or Connect
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Snowbird ?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I am thinkiing of comming to Snowbird Alta with some friends the 3rd week of Feb. we don't want to take a trip unless the steeper stuff is skiable. What is it like now? I know it is hard to predict but, what do you think we may find when we come? It would be nice to get some of that Utha powder.
post #2 of 13

I'll be there this year again at that time.  The condition will likely (99%) be perfect at Snowbird/Alta.  That is just before the warmup and higher sun that comes the last week of Feb.  Spring is in the air that week down in the city, but not up in the canyons. 

 

Of course the steeper stuff will be covered.  No worries whatsoever.  If there is no snow the two weeks before, then there may be some rocks showing in a few spots on top, but that is an extremely small percentage of the overall skiing terrain.  I wouldn't worry about it. I would think that week is the best week for skiing just about anywhere.  But don't necessarily expect powder.  If you are going for a week the odds are in your favor, but if you are only going for 3-4 days, chance of powder is less than 50%.

post #3 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post
 

I'll be there this year again at that time.  The condition will likely (99%) be perfect at Snowbird/Alta.  That is just before the warmup and higher sun that comes the last week of Feb.  Spring is in the air that week down in the city, but not up in the canyons. 

 

Of course the steeper stuff will be covered.  No worries whatsoever.  If there is no snow the two weeks before, then there may be some rocks showing in a few spots on top, but that is an extremely small percentage of the overall skiing terrain.  I wouldn't worry about it. I would think that week is the best week for skiing just about anywhere.  But don't necessarily expect powder.  If you are going for a week the odds are in your favor, but if you are only going for 3-4 days, chance of powder is less than 50%.


We're also headed to the Wasatch the last week of February, so this is good to hear. We're staying in PC but will have rental cars and will defer decisions about the actual mountain we ski based on conditions when we arrive, but I've tentatively scheduled 2 of our 7 days for Alta/Snowbird. I've skied 'Bird before, but it was years ago and I've always wanted to get back.

 

This is perhaps an unfair question for someone with the screen name of SnowbirdDevotee (thanks for your excellent mountain guide by the way), but with snowfall not particularly abundant so far this year, do you have a feel for conditions at the Park City areas? How about the more northern areas such as Snowbasin and Powder Mountian?

 

Finally, like you, I'm in PA, though the Phila area, not the Poconos. I will however be in the Poconos tomorrow (Elk) for my first time on skis this year.

post #4 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by CharlieRN View Post
 


We're also headed to the Wasatch the last week of February, so this is good to hear. We're staying in PC but will have rental cars and will defer decisions about the actual mountain we ski based on conditions when we arrive, but I've tentatively scheduled 2 of our 7 days for Alta/Snowbird. I've skied 'Bird before, but it was years ago and I've always wanted to get back.

 

This is perhaps an unfair question for someone with the screen name of SnowbirdDevotee (thanks for your excellent mountain guide by the way), but with snowfall not particularly abundant so far this year, do you have a feel for conditions at the Park City areas? How about the more northern areas such as Snowbasin and Powder Mountian?

 

Finally, like you, I'm in PA, though the Phila area, not the Poconos. I will however be in the Poconos tomorrow (Elk) for my first time on skis this year.


^^ This is a good approach to a Wasatch trip.

 

Conditions in PC are good, all things considered. Speaking of PCMR specifically, the last storm left about a foot and a half at the base and an easy 2.5 / 3 feet in places on Jupiter. Skiing Scotty's Bowl gave me knee deep powder turns for two days following the snowfall. West Face was a little boney up top due to wind, but the trees just below the ridge were fantastic. And, of course, the trees into Thaynes Canyon were untracked and empty, save for a few locals. With the temps hovering around freezing all week, I expect the snow to stick around well until the next cycle.

 

Snowbasin is skiing well also. Rumor is Lightning Ridge at PowMow is opening today or tomorrow - so that's nice.

 

As long as we don't get a heatwave between in the next four weeks, I suspect your chances for a nice pre-spring snowfall on top of the base already here is pretty good. With a seven day trip and the willingness to scour all local mountains I can't imagine a better way to stack the odds in your favor. Worse comes to worst, pack up and road trip to Steamboat or Jackson. They seem to be having really good years.

 

PCFWD

post #5 of 13

>but with snowfall not particularly abundant so far this year, do you have a feel for conditions at the Park City areas? How about the more northern areas such as Snowbasin and Powder Mountian?

