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post #31 of 51
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Originally Posted by MastersRacer View Post

I like to wander around Gorsuch and be dumbfounded at what you can spend on things. Probably a stop at B&Y's would make it more entertaining.
There are some good deals on Zai skis though
post #32 of 51

LOL. We had an interesting discussion about the Nezza with the shop staff one evening after a few (too many) at Pepi's. Any ski in the 4 figure range is suspect. No exceptions for Kaestle. I'm not impressed by their top sheet durability.


Edited by MastersRacer - 4/7/15 at 2:51pm
post #33 of 51
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I like to wander around Gorsuch and be dumbfounded at what you can spend on things. Probably a stop at B&Y's would make it more entertaining.


Yeah you could get that 2,500 dollar ski jacket marked down to 1,999!!!!!!!

post #34 of 51

Here's some advice: Bring your ROCK SKIS this year for this April.

post #35 of 51
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Originally Posted by Jimmypowder View Post

Here's some advice: Bring your ROCK SKIS this year for this April.

So coverage was light when you skied there?
post #36 of 51
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Originally Posted by Coach13 View Post

So coverage was light when you skied there?

May have been the lowest snowpack I've seen in 30 years at the end of March .

It was a very warm Jan-March with lots of snowmelt.

Except for the last 10 days of Feb ., there has been virtually no snow .
post #37 of 51

Can't be as bad as 2012! Vail should have closed that April, even Beaver was better.

 

Hitting Loveland on the way in tomorrow, first timer!

 

Breckenridge will have good corn if Vail goes down the drain, but it looks cooler mid-week, which may not be any good at all, or may actually produce something of the white variety.

 

April '12

post #38 of 51
It's as bad as 2012 , probably worse only low 200 inch snowfall this season and no question it has been warmer this year then 2012 .
post #39 of 51

snokat's picture shows the dust in the snow. (knock on wood) We haven't had a dust deposit yet at Breck, so with proper cooling and warm cycles we are easily good to go until closing day.

 

At Breck: upper mountain (George's) was firm yesterday, but edgeable; it was windblown hard, not melted and frozen hard. We opted out of (traversed out of) Horseshoe after skiing a few meters into it at about 10:30. I suspect it may have softened a bit but clouds arrived around noon which might have had a negative impact on softening. Peak 9 and 10 had sweet corn groomers that eventually got a little clumped up, but nothing resembling slush even at Beaver Run at 2 pm. Tom's Baby merited two runs yesterday after lunch as it was edgeable despite being firm.

 

No new snow to speak of although the report was an inch. Anything new is good, though.

post #40 of 51
Thread Starter 

Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder when it comes to conditions.  For perspective, we are coming from Chicago.  Our typical Southern Wisconsin hill has 200 acres +- of ski-able terrain, and is pretty much always on man made snow/ice.  We will more than likely be very satisfied with the "poor" conditions on Vail & Breck!

post #41 of 51
I'd cancel if it was me .
post #42 of 51
I skied Vail the last three days in a ski exam. The lower mountain is full of slush with dirt patches here and there. I didn't have the opportunity to go into the back bowls. Definitely some firmness, but it wasn't terrible -- it is spring skiing the last week that they're open.

Mike
post #43 of 51
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I skied Vail the last three days in a ski exam. The lower mountain is full of slush with dirt patches here and there. I didn't have the opportunity to go into the back bowls. Definitely some firmness, but it wasn't terrible -- it is spring skiing the last week that they're open.

Mike


Did you pass?

post #44 of 51
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Did you pass?

He did pass! http://www.epicski.com/t/134366/congratulations-to-habacomike#post_1864803
post #45 of 51

Severe Weather

Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Special Statement
Statement as of 3:07 AM MDT on April 12, 2015
... Significant change in weather conditions Tuesday into Thursday
as a strong storm system sweeps through the region... 

A cold Pacific storm system will push eastward across the Great
Basin on Tuesday then drop slowly southward across eastern Utah
and western Colorado Tuesday night through Wednesday night. This
system will bring an end to a period of mild and dry conditions
across the region.

