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Snowbird, 1st Week of December?? Need Some Quick Guidance!

post #1 of 16
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I have never been to Snowbird, but have access to a VERY inexpensive lodging option for the week of 12/3-12/10.  I know no one can predict the weather, but what can generally be expected in terms of conditions and open terrain at that time?  I know Alta/Snowbird are famous for tons of snow, but have no idea what to expect this early in the season.  I don't want to make the trip at that time just to take advantage of the lodging deal if the skiing is likely to be less than stellar.

 

My special lodging offer ends tonight, so any quick help would be GREATLY appreciated.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 16
Snowbirddevotee does a december trip every year I believe. Search his posts. My impression is that it usually works out pretty good for him.

As well, I heard that Alta does not need as much snow for conditions to be good since it is less rocky. Again search this up to confirm. It's just down the street and a shuttle will take you there for little or no cost.
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the skiing is likely to be less than stellar.

 

 

^^^This. Don't expect anything amazing in terms of open terrain. And even if it is open you will probably want a rock ski. Alta is more of  a good bet, but by no means a sure thing...

post #4 of 16

Ehh..think positive. My first powder day at Bird last year  was the day before Thanksgiving. And in '09, I think it was 12/10. Plenty of fun terrain and great powder.

 

Not to say that'll happen, but it won't necessarily be bad either.

 

I don't really know what there is to lose. It's a gamble, but if you have dirt cheap deal...

post #5 of 16

If you have a cheap lodging deal and can get some early season turns, do it. It may not be the best skiing of the year, but I wouldn't pass it up . . . unless going means you wouldn't be able to do another, possibly better trip.

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 . . . unless going means you wouldn't be able to do another, possibly better trip.



 ... and therein lies the problem! 

post #7 of 16

So would it be this trip and not a later trip? Period. Or is the later trip tentative no matter what?

post #8 of 16

I was there 2nd week of December last year and it was pretty awesome. Probably going again mid/late Dec this year. Bring the rock skis though, lots still hiding.

 

Hope for the best, it is a La Nina winter again..

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So would it be this trip and not a later trip? Period. Or is the later trip tentative no matter what?



The former.  I decided not to commit last night.  Going to keep an eye on things and do more of a "last minute" decision.  It will cost a bit more, but I'm willing to invest in better conditions!

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The former.  I decided not to commit last night.  Going to keep an eye on things and do more of a "last minute" decision.  It will cost a bit more, but I'm willing to invest in better conditions!

 

Good idea. I think the bird usually has some sort of preseason deals still available until the last minute. Much better to wait till the snow is on the ground.

 

Its coming but who knows when it will get here. The wasatch is pretty dry right now compared to say Targhee or CO. Look at the TRs come out in the last few weeks. You seen anything from UT? A bike TR? 'Nuff said...

 

I have a trip to S. UT planned for that week for some late season MTB. Keeping the flight may not be a bad idea. If the snow is not what you had hoped, then its almost a grantee that Moab and Zion will be awesome for late season MTB or other activites. $.02.

post #11 of 16

the skiing can quite often be good especially at alta, but there have been years when its just been Big emma as well that time of year.

 

The only good thing about december is if its is good there is no one skiing there for the most part. It can be less crowded than even late spring.

 

Josh

post #12 of 16

I have been visiting Alta Bird - on the  first weekend in december for the last 9 years. In all but two of the years - most everything is open. Supreme at Alta is not open and MB at snowbird is not open that time of the year - generally. Otherwise the skiing is pretty good. 

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I have been visiting Alta Bird - on the  first weekend in december for the last 9 years. In all but two of the years - most everything is open. Supreme at Alta is not open and MB at snowbird is not open that time of the year - generally. Otherwise the skiing is pretty good. 



have you ever skied in end of march? or april?

 

 

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I have been visiting Alta Bird - on the  first weekend in december for the last 9 years. In all but two of the years - most everything is open. Supreme at Alta is not open and MB at snowbird is not open that time of the year - generally. Otherwise the skiing is pretty good. 


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have you ever skied in end of march? or april?

 

 


     Yes !! Every year. And I have enjoyed it just as much. I live in the Bay Area. Tahoe is fairly reliable from end of december to beginning of March. Hence I plan a trip to Alta bird every year -  first weekend of Dec and last weekend of March. Love it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #15 of 16

The fact that we have seen no real TRs from UT yet is pretty telling. The Logan area MTs are pretty bare, there is no base to speak of. Maybe some very sketchy touring on N aspects above 8500'. Down Ogden area is it looks pretty similar from my office window. Snowbird snotel shows 7" of snow on the ground... No storms incoming in the near term. Really nothing happening right now.

 

CO seems to be having a good early season so far. Targhee also always a better bet early than the wasatch and the one TR I saw from there looked pretty good. I would look into those options for early Dec if I were looking to travel for skiing that week.


Edited by tromano - 11/8/11 at 7:10pm
post #16 of 16
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Thanks for the heads-up ... still scoping out options to see where the conditions might be best.

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