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post #31 of 36
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Originally Posted by oswaldr2 View Post

Very good to know, thanks for the information. I'll just play it by ear then. Hopefully it's dumping everywhere though, I've been batting in the .150 range on my last few trips to Colorado so I could use a big dump!

Just last night - a half foot at PC, nothing in LCC.

post #32 of 36

In the 18 years I've lived in Utah I'd bet the Park City resorts got more snow than the Cottonwoods less than 20 times.  Deer Valley is claiming 5 inches in the last 24 hours today.  PCMR is claiming 2 inches in the last 12 hours.  The Canyons is claiming 5 inches in the last 24 hours.  Alta is claiming 7 inches in the last 24 hours.  Snowbird is claiming 5 inches in the last 24 hours. 

 

Not real sure how the claim of half a foot in Park City and nothing in the Cottonwoods holds up.

post #33 of 36

SUPER information!  Thanks!  I've been to Alta/Snowbird.  What would you recommend for experienced backcountry shovelers? :)  Not familiar with SLC area :)

 

Thanks!

post #34 of 36
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Originally Posted by BobMc View Post
 

In the 18 years I've lived in Utah I'd bet the Park City resorts got more snow than the Cottonwoods less than 20 times.  Deer Valley is claiming 5 inches in the last 24 hours today.  PCMR is claiming 2 inches in the last 12 hours.  The Canyons is claiming 5 inches in the last 24 hours.  Alta is claiming 7 inches in the last 24 hours.  Snowbird is claiming 5 inches in the last 24 hours. 

 

Not real sure how the claim of half a foot in Park City and nothing in the Cottonwoods holds up.

 

While not the usual circumstance, every once in a while a storm can give PC area resorts a bit more snow. Obviously the vast majority of storms snow more in the Cottonwoods, but not every storm.

 

My point was to illustrate how different snow totals can be, despite the relative proximity of all the mountains. In 18 years have you ever heard of a couple feet at Alta and nothing at Snowbasin? How about 20 inches at PowMow and bone dry at Deer Valley?

post #35 of 36
I get your point, the weather can be localized at times. But my point is the vast, vast majority of the time that doesn't happen. There's a reason the cottonwoods average almost 200 inches per year more than the other side of the ridge. Even your example of last night didn't happen.

Back to the original question, I'd throw in a vote for Solitude. If you're looking for challenging terrain I think more of it can be found at Solitude than any of the other four choices given. It can be a tough place to figure out though, quite a bit of the best terrain can't be seen from the lifts or easily navigated to if you can see it. Honeycomb is obviously the gem of the area. There are several places to access the canyon, at the top of the Summit lift is the obvious place most go to. There are also gates at the top of Powderhorn, just down from the top of the Eagle lift, a gate at the top of the Honeycomb return lift and also through the trees on the left hand side of the challenger trail.

The gate at the top of Powderhorn probably accesses some of the steepest parts of the canyon, especially if you work skiers right after going through the gate. There's usually a traverse heading out that way, but be aware you probably shouldn't have much regard for your ski bases, it's usually pretty rocky. Evergreen peak mentioned earlier is another great hidden spot. The directions given earlier are pretty close, although instead of a traverse you wanna go up through a gate at the top of corner chute. It's a fairly steep climb up the ridge of evergreen but leads to usually good snow and steep lines, (be careful).

Another fun place is the milk run/parachute/middle slope area. Go up Powderhorn and hang a left getting off the lift. Follow the cat track to the gate at the end, there's all kinds of steep lines through the gate. Milk Run is to skiers left, it involves steep skiing to a zig zag through cliff lines. Parachute is a traverse to the right until you see the funnel of it below you. It involves a steep mini blow that funnels into a gulley/constricted ending. Middle Slope is all the way out on the traverse to the right. It involves a treed ramp leading to cliff bands, easiest out is to the right at the flat spot of the ramp. If you go too far into the funnel of Middle Slope you may find yourself cliffed out.

If you're still raring to go after all that check and see if Fantasy Ridge is open. The fantasy hike starts at the top of the summit lift and takes you to the top of the formidable ridge above you. It's one of the scariest hikes in all of inbound American skiing. I've only gone up it once, that was enough for me. But, if you have the ability and the courage to do it the experience is not to be missed. The skiing up there is certainly steep, but the hike is the terrifying part of the trip.

Anyways, have fun on your trip and I hope you enjoy Utah!

PS After being a pass holder at Solitude for the last 12 years I moved over to Snowbird this season, otherwise I never would have told tourists about that stuff, wink.gif.
post #36 of 36

Can only give my eye witness account of Alta from Dec. 19th. They reported 5" at 5AM. It was much deeper at the upper area off the Collins chair, and Wildcat. Snowed hard all day on the 19th, and probably added up to that legit 12" that was finally reported for the 24 hr total. I posted a condition report for Alta, and pics from Thursday. It was lightly snowing pretty much all day today (12/20/13) on the West side of Alta.

 

Bonus, is they opened up Ballroom just as I unloaded Collins chair, around 10:45AM or so. :cool

 

However, this little feature was still waiting some attention...Pic on 12/20/13

 

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