Looks like next week could be the "big" storm that could get copper mountain to 100%. hoping for a couple more good ones.
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Gear mentioned in this thread:post #362 of 12551/23/14 at 8:52amQuote:Originally Posted by tball
Well, there is snow in Denver this morning.
I hate storms like this.... Eldora got three inches and Loveland a trace, and everybody else skunked.
I was hoping it would be knee deep at Copper, at least for Peyton Manning
But, it's looking clear this morning with a view at Vail Pass from Copper:
One more storm and I'd think Tucker Mountain should be ready to open and bring Copper to 100%. It's just taking a long time for that next storm to show up.
I'm still thinking of heading up tomorrow. It will be my first firm snow day of the year, so pretty hard to complain giving what going on East and West of us this year.
I don't think Tucker is closed due to lack of snow but due to the risk of Avalanches...touchy snowpack and Copper is super conservative but I could be wrongpost #363 of 12551/23/14 at 9:23amQuote:
Yeah, it's been open with less base for sure. They did a blog post about the avy work on Tucker last week:
My guess is it's a lot to do with having enough patrol staff to get all the avy work done, and Tucker comes last. When the snow comes early like this year, patrol resource constraints likely keep a lot of terrain closed. They have a lot of control work to do, and only so many patrollers to do it.
I'll bet anything Tucker will be open to show off to the world by SIA in two weeks, and hopefully we'll get it sooner.
Edit: and the inbounds slide a Breck must have everyone being extra cautious.post #364 of 12551/23/14 at 9:28am
I wonder if they are saving the opening of that so that there is some guaranteed powder to test powder skis in...hmmm conspiracy theories and skiing go together hand in handpost #365 of 12551/23/14 at 9:33ampost #366 of 12551/23/14 at 9:43amQuote:
You'd be lucky to test two skis in a day getting back to Tucker, waiting for the cat, then hiking! You'd really know who was there to ski rather then test skis if they were on Tucker.
For our bear friends who we know really test skis... we can quietly point you to some powder stashes on the front side when SIA comes around if you like.post #367 of 12551/23/14 at 10:55ampost #368 of 12551/23/14 at 5:50pmQuote:
A fantastic inch of dust on crust . You should go - was totally empty today, mostly decent skiers on the mountain, rode the SG at Jane with a couple whose home mountain is Squaw and they were pretty happy to be here (only lift I shared all day).
Not many taking the dust off the bumps, so it will still be there for you in the morning .post #369 of 12551/24/14 at 10:16ampost #370 of 12551/24/14 at 10:30ampost #371 of 12551/24/14 at 10:41amThread StarterQuote:
God I hope so.post #372 of 12551/24/14 at 10:49am
^^^^ Oh my, that's pretty!
Business and family conspired to keep me off the crust today unfortunately. It's funny how even a few inches new and I'd probably be up there anyway and pay the price later
I saw a story on the news last night that heavy traffic is expected for those heading up this weekend:Quote:
Historically Heavy Travel Weekend Likely to Repeat on I-70January 23, 2014
Statewide – The weekend prior to the Super Bowl is generally one of the busiest weekends for the I-70 mountain corridor. In 2013, this weekend saw a total of 115,634 cars drive through the Eisenhower Tunnel. Heavy traffic counts are expected westbound for Friday evening and both Saturday and Sunday mornings. High eastbound traffic counts are anticipated Saturday and Sunday afternoon and evenings. Many resorts are holding crowd drawing events this weekend; combined with a weather forecast calling for sun and the recent heavy snowfalls, motorists should anticipate delays when traveling the corridor in both directions throughout the weekend.
Other than next Sunday, that's gonna be the story until April 1st most likely.post #373 of 12551/26/14 at 7:31amThread Starter
No snow for Wolf. the 1-3" in the forecast busted. :(
Yesterday, I got my first real taste of how high speed lifts have changed Wolf. I don't generally spend a lot of time on Treasure- Mainly it gets used to get me into Alberta where I spend my days.
My wife has been doing (highly recommended) womens clinics at Wolf for $29 for a morning session, and she was doing that yesterday. I didn't jump into Alberta because I was kind of hanging around waiting for her to complete her lesson.
Mainly I did a bunch of laps harvesting chalk on Alberta Face and corn on Gunbarrel riding Treasure and Raven lifts. By the time her lesson was over at 12:00, I realized that I had already skied over 20,000 vert over about 18 laps, in a half day.I guess having 3 minute and 7 minute lift rides kinda helps you get the vert.
