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Lack of snow in Utah

post #1 of 74
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

  So last year is when i took up skiing everyday and it was so nice because it felt like it snowed every other day. I guess I got used to it and now I am pissed and wondering whats going on because we haven't had a storm that's brought more than 2 inches for like 4 weeks. I know we are below average for this time of year and WELL below last year but is this kind of weather pattern what we can expect for the rest of the season or will it start to pick up. The next CHANCE for a storm is at least next weekend....

post #2 of 74

HAHAHAAA! I'm recovering from ACL surgery AND I live in Birmingham AL and won't ski till xmas. This slow start to the season doesn't bother me at all. I know, I know I'm a jerk.  

post #3 of 74

Don't worry. I and my entourage are going to be there over XMAS break. And I paid for blower conditions.

Greatest snow on earth they said. Going to hit Park City Cats too. Not even going to bring the carvers.

Is someone listening? Going to Little Cottonwood too w/ my snorkel.

Hello?

post #4 of 74

I know your jonesing for snow, but remember your season in Utah will likely last into June. Of course you want powder now, but the ends of the season are the best time to explore the parts of the resort you normally "blow off" to get the goods. Last June I skied Snowbird in June, at the other end of the season.  Gad Valley was closed and everything below the amphitheater was thin.  I spent all day exploring hidden shots in the trees off the cirque out by Dalton's Draw.  I skied lines I have never skied before and had a blast.

 

Last week, I was at Big Sky and all they had open were groomers.  Still, they had some hidden pow in the trees off the green and blue groomers. I had way more fun than I expected and found a few secret stashes that were a blast.

 

You might even rent some Tele gear and learn a new skill.  I doubt you will be tempted to try dropping your knee in January and February.

 

Bottom line; take this opportunity to expand your horizons and you will have a year not to forget.

 

 

post #5 of 74
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Well Alta needs more snow to open Supreme. I don't know maybe it's not that bad but what is the skiing like on snow from not having a storm in like 2 weeks at least basically??

 

I just hope we don't see this all winter.

post #6 of 74

It will snow; when and how much are the questions.  

 

Take advantage of the conditions we have in Utah right now, drill babe drill.  These are optimum conditions for doing drills and exercises for: edging, carving, balance, weight transfer, tip to tail stuff, and all those other things that can be kind of boring.  These are the things that can make you a better skier with more skills in the bag, and very few want to do them when the snow gets good.  It really is amazing what good things these drills will do for your skiing.

 

Any way that is how I'm getting through the "Why isn't it Snowing in Utah Blues".  Now back to the real question of,"when the hell is it going to start snowing around here?".

post #7 of 74

This happens every year for at least a month. The season is barely here yet. Everyone take a deep breath. The snow will come. LCC could get 10' of snow between now and new years and it wouldn't even be unusual.

 

As for those powder seekers who locked in their travel here early before the snow is on the ground -- that was your first mistake. Don't let not re-scheduling for February now be your second... $.02


Edited by tromano - 12/9/11 at 9:31am
post #8 of 74

I was out skiing in Utah in Jan. 1999  -- the only snow was manmade. We hit all of the areas around Salt Lake City. The day we left for the airport, after a week of clear skies, the clouds were just dumping.

post #9 of 74

The season is just barely getting started.  Every winter we experience this weather pattern where the ridge is parked over the eastern pacific and sends any storms up and over the Wasatch.  As Tim says, this can last for several weeks. 

 

But the good news is that the pattern will change ... eventually.  When it does, we will experience the more typical pattern of storm after storm lining up to drop fresh every few days.

post #10 of 74

I just walked into the house from snowshoeing 6 or 7 miles.  We are having an outstanding late fall this year in Omaha!

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Edited by MidwestPete - 12/9/11 at 10:59am
post #11 of 74

Just talked on the phone with the owner of the local ski area -- she said her web site crashed because too many people were visiting it.

 

post #12 of 74

Cloudmont is also having a record season for natural snowfall..  Not any better around here, but finally cold enough to blow snow again this weekend.  It seems that ski season is still January-March (later out West).

post #13 of 74
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Cloudmont is also having a record season for natural snowfall..  Not any better around here, but finally cold enough to blow snow again this weekend.  It seems that ski season is still January-March (later out West).



