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When will Strawberry and John Paul terrain be open at Snowbasin?

post #1 of 13
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@4ster

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It seems that the season is starting slowly at Snowbasin this year.  I am wondering how much of the mountain will be open for my trip there in two weeks.  Any idea if Strawberry and/or John Paul areas will be open any time soon? 

post #2 of 13
Hmm, my crystal ball says soon, very soon.

You are correct, it has been a slow start but skiing was excellent yesterday on the upper mountain. This latest storm put down a great base on the upper 2/3rds of the mountain. With this next storm & good snowmaking temps, I would speculate the whole mtn will be open shortly.

JF
post #3 of 13
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Hmm, my crystal ball says soon, very soon.

You are correct, it has been a slow start but skiing was excellent yesterday on the upper mountain. This latest storm put down a great base on the upper 2/3rds of the mountain. With this next storm & good snowmaking temps, I would speculate the whole mtn will be open shortly.

JF


I have a feeliing 4ster's crystal ball is much clearer than mine. That being said, they are opening new terrain daily (yaay, no more scary runout to the bottom through Bear Hollow.) Lots of new snow last night and today. We're heading up for some Christmas skiing.

 

I echo what 4ster said that the upper 2/3 was skiing amazing two days ago! Below that there was a lot of scritchy scratchy but hopefully the snowmaking +fresh snow will cover that up.

 

My friends and I are counting the days until Strawberry opens.

post #4 of 13

Strawberry and JP officially open today :D

 

Strawberry still needs some more snow towards the bottom for those (like me) who want to return to base via the lower mountain, and JP has nothing groomed as of now. I just shooed my husband out the door to get some early runs in on all the fresh snow that's ungroomed. He's having a lot of fun on his Q105's in all the new snow!

post #5 of 13

I think in two weeks' time you will have some pretty sweet conditions, and all the tourists will have gone home and the locals back to school.

 

Try to get up to Powder Mountain as well if you can.  All these resorts in the Ogden Valley are perched on the edge of a development wave, and now is the time to experience them "old school" style.  However, if you hit a day of fresh snow/powder and bluebird skies, get to Snowbasin EARLY and get over to Strawberry post-haste.  There is a dearth of trees on that side of the hill, and low-vis conditions plus no trees equals hell.  BUT when it's clear it's freaking awesome.

 

If you have a car, check out the Shooting Star in Huntsville for a good hamburger.  Say hi to the St Bernard on the wall.

post #6 of 13
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Things are looking good at Snowbasin now.  I'm very excited to check this place out for the first time in a couple of weeks.  Are either of the Downhills ever groomed?

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Things are looking good at Snowbasin now.  I'm very excited to check this place out for the first time in a couple of weeks.  Are either of the Downhills ever groomed?


Yes, the start of the Downhills are groomed.  My guess is that doesn't happen too often.  My first time at Snowbasin was mid-season several years ago.  It was a warm spell so we found the Strawberry area too frozen to be fun before about 10:30.  The Men's Downhill start had been groomed.  Last Jan, there were soft bumps that weren't really that big.  We didn't do the Women's start because a ski patroller was warning people that the narrow little trail to get over there was icy.  That trail makes me nervous in good conditions.

post #8 of 13

They definitely groom the downhill courses but I don't know how often. They haven't yet in the three days that terrain has been open.

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Yes, the start of the Downhills are groomed.  My guess is that doesn't happen too often.  My first time at Snowbasin was mid-season several years ago.  It was a warm spell so we found the Strawberry area too frozen to be fun before about 10:30.  The Men's Downhill start had been groomed.  Last Jan, there were soft bumps that weren't really that big.  We didn't do the Women's start because a ski patroller was warning people that the narrow little trail to get over there was icy.  That trail makes me nervous in good conditions.

Been on that trail a few times. Sketchy. 

post #10 of 13

It has snowed ALL day here. Hubby is planning a "powder flu" day tomorrow and we are getting a sitter :D

post #11 of 13
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Things are looking good at Snowbasin now.  I'm very excited to check this place out for the first time in a couple of weeks.  Are either of the Downhills ever groomed?

Portions of both the men's & womens dh's are groomed regularly when their is enough snow, the women's almost daily. Usually late season for the men's start &/or finish but chances are most of the women's course will be groomed when you are here. Much of hill requires a winch cat so it takes a bit more snow than other runs.
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Looks like Wildflower was groomed this morning.  Ask and ye shall receive!!! 

post #13 of 13

It was an absolute BLAST today! We got there early enough to beat the lines. A good foot of powder with the groomers having several inches or more. As crowded as it was, the mountain really spreads people out well when there's lots of terrain open. The snow here is unreal. I was actually skiing powder and not feeling like me knees were going to be ripped apart. Hit a lot of ungroomed (and also untracked!) stuff and did a lot of giggling because it was just so fun and also because I still kinda suck in it so I was laughing at myself.

 

Didn't ski Wildflower but plan to when the crowds thin.

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