Lots of people from New Mexico. Lots of horror stories about the snow further South. I noticed Pajarito is conditions closed...post #374 of 12551/26/14 at 9:50ampost #375 of 12551/26/14 at 11:53ampost #376 of 12551/26/14 at 10:17pm
48 hour storm total forecast from 9news in Denver Sun night through Tues night:
It should be a great week to ski. Trying to pick the one day I can ski is looking tough. I'm thinking I'll let the first storm cover the crust and roll the dice on the second storm later in the week.post #377 of 12551/26/14 at 11:02pmpost #378 of 12551/27/14 at 5:40amQuote:
Ditto. Looking like Friday for me.
FOR WED NIGHT THRU THU NGT THE FLOW ALOFT WILL BECOME MORE ZONAL AS
A STG UPPER LEVEL JET RESIDES OVER THE AREA WITH A SERIES OF MINOR
DISTURBANCES EMBEDDED IN THIS FLOW. LATEST SOUNDINGS SHOW ABUNDANT
MOISTURE WITH ATMOSPHERE BECOMING MOIST ADIABATIC. THUS WITH
FAVORABLE OROGRAPHICS AND UPPER LEVEL JET OVERHEAD THIS COULD LEAD
TO A HEAVY SNOW EVENT IN THE MTNS FM WED NIGHT THRU THU NIGHT.
Super Bowl Sunday should be good, too, for a family day.post #379 of 12551/27/14 at 10:05ampost #380 of 12551/27/14 at 10:44am
They have a 36" base and that certainly limits your options. In other words, they need about 3-4'! I hope they get it in the near future because it sure would be nice to leave what is going to be the country wide rat race here in Colorado.post #381 of 12551/27/14 at 10:49amThread Starterpost #382 of 12551/27/14 at 11:01amQuote:
Right? If you don't like this ski season, you're gonna hate fire season.post #383 of 12551/27/14 at 12:09pmThread StarterQuote:
Last year was bad enough when people start writing off towns around you and your home ski area. The early snow had me feeling like we were in the clear for the year, but now we are back to needing a good spring to get snowpack back.post #384 of 12551/27/14 at 2:53pmpost #385 of 12551/27/14 at 2:54pmpost #386 of 12551/27/14 at 7:28pmpost #387 of 12551/27/14 at 7:36pm
Didn't make it up the hill today. Train got in late, buses failed to stop, very little sleep AND my boots were cold. Wah!
Hot tub report said probably about 5" during the day. It was pretty much puking between 3 and 4, still coming down at a moderate pace. Tomorrow should be good =)post #388 of 12551/27/14 at 10:32pm
Breck skied very nice this afternoon, and is going to be very good Tuesday morning.
About 1" on top of groomers / dust on crust this morning, but the snow really kicked in around 11am. I'd say about 4-6" had fallen by 4pm, so the skiing in the afternoon was quite good. It looks like another 3-4" has fallen since close. It was snowing good in town until about 10pm.post #389 of 12551/27/14 at 11:32pmThe next system is looking good for central/northern CO and a big chunk of the west. Not so good for southern CO and NM unfortunately.FORECAST DISCUSSION... ISSUED 327 PM MST MON JAN 27 2014
.... UPPER LEVEL JET SAGS SOUTH ACROSS THE AREA WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO THURSDAY AS UPPER TROUGH PUSHES INTO THE NORTHERN GREAT BASIN. MODEL CROSS SECTIONS INDICATE MOISTURE DEEPENING ACROSS MOUNTAINS ALONG WITH FAVORABLE OROGRAPHICS THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT. COMBINATION OF MID LEVEL QG ASCENT AND OROGRAPHICS WILL PROVIDE FOR A GOOD SHOT OF PROLONGED SNOW ACROSS THE HIGH COUNTY. DYNAMICS FROM UPPER JET OVER THE AREA MAY BRING A THREAT OF HEAVY SNOW AT TIMES...WITH POTENTIAL FOR BANDED SNOWFALL. WINTER WEATHER HIGHLIGHT MAY BE NEEDED AT SOME POINT FOR THE HIGH COUNTRY.http://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?format=CI&glossary=1&issuedby=BOU&product=AFD&site=BOU&version=1
Free refills Thursday or hope it sticks around and makes an even bigger day Friday?
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