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post #31 of 43

Here we go. Taken this a. m. Lights of PCMR base in the background. Snow lightened up to champaign powder after sundown last night. You get the idea. Gotta go.

 

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This came from DV:

 

 

 

 


28" New Snow
 

Fresh Powder at Deer Valley

Deer Valley Resort has received another 28” of fresh Utah powder in the last 24 hours! See you on the slopes.

 

 

And Alta:

 

New Snow in Past 12 Hrs.(4pm - 4am): 12"

New Snow in Past 24 Hrs.: 22"

Storm Total: 23"

Current Base Depth: 73"

Season to date Snowfall: 151"



    
 

post #32 of 43

Wish my trip had been one week earlier. But I won't complain. Sounds like Utah ski areas will look a bit different than they did 1 week ago. 

post #33 of 43

For sure, hopefully it's sustained.

post #34 of 43

JP opened at around 1:45PM Sunday with another couple of feet of fresh snow:

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There was extensive work to be done with both avi control & sign lines that had to be rebuilt a few times when control slides were taking them out.  Patrol worked their butts off to make it happen & the wait was worth it for the few runs it took to get tracked out.  I saw huge piles of avalanche debris in places I had never seen it before.  At some point during the storm cycle a huge slide ran all the way down the main drain of No Name.  I would speculate that this was a natural slide, but could've been intentionally triggered for all I know.

 

Sunday also had the longest liftlines I have ever seen at Snowbasin.  Apparently the CC's were closed & as is sometimes the case, hundreds of SLC skiers made the journey north creating a "Rats in a cage" type atmosphere in the otherwise serene surroundings.  Shortly after Strawberry opened mid day, I heard reports of a 1 hour wait...  Incredible!

 

JF

post #35 of 43
Sunday also had the longest liftlines I have ever seen at Snowbasin.  Apparently the CC's were closed & as is sometimes the case, hundreds of SLC skiers made the journey north creating a "Rats in a cage" type atmosphere in the otherwise serene surroundings.  Shortly after Strawberry opened mid day, I heard reports of a 1 hour wait...  Incredible!

 

JF


 

That explains it.  I have never seen so many people in line for the lifts as yesterday.  Even Middle Bowl had a line to back the yurt at times.

 

Unfortunately, we did not wait out the JP opening and left just after noon.  However, the early runs were great.  Lots of new lines to be found even without JP and Strawberry open.  You just had to be familiar with the stashes and stay away from the obvious.

 

And wow, what a difference a storm or two can make!!

post #36 of 43

Yeah those lines were brutal. I felt like I was back at Hunter Mountain, NY with lines stretching out onto the slopes. As soon as JP opened, though, it was back to Strawberry as usual.

 

An hour?! That's crazy. I thought the 20 minutes I waited was bad.

post #37 of 43

  We had a great day at PCMR. Not a lot of first tracks but that's not what yesterday was about - we get first tracks all the time living here- yesterday was all about kids and friends, skiing in bunches. My nine year old daughter hit it off with a friend in a sit ski from the National Ability Center and they raced all afternoon in soft snow and brilliant high desert sunshine. We had a (finally) retired DV instructor with us who coached the kids, whether they listened or not. The Axis freestyle kids program was out free skiing and it was like half the local school kids were up.The snow was great, the whole town was out, it was cold, there was powder in the morning for the first real time this year, then fluff crud, then soft bumps toward closing time. It was a festival atmosphere and no long lift lines.  When the base gets established and the snow settles, the back bowls will open and there will be plenty of freshies to come. Yesterday was the first day of the real Utah season for us. Another storm is due to roll in this afternoon, and we're dug out and ready for more. Sundance continues to clog up Old Town, but the mountain is relatively uncrowded.

 We've seen plenty of days skiing overhead blower in LCC and PC, all of that expected "best days" stuff. This was a different kind of day, joyful and relaxed, but surely one of the best ever.

post #38 of 43

Nothing worse that long lines. Nothing.

post #39 of 43
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Originally Posted by Govnor View Post

Nothing worse that long lines. Nothing.



No snow is much worse...

 

post #40 of 43
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No snow is much worse...

 


If there is no snow, you wouldn't even be there, in a long line, looking at the snow, not skiing the snow! (I get your point of course)

 

post #41 of 43

At this point, I'd endure long lift lines to feel some soft pow beneath my boards (I'm that desperate, Lol!)

post #42 of 43

Just to be clear ... even though the liftlines on Sunday were the longest I have ever encountered at Snowbasin, they were probably no more than 10 - 15 minutes most of the time.  We are just used to being able to ski on most lifts after the morning queues dissipate. 

 

The gondola lines move quite fast when they properly load the cars.  In fact at one point the line for Needles extended out past the moose to the skier drop point, but we made it through in maybe 15 minutes.


Edited by NeedToSki - 1/23/12 at 8:55pm
post #43 of 43
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Originally Posted by NeedToSki View Post

Just to be clear ... even though the liftlines on Sunday were the longest I have ever encountered at Snowbasin, they were probably no more than 10 - 15 minutes most of the time.  We are just used to being able to ski on most lifts after the morning queues dissipate. 

 

The gondola lines move quite fast when they properly load the cars.  In fact at one point the line for Needles extended out past the moose to the skier drop point, but we made it through in maybe 15 minutes.


That's the beauty of Snowbasin - even on incredibly busy days, folks spread out and things get moving quickly.  If Strawberry and JP are running, it's even better.  It's just that everyone has to start out on the Needles Gondola to get to Strawberry, though that will change in the 50-year plan - there will be a village at the base of Strawberry as well as Needles/JP.

 

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