Strong gusty winds will develop ahead of this storm on Tuesday
with winds increasing through the day. Showers and thunderstorms
are expected to develop during the afternoon... though most
valleys will remain dry which raises wildfire concerns.

The impressive cold front associated with this storm will move
over the forecast area Tuesday night bringing a chance of snow
to all mountains as well as the higher valleys. Significant snow
accumulations are possible.

As colder air filters over the area on Wednesday... temperatures
will plummet and highs are expected to fall well short of normal.
On Wednesday night there is a high likelihood of region wide sub-
freezing temperatures which may threaten tender vegetation.

There is high confidence on the timing of the onset of the storm.
However important details are not yet resolved... which introduces
a good deal of uncertainty in forecast snow accumulations.
Therefore... we suggest you continue to monitor your favorite
weather source for the latest forecasts and updated information on
this developing storm.
post #46 of 51

In 2012 Vail had 25 inches in March, 16 in April and 211 season total. 

This year Vail has had 30 inches in March, 9 so far in April and 270 inches total. 

Normal is 65 inches March. 49 April and 360 total.

 

So it's a well below average spring but far from 2012. Vail claims 79% open now vs. 12% on the same date in 2012.

post #47 of 51
Vail has closed the back for this season, supposed to have 1,900+ of terain open on front sidei
post #48 of 51
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Originally Posted by MWshredder View Post
 

Severe Weather

Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Special Statement
Statement as of 3:07 AM MDT on April 12, 2015
... Significant change in weather conditions Tuesday into Thursday
as a strong storm system sweeps through the region... 

A cold Pacific storm system will push eastward across the Great
Basin on Tuesday then drop slowly southward across eastern Utah
and western Colorado Tuesday night through Wednesday night. This
system will bring an end to a period of mild and dry conditions
across the region.

Strong gusty winds will develop ahead of this storm on Tuesday
with winds increasing through the day. Showers and thunderstorms
are expected to develop during the afternoon... though most
valleys will remain dry which raises wildfire concerns.

The impressive cold front associated with this storm will move
over the forecast area Tuesday night bringing a chance of snow
to all mountains as well as the higher valleys. Significant snow
accumulations are possible.

As colder air filters over the area on Wednesday... temperatures
will plummet and highs are expected to fall well short of normal.
On Wednesday night there is a high likelihood of region wide sub-
freezing temperatures which may threaten tender vegetation.

There is high confidence on the timing of the onset of the storm.
However important details are not yet resolved... which introduces
a good deal of uncertainty in forecast snow accumulations.
Therefore... we suggest you continue to monitor your favorite
weather source for the latest forecasts and updated information on
this developing storm.


Well, that never really happened.

From the 4/11-16 we had great late morning thaws going to the end of the day. Thursday never really happened, it stayed firm on what was to be my last day.

Then Mutha Nature kicked in and on the 17th Eisenhower was closed, so I was forced to ski Breck with a foot of new and reschedule with SW. ;-)

I live for that kind of karma.

post #49 of 51

Sundown was still fun through Wednesday.

post #50 of 51
Karma indeed, I cancelled my flight on the 17th to ski Breck and then some serious pow piled up along the East Wall at A-Basin on the 18th
post #51 of 51
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Originally Posted by MWshredder View Post

Vail has closed the back for this season, supposed to have 1,900+ of terain open on front sidei

Backside terrain that can be served by Chair #5 was open
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Originally Posted by snokat View Post

Sundown was still fun through Wednesday.

Both Sunup and Sundown were good through the closing weekend. Other than the obvious shenanigans that occur on #4 and #11 after about 1pm - it was empty all weekend - think we logged 20K vert before noon each day w/o really trying hard. Skied on to #5 almost every time.

Breck was, indeed, great on the 17th until the T-bar went down, along with Kensho. Free dermabrasion for everyone!

Hope everyone has a great Summer!
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