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post #91 of 1255

^^^^ Yep.  I wish I could have skied more last May.  Having the flexibility to cram a season's worth of skiing into a month would be amazing.  That's often how the snow shows up.   I'm lucky that I can frequently sneak away on a weekday, but being able to sneak away for weeks or months at a time would be fantastic.  Someday.

 

Here's the Zuma cam from A-basin:

 

TOSHIBA NETWORK CAMERA IK-WB15A

http://www.arapahoebasin.com/ABasin/snow-conditions/web-cams.aspx

 

Same view 10 mins later:

 

TOSHIBA NETWORK CAMERA IK-WB15A

 

http://www.coppercolorado.com/winter/the_mountain/mountain_webcams/Excelerator/index.html

 

And a view of Vail Pass from Copper:

 

http://www.coppercolorado.com/winter/the_mountain/mountain_webcams/Excelerator/index.html

 

Looks like the storm is showing up as predicted, whew.

post #92 of 1255
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Temps going down fast down here, and the La Plata Mountains (most SW corner of San Juans just W of Durango) have been getting snow all afternoon.

post #93 of 1255
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The plot thickens. THUNDERSNOW!

 

Edit- and more. Lots of lightning strikes and nasty thunder. Makes me think this storm may be coming through with more oomph than anticipated...


Edited by anachronism - 11/15/13 at 4:24pm
post #94 of 1255

Bit of a mixed bag around CO as of today, but it is starting to come down. 

 

Wolk Ck at 61% of its long term mean for Nov 15th - lets see what it is after the w/e.

 

The Cascades in Washington are delivering right now.

 

 

post #95 of 1255
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At 10:00 PM, Wolf Creek is showing .7" of SWE. At 8% density, that would be 9" of snow. Still coming down here- we are right at the snow line so it changes from snow to rain every few minutes, but there is a lot of water coming down...

post #96 of 1255

Decent snow from the first round of the storm.   Here's the Colorado Snow Report from Colorado Ski Country.

 

 

(Vail's resorts are missing since they don't play nice with their neighbors)

 

Hopefully round two will deliver an even bigger punch as forecasted.

post #97 of 1255
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Today was the best November day I've had on skis. So much fun! It kept snowing all day and wind was blowing about 50 mph off of the ridge depositing a lot more than 10" on the upper mountain.

 

It was very, very, very uncrowded- I was surprised that more people didn't come out for the storm. Alberta was all but deserted. I spent most of the day in Alberta doing laps on PItch's Gate into Jaybird and that little face. I did about 8 laps through there, and mine were the only tracks I saw. The base was great, with about boot deep snow on top.

 

I hiked up for a quick drop into Step Bowl, which was more like knee deep. I wanted to get over to boundary bowl, but it was closed in the morning for mitigation, and the wind was making it total whiteout every time I was up there, so I passed on that one.

 

Excluding waterfall, everything between the Alberta and Bonanza chairs has enough coverage to enjoy it. The trees skied great, just keep looking downhill for the fallen timber.

 

Aww shucks, I guess I'll have to go back tomorrow... :)

post #98 of 1255
From FB sounds like Copper opened some additional terrain for directed skiing today. I took a MTB ride and literally got blown off the trail several times, plus a nice keep-the-bike-around-your-calves spill. Gotta cut that out.

Suspect the wind has been a deterrent for a lot of Front Rangers today...but webcams are looking pretty good at Winter Park right now and supposed to hit Summit County next...
post #99 of 1255

It has been totally dumping in Summit County since last night. I took an instructor clinic at Loveland today and they have an incredible amount of snow, though not much is open yet.  Snowed hard all day, though quite windy at times. Supposed to snow most of tonight.

post #100 of 1255
The wind today at LL was pretty cold, but the snow was soft so long as you stayed away from the top of chair 2 which was wind blown. It was a bit of a zoo due to the demo day; I was kinda jealous of all the people trying out the shiny new skis.
post #101 of 1255
Why do I open these threads?
post #102 of 1255
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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post

Why do I open these threads?

 

Because you are really happy when I have a good day on the snow?

post #103 of 1255
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Originally Posted by raspritz View Post
 

It has been totally dumping in Summit County since last night. I took an instructor clinic at Loveland today and they have an incredible amount of snow, though not much is open yet.  Snowed hard all day, though quite windy at times. Supposed to snow most of tonight.

 

I probably skied by you about 10 times today.

post #104 of 1255
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The wind today at LL was pretty cold, but the snow was soft so long as you stayed away from the top of chair 2 which was wind blown. It was a bit of a zoo due to the demo day; I was kinda jealous of all the people trying out the shiny new skis.


You should have done the demos!  It's always a good time.

post #105 of 1255
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I probably skied by you about 10 times today.

Me too.  were you with the guys practicing loading the "injured person" onto the sled?

post #106 of 1255
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Originally Posted by Noodler View Post

I probably skied by you about 10 times today.

Hah, me too. I wonder how many other bears were out there. Was demoing all day in blue pants and orange flylow puffy. Got another mega-review I'm putting together after today. I love demo days.
post #107 of 1255

Holy puking across the West, Batman.

Cool to see the map light up like a Xmas tree... though no love for the Sierra  :-(

Accumulating nicely in Colorado.

Headed to Copper - should be good tomorrow even if it's only a WROD. 

Seems that most of the present 8" fresh in the pow cam fell after lift close.

