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so what's it like in utah now? 1/27/12

post #1 of 19
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the peak cam at mineral basin, snowbird, doesn't look so good  frown.gif

 

how is it in utah?   deer valley, canyons, alta/bird?

 

thanks!

brett

post #2 of 19

Can tell you it was raining on the 9990 lift at the Canyons yesterday at 2PM.  They are showing 4" or so of fresh overnight though.  

 

The skiing really was pretty good though.  (Please take that comment with a bit of salt; if there is snow and spinning lifts I think it is pretty good.)  Some fairly nice soft bumps and most of the marked runs are open now.  4" should have been enough to dress things up pretty well.

post #3 of 19

I skied canyons Wednesday and PCMR yesterday. Both were pretty good. Unfortunately, I flew home on the redeye last night and it was snowing when I left. Personally I think PCMR is a better mountain than canyons. YMMV.

post #4 of 19

URGH.  We'll be there tomorrow afternoon (YAY)

 

I'm having a hard time packing though.  I want to bring all my cold weather gear and spring stuff?!  Advice?

 

We plan to ski 6 different mountains so we'll be all over the place.

 

Thanks.

post #5 of 19

Just got off the phone with my buddy who works at Solitude and he said the conditions are excellent.  26" on Sunday, and then another 6-8 yesterday.  They are skiing in the woods on the front side which is a good sign, and are not worried anymore about skiing under logs, etc.  As for winter clothing there is a high pressure in place for the weekend with warm air.  Should be beautiful skiing, wish I was there! 

post #6 of 19
Just got into Alta today and skied the afternoon. Great conditions here. The sun was out today so it wasn't too cold even though it was 14 F at the top. I don't know if this helps but I was comfortable in a mid weight base layer. Shell pants, atom lt hoody, and a shell over top.
post #7 of 19

Park City areas are skiing pretty good now.  We got another 4-6" Thursday night (after a very brief bit of rain) and skies have been clear and temps cold since then.  Most of the mountains are open and groomed runs are in good shape.  Off track stuff still has brush and obstacles showing through but many areas are skiable and fun.  Much better than it was.  We still need another couple feet to make things really right but things are MUCH better than they were.

post #8 of 19

just got back, skied alta, snowbird, powmow.  had several powder days over the week we were there.  packed out runs have decent coverage with good grooming or soft bumps, including in the trees.  a few snow snakes to avoid, definately put some nicks in my skis, but overall it was good.

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Originally Posted by Cheese Head View Post

Just got off the phone with my buddy who works at Solitude and he said the conditions are excellent.  26" on Sunday, and then another 6-8 yesterday.  They are skiing in the woods on the front side which is a good sign, and are not worried anymore about skiing under logs, etc.  As for winter clothing there is a high pressure in place for the weekend with warm air.  Should be beautiful skiing, wish I was there! 



I'm thinking your buddy works in marketing, cause only Nick would say the skiing is "excellent."  It is skiing a lot better than it was two weeks ago, but I wouldn't call it excellent.  Most of the groomers are in good shape and you won't hit rocks or sticks.  The recent storms have allowed them to send out the groomers to hit up most of the marked runs and knock down the bumps.

 

The traverses to the goods are still a bit sketchy in spots.  The Powderhorn gate into Honeycomb opened recently, but you'll not want to tackle that if you have any regard for the bottom of your skis.  You can only go skiers left out of the gate, the Here Be Dragons area is still too rocky to get to.  The Milk Run gate opened Saturday morning and is actually skiing rather well, the traverses are a bit rocky but once you get down into the gullies the snow is still soft and holding up well.  The lower cliff bands still have rather poor coverage, so be prepared to pick your way down.

 

Honeycomb from Summit is open all the way on both sides, skiers left side is getting a bit sun affected but the traverse is in good shape.  Skiers right is still soft but the traverse is getting a bit harsh, there are a few rocky spots.  The Honeycomb lift is now running, so laps are a lot easier.

 

Like I said, it's a heck of a lot better than it was two weeks ago, it'll only take a few more storms and the entire mountain will be open.  Nobody should have any trouble having a day of fun at Solitude.

post #10 of 19

Ha!  That's funny and your right, he should work in Marketing but works for the gent's in Grooming Operations.  We are Wisconsin boys, so naturally are in awe of anything over 700 ft vertical that is covered in snow.  Good to know that the mountain is almost 100% open.  Coming out for a visit next week so I can check it out myself. 

post #11 of 19

So, how's LCC and BCC looking for the coming week and into the following? 78 or 98 mm skis?

post #12 of 19

I'd say BobMc nailed it. There hasn't been much snow since the big storm two weeks ago and temperatures have been all over the place - mostly pretty moderate. Snowbird reported three inches this morning.

 

Groomers should be good, doubt there's much in the way of fresh snow. Don't know about the forecast.

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So, how's LCC and BCC looking for the coming week and into the following? 78 or 98 mm skis?



If bringing both is an option that would be best, but I always prefer to ski on 90-something out west, regardless or fresh snow or not. I think the forecast looks pretty bleak for next week, might be some snow the next. It is hard to tell at this point though. Will be out in 3 weeks, so hoping for some more big dumps. 

post #14 of 19

Skied some boot sole deep pow this morning.  No face shots, but I would call both coverage & conditions near excellent with the whole mountain open.

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Oh, 89mm is what I have had under foot for the past week.

JF

post #15 of 19

I notice that Snowbird is now labelling  TRAM - as EXPERTS ONlY. Should I read that as - Reg Johnson is bulletproof?

post #16 of 19

I skied today at snowbird. Regulator Johnson was not bullet proof. Even tho snow report said 3 inches felt more like 6 inches by end of day. Was snowing hard by time i left at 4pm. so probably a couple of more.  

post #17 of 19

Maui Steve - How were other areas skiing - MB, off-piste etc

post #18 of 19

the day I skied at snowbird, the off piste was pretty good. don't expect to last though. Most of off piste is pretty hard packed. Can find ok stuff, but to be honest they need some fresh snow to soften things up. which i don't see for a while based on forecasts. i come back on 17th and I'm nervous as long range forecasts suck. Pray to snow gods. 

post #19 of 19

Was at snowbasin today. There was a lot of wind and strawberry was on wind hold for much of the day.

 

Over all, I thought the resort skied well, fun day, fast snow. The groomers on strawberry were in a+ shape for fast cruising. The off piste was good crud skiing. But the windward runs seemed really scoured and slabby. More sheltered terrain (north faces of middle bowl, JP area, etc...) was in great shape.

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