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post #91 of 151

 

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Sounds like great fun! Did you go over to Catherine's?

Sort of snuck in from one of the side traverses, but the hike to was closed when I was over there. Maybe next time. It's an amazingly large area when the coverage is good and this being only my second visit I'm still learning my way around. Lots of places I saw and would like to try but didn't get to.

 

As an aside, my 94 waist mid fats were very much on the skinny side. If I plan to keep coming out here, it's time to look for some real powder skis (we all know gear makes ya' a better skier!)

post #92 of 151
Dawgcatching has some élan 1010s / olympus at a nice price

Great ski great price
post #93 of 151
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Originally Posted by John V. View Post

 

Sort of snuck in from one of the side traverses, but the hike to was closed when I was over there. Maybe next time. It's an amazingly large area when the coverage is good and this being only my second visit I'm still learning my way around. Lots of places I saw and would like to try but didn't get to.

 

As an aside, my 94 waist mid fats were very much on the skinny side. If I plan to keep coming out here, it's time to look for some real powder skis (we all know gear makes ya' a better skier!)

 

Certainly plenty to explore at Alta!


One of the vendors that's going to be at Spring Demo Day on April 7 has three models, the "skinny" one is 108 underfoot and the fattest is 130.  Hoping there is enough powder when I'm there to warrant taking advantage of the Pay for 2 Get 3 Days deal for demo skis that starts April 1 for lodge guests.

 

post #94 of 151

Forecast shows some higher temps in the next few days.  Any predictions on how well the snow will hold up in LCC and BCC for the weekend?  Are the forecasted temps usually the base?  I'm just hoping that all that good stuff that fell the last few days sticks around a few more days!

post #95 of 151

The NOAA website has the history of temps for various places near SLC.  For instance, for Alta there are four places including the top of Collins and the base.  As for predictions . . . that's another story.

 

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/slc/snow/?area=cw

post #96 of 151

It will stick around, but it will get springy, enjoy!   Use exposures to your advantage and you'll have a great time!

post #97 of 151
We returned to Pow Mow today and the groomers were quite nice but off piste quickly turned to mashed potatoes.
post #98 of 151

Did it ever. I got there around 11:30 and was impressed with the soft snow I found. For about one run. After that, the sun just baked the goods. Even one of the lifties appeared irate about the conditions after taking a run. The worst part was that what looked like uncut powder was sometimes gloppy white mud and sometimes a crusted over ice sheet - really kept a guy guessing. I was able to find nice snow in the trees throughout the day, but it got scarcer and scarcer, and I had to be mindful of all the Elmer's glue. Groomers will probably be the call for the rest of the week at Pow Mow. 

post #99 of 151
I made the mistake of leaving the Wailers at the house and had to settle for my Pilgrims. What a difference 22mm makes! Most of our group took the day off today to visit some friends over in Park City. The two that did ski said Snowbasin got way soft way fast. We are finishing up our week tomorrow at Snowbasin and I imagine we'll be working on our tans by noon.
post #100 of 151

It was 43 at the top of Collins and 60 (!) at Alta Base at 3pm.  Ick!  In the 50's all day at PMCR (Payday top).  Looks like three more days of warm weather before it cools down, with the likelihood of some snow.

post #101 of 151

60.   Typical of La Nina. 2012.  Spring after anemic winter.   At least it is still snow.

post #102 of 151

2:45 PM this afternoon:

 

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I thought it was pretty good :)

 

JF

post #103 of 151

Unfortunately we are staying above freezing at night which is not good.  42 this morning in Park City when I woke up.  Looks like we won't be getting back below freezing, even at night, for 3-4 days. That is just going to kill the snowpack.

post #104 of 151

The temps were above freezing even at the top of Collins last night!  About 40 until 4am, then it finally started cooling off.  Crossing my fingers that the prediction for Sunday changes, meaning that the cold front comes in sooner rather than later.

post #105 of 151

yes I would like it to come in sooner too. Crossing my fingers and toes!

post #106 of 151

I will be landing in SLC Saturday morning, where should I go skiing? Was thinking about Solitude but not sure how the conditions are so perhaps I should go somewhere when the conditions are not that bad ...

 

Recommendations?

post #107 of 151

Conditions are probably not going to be great anywhere on Sunday. It's been very warm for several days now.

post #108 of 151

Contrary to opinions and observations from thousands of miles away it wasn't too bad today.  This morning it was pretty firm, there's no sense getting out early wherever anyone decides to ski in the Wasatch.  It was a bit breezy today and partly cloudy, that didn't keep the snow from softening up rather nicely.  Honeycomb Canyon was open from the Summit and Powderhorn gates till around noon, then the gates were closed.  Depending on the aspect the bumps softened up and skied well.  Solitude's groomer fleet had the usual runs buffed out smoothly and bump free to start the day.  Towards the end of the day most of the runs had a slush bump coverage.

post #109 of 151
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Contrary to opinions and observations from thousands of miles away it wasn't too bad today.  This morning it was pretty firm, there's no sense getting out early wherever anyone decides to ski in the Wasatch.  It was a bit breezy today and partly cloudy, that didn't keep the snow from softening up rather nicely.  Honeycomb Canyon was open from the Summit and Powderhorn gates till around noon, then the gates were closed.  Depending on the aspect the bumps softened up and skied well.  Solitude's groomer fleet had the usual runs buffed out smoothly and bump free to start the day.  Towards the end of the day most of the runs had a slush bump coverage.


