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park city/ alta in two weeks

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

what should i expect, i know im going for four days in two weeks and i want to know if the snow will be for trees/ pow or should i just stay at pc and do park.

post #2 of 20

Maybe expect to read one of the 50 other threads about UT conditions? Also, the weather forecast. Maybe a crystal ball. 

post #3 of 20

Just got back from doing the same thing -- stayed at Park City, drove to Alta.  Came home quite frustrated that we had a snowboarder in our group forcing EVERYONE to ski Park City more than we wanted to.  I thought PC a souless, mediocre (relative to the Rockies) mountain (and Alta just the opposite).

 

For a late season trip, with PC and Alta as your options, Alta will be bound to offer better conditions due to the higher snowfall they get historically.  But even Alta isn't immune to getting 50 degree days in late March or early April.  See crystal ball comment above. 

post #4 of 20

Snowbird Forecast. No doubt Park Shitty won't be so "optomistic".

 

WedMar 13

Mostly Sunny

50°

33°

Mostly Sunny

ThuMar 14

Partly Cloudy

54°

39°

FriMar 15

Partly Cloudy

52°

37°

Partly Cloudy

SatMar 16

Partly Cloudy

46°

33°

SunMar 17

Rain / Snow Showers

42°

29°

Rain / Snow Showers

MonMar 18

Mostly Sunny

42°

30°

TueMar 19

Mostly Cloudy

44°

33°

Mostly Cloudy

WedMar 20

Showers

40°

30°

Showers

ThuMar 21

Partly Cloudy

36°

28°

post #5 of 20
You call it Park Shitty and live in f---ing Florida? Stay home, kook.
Edited by Mr. Crab - 3/12/13 at 7:30pm
post #6 of 20

... but when you can afford to go wherever whenever, it gives you the right to say whatever nonono2.gif

post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by Mr. Crab View Post

You call it Park Shitty and live in f---ing Florida? Stay home, kook.

No kidding.

 

Snojob, What garbage site did you get that forecast off?

post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by Mr. Crab View Post

You call it Park Shitty and live in f---ing Florida? Stay home, kook.

 

Always funny when the clueless come on board to comment. When you travel >200 days a year, does it matter where you live (OK, probably to you).

 

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No kidding.

 

Snojob, What garbage site did you get that forecast off?

 

Well Spook, that garbage site was weather.com. Let's try Foreca:

 

10 day forecast

Tue Mar 19
Hi: 41°
Lo: 28°
SW7 mph

 

But wait -there within a couple of degrees of each other. Gee, how could that happenrolleyes.gif

 

Assuming ignorance is bliss,  expect you live in a constant state of nirvana. So, why don't you try to find a legitimate site that differs in some appreciable way rather than just parrot ignorance.

 

And let's trry a real brain teaser for you - if that's the Snowbird forecast, what do you think the PC area (don't want to butthurt Crabby) forecast will be? (Hint - it'll probably be warmer).

post #9 of 20
Any 7 day + forecast off the major sites like weather.com will not paint the whole picture of possibilities. At all. For a bit more insight you can look at the forecaster discussions, but even they won't talk much about things that far out.
post #10 of 20
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But wait -there within a couple of degrees of each other. Gee, how could that happenrolleyes.gif

 

 

Actually no they aren't.  Let's look at Sunday 3/17 for instance.  Your first post lists a high of 42 and a low of 29.  Your second a high of 23 and a low of 2.  More than a couple of degrees difference.

 

Weather forecasts for many locations such as ski areas on weather.com seem to be notoriously inaccurate.  I believe the forecast they publish are actually for locations near the ski areas which are at much lower altitude.  But yes it is spring so it will get quite warm when there is a high pressure ridge in place.  Same as most everywhere else in the Rockies.

post #11 of 20
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... When you travel >200 days a year, does it matter where you live

 

 

 

You're right ... it might not matter where you live.  However, just because someone travels >200 days a year and has the $$ to ski wherever & whenever, it is hardly fair to bash one place just because they have the ability to visit someplace that "they" feel is superior.

 

That would be like me visiting family in Ohio and then bashing their local hill because I have access to something bigger and better.  nonono2.gif

post #12 of 20

 Us Park City locals, many of whom ski our mountains daily, just love our little town and the three world class resorts that call this place home. This is what I wake up to every day:

 

 

In spring, we look at the forecast and can range anywhere on the Wasatch. If it's warm, go for altitude, especially with new snow. The Cottonwoods are 1000' higher and will stay colder, longer. If there's not much new snow, The PC resorts have miles of great grooming and the snow will soften up and get creamy. It's great skiing. March isn't over yet. Let's see what happens. 

post #13 of 20
Quote:

Always funny when the clueless come on board to comment. When you travel >200 days a year, does it matter where you live (OK, probably to you)....

