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Where is it going to snow this year? Any trends? Advice needed.

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 

Hello Everyone,

 

For once, I do not have to ski during school breaks! Accordingly, I plan to ski more in the middle of the season this year. I have scheduled a ski trip in the third week of January and another for the third week of February.  After last year, where I got 3 days of snow in 17 days out in Summit Country, skiing on ice and mashed potatoes, I am resolute in not having to do that again. I would love to wait and book 1 week before, but my resources are not limitless and all the ski in, ski out accommodations will probably be booked. I love skiing in Summit County and have a line on some nice accommodations, so that is my obvious choice, but am leery of making reservations now. Any advice on how long to wait and where the best skiing may be this year?  Any help would be greatly appreciated!

 

Thanks!

Mario

post #2 of 29

No one knows.  It's not a helpful answer, but it's the truth.

 

You can check out http://bestsnow.net/ to see historical data and trends, but at the end of the day that all means squat in terms of what'll happen this year.

post #3 of 29

I would subscribe to opensnow.com's updates (facebook and he does email) and wait as long as you can to book your accommodations.

post #4 of 29

Dude, if it was that simple: a. everyone would only ski powder days b. everything would be booked months in advance because everyone would be going to the same place(s).

 

You either wait until you know for sure (i.e. the ski resort is getting dumped on as you're booking for the next day), or you take your chances.

post #5 of 29

British Columbia offers very dependable conditions year-in, year-out and the B.C. Interior offers dry snow equal to Utah/Colorado but with a fraction of the number of skiers to share it with. It won't be icy.

 

Sun Peaks might suit your needs, so check out my review or link to their website, in my signature below

post #6 of 29
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the input, will check out Sun Peaks. I know it is not that simple.  Right now I am debating what I should do with Epic Pass closing in 3 days.  I may have to pull the trigger and hope for the best.

post #7 of 29

Somewhere on this map....

http://media.web.britannica.com/eb-media/56/3056-004-B562220F.gif

post #8 of 29

Go ahead and get the Vail Resorts Epic Pass because if their Colorado resorts are below normal snow for when you want to go, then they also have several Lake Tahoe resorts where the Epic Pass is good.

post #9 of 29

I've always felt that picking a central place to fly into was a good way to improve your odds. Spokane offers cheap flights and skiing in every direction. 

 

From spokane, a 4-9 hr drive will give you a ton of options. All the Wa resorts and Idaho, The okanagan and interior of BC, Even Jackson/GT. Big Sky, Whistler, Bachelor etc.  

post #10 of 29

I hear that Snowbird is a nice place. Sorry, I couldn't help that. have you looked at Park City? Skis similarly to Summit county Colorado with not as much altitude.

post #11 of 29

Cloudmont. Definitely Cloudmont.

post #12 of 29

It always snows at Alta. It just snowed 4 feet last week. Or Wolf Creek, Colorado seems to usually have about a 100 more inches than any other ski area.
 

post #13 of 29

Powder King in Northern BC... you will get snow.

post #14 of 29

Snow Day just released their final winter forecast minutes ago... check it out. 

 

http://snowday1.wordpress.com/

 

 

post #15 of 29

Ok -- I guess your best bet is Vermont.  Supposed to be below-average temperature, too, according to the link.

post #16 of 29

I usually go where there's multiple places at various altitudes (WB and SLC), as chances are better than not that if someone has ice the other probably won't. Of course in really bad snow years you can still get skunked.

 

Anyway, SLC or WB is where I'm saying to go.

post #17 of 29

Mario, I remember your snowbird review from a few years ago. Glad to see you stuck with the sport and the forum. Bravo!

 

As far as conditions, its always a crapshoot this far out. I mean you can expect based-on history if a ski area is a safe bet to be near 100% open, but that's about all you can say be confident about. 

 

I would focus on the things you can 'control' at this point. Look for an area with a good mix of terrain and trails that you like to ski as well as a few above and others well within your comfort zone. That way if the weather doesn't cooperate you can still have plenty of terrain to enjoy. And if you do get the snow you are hoping for and you feel good you can push yourself a little. 

 

 

Also think about the amenaties? Ski town? night life stuff? 

 

IIRC you were a beginner-ish skier a few years ago. Did you up your skills over the last couple of seasons? What sort of terrain are you looking at skiing?

 

 

Cheers!

post #18 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Maui Steve View Post

I hear that Snowbird is a nice place. Sorry, I couldn't help that. have you looked at Park City? Skis similarly to Summit county Colorado with not as much altitude.