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post #110 of 151

 

NOAA forecast for Central Wasatch as of 3/28:

"A much stronger and colder system is expected to impact the region Saturday into Sunday. Significant snow accumulations are possible for the northern mountains with this storm. Very strong winds will be possible ahead of this system during the day Saturday into Saturday night."

 
Those of you around SLC, going skiing on Sunday?  If so, how about taking a few pics.  Skiing with friends April 3-10 at Alta, regardless of the weather.  Way more snow than in the southeast. wink.gif
post #111 of 151

I skied Brighton yesterday evening and some of the 5 or so inches they received was still around.  There's still a lot of ice to be found out and about, but if you find where the wind blew the little bit of snow you can have some decent skiing.  A buddy of mine skied a trifecta of Snowbasin, Solitude, and Brighton that day and reported the same type of conditions at all of them.

 

It's supposed to snow a bit tonight and the clouds lurking in the mountaintops should bear that out.  I'm hoping for snow Saturday into Sunday, it'd be nice to send the season off with a decent last few weeks.  I've been at Solitude every Saturday since they've opened, and I've only missed the Christmas Sunday, I've endured a lot of crappy weekends.  We have 277 inches for the year, if it snows on Sunday I probably won't be stopping to take pics, I'll try to report back with details though, heh.

post #112 of 151

i leave a week tomorrow for my nice 22 hours of travelling to get to SLC but now really looking forward to it an these top ups with snow and whats looking like lower temps is getting me very excited!!!!

post #113 of 151
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I skied Brighton yesterday evening and some of the 5 or so inches they received was still around.  There's still a lot of ice to be found out and about, but if you find where the wind blew the little bit of snow you can have some decent skiing.  A buddy of mine skied a trifecta of Snowbasin, Solitude, and Brighton that day and reported the same type of conditions at all of them.

 

It's supposed to snow a bit tonight and the clouds lurking in the mountaintops should bear that out.  I'm hoping for snow Saturday into Sunday, it'd be nice to send the season off with a decent last few weeks.  I've been at Solitude every Saturday since they've opened, and I've only missed the Christmas Sunday, I've endured a lot of crappy weekends.  We have 277 inches for the year, if it snows on Sunday I probably won't be stopping to take pics, I'll try to report back with details though, heh.


A pic or two from the lift? smile.gif

 

post #114 of 151

NOAA for Central Wasatch as of Thu afternoon.  Hoping for the best!

 

"Aforementioned cold front will be the leading edge of a strong but fast moving trough that will bring heavy at times snow Saturday Night through Sunday morning. Lingering snow showers Sunday afternoon will taper rapidly by the evening hours. All told looks like a solid 12 hour window for snowfall yielding 4-8 inches of new snow with locally higher amounts possible in the upper cottonwoods."

post #115 of 151

Alta had great conditions this week. Brighton wasn't quite as good (PM was sticky), but not far off. I'm sure these conditions can be maintained with bits of snow fall here and there over the next couple of weeks. Though when the sun was out it was very warm.

post #116 of 151
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Originally Posted by Govnor View Post

Alta had great conditions this week. Brighton wasn't quite as good (PM was sticky), but not far off. I'm sure these conditions can be maintained with bits of snow fall here and there over the next couple of weeks. Though when the sun was out it was very warm.



When do you leave?  Looks like Sun and Mon will be cold and snowy.  Although I'm expecting spring skiing again by the time I get on the slopes at Alta later in the week.

post #117 of 151
The way out there, too far to tell NWS "forecast" (read: guesstimate) says colder temps later this week. These days, I should follow that with "sorry to get your hopes up."
post #118 of 151

Pics from the lift...

 

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It was pretty nice today, blue skies and soft conditions.  Although the snow is melting away we've still got plenty left.  Today was the Chocolate Lovers Tour at Solitude, everyone left with suntans and pockets full of chocolate.

post #119 of 151
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Originally Posted by BobMc View Post

Pics from the lift...

 

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It was pretty nice today, blue skies and soft conditions.  Although the snow is melting away we've still got plenty left.  Today was the Chocolate Lovers Tour at Solitude, everyone left with suntans and pockets full of chocolate.


Spring skiing and chocolate . . . sounds like a winning combination to me!  Thanks for the pics.

 

post #120 of 151

This morning was flat out horrible.  The snowpack froze into a coral reef, even the groomers were a solid sheet of ice.  It snowed for most of the day which kept the snow from softening at all.  The only thing one could do was wait for the meager snowfall to pile up and ski places that hadn't been rutted up the previous day.  By the afternoon it had piled up to about 4 inches and the places that hadn't been heavily skied were skiing decently.  The Honeycomb lift is done for the season, you have to take the old school traverse down to Eagle.

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