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Where to go in Utah next week?

post #1 of 11
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Husband has business trip to SLC next week.... I think I'll tag along and get a couple of days in. I will do some research, but if someone happens to know, what is skiing best right now? Mostly I'm looking for some variety (ie, compared to CO's manmade groomers.)
post #2 of 11

Pretty much anywhere in the Cottonwoods are good to go.  We had a decent storm a couple of weeks ago and 11 inches of fairly heavy stick and rock hiding snow last weekend.  I skied Solitude last Saturday and Sunday, by Sunday afternoon Powderhorn bowl was skiable with only the occasional rock hit.  Thursday they plan on opening up the Summit and Sunrise lift.  I've been told Alta and Snowbird are both skiing good as well.
 

It's supposed to snow Sunday into Monday of next week.  Have fun!

post #3 of 11
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Thank you! I have that Mtn Collective Pass, so it's likely we'll do Alta as long as there is no real reason to go elsewhere.

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Report back on conditions if you can.  We will be In PC the following week (12/4) and Alta will be our preferred stop!  The forecast the rest of this week looks pretty bleak but hopefully a nice, juicy storm the first few days of December will freshen things up.  Have fun!

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Report back on conditions if you can.  We will be In PC the following week (12/4) and Alta will be our preferred stop!  The forecast the rest of this week looks pretty bleak but hopefully a nice, juicy storm the first few days of December will freshen things up.  Have fun!

Alta is booked! 

 

Unfortunately, a couple of hours after I bought my plane ticket, something exploded in my left knee. Now watching the family get ready to ski while I am hanging out with Vicodin and coffee, hoping this thing goes away. (Things that need narcotics often just "go away" you know... rolleyes.gif ) 

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Report back on conditions if you can.  We will be In PC the following week (12/4) and Alta will be our preferred stop!  The forecast the rest of this week looks pretty bleak but hopefully a nice, juicy storm the first few days of December will freshen things up.  Have fun!

 

Another often overlooked option is Solitude.  It has the same vertical as Alta but not as much wide open terrain.   When it is storming it is often blowing, and Alta and Snowbird get high winds and bad visability while Solitude is more protected by trees and the terrain.  I have had fantastic powder days at Solitude when the tram at the Bird is shut down because of high winds.  Big Cottonwood Canyon (Solitude/Brighton) gets the same 500"+ a year of lake effect snow as Little Cottonwood and is higher than the PC areas and Snowbasin, so it has better snow.  Sometimes you need to avoid the "obvious" option to get the goods.

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Another often overlooked option is Solitude.  It has the same vertical as Alta but not as much wide open terrain.   When it is storming it is often blowing, and Alta and Snowbird get high winds and bad visability while Solitude is more protected by trees and the terrain.  I have had fantastic powder days at Solitude when the tram at the Bird is shut down because of high winds.  Big Cottonwood Canyon (Solitude/Brighton) gets the same 500"+ a year of lake effect snow as Little Cottonwood and is higher than the PC areas and Snowbasin, so it has better snow.  Sometimes you need to avoid the "obvious" option to get the goods.

 

Agreed. I've only been to Solitude twice, but both days were very deep, and not very crowded. The last time, we were there when they opened Honeycomb at 1 pm,very memorable.

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Alta is booked! 

 

Unfortunately, a couple of hours after I bought my plane ticket, something exploded in my left knee. Now watching the family get ready to ski while I am hanging out with Vicodin and coffee, hoping this thing goes away. (Things that need narcotics often just "go away" you know... rolleyes.gif ) 

 

Ouch!!  Hope the knee is OK.  

 

Please do report on conditions and such if you are able.   I'll be in Utah Dec 21-28, mostly Snowbasin and Powder Mt.  It sounds like coverage will be great by the time we're there.  

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Agreed. I've only been to Solitude twice, but both days were very deep, and not very crowded. The last time, we were there when they opened Honeycomb at 1 pm,very memorable.

 

I'm going to SLC as soon as the next storm shows up, hopefully then end of next week.  The snow in SW Colorado and New Mexico is very lame.  I noticed they just opened the Summit Lift at Solitude, so everything is open except a few of the steepest expert runs and Honeycomb.  Had a fantastic day there two years ago on Thanksgiving Day when they opened Summit mid-day for the first time of the season and there were not more than 40 people on the lift for an afternoon of 30"new untracked.  When it comes to powder sometimes the bigger areas are not always better skiing.

post #10 of 11

I was back up at Solitude again today, they opened Sunrise and Summit for the first time this season.  Coverage is pretty good up on the Summit, the snow is holding up well.  The Headwall Forest, Evergreens and Scree Slope all had nice soft snow.  The place was vacant today, just us regulars there.
 

post #11 of 11

Just got back from Thanksgiving at Alta. It was a good experience, and still lots of snow up top at Baldy and Sugarloaf. Many runs open with great snow. Grooms were good too, and not many people out there. The Supreme lift was closed. No lines at any lifts, except for 3PM at the Sunnyside lift, when they apparently have free skiing. To avoid all that drama, just head out to the Collins or Wildcat lifts on the other side of the tow around 230. 

 

Fantastic trip for us, we had the most fun ever!

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