Is that the place in Alabama?

post #14 of 74

^^^Yes!roflmao.gif

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^^^Yes!roflmao.gif


I would give it a try!

 

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I would give it a try!

 



Any "real skier" wouldwink.gificon14.gif

 

 

What's hilarious is that they currently have better conditions than the tallest lift served mountain east of the Mississippi and many other braggart type placestongue.gif  This has to be a first!

post #17 of 74

It will come.  Maybe not 700+,  but 500+ up LCC is a gaurantee.   It is a 10 hour drive for me to the SLC,  not a big deal.   Early January is a long ways away for N.PAC weather systems and the Jet stream.

post #18 of 74
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It will come.  Maybe not 700+,  but 500+ up LCC is a gaurantee.   It is a 10 hour drive for me to the SLC,  not a big deal.   Early January is a long ways away for N.PAC weather systems and the Jet stream.



The moral of the story is: You Never Know.

post #19 of 74
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The snow isn't too bad considering it's 3 weeks old. I actually ducked a rope today (I know I'm not supposed to) and got a few decent untracked turns, I believe it was roped because there were a lot of rocks not particularly for avalanche danger where I was. It's too bad though, Friday we were expecting  a pretty organized snow storm and now it's weakening, who knows, maybe it will disappear like the last storm we were supposed to get. 

post #20 of 74
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It will come.  Maybe not 700+,  but 500+ up LCC is a gaurantee.   It is a 10 hour drive for me to the SLC,  not a big deal.   Early January is a long ways away for N.PAC weather systems and the Jet stream.



its not. 377 inches in 06-07.

post #21 of 74
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post #22 of 74

I heard that if it doesn't snow the season will be cancelled?

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Originally Posted by MidwestPete View Post

I just walked into the house from snowshoeing 6 or 7 miles.  We are having an outstanding late fall this year in Omaha!

P1030880.JPG


Now all you need is a mountain to grow up under the snow.

 

post #24 of 74
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Now all you need is a mountain to grow up under the snow.

 



That's what I am hoping for. If you look at plate tectonics the Midwest will eventually pass over the hot spot that created the Yellowstone Basin. I just need to wait a billion years or so. That is dependent, of course, if we survive Dec. 21. 2012.

 

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post #25 of 74

Being from AZ I thought what better place to plan the families first white Christmas than Park CIty... Little did I know the snow is really here in Arizona and not Utah. Forecasts say no snow until after Christmas.... Wont make this mistake again. $$$$$

post #26 of 74

It may not be snowing but at least the snow on the ground is sticking around.  The local hill opened yesterday after 26-40 hours of snow making but they only have enough snow to open abou 40% of the area and it doesn't look like there is another shot of serious snow making weather in the next two weeks.  I hope what they have will hold up to through this stretch.

post #27 of 74

Can't say this too loud or it may make the snow gods laugh.  The SLC TV stations are saying there is a pretty good chance of snow in the Wasatch for Tuesday.  

 

Look very diligently for skis to sacrifice on the flames to Ullr, but they are very hard to find here.  Thought about using virgins, but couldn't find any of them either here in NE Utah.

 

There is hope. 

post #28 of 74
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Can't say this too loud or it may make the snow gods laugh.  The SLC TV stations are saying there is a pretty good chance of snow in the Wasatch for Tuesday.  

 

Look very diligently for skis to sacrifice on the flames to Ullr, but they are very hard to find here.  Thought about using virgins, but couldn't find any of them either here in NE Utah.

 

There is hope. 



Last I heard, the Tuesday storm looks to be a Southern Utah event.  :(

 

That said, I did put in about 15K yesterday and it was actually pretty good.  Still early season with limited terrain open, but snow was nice.

post #29 of 74

Did someone forget to tell Mother Nature that this is suppose to be a La Nina winter not an El Nino winter?

post #30 of 74

^^^^ Weak La Nina (this year) and strong La Nina (last year) are not the same thing.  The link below will tell you everything you need, if not exactly what you want, to know.  This is about Colorado specifically, but it tells the story that weak La Nina conditions are about as predictable as 'neutral' conditions.

 

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/images/bou/showimages/DEC-FEB2011-12Outlook.pdf

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