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Which resort has the best snow in North America at the moment?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

I was planning a trip to the Alps in early January (Jan. 4) but the conditions do not look promising. What would be a good bet in North America for that week?  Note: I have a long way to travel so I would be looking for good snow (2+ meter base).

post #2 of 14
Looks like Jackson Hole and Targhee are doing well, but someone else can probably give a better snapshot.
post #3 of 14

Nobody has a two meter base and your reading too much into that number anyway. Many resorts in the US seldom get close to that number and yet they can still have great skiing.

 

Check this thread out.

http://www.epicski.com/t/123916/give-it-up-is-your-home-mountain-worth-travelling-to-this-month

 

My recommendation

Aspen

Steamboat

Powder Hwy - I'm going 1/9, so it has to be good.

post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 

Powder Highway would be my first choice but it may be too far (if I fly to Seattle or Chi, it is a 14 hour flight). Colorado is not high on my list because I've skied most of it (including Steamboat and Aspen) before.

 

Does anyone know what the minimum age for cat skiing at Targhee is (my son will be one month shy of 14)? I e-mailed Targhee and never got a response.

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Does anyone know what the minimum age for cat skiing at Targhee is (my son will be one month shy of 14)? I e-mailed Targhee and never got a response.

 

They should take him.  I've been on other trips with kids. 

 

Jackson/Targhee would be a good choice.   Direct flights from both SEA or ORD.

post #6 of 14
Northern Rockies are doing well - Kimberly, Fernie, Whitefish.
post #7 of 14
Shredhead,

Call 1-800-TARGHEE and ask for the Activity Center. They'll know the minimum age. I've seen 8 & 9 year olds rip it up over on the cat and 35 year old Alpha Males get sent back because they way over stated their ability.

Instead of asking what age they'll take, you should be asking what ability they'll take (not that I am questioning you or your son's ability in any way).

GTR has 54" settled at their mid-mountain stake. JHMR has 42" settled at the summit. Hasn't significantly snowed in the Tetons for 10 days.

HB
post #8 of 14

I think this needs to be moved to the Resorts, Conditions, and Travel forum. Just saying.

post #9 of 14

Wolf Creek Colorado has a 1.5+ meter base.

post #10 of 14
Where does Wolf Creek measure their "base"?

We're getting into the Marketing Departments now...
post #11 of 14
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Wolf Creek Colorado has a 1.5+ meter base.

 

I would much rather ski in The Tetons.  

 

The terrain at Wolf Creek isn't anything like what we have at JHMR.  Targhee is a fun and friendly area but can't compare to the terrain we have at the big mountain.  I think that Targhee and Wolf Creek may be similar in a lot of ways, add in JHMR and Yellowstone National Park and the decision seems like a no brainer to me.  Conditions will change quite a bit between now and Jan 4.  There is an inch of fresh on my porch right now and a small snow cycle seems to be happening over the next few days.  I expect that we will be seeing some significant snow in the next few weeks.  Jan 4 is a great time to come.  The holiday crowds will be gone by then and it will feel like a private resort.  

post #12 of 14

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Castle webcam midmountain. Good snow. Note I didn't realize it until now but the webcam picture will change as time goes on.


Edited by Castle Dave - 12/19/13 at 11:42am
post #13 of 14

Their conditions are best now.  Ours will be bad all season.  

 

Go there.

post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by HarkinBanks View Post

Where does Wolf Creek measure their "base"?

We're getting into the Marketing Departments now...

 

Wolf Creek's base has been conservatively reported all season. I don't know precisely where they measure, but it is not cherrypicked. I'm not aware of any area having more snow, either in the amount packed into a base or the amount of snowfall year to date. Two weekends ago, the 17" reported day was really armpit deep across a wide swath of the Alberta area.

 

I can certainly understand recommendations to ski someplace else from the terrain front- If I was coming from across the world I would think very carefully about that choice.

 

But the question was about where it is deepest right now, and to the best of my knowledge, that it Wolf Creek. It has been a 100% open, bottomless base for well over a month now.

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