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Utah January 18-22nd. Where should I go??

post #1 of 12
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So I will be in Utah the 18th-22nd, and it looks like I won't have the best conditions.  Only storm was a couple days ago, and probably no more until I get there (Except a few showers.)  I understand that I will be skiing marginal conditions, but where do you guys think I should spend my time?? I know that the park city resorts will be empty because of Sundance.  Will Alta/Snowbird be crowded? Should I try Solitude to find good conditions? If you were skiing 3 days this weekend (Saturday, Sunday, Monday) how would you break up your days to find the best conditions?

 

Any input would be much appreciated... Don't want to pay a ton for this trip to be a bust!

post #2 of 12

The bad news is that you are highly unlikely to get any snow while there. The good news is that I had a trip there once when there was a huge high parked overhead. Big time inversion. It was beautiful in the mountains. Warm and sunny. No powder, and off piste got funky, but there are worse times to be had than sking under blue skies and having lunch on a deck outside. Hope your staying in the mountains as SLC is likely to be under a dark cloud of crud. The trip I did when the inversion was bad and we stayed in SLC, it was like going from the warm sun in the mountains to a Bladerunner like world which was dark and nasty. The forecasts are calling for the mother of all inversions and doesn't look likely to break until at least the 25th. Coincidentally, the day i arrive. So crossing my fingers the pattern changes by then.   

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P.S. Not sure it matters that much where you ski as it will be tough off the groomers by then. 

post #4 of 12

Even with "bad" conditions (how bad can it be with almost 200" thus far this year), Utah is always a special treat coming from the East Coast!  Have a blast!
 

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Originally Posted by Maui Steve View Post

The bad news is that you are highly unlikely to get any snow while there. The good news is that I had a trip there once when there was a huge high parked overhead. Big time inversion. It was beautiful in the mountains. Warm and sunny. No powder, and off piste got funky, but there are worse times to be had than sking under blue skies and having lunch on a deck outside. Hope your staying in the mountains as SLC is likely to be under a dark cloud of crud. The trip I did when the inversion was bad and we stayed in SLC, it was like going from the warm sun in the mountains to a Bladerunner like world which was dark and nasty. The forecasts are calling for the mother of all inversions and doesn't look likely to break until at least the 25th. Coincidentally, the day i arrive. So crossing my fingers the pattern changes by then.   

Thanks you for the response I really appreciate it... Not really what I was dying to hear because off piste is my favorite part of being in Utah. Is it a nice view from the mountains being over this "cloud"? Or is it weird? On a positive note, maybe it will get warm enough to make the snow soft in the trees? Im not sure... Just hoping for the best. 

post #6 of 12

I wouldn't call the conditions marginal whatsoever.  Only a SLC resident should use that term to describe the snow now.

 

I skied Alta/Bird last weekend and the conditions were good, although there was no fresh snow.  Learn to ski the moguls! I ski them all day long.

post #7 of 12
Alta will celebrate it's 75th anniversary on Tuesday. Before grooming was invented, there was "skier compacted" snow. The powder gets skied down to a smooth surface, not yet moguls, that has a styrofoam like consistency you can set a nice edge into. Grooming is still pretty limited in LLC, and many of us learned to ski the entire mountain in all conditions. It's real cold so the snow should be really good. Skiing these conditions, especially the steeper stuff, can be pretty interesting and a challenge. Fresh powder is great, but it ain't an everyday thing at the resorts. Gondalf brought some in, and it certainly added to the base, so even if you're just blasting around the endless groomers in Utah, it can't be bad.
post #8 of 12

1) Forecasted snow "showers" sometimes end up being decently sized dumps.  Stay hopeful.

2) If you aren't in powder, why complain?  You will still have snow and lots of it. 

3) How about some more information.  Have you been to Utah before?  What do you want to do at night?  What type of terrain do you like to ski?

4) Since the avalanche danger will likely be low (always check), why not consider the Ski Utah Interconnect Tour and ski 5 or 6 areas plus the backcountry between them in a single day?  You can see for yourself how close the seven resorts are (as the crow flies, not by driving), and tell us if you think the idea of connecting seven resorts with lifts is worth it.  Alta, Brighton, Canyons, Deer Valley, PCMR, Snowbird & Solitude all want the "Interconnect", which is a controversial plan discussed in other threads that would give skiers 17,000+ skiable acres. 

5) If you decide to ski the Canyons I can PM you with some fun runs and half pipes the tourists almost always miss.

post #9 of 12

There may be a little snow between now and your arrival but doesn't look to favorable at this point.  However, it is supposed to stay cold and the snow we have should be pretty well preserved at that point.  My guess is that it will still be pretty good when you are here.

post #10 of 12
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Thanks for the reassuring advice... I will 100% be skiing the Canyons at least one day, and probably Alta/Bird for the others.  I realize I'm lucky to get away from the terrible conditions in the east right now, and you can never beat a great sunny day in Utah (Even if the city will be covered in smog)

post #11 of 12

Devil's Castle, Alta, opened today for the first time since Gandalf. You missed it, I missed it, everybody with a job today missed it...I bet it was good, cold smoke, what with the sub zero temps we had most of the week.  The temps are in the balmy 30's now, with a forever bluebird sky... 

post #12 of 12

Go ice climbing.  That's in once-in-a-decade shape and the skiing is going to suck.
 

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