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Four week forecast for Park City or Alta?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Can anyone describe the conditions in Park City, UT right now?

The kids and I normally ski PC / Utah during Spring Break. But this year's Spring Break falls in the second week of April and I am afraid it is soooo late into the season that there won't be any places to ski. I know DV and Canyons last ski day is April 13. We can still go to Park City (closes April 19) and Alta (closes late April) but what are the conditions NOW? I just check the long term weather forecast for the next four weeks and it seems the temps are only going to get warmer and the big dumps I hoped for are going to be rains showers.

Maybe I should just bag it this year.
post #2 of 15

I've heard PC's been sloppy at the bottom and variable up high.  I do Alta instead.

post #3 of 15

Yeah, would stick to the CCs that late in the season. Snowbird runs the longest, and I'm not sure when Solitude and Brighton close this year. Not sure if Snowbird is a possibility for you, but they'll definitely be open - their season runs into May.

 

On the plus side, I know up here around Snowbasin, we've gotten a good amount of wet, heavy snow (base builder) over the past month or so. The reported base is now up over 100 in, despite a rather spotty season. That bodes well for resorts having some base left by mid April, but still a lot of time left between now and then, and it's been kind of warm and spring like. 

post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
Snowbasin eh?

I was actually thinking of driving the 1.5 hours from PC all the way to Powder Mountain but I heard they are pretty spotty too.

I would be willing to push through with this trip if there was just one last dump a few days before we arrive. But from the looks of it, there will be none. I already checked the Farmers Almanac.
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
I just called Powder Mtn and they are closing on April 13. Darn it! Alta will be closing the Supreme lift (backside) on the 13th as well but will keep the front side open for another week. This is not looking good....
post #6 of 15

Not sure what you're looking to hear. It's way too early to get any kind of prediction as to what the weather will be a month from now. There's a chance for a dump at that time of year, but it's obviously not as likely as in February or March. So either wait it out to see what the weather is and book closer to the date or book now with the understanding that you'll have something to ski, but it probably won't be primetime conditions. 

post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by Cyclist View Post

Can anyone describe the conditions in Park City, UT right now?

The kids and I normally ski PC / Utah during Spring Break. But this year's Spring Break falls in the second week of April and I am afraid it is soooo late into the season that there won't be any places to ski. I know DV and Canyons last ski day is April 13. We can still go to Park City (closes April 19) and Alta (closes late April) but what are the conditions NOW? I just check the long term weather forecast for the next four weeks and it seems the temps are only going to get warmer and the big dumps I hoped for are going to be rains showers.

Maybe I should just bag it this year.

For what it's worth, I'll be at Alta Lodge April 8-15.  Have friends who will be there April 13-19 because that's spring break week.  We've been meeting up there in April for several years.  Regardless of how things were in March, we've been lucky with a late season storm.

 

Alta Demo Day is April 12.

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks. I just checked the historical snow fall in the Alta site and it looks ok. Spotty but ok. Will have to discuss this trip with the family tonight. They might not be excited with the two hour daily drive from our PC hotel just to ski alta.
post #9 of 15
Why stay in PC?

Powmow isn't really a very good call either, poor exposure.
post #10 of 15

The answer is pretty simple: LCC or stay home. 

post #11 of 15
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Why stay in PC? Powmow isn't really a very good call either, poor exposure.

 


I don't have a choice for accomodations because it is a timeshare that I book a year prior. Cannot change the dates or the location. Pretty much stuck with it. I skied in the Canyons and PC in the last week of March last year and its sucked big time. Temps where in the 50s, snow in the lower slopes was wet and heavy. What made it worse is the day after we left, there was a two feet dump!
post #12 of 15

But you suggested in your OP that you can cancel the trip, no? Are you stuck paying for the timeshare if you cancel? If so, it's a no brainer - just go and drive to the best snow, which will more likely than not be in LCC. 

 

If you're not stuck paying, then cancel and book accommodations in or around LCC - or somewhere that's having a better season (CO maybe?). 

post #13 of 15
This hasn't been the fattest snow year, but there'll be snow in LCC in mid-April, it probably won't suck in BCC either, and Snowbasin has had a lot of good base-building snow. It'll be spring conditions, unless it isn't. We could get a great late season storm before or while you're here, or not until after the resorts close. But There Will Be Snow.

I guess you need to decide whether the likelihood of driving an hour to LCC, BCC, or Snowbasin every ski day while staying in PC is better than staying home. Sounds like a decent bet to me. But if you're going to be full of angst because it's unlikely that you'll find powder at your doorstep every morning, it's probably not worth it.
post #14 of 15

Here's an idea to hedge your bets:  plan a side trip down to Moab/Arches/Canyonlands.   For the cost of a couple lift tickets you could get a hotel room for a night down there and spend two days seeing the sites, hiking, and even.... cycling!  There are bike shops in Moab that rent both mountain and road bikes.  The sites there are must see.

 

Spring skiing at Alta is an absolute blast.   Back in my single days, I used to have an annual tradition of driving to Alta to ski with my UT buddies closing weekend, then mountain biking at Moab on the return trip to Denver.   Just go... there is plenty to do there even if the skiing isn't the best.

post #15 of 15

I skied PC on the 12th. I only went over there, as the temps dropped following a storm system, having had a sloppy day at Canyons a week earlier. Piste conditions at PC on the 12th were excellent high up but when I skied back to base at the end of the day it was sloppy.

 

I skied yesterday at Alta and conditions were excellent even at the end of the day.

 

The forecast is for it to stay warm. By the time you get here I think you will be driving to the 4 canyon resorts to get good skiing.

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