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What skis to bring to Park City/Snowbasin/Alta this weekend??

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Heading out to SLC this weekend with the guys! I've skiied primarily in the Northwest and never been to Utah for skiing so don't know the terrain and snow type to expect.  Not a lot new snow in the forecast and the weather is on the warm side. Should I bring

1. Kastle 108 BMX , or 

2. K2 Sideshow at 90 mm waist

 

???

 

Thanks...

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Either one really, I'd probably go 108.

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Either one really, I'd probably go 108.

That is a negative ghostrider. It's wind scoured and hard. Still good turns in the backcountry, where safe. Won't warm until the cool NW flow ceases sundayish. 

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We're going to be at Solitude next Wednesday through Saturday.  Any chance we'll get some decent snow?  Can't seem to find a good long-range forecast site for BCC and I'm trying to decide what gear to bring as well.  I almost hate to be leaving the Northwest with all of the snow we've been getting, but looking forward to seeing Utah.

 

Thanks,


Matt


Edited by snmhanson - 2/21/14 at 1:43pm
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We're going to be at Solitude next Wednesday through Saturday.  Any chance we'll get some decent snow?  Can't seem to find a good long-range forecast site for BCC and I'm trying to decide what gear to bring as well.  I almost hate to be leaving the Northwest with all of the snow we've been getting, but looking forward to seeing Utah.

 

Thanks,


Matt

Maybe at the end of the week. Not sure though, storm has to break through ridging.

 

opensnow.com

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I have also been looking for a good weather forecast for the pc area. Intellicast says it is going to 55 one day next week and the weather channel states 43. Quite a difference in reporting. I have also wondered about the skis. I have my atomic automatics or salomon furies. I have decided to go phat. How do find out about the backcountry?

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I have also been looking for a good weather forecast for the pc area. Intellicast says it is going to 55 one day next week and the weather channel states 43. Quite a difference in reporting. I have also wondered about the skis. I have my atomic automatics or salomon furies. I have decided to go phat. How do find out about the backcountry?

weather.com is pretty accurate for PC. It's not going to get to 55. It has been in the high 30s at the base for the PC areas, low 30s in BCC/LCC. Best ski oriented forecast is wasatchsnowforecast.com. For conditions right now and for the next week or so a narrower all mountain ski would be best as conditions are groomed or ski packed. Off piste is pretty nasty right now with wind blown, crust, chunks and crud if it hasn't been ski packed. Not to make it sound too negative though as we finally have adequate coverage and the skiing is really pretty good, just not up to usual Utah standards. Next storm is at the end of next week but it looks like it is going to be another warm one with heavy wet snow again. Our good storms this year have all been tropical moisture fed.

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weather.com is pretty accurate for PC. It's not going to get to 55. It has been in the high 30s at the base for the PC areas, low 30s in BCC/LCC. Best ski oriented forecast is wasatchsnowforecast.com. For conditions right now and for the next week or so a narrower all mountain ski would be best as conditions are groomed or ski packed. Off piste is pretty nasty right now with wind blown, crust, chunks and crud if it hasn't been ski packed. Not to make it sound too negative though as we finally have adequate coverage and the skiing is really pretty good, just not up to usual Utah standards. Next storm is at the end of next week but it looks like it is going to be another warm one with heavy wet snow again. Our good storms this year have all been tropical moisture fed.

Are you talking about pc areas or lcc/bcc? The skiing is pretty good in lcc right now. Plenty of soft snow on northern aspects. Skied soft conditions all day yesterday. Of course the snow is always better up higher (lcc and bcc).
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Are you talking about pc areas or lcc/bcc? The skiing is pretty good in lcc right now. Plenty of soft snow on northern aspects. Skied soft conditions all day yesterday. Of course the snow is always better up higher (lcc and bcc).

Sorry mostly talking about PC areas. Haven't been to BCC/LCC in about a week.

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Sorry mostly talking about PC areas. Haven't been to BCC/LCC in about a week.

Probably good snow up high in jupiter area at pc?
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Probably good snow up high in jupiter area at pc?

 

Snow quality is pretty good all over where it is skied out. The problem areas are those that got partly skied after the 10" storm which was really heavy here on the back with some rain at the start at lower elevations, then froze pretty hard, then got filled in by the 4-6" of blower and got partially skied again, then melted and froze again, then got blown all over, etc. etc. I'm not complaining too much and having a lot of fun, snow quality is good once skied or groomed. Just be careful off in the trees because it may be fine or it may be frozen hard or ??? Jupiter is completely skied out at this point with sizeable moguls in all open areas. We really haven't had significant snow since P'day weekend when the crowds descended.

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That is a negative ghostrider. It's wind scoured and hard.  

 



Snowbasin was pretty variable yesterday. Nice groomers in the needles area, but Strawberry was wind blown and slick on groomers, a hard, crusty nightmare on un groomed runs, with a shallow layer of dust on crust in the woods. Whatever skis you bring, make sure your edges are sharp.
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