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post #31 of 35
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I got some pictures (mental ones at least, didn't bring a camera) like that from last May at the 'Bird too.


Sure, you might get lucky and hit a storm, but if you're planning this far in advance, I'd go somewhere where I KNOW the conditions will be good. The chances of hitting a storm aren't great, and areas like Utah/Colorado/PNW aren't always going to be warm enough to soften up the snow, so there's a good chance that you'll be skiing refrozen crud (not fun). That's why I'd lean towards Mammoth or Tahoe, where, if you don't get a nice dump, there's a great chance that it'll be warm enough to get some great corn (which, IMO, is almost as much fun to ski in as powder).

post #32 of 35

Saw that in one of the Alta Powder House shops.  I'm now thinking of putting an Alta snowflake sticker on my rear window and this one on my bumper, just to be ornery.
 

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post #33 of 35
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Originally Posted by Brian Lindahl View Post


Sure, you might get lucky and hit a storm, but if you're planning this far in advance, I'd go somewhere where I KNOW the conditions will be good. The chances of hitting a storm aren't great, and areas like Utah/Colorado/PNW aren't always going to be warm enough to soften up the snow, so there's a good chance that you'll be skiing refrozen crud (not fun). That's why I'd lean towards Mammoth or Tahoe, where, if you don't get a nice dump, there's a great chance that it'll be warm enough to get some great corn (which, IMO, is almost as much fun to ski in as powder).


I'm not sure why you would think the PNW conditions in May would be more like Utah or Colorado than Tahoe or Mammoth.

post #34 of 35
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I'm not sure why you would think the PNW conditions in May would be more like Utah or Colorado than Tahoe or Mammoth.


It's not that I think the conditions are similar (far from it), it's that the averaged-out chance of having good snow is similar. The PNW doesn't get enough sun. Utah/Colorado gets enough sun, but it's colder and has dramatic temperature swings, which makes it less likely to hit sun AND warmth at the same time. I don't have as much experience with Tahoe, but from my limited experience, I believe it to be similar to Mammoth from a weather perspective: it's closer to the equator for warmer temps, close enough to the Pacific to have a temperate climate for limited temperature swings, and far enough from the PNW to be sunnier.

 

Also, as an aside, both those locations typically have huge amounts of base depth, equating a longer season, or more terrain open later in the season (Utah has this too, of course). Some areas of the PNW do get the snowfall, but it also gets consistent rain - we all know what that does to the snowpack.

post #35 of 35

Actually, Mt. Bachelor has typical PNW weather in December and January (no sun, lots of heavy snow, sometimes even rain), but has spring weather like the Rockies.  Our spring has many sunny days, with occasional dumps of drier snow.  The Pineapple Express pattern that brings the wet snow gives way to a few northern fronts.  Our May is like a Rocky Mountain April.

 

We're in the transition right now.  We just had two storms dumping 2-3 feet of cold 7% moisture powder.  5 degrees and sunny today.

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