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Talk about WROD....
 

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Whoever discovered "global warming" should put it back where he found it. Dumbest invention ever I sayroflmao.gif

 

And enjoy what you get coz it could be a lot worse!



 

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So since it was slushy yesterday and probably today, Does this mean when it cools off the snow will be very hard and icy? We are hoping for about 3-4 inches overnight tonight but that really isn't much especially if the snow underneath will be icy.

post #63 of 74

Skied Snowbird yesterday. Had a great time and the mountain is in decent condition. There was about 2 inches overnight of heavy, but soft fresh. During the day we probably got another 1-2 of graupel which made for fun skiing.

 

It was warm, so the lower mountain was not the best, but up higher the skiing was good. Maybe my expectations were somewhat lower with the December we have had, but it is what it is.

 

The Tram and Little Cloud were closed for awhile due to wind, but opened when it died down. Spent the afternoon doing laps on Little Cloud and Gad 2 where pockets of 6-8" of blown in snow were found; very fun.

 

There were also some good pockets of snow up high on the peruvian side.

 

 

post #64 of 74

Okay, I was trying to remain positive but I can't take it anymore! Where is the snow? Took this photo on my iPhone this morning and had to stop at noon. Lots of brown here (Utah) and the warmer weather has turned the slush into hard pack and ice. Somebody help! Send snow NOW!

 

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post #65 of 74

Yep, that was the depressing part of our trip. Brown mountains in some parts. Thankfully our condo had plenty of snow around so we did manage our first white Christmas..

 

It really looks like crap to be honest...

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Im headed out to utah next week. The canyons and park city. Im already commited so i cant back out. Are they still making snow? Hoping we still have fun.
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Im headed out to utah next week. The canyons and park city. Im already commited so i cant back out. Are they still making snow? Hoping we still have fun.


Yes they are, like crazy. If conditions are like they were last week when I was there it will be fine on the groomers. If it is hotter and etc like the last few days its not going to be very good. PCMR and Canyons are doing the best they can. A significant amount of snow disappeared around town between the 23rd and the 29th when we left. Cross your fingers, hopefully you get lucky but the weather has just been screwing everyone there compared to last year.

 

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Hopefully we see a shift in weather patterns soon. Some have said early-mid January

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Hopefully we see a shift in weather patterns soon. Some have said early-mid January


We already did. High pressure is outta here...

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Im headed out to utah next week. The canyons and park city. Im already commited so i cant back out. Are they still making snow? Hoping we still have fun.


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Yes they are, like crazy. If conditions are like they were last week when I was there it will be fine on the groomers. If it is hotter and etc like the last few days its not going to be very good. PCMR and Canyons are doing the best they can. A significant amount of snow disappeared around town between the 23rd and the 29th when we left. Cross your fingers, hopefully you get lucky but the weather has just been screwing everyone there compared to last year.

 

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Left Utah last night after Christmas week. Skied the Canyons and PCMR. Although the coverage around the mountains weren't the best the areas of snowmaking were just fine. PCMR did a bang-up job of making the nighttime runs (Payday, Three Kings) feel like a normal season. The Canyons and PCMR were great for the most part. Off trail on the Canyons got dicey, I caught the tip of a tree stump sticking up and flew like superman. Night before last it rained and yesterday was considerably worse then any other day the week before. The snow was slushy all around and the temps were warm so there was nothing the resorts could do about it. Leaving the airport last night I really felt sorry for those flying in for vacation. I felt we saw the best conditions for at least a week to come.  Sad conditions for the resorts. The crowds were way down compared to what they are used to seeing. For those with their lively-hood centered around the ski business this part of the season probably hurt a little. Hopefully it gets better soon. We wanted to go to Snowbird but decided to leave my favorite place until next time. Don't want to see her struggling....


I skied the three PC resorts and Solitude and left a couple of days ago to spend New Years at home.  There is great coverage and the snow is fine where there is snowmaking. The resorts are doing an admirable job given the drought.  But almost all the snowmaking is on groomed runs, with just a couple of bump runs open at any resort.  The slopes weren't too crowded when I left making it pleasant to be on the mountains despite the reduced terrain being open.  Anyone who likes groomers should just go and enjoy themselves since skiing part of any resort is better than not skiing at all.  I am a powder hound, but changed gears by taking an old pair of carvers (Laser SC) out of the locker and had a good time arcing turns with the kids.  I spent a little less time on the slopes and filled the void with other activities...and there is plenty to do around PC besides hanging out in a hot tub or swimming in the Grand Summit pool.  I probably ought to write a few more restaurant reviews since the better ones were accessible without advance reservations--at least earlier in the evening-- with the drop off in tourism this past week.  My only regret was not traveling south for a couple of days to photograph Bryce Canyon, something I've always wanted to do in the winter.  Perhaps Ullr will stop practicing archery and start thinking about skiing again soon.

 

post #71 of 74
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We already did. High pressure is outta here...


Oh KSL said it is coming right back in after this very weak storm we get overnight tonight. I am hoping it leaves for next weekend though but I wouldn't count on it.
 

 

post #72 of 74

I am heading out the end of January to PC area. Hoping to ski Canyons/DV/Snowbasin...I love ripping up the groomers but some fresh snow by then would be nice! I would hate to leave the fat skis at home.

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I am heading out the end of January to PC area. Hoping to ski Canyons/DV/Snowbasin

I would be thinking about spending more of that time in The Cottonwood Canyons.

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I would be thinking about spending more of that time in The Cottonwood Canyons.



It all depends on if we rent a car/suv or not. We are staying in PC and will be visiting friends who live there. Our thoughts were to just use the bus since our condo is right near a bus stop. But with the way conditions are now the Bird and Alta would be our best bet as you said. I wouldn't mind going back there again, had my best Pow day at Snowbird. I am just looking forward to getting on the snow. Here in the east it has been a lousy start!

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