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Summit County Snow Conditions - REALLY?

post #1 of 25
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I am stuck in the flatlands of Chicago and have not heard anything good about the current ski conditions (Dec 2011) in Summit County Colorado. 

 

I am due to be out there in a couple of weeks and will ski the various mountains.

 

Can someone Please tell me what the conditions are really like?  Should I pull the plug on the trip, or press the peddle harder  and drive faster.  Yes, I know what the snow reports say (which is why I am worried), but on the ground current experience is always best to rely on for information.

 

Can someone there / now / recently give me the scoop please?

 

Thanks,

Guy

 

post #2 of 25

Snow reports tell the story...very little terrain and no big storms in sight.  We need 3-4 feet of snow to start opening lots of good terrain.  It does not look good.  Of course it could start snowing like crazy next week and change all that.  The manmade runs that are open are exactly that...man made runs that are open....it's better than no skiing

post #3 of 25

Dave, don't know if you skied Sunday at Copper, but it really was quite good.  See report here.  http://www.epicski.com/t/107590/summit-county-weekend-of-12-3

 

That being said, we still need snow.  Copper will open more terrain with their snowmaking.  I wouldn't be worried about the conditions yet.  It looks like there might be a fair amount of snow coming next week:  http://opensnow.com/state/CO/dailysnow

 

Mike

 

 

post #4 of 25

This past weekend was good (9 inches or so at Vail), but that was a short term thrill. We need a lot more snow to really make a dent and get terrain open. 

post #5 of 25
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

Dave, don't know if you skied Sunday at Copper, but it really was quite good.  See report here.  http://www.epicski.com/t/107590/summit-county-weekend-of-12-3

 

That being said, we still need snow.  Copper will open more terrain with their snowmaking.  I wouldn't be worried about the conditions yet.  It looks like there might be a fair amount of snow coming next week:  http://opensnow.com/state/CO/dailysnow

 

Mike

 

 



I skied Copper on Sat and Keystone on Sunday....conditions are fine considering it's limited terrain and man made.  My point was that the snow report really does tell the story...around 13% of the terrain open and we need lots of snow to open the terrain I want to ski...still considering we haven't gotten a decent storm in almost 6 weeks now it's pretty good and better than Utah right nowbiggrin.gif and that almost never happens

 

post #6 of 25

So how was Keystone?  There was such a difference between Copper and Breck between Saturday and Sunday it was amazing.  I suspect a bit of it was due to the 2 inches Copper reported Saturday night, but not all of it.  There was just a lot more snow at elevation at Copper than there is at Breck.

 

Mike

post #7 of 25

I've read that Wolf Creek is doing great right now.

 

http://www.wolfcreekski.com/

post #8 of 25

I've skied Copper, Vail, and Beaver Creek over the past week -- Copper is skiing MUCH better...  due to elevation, I'm sure. That said, a pattern change is in the cards for next week (supposedly). 

post #9 of 25

I found some great skiing under the guns on North Peak where they were letting the bumps grow while the guns were running.  Spring Dipper had some great carveable snow but the rest of the Keystone was super icy with spots of decent snow.  Off the man made I'd say Keystone has maybe 4 or 5 inches of natural snow at the top and basically grass down bottom and Copper appears to have up to 15 to 20 up top and still has some coverage down low.  Suffice it to say we need snow and lots of it to get Resolution, A and Sierra open much less Storm King and the back sidefrown.gif

post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post

I've skied Copper, Vail, and Beaver Creek over the past week -- Copper is skiing MUCH better...  due to elevation, I'm sure. That said, a pattern change is in the cards for next week (supposedly). 



 

from your lips to God's ear!!

 

post #11 of 25

How is it that Loveland, with their elevation and has had 89 inches of snow on the season only has 17% of their terrain and 22 runs open? 

post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by wolfelot View Post

How is it that Loveland, with their elevation and has had 89 inches of snow on the season only has 17% of their terrain and 22 runs open? 



Loveland is full of rocks. 

post #13 of 25

I have experienced this dilemma often.  Predicting the adequacy of conditions from current base depth can be difficult. I have found yearly snow totals to date are surprisingly predictive of favorable conditions. 100 inches on the year will usually allow a good bit of advanced (single black) terrain to open.  Vail has had 70" so far.  Thirty inches more is two large storms or three small storms. Snow is supposed to start falling next Wednesday and a series of storms are expected the following week. To me, Christmas week looks promising for a good bit of advanced terrain, the week before a little iffy.

post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by Toecutter View Post

I've read that Wolf Creek is doing great right now.

 

http://www.wolfcreekski.com/


I made sure it was fine yesterday. Plenty of quality snow. Best anywhere, I believe.

 

It's a great place for early season skiing and the laid back atmosphere. It doesn't have a lot of vertical however and don't think it's for everyone as a destination trip.

 

post #15 of 25
Aspen's pretty good considering. Over 50 percent and the still have 1A closed for races. A dozen blacks open. Highland 's opens tomorrow.

No ones here now, but If we don't get snow before the holiday crowds, then we'd be in trouble.
post #16 of 25

It's not whistler here but IMO it is still skiing pretty good. I bit thin, and we could use a few good storms. Atleast it has stayed cool keeping the snow cold and not on a melt/freeze cycle.

post #17 of 25

 

What cracks me up about base depth is that it always goes up, or stays the same and never goes down. If a resort opens with a 28" base it stays that way for weeks even though every day after that temps are in the forties, and no new storms have come through.

 

I also hate 'season total snowfall inches=x". This has nothing to do with base depth but dang, 120" early season sounds great, so what if it melts when it hits the ground.

 

 

Makes me nuts.

 

 

post #18 of 25

According to Unofficial Telluride, there are 2 storms moving in, but they will be further south (Telluride, WolfCreek, Silverton or Taos).

 

You should probably consider doing a road trip if you are in CO the next 2-3 weeks.

 

I will be in Telluride over Christmas so this forecast better be correct.

post #19 of 25

We'll be in Denver over Christmas visiting our daughter,granddaughter and son in law. Guess I'll bring my bike stuff and rent a mountain bike

(or use THEIR skis!) Not looking good compared to last year.......

post #20 of 25

haha nothing will probably ever look as good as last year!

post #21 of 25

Folk, you are panicking when it is way too early to do so.  Through last weekend, Summit County was at AVERAGE snowfall for the year.  When I was a kid, we were lucky if we got to ski at Thanksgiving.  The skiing is very good in Summit County right now; it's just early season skiing.

 

Copper has 430 acres of terrain open.  Yes, it is true that little of the advanced terrain (the ungroomed stuff) is open, but they have directed skiing on some of it:  Brennans Grin, CDL, Hallelujah, and Mine Dump.  They are continuing to blow snow.  Last Sunday was really good at Copper -- pretty much mid-season skiing with only 1-2 spots where you had to avoid rocks (of course, I picked what I wanted to ski).

 

There are two storms moving in next week.  Joel Gratz is forecasting decent snowfall for the CO resorts, including those along I-70.

 

Of course, it could all miss us.  In which case, I'll continue to tune up on the excellent manmade that's there.

 

Mike

post #22 of 25

I always like skiing April- May!

post #23 of 25

Good approach. That is how I would be if I lived in Denver. 

post #24 of 25

Loveland's one, big dump happened in October, with little since. I do hear Lovey is skiing well right now though.

post #25 of 25

like habacomike said..This is pretty normal. I think everyone is just depressed because last season was so good.. Well we made it to another average colorado year..YAY!

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