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Vail on Saturday - conditions?

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I'm leaving for Vail for potentially a 7 day trip on Saturday. It looks like they'll get a few inches on Thursday and that I'll arrive just in time for that to be pretty much tracked out - not quite the dry CO powder face shots I'd been dreaming of. Of course that's the name of the game with ski vacations.

 

Anyway, since I'm staying with a friend and thus room and board is covered, I'm debating shortening my trip (flights can be changed at no cost) or even leaving on Friday instead to try and get some fresher tracks?

 

Has anyone skiied Vail this week or have any insight into what I can expect for conditions? If it's hardpack/groom for 7 days I dont think it's going to be worth burnign that much PTO - even with the caliber of snowbunnies Vail has to offer biggrin.gif

post #2 of 12

Can you make the call after you arrive?   I just skied Aspen Friday thru Tuesday.  Friday was probably one of the best powder days of the year.  The balance of days were sunny, but cool enough that the snow stayed very nice. 

Aspen has a lot less traffic, but I would think that the skiing is still pretty good at Vail?

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Might be a bit of left overs on Saturday. It does look like from the current 7 day forecast, that after Friday, it will be sun, or mostly sun into mid next week. I'm hoping for some kind of change in the high pressure that is supposed to build up while I'm out there. But just a few weeks ago, people were sweating having any kind of decent coverage. I think the past two weeks have definitely helped. I just hope the temps remain relatively cool. If the sun is going to shine most of the week, I don't want spring skiing in Feb.!

post #4 of 12

This is our dry time of year in any average year - that is one reason why high season is the 15th to March 31.  You are coming in after a moderate storm with more possible by mid-week.  

 

Assuming you didn't expect 7 untracked pow days in early Feb...not sure why you would be changing plans?  

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This is our dry time of year in any average year - that is one reason why high season is the 15th to March 31.  You are coming in after a moderate storm with more possible by mid-week.  

 

Assuming you didn't expect 7 untracked pow days in early Feb...not sure why you would be changing plans?  


I was talking with a friend yesterday about ski vacations, and the number of times either of us has had a really decent powder filled vacation. Because we both have work situations, which make it very difficult to take time off on a whim, we both seem to always miss out on the parts of the season that deliver the goods. I've personally only canceled a ski vacation once, when I really didn't have a lot of dollars locked up. So, for people who have that luxury to cancel, and re-book, I have a certain amount of envy.

 

On another note, I'm looking at the GFS models, and they really don't look so hot 7 days out.Maybe you could point me to something more positive?

 

Here in the PNW, they are talking a 4-5 day High pressure settling in with mild temps. So, I'm not going to be missing out while in CO this up coming week. Nothing like taking a ski trip, to say, some place like Austria, and then getting skunked. Meanwhile, you are looking at the snow reports for your home mtn, and they are getting 5'-6' of snow in one week. (Happened to me last year!)

 

As I said in my earlier post, I am happy to have the kind of coverage they have now, as opposed to skiing man made that they had at the begining of January, with basically no base.
 

 

post #6 of 12

Thanks guys - Yeah I'm just going to pray for some stashes on Sunday and then let it ride the rest of the week - not about to complain when I'm staying for free but nobody ever got anywhere by being consistently satisfied icon14.gif

 

So on that note - any suggestions about where I should be looking on the hill for the best chance at good tracks?

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On another note, I'm looking at the GFS models, and they really don't look so hot 7 days out.Maybe you could point me to something more positive?

 

 I learned to ignore the GFS as a medium to long range model a long time ago.  CO is about to get hammered.  Vail is too far West, and the up to 30" at my place is more than the resorts closer to the front range that are in 1-2' warning levels.  Next chances probably end of week...pretty typical.

 

I just hope the highways can stay open as I have the vehicle to not worry about it and plans to be close to WP for the entire weekend.

 

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 I learned to ignore the GFS as a medium to long range model a long time ago.  CO is about to get hammered.  Vail is too far West, and the up to 30" at my place is more than the resorts closer to the front range that are in 1-2' warning levels.  Next chances probably end of week...pretty typical.

 

I just hope the highways can stay open as I have the vehicle to not worry about it and plans to be close to WP for the entire weekend.

 


So WP would be a good bet if the roads are passable, to maybe get a half day on Saturday? Sounds like landing at DEN could be really fun Saturday morning...Man, I wish I could have blown off work and flown out today!
 

 

post #9 of 12

^^^^WP should be good.  Loveland and A-Basin should do well.  Even Summit County.  Supposed to snow until late tomorrow.

 

Fingers crossed the interstates stay open, heading out in the morning if possible.

post #10 of 12

Doesn't look like the storm has gotten over the Front Range for the most part.  Definitely some snow, likely far from epic.  Looks like Thu is next potential.

post #11 of 12

They canceled the first 5 flts out of Sea-Tac to Denver this morning, which if I had tride to fly out today, would have been me. Bummer that the east winds were not strong enough to push some of that fluffy white stuff west. Depending on how things go with our flt on Saturday, might just stop off for 4hrs of skiing at Loveland before heading to Vail and settling in for a week of blue skies and corduroy. (Of course fingers and toes will be crossed that this fricking high pressure breaks down on Wed. here in the PNW, and some moisture can then make its way across to CO.)

 

 

post #12 of 12

When the PNW isn't getting snow that's not good enough, it has to crap on other states precip as well!

 

Well I fly out tomorrow early AM, hopefully denver isnt socked in with snow, and there's a few fresh inches on the hill Sunday morning.

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