 

I wouldn't worry whatsoever, I'm not and I'll be there the same week. Conditions are not terrible, just a bit below average.  Snowbird/Alta have a 65" base and the PC resorts have a 40-50" base.  That enough so that all the main runs will be open.  It's unlikely they'll have rain before your trip.  Fresh snow is always a crap shoot and the odds are the same from mid-Dec through mid-April.  If you are staying in PC you don't want to be running to the LCC everyday. I would ski a day or two at Alta/Bird, a day at Snowbasin and the rest at the PC resorts.  If you were going to Cali, then concern is justified, but even they will likely have at least decent coverage 5 weeks from now.
 

post #6 of 13

Thanks all.

 

Really looking forward to this trip.

post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
My first trip to Utah was many years a go, I was on a racing team and we beat out 60 teams to win first place. One of our prizes was a trip to PC, we got air transport , lodging and tickets to PC. We skied one day at PC and decided to spend the rest of our time at Snowbird. PC is fine for a lot of people but it did not offer much of what we wanted.
So here we are at Snowbird at a control gate to some good steep skiing, and up comes a guy in rear entry boots and soft skis. He asks Mike if we liked it down there, mike said yes. He then asked what it was like, mike said "it is steep, lots of cliffs , and if you F'up you could die". The guy said he did not think he would go that way, and headed down the groomed run, looking at the way the guy skied I think mike may have save him some pain.
I have been back to Utah a number of times and I still have a few places to try. So far I like Alta, Snowbird and SnowBasin. I have heard solitude is good, Do you think it should be on my list to try? are there any other places that offer the kind of skiing one finds at Alta, Snowbird?
post #8 of 13

You should be alright but folks are being just a bit optimistic here. We are at about 75% of normal in the Wasatch this year and are not expecting any snow for at least two weeks. Things are alright but they are definitely thin. 65" base is alright in LCC but usually we have an over 100" base by now. I think you will have fun but we could really use more snow. Honestly screw the skiing we will be having water and fire issues next summer if we have another sub standard year.

post #9 of 13

I am in Little Cottonwood Canyon right now.  Plenty of stuff is open, but with marginal temps and lots of sun things are getting thinner.  Alta is skiing better than Snowbird.  Tomorrow is our last day and we are going back to Alta.  Stuff like Eagles Nest and High Rustler is skiing pretty good gut you have to walk over a lot of rock and mud just to get there.  Yesterday at Snowbird we encountered a lot of slabby, crusty snow and ended up sticking to trees down around the Gad lifts where we found the best stuff.  Mineral basin looked good but not so much.  Another storm or so and you should be fine.

post #10 of 13

I skied Alta/Snowbird 4 days and Snowbasin one last week.  The early season disparity between Alta and Snowbird has been unusually great this season.  However coverage at Snowbird is mostly decent now after the recent storms.  Alta skied better because the wind stripped a lot more of the powder at Snowbird.  I've been there often enough to know that was an unusual storm in that respect.

 

Snowbasin last Sunday was great, though we didn't spend much time on the John Paul side.   Powder Mt.'s Paradise lift is not open yet, which is a big red flag.  So it might not be worth a day at the Gathering just 2+ weeks from now, but hard to believe it won't be open by late February.

 

Quote:
If you are going for a week the odds are in your favor, but if you are only going for 3-4 days, chance of powder is less than 50%.  

For a week at Alta:

1/4 of weeks will have no days of 6+ inches

Another 1/4 of weeks with have just one day of >6 but  <12 inches

 

Needless to say these are close to the best odds in North America.  Snowfall is streaky.  Advance booked resort trips can never count on powder.  Except in Niseko in January. 

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post

Powder Mt.'s Paradise lift is not open yet, which is a big red flag.  So it might not be worth a day at the Gathering just 2+ weeks from now, but hard to believe it won't be open by late February.

 

For a week at Alta:

1/4 of weeks will have no days of 6+ inches

Another 1/4 of weeks with have just one day of >6 but  <12 inches

 

Needless to say these are close to the best odds in North America.  Snowfall is streaky.  Advance booked resort trips can never count on powder.  Except in Niseko in January. 

 



I was not impressed with Powder Mountain, it did have powder when I skied it although.
So true; one can never count on the weather, I work nights and live 45 minutes from my ski area so I can ski every storm.

Even with out powder it is fun going some place you don't ski all the time. I am booking our trip and we will be there on the 3rd week of Feb.
Thanks for the heads up on the snow, I be checking in untill then.
post #12 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by tomfifield View Post

I am thinkiing of comming to Snowbird Alta with some friends the 3rd week of Feb. we don't want to take a trip unless the steeper stuff is skiable. What is it like now? I know it is hard to predict but, what do you think we may find when we come? It would be nice to get some of that Utha powder.

 

 

feburary us prime season. just commit.

 

the best chance of fresh snow is in the month of march in LCC. then april is not far behind. 

post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks Josh and guys, i am booking today.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Resorts, Conditions & Travel