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Where to ski in the Salt Lake City area in the warmer weather.

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Well it is 55 f and getting warmer in Salt Lake City. I skied Alta and Brighton Friday and Sunday they were fine. I visited Canyons today and despite recent snow anything south facing was looking pretty thin and by mid-day the lower slopes were getting slushy. I had a good time, just stayed high and North facing but it was a little restrictive.

 

What resorts will have the best conditions on the groomers? Bad knees mean I can not ski powder anymore

 

I am guessing Alta Snowbird Brighton and Solitude.

 

But what about Powder Mountain, and Wolf Creek I missed them out last year and had planned to relocate to Ogden for a few days to ski them and revisit Snowbasin   [I really enjoyed GSing down Strawberry and lunch at John Pauls]

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Deer valley for groomers...
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I am guessing Alta Snowbird Brighton and Solitude. 

You are guessing right. Anything on the Park City side can be slop (that includes Deer Valley) on a warm March day.  Snowbasin and Powder Mt. have similar issues with low base elevation, and in Snowbasin's case predominantly east exposure.

 

Snowbird is overall the best for preserving winter snow, but a lot of that is on ungroomed north facing steeps.

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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post

You are guessing right. Anything on the Park City side can be slop (that includes Deer Valley) on a warm March day.  Snowbasin and Powder Mt. have similar issues with low base elevation, and in Snowbasin's case predominantly east exposure.

Snowbird is overall the best for preserving winter snow, but a lot of that is on ungroomed north facing steeps.
What Tony said.
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Of course there is always a big difference between the city and the upper mountain.  But the ave temp at SLC resorts is not as cold as one might think. 

The biggest reasons for the often better conditions at the cottonwood canyons vs the other is it's about 6F colder on average. 

Divide Feb + March by 2 - ave high temp in PC right now is about 42F.  That what to expect  And w/o looking it's probably warmer than that.  April in Alta is like Feb at Snowbasin. 

And Powder Mtn, w/o looking - even worse exposure, even worse yet.  I would not consider planning a trip there, but would only go on the right day. I like my snow crispy. 

 

note: Huntsville is at a lower elev than Snowbasin so even the base of SB will be a few degrees cooler, but i think it's the closest town. 


Edited by SnowbirdDevotee - 3/4/14 at 6:53pm
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The only "slush" I ever skied in that area was at the base of Deer Valley towards the end of March. Got sticky at Brighton the day we were there (warm March day), but not slushy.

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Well it looks like it will have to be Alta Snowbird Brighton and Solitude for the next week and I will hope for a cold snap to come through allowing me to head North to tick off Wolf Creek and Powder Mountain.

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I guess I should clarify: if you ski silver lake village on up at deer valley, you will rarely encounter slush - elevation is around 8000 ft which is just under the base elevation at Brighton.
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3 years ago I skied Deer Valley March 31 and Snowbird April 1.  Pretty much what SnowbirdDevoee said: heavy spring conditions top to bottom at Deer Valley, over 50% winter snow at Snowbird.

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