 

post #108 of 1255

Another nice round of snow for Colorado last night:

 

 

From Colorado Ski Country's the Colorado Ski Report.   Open snow has more http://opensnow.com/dailysnow/colorado

 

Those bases are hitting the magic 28-30 inches that get a lot more terrain open.   I'm sure they will settle down a bit, but this storm is just huge for this time of year.  Between the great early season snow and the late Thanksgiving, it's going to be the best T-day skiing in years. 

post #109 of 1255

SNOTEL network data down since 2am  :-(

post #110 of 1255
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Originally Posted by Blizzard Of Oz View Post
 

SNOTEL network data down since 2am  :-(


I will help fill you in. It snowed overnight. Go out and get it.

 

Have a great day guys! I'm out to see if I can stalk Joel... :)

post #111 of 1255

LL skied well even without much terrain open yet.  The 6" call skied much deeper in areas,  I  had 3rd chair for opening and about 10th chair when they finally spun up #2 to the top.  Crazy windy and cold though.

post #112 of 1255
From Copper's FB:



And Winter Park, which seems to have been the winner of the Saturday round:



post #113 of 1255
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What an incredible weekend! I posted above above my fun exploring a deserted Alberta Saturday.

 

Sunday was very different.

 

First off, the snowpack stability was insanely poor. There were natural avalanches all over the area, and everything that could slide was shut down in the AM, including Alberta. At several times uring the day, I heard wumphs and felt snow collapsing under me. The storm seems to have come through as light density snow getting progressively heavier, deposited on a junk faceted weak layer, especially because most areas didn't see any ski compaction (not really skiable on a 24" base). They were booming every few minutes, and I also heard a LOT of hand explosives being used.

 

The other downside was that the place was MOBBED. The parking lot was full at 9:00 AM. It was a $39 college day, so half of Ft. Lewis was there, and there were a lot of front range skiers that drove down for the storm, and perhaps to see Joel in person :) - there was a bunch of chatter about that, but I never saw him.

 

College days are usually the time that go and hide in the far corners of Alberta, but none of that was open, and the first few runs consisted of 5-7 minute waits at Treasure Chair and then skiing mobbed runs.

 

I almost gave up and went home, but fate intervened.

 

I catch a chair with a patroller, who gives me the 411 on stability- Very strong slabs that take quite a bit of explosives to slide, but when they do they are large and rip to the ground. She then looks over, and says "You have a season pass, right? [yep] Do you know your way around and are comfortable skiing in Alberta? [yep] We are getting a crew together to do some ski cuts over there to open things, do you want in? [FUCK YES].

 

And that is how I ended up first in line with a group of about 12 people that got to lay first tracks through Alberta today. They sent the avy dogs up top, then us, and had us do several runs starting under the lift line and working out to get things cut up. There isn't much there that is a true slide risk, but obviously they were spooked and wanted to some cuts in it. I don't know if they ever opened Knife Ridge today, but Step Bowl did open.

 

I left at about 2:00, when Alberta was fully open and pushing me to areas I was not sold on coverage to get fresh snow.

 

After this storm, almost all of the mountain is skiable. It is going to be a great year.

 

 

 

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post #114 of 1255

14" on the pow cam this morning at Crested Butte. I drove Denver to Gunnison last night and it was far and away the scariest trip I've ever taken over Monarch. Blizzard conditions with insane wind. There were times when I couldn't see the hood of the car and would just completely stop. Unfortunately, the wind and slick conditions (snow on top of frozen rain) would keep blow the car in some odd direction before sliding to a stop. More than once I found myself nearly perpendicular to the road when the wind died back down enough to get my bearings and figure out which way I was facing.

post #115 of 1255
post #116 of 1255
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Threw some video up. This was the second time down the liftline before they opened Alberta all the way up.

 

post #117 of 1255
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Threw some video up. This was the second time down the liftline before they opened Alberta all the way up.

 

 

 

Man that looks nice.  I may have to make another trip up soon.  The hill I ski in Flagstaff won't look like that until January.

post #118 of 1255
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I saw them ski packing a line on Alberta Face and wondered if this was going on- Turns out I was right...

 

Quote:

Wolf Creek will host the US Freestyle Mogul Team from Wednesday, November 20th, through Tuesday, November 26, with a break on Saturday, November 23rd. The practice run is on Alberta Face; watch as you ride up the new Treasure Stoke lift! The National Freestyle Mogul Team will be be announced and the team will sign autographs at The Springs in Pagosa on Saturday afternoon.

 

Perhaps anybody that wants to ski a competition prepped mogul line should show up on November 27?

post #119 of 1255

Interesting how WC will open the whole mountain on a 35” base…

 

Sounds like a great way to wreck yourself and your gear. YMMV. :dunno

post #120 of 1255
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Originally Posted by COBillsFan View Post
 

Interesting how WC will open the whole mountain on a 35” base…

 

Sounds like a great way to wreck yourself and your gear. YMMV. :dunno

 

Wolf opened pretty much the whole mountain on a 24" base beginning a few weeks ago. A ton of open stuff at that point would have been murder on skis and in bad cases, people.

 

Just because it is open doesn't mean you have to ski it, and it also doesn't mean you have to bring your $$$ equipment out on it. Personally, I like the fact that the choice is up to me. At many other resorts, the terrain remains closed well past the point where I would be willing to ski it, so I really like that I get to choose.

 

That said, a 36" base, under the right conditions, is more than enough to hit a large portion of the off-piste stuff HARD. These are the right conditions. The storms have come relatively small doses, and have been skied into a really nice base for a lot of the mountain. A lot of the storms have been on the wet side and have stuck well.

 

I spent a weekend skiing Off-piste, had the time of my life, and my skis didn't come away with any scratches deep enough to hold Ptex. In my book, that's enough coverage. Actually, concerns about snowpack stability kept me off terrain more than coverage yesterday...

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