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Headed to Snowbird, UT on Sat

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Hello! This will be my first trip to Utah. Anyone know how the conditions are? I don't see any snow in the forecast this week.
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It's supposed to snow a tiny bit weds-Thursday. By tiny bit I mean less than half an inch, so don't get too excited. But, the mountain isn't skiing too bad, everything is open. The Cirque traverse is getting a bit bony but passable. There are still chalky lines to be found as well as a lot of frozen hardpack.

You'll have fun. The mornings are the best, the sunshine in Mineral is fantastic, the traffic can put a bit of a sheen on the trade routes by later in the day.
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Check out the NOAA sites. This one is for Park City but if you move the green box on the right column, Snowbird is right on other side of the mountain.

 

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?site=slc&smap=1&textField1=40.662083333333&textField2=-111.49625#.Ut3r2rzTknU

 

Check out Snowbird's web site.

 

http://www.snowbird.com/winter/

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Came back on Saturday, had new snow first two days ,great skiing thru Friday, Alta had better conditions except for High Traverse, there are rocks in places off trail but avoidable,wildcat area was great

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Thank you all!
I'm an east coaster, so hopefully I will be amazed. redface.gif)
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Originally Posted by Brad J View Post
 

Came back on Saturday, had new snow first two days ,great skiing thru Friday, Alta had better conditions except for High Traverse, there are rocks in places off trail but avoidable,wildcat area was great

 

 
 

 Brad Speaks the truth.  My son and I stayed at Snowbird last week but we mostly skied Alta as conditions were better there.  In search of good snow on Friday, our last day, we ended up lapping Wildcat all afternoon finding really interesting and fun terrain and lots of soft snow.  Hint: traverse to skiers right until you get into the trees and explore in there. Still some thin cover but easy enough to avoid.  Bonus was we found a really fun, powder filled route down to Snowbird for our last run of the week! 

 

High Traverse was fine until you got out near the end of the ridge at which point you had to walk over rocks and mud.

 

Mineral Basin at Snowbird looked great but the snow was slab by and crusty and very variable to say the least.  Unfortunately it got a little warm in the sun on Tuesday and cooled down again at night.  It may have skied better in the afternoon but we found decent snow in the trees around the Gad chairs and stayed over there.  All the stuff off Little Cloud was crusty as well and no one was skiing it.  

 

 
post #7 of 7
Count on it.

Compared to the northleast, da Bird is incomparable.

I'll be there Sat through Wed next week.
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