 



I am actually going to conquer that beast soon, Steve.  Already doing the West Wall and back bowls of A-basin. I need one or two more year of seasoning, then that bitch (or at least its green and blue runs) will be mine! duel.gif

 

And to answer those who are curious, I have skied twice a year ever since I discovered this awesome sport, taking at least 3 private lessons each time.  I am skiing most of Breck, sans the bumps and the upper bowls (but I did do a lot of peak 10). I am taking lessons from Leon Littlebird in A-Basin (very highly recommended).  He claims I am a level 7 skier, but he's probably being kind.  I am working on a Breck review, but school and work impede my progress on that project. On a sad note, my wife tore her other ACL again, and she is now a spectator, though she supports my ski trips (she is awesome).

 

Snow days map (thanks core2) does not brighten my day as both Summit county and Tahoe area do not look like they are going to be above average. I really do not want to ski in ice or mashed potatoes anymore.  It is not fun, and dangerous.  Almost killed myself when the mashed potatoes grabbed the back of my skies as I was going 30+ mph (yes, I was leaning forward...I think).

 

Because my wife is no longer skiing, I need to go somewhere where she is entertained.  Summit country and Tahoe are great for that.  Unfortunately a lot of the best places do not have a quaint city nearby, instead they have a village, which is usually pretty cheesy. 

 

Really don't know what to do.  I think I just may go back to Breck and take my chances.  What I love about Breck is that I can get accomodations that I can ski in and ski out of, with a kitchen, for less than $200. Anybody know another place that offers good ski in and ski out?


Edited by esumsea - 11/16/12 at 5:15pm
post #19 of 29
Thread Starter 

Reminded me, what is WB?
 

post #20 of 29

I would also suggest Park City areas.

post #21 of 29

I really liked your review of snowbird. It was a very honest perspective from someone who at that time was a relative beginner. if you like Breckenridge, i think you'd like Park city. You can do ski in/out at PCMR which would allow your wife to explore Old Town. Also, easy to meet up for lunch in Old Town which you can ski right down to. Assuming you rent a car, your wife could also check out the Olympic Park with the ski museum. If she's up for it, there's plenty of snowshoeing and cross country sking. Activities I intend to try. You would also have the option of trying out The Canyons and Deer valley which are close by. As far as the sking goes, the PC areas are much more like the Colorado resorts than snowbird. And I am sure you will make her your bitch someday.  

post #22 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by esumsea View Post

Reminded me, what is WB?
 

Whistler/Blackcomb

post #23 of 29
Thread Starter 

So after the feedback I have gotten, I think I want to research the Park City Area.  The season pass is very expensive, but I remember that Utah offers a pass that gets you into most of the resorts for around $50 a day.Any advice into where to look for information on this?  Any info on some good affordable ski in, ski out accommodations would be appreciated.  I have to make a decision on this by the 18th.

 

Regards,

Mario

post #24 of 29

15 billion threads on SLC by doing a search, including a half dozen active right now.

post #25 of 29
Thread Starter 

Understood. Researching as we speak.smile.gif
 

post #26 of 29

Colorado does have utah beat on the season pass thing. And ski in/out is rarely cheap anywhere. But for prices, I would check out VRBO. For tickets, cheapest tickets for PCMR and The Canyons is Costco. I think price is about $68 per day. SLC ski shops also sell discounted tickets, but not quite as cheap. Also, check Liftopia.   

post #27 of 29
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the advice guys.  In the end, I had to go back to Breck.  The ski passes and accommodations are a lot less expensive.  I can stay slopeside, with a kitchen for less than $200 a night, the Epic Locals pass is less than $600 and I know a very good instructor there.  If I wait, the flight, car rental and accomodations can get prohibitively expensive.We will see what lady luck deals me.  If I get screwed again, I will have to reconside for next year.
 

post #28 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by core2 View Post

Snow Day just released their final winter forecast minutes ago... check it out. 

http://snowday1.wordpress.com/




WHERE IS THIS SNOW - EVEN FORECASTED SNOW - IN THE NORTHEAST?!

I fear / predict another season like last winter in which the winter will be two-thirds over before most mountains have two-thirds of their trails open.
post #29 of 29

Wait a minute, 

When has Tejas or Lousiana ever had any snowfall to begin with, much less having their snowfall total to be below average?nonono2.gif

 

Average is fine by me, I find the more riders that spout how much it is going to "dump" this year is inversely proportional to how much actually materializes.words.gif

 

Suggestion, Think Snow, Say Nothing.smile.gif

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by core2 View Post

Snow Day just released their final winter forecast minutes ago... check it out. 

 

http://snowday1.wordpress.com/

 

 

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