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Park City and Canyons spring in January

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We just finished at Park City and Canyons.  Weird seeing Utah resorts with so little snow, but it was still great skiing.

 3 and 4 days ago at Canyons (1/23 -1/24) we found great snow on all groomed runs with good cover. Lower mountain only had cover on runs with man made snow, and there were a few rocks here and there on ungroomed runs.  There had been a thaw and freeze so the snow was hard, but nothing an East Coast skier would call icy.  Cover was okay on the upper mountain except the steepest runs, and the south facing runs without snowmaking, which were showing some rocks also. Canyons was very inconvenient (intentionally?) to navigate from the parking area to the southmost lifts on Iron Mountain and Dream Peak.  That also made for  the best snow and very few people on those north facing runs. 


We skied the last two days at PCMR with the temperatures warming into the low 40's.   They had done a better job than canyons and making snow and grooming when the conditions permitted and they had plenty of runs with great snow. The first day the hard consolidated surface had softened to a nice consistency.  Mogul runs were perfect, but rocks were a significant problem on some south facing slopes.  By yesterday afternoon after skiing in short sleeves and bright sun all morning, the snow had softened to patches of sticky slush on all sun exposed slopes, and there were plenty of bare patches on most of the mogul runs.  


Today the weather was very warm, spring like and mostly sun with just a bit of snow/rain in the late morning.  I drove up to Alta and the snow was still decent there, though I didn't have time to ski.  It was snowing at the base around noon and  they probably got a dusting, but no rain.  


Hope that helps someone!

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Thank you for the info.  I'm heading to PC in 2 weeks, this is helpful.  UT has never let me down on snow conditions before, I'm getting a little worried this year.  I've never been to the PC resorts, I have only skied LCC/BCC previously so I had hoped to explore new terrain this year.  But if the conditions are better at Alta/Bird, I may drive there instead.

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Alta looked great still.

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