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Cottonwoods 26-30 January

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So, on the way out west, so might as well spend a few days in SLC.

 

Up to Snowbird this morning. Hmmm, is this a good sign? 10:30 and no one's in line?

 

 

Well this is why - in the northleast it would be "packed powder", but here it's an abomination:

 

 

Nasty, scratchy. I took the MX88's out, and still could hardly get a good edge in. Is this really Snowbird?

 

Later I went over to Mineral Basin after the sun had been on it for a while. Was it edgeable? Barely. Wow, in 20 years I've never seen Snowbird so marginal.

 

Thankfully some things never change - boarders getting their gear on at the "Keep Moving" sign. Duh.

 

 

Not sure about tomorrow. Maybe Canyons or Snowbasin are better. The lower elevation may give some spring condition stuff. Arrrgggghhhh.

 

 

Next week is the Gapic soiree in UT- pray for a LOT of snow, because this is REALLY dismal. I mean they need a few feet before this becomes the LCC we know.

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Snowbasin groomers are good, off piste is terrible.  The guy at www.wasatchsnowforecast.com is predicting nice weather changes on the way this week.

 

T. - www.wasatchreport.com

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Ok, I guess I will tune my skis again before the gathering.
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Yesterday Mineral Basin was closed due to winds, and just going up Peruvian, it was really howling. The clouds looked to be going about 100mph.

 

Met up with "Super D" for some runs (with mini D). Nice form:

 

 

Today I figured I'd be smart and go to the Canyons - lower altitude should mean not so frozen, right?

 

So anyway, what's up with this new roundabout"

 

 

 

Well, at 10am this is what the upper lodge looked like: Yikes, that's not good -

 

 

So this is what it looked like on one of the traverses

 


Edited by snofun3 - 1/28/14 at 6:35pm
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So, anyway, this is one of my favorite areas on Iron Mountain. Really, really not good. It's going to take FEET of snow to make this right:

 

 

 

So, back to Snowbird tomorrow, and not expecting much.

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So, anyway, this is one of my favorite areas on Iron Mountain. Really, really not good. It's going to take FEET of snow to make this right:

 

 

 

So, back to Snowbird tomorrow, and not expecting much.

 

Yes things are seriously snow challenged but the part of Iron Mountain pictured rarely has good coverage except in the best of snow years so its not the best representation. In general groomers are skiing pretty well, Everything else not so well. I am finding PCMR to be skiing the best right now. The rockier areas in LCC and BCC are hurting worse than PCMR and DV. Brighton is pretty much a waste of time, Solitude is OK, Alta is OK. Snowbird is a bit less than OK. Canyons is always snow challenged and this year is especially bad.

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When I was out there week before last Alta was skiing a lot better than Snowbird.  Mineral basin was slabby and crusty just 2 days after the storm and 1 day after it opened.  Nobody was skiing Little Cloud lift and the only decent snow we found was down by the Gad chairs.   Skied Alta the next day and there was still plenty of soft snow but you had to look for it.  Taking the high traverse out to the end involved a lot of scrambling over rocks and mud and I am sure it is much more so now.  Best snow we found, and it was good, was in the trees off the Wildcat lift.

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This is great information about the Park City and LCC areas though it's a bit depressing as I'm part of a group headed there in a couple of weeks.

 

I know that there's snow falling right now and there may be as much as two feet on the ground by the end of the day tomorrow, so things will obviously improve some. WSF doesn't seem to be optimistic about getting more for next week right now though. I certainly hope that changes. A quick peak at the snow water equiv data for the the Cottonwood Canyon and Park City areas indicates that things are only 60 - 70% of median. While obviously not good news for skiers, the implications are far worse in the longer term for those in the area when the forest fire season arrives. 

 

Hopefully, there will be a more long-lasting correction soon and the weather will regress to the mean.

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I skied PCMR on Sunday and DV on monday and Tuesday.  PCMR has a lot of bare spots, and very thin cover.  Most groomers are OK though.

 

DV has better coverage.  Conditions are decent if you stick to the groomers.  Can get pretty scraped our in high traffic areas.  The storm that is on the way should improve things out.

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