 

 

 

Assuming ignorance is bliss,  expect you live in a constant state of nirvana. So, why don't you try to find a legitimate site that differs in some appreciable way rather than just parrot ignorance.

 

And let's trry a real brain teaser for you - if that's the Snowbird forecast, what do you think the PC area (don't want to butthurt Crabby) forecast will be? (Hint - it'll probably be warmer).

 

 

 
Did you have to take a pompous, old windbag class or does that just come naturally? You're pretty good at it either way, except for the fact that you're wrong way too often to carry around as much condescension as you do. See BlueDevil's post above for yet more affirmation. 
post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 

alrighty it seems like it should be fun, ill be there next friday.

post #15 of 20

All wit and shit aside; It looks good from Friday on. Here's PC's forecast: And here's Alta's   Have fun...!

post #16 of 20
The current scenario across the intermountain west has been a few days of unsettled followed by major warmups and back to unsettled (Spring, but without major storms in most places). Snowforecast.com has virtually the same forecast outlook for UT and northern CO (the long range text is identical)...so to me you can read into the longer range pattern as you want, but the broader shifts have been reasonably well predicted for northern CO this year and northern CO and UT trend together (I don't follow UT forecasts, which is why I am correlating).

As you get closer, I would look to that site as their forecasts show high and low for both base and upper mountain. They have been pretty good this year for me (I forecast for my wife and by association the kids, so it matters biggrin.gif) and a party 50 at the base doesn't doom the upper mountain.

Now, you want a feel for things....it is really warm again. It is only 2-3 days at a time, but 10-15 above normal is 10-15 above normal. None of this precludes a major storm or even just enough storminess to keep things fresh, but my guess is most of us are thinking that 30" (or whatever) of base over last year is likely to protect us through end of season and forecasts like what JoeUT posted look a lot better than they should. The big March storms for CO have had the right track and ingredients, but have largely fizzled compared to potential. The energy is not in the air...the forecast talk about weak northwesterly flow becoming westerly is cropping up more often. Forecast text like 'the ridge will flatten' doesn't describe real storms.

So plug that into your magic 8 ball and shake. I think it is going to be a great Spring, but my criteria are not split between powder or park.
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post

 

Always funny when the clueless come on board to comment. When you travel >200 days a year, does it matter where you live (OK, probably to you).

 

 

Well Spook, that garbage site was weather.com. Let's try Foreca:

 

10 day forecast

Tue Mar 19
Hi: 41°
Lo: 28°
SW7 mph

 

But wait -there within a couple of degrees of each other. Gee, how could that happenrolleyes.gif

 

Assuming ignorance is bliss,  expect you live in a constant state of nirvana. So, why don't you try to find a legitimate site that differs in some appreciable way rather than just parrot ignorance.

 

And let's trry a real brain teaser for you - if that's the Snowbird forecast, what do you think the PC area (don't want to butthurt Crabby) forecast will be? (Hint - it'll probably be warmer).

Yea, if that's what you're going by.....umm. I would educate you, but I don't think you're deserving. Stay away. Please go to Whistler.

post #18 of 20
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All wit and shit aside; It looks good from Friday on. Here's PC's forecast: And here's Alta's   Have fun...!

Today was great. Skied main and little chute; it was pure bliss. Tomorrow will be great. Every day is great.

post #19 of 20
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Today was great. Skied main and little chute; it was pure bliss. Tomorrow will be great. Every day is great.

eggs-ackley!

post #20 of 20

http://wasatchsnowforecast.com/

 

"Next stronger and colder system enters middle to late next week. After a brief ridge of high pressure warms us up on Monday-Wednesday morning. We’ll see the big storm start to approach late Wednesday (if current timing holds).   This storm has cold origins but will also be tapping into a fairly significant Pacific moisture tap that could make for a really good snow storm for the high elevations.  It’s too early to start talking amounts or even promising a big storm, but just know that it has the potential to be good.

 

Continued storms . . . Still early, but both the GFS and Euro hint at a continued active pattern.  This is looking like it could be the type of pattern we haven’t seen at all for most of the last two years–a total breakthrough of the westerlies without any Eastern Pacific ridge inhibiting the storms’ trajectory.  The only regret would be that we didn’t get this pattern in January when conditions are prime for big snow.

Again, this is not a forecast for the rest of March as there is plenty of time for us to be disappointed again, but it is good news and worth sharing.  I think we’ve gotten just enough people to give up on winter to tip the scales back in our favor."

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