/Ski day 11 at Solitude

Monday, December 26, 2011

USA-day 4/Ski day 9 at Alta

9th day for this ski season, 5 days for powder, 2 days for backcountry, telemark for 3 days
Alta 10:30-15:45
Gear: BanYa M1102+GARMONT RADIUM

Continued from USA-day 3/Ski day 8 at Alta

Today we went to Alta again.


Lower terrains at Alta are always in the shade. It's already 10am for this picture.
The shade keeps the good snow condition.

Upper areas are also good with sunshine.


Today we skiied together.

Ta-chan, a son of my friend, improved much this year.
I did not like skiing at his age, and did not improve.

It gets cold in the shade.

We skied very much today.

After skiing we went to REI, an outdoor shop.

Outdoor items are very reasonable here in US, and also got price down.

Beautiful sunset.

Beautiful sunset is a sign of the good weather tomorrow. We wish more snow, though.

For diner we went to a sophisticated Italian restaurant.

Nice interrior and good food.
Biaggi's
194 South 400 West Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1145
+1 (801) 596-7222

Continued to USA-day 5/Ski day 10 at Snowbird

Sunday, December 25, 2011

USA-day 3/Ski day 8 at Alta

8th day for this ski season, 5 days for powder, 2 days for backcountry, telemark for 3 days
Alta 10:00-14:45
Gear: Pocket Rocket(Telemark)+GARMONT ENER-G

Continued from USA-day 2/Ski day 7 at Snowbird

Today we go to Alta. It is located next to Snowbird, and connected each other if you have a combined ticket.


It is Christmas. There are few people in the morning.

Nicely groomed and smooth to run.

Humberger for lunch.


In the afternoon, the terrains are shaved and become icy.

It becomes harder for telemarkers. We finish early.

We have Chinese for diner.

Sampan
657 East 2100 South,
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
tel: +1-801-467-3663

It's Christmas today. Almost all restaurants are closed. Only "heretic" restaurants are open.

Continued to USA-day 4/Ski day 9 at Alta

Saturday, December 24, 2011

USA-day 2/Ski day 7 at Snowbird

7th day for this ski season, 5 days for powder, 2 days for backcountry, telemark for 2 day
Snowbird 10:00-15:40
Gear: BanYa M1102
Volkl Nunatak

Continued from USA-day 1

Today we go to Snowbird.
30 mins drive from Salt Lake City.


It's good enough to ski.

Groomed terrains were good.


And nice weather.


We wish more snow.


For the last run we changed the ski set each other.

Volkl Nunatak was also nice.
We wish we would ride on such fat skies on fresh snow.

Diner at the room. Prawn sauteed with truffe butter. How delicious!

A rose wine rated 89 by Utah State Wine Store. Only $13!

Continued to USA-day 3/Ski day 8 at Alta.

USA-day 1

We come here, Salt Lake City, just like last year.

I have a friend skiing together since we were collage students. He moved to US four years ago for his work. Since then we have spent skiing in US in New Year's holidays.
The first and second time were in Colorado. Third time, last year, and this time are in Salt Lake City. He goes back to Japan soon. This is probably the last chance to ski in SLC.

Narita Airport.

Today was one of the most busiest day in the holiday season.
We left home early and checked in very smoothly. But the cue for the security check is very very long...
We had to wait for more than 30 mins.

We transferred the flight at Seatle, and landed in Salt Lake City again.

It is interesting to see high mountains and aircrafts.

There is few snow here.

There was more snow last year....

A sports shop in downtown.

PRAY FOR SNOW. Exactly!!

We went to a Chinese restaurant for diner.

P.F. Chang's
174 West 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 539-0500

Continued toUSA-day 2/Ski day 7 at Snowbird .