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Looks like the Western US might be entering an active colder/snow period starting next week?

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If you believe the hype on OpenSnow.com it seems like the Western US might finally be losing the Ridge that has plagued it most of this Winter.  They've been saying that for a while so perhaps finally this will occur!  I'm curious what the local weather stations are saying out there about this.

 

We were supposed to be in Mammoth and/or Tahoe beginning on 4/4 but even if the pattern changes it might be too late for that trip.  But I am thinking about changing it to Summit County, CO or Alta/Bird, UT.  Just curious what all of you are hearing about next weekend and beyond?  Hopefully good news!

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Hedge your bets

 

DO NOT GO TO TAHOE !!!! :mad

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It looks like we'll have lower snow levels in the Cascades beginning tomorrow, but without epic dumps (which are not forecast) it's too little too late.  Whistler and Bachelor may be helped out but everyone else is too far gone for anything to make much difference at this late date.

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I figured that as much.  But I am secretly hoping maybe the weather slams Mammoth and I can save $400 in airline change fees!  Although I know I am dreaming.  If we can afford it (last minute airfares really high to DEN) I would love to hit Breck, Copper and/or Vail instead.

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I figured that as much.  But I am secretly hoping maybe the weather slams Mammoth and I can save $400 in airline change fees!  Although I know I am dreaming.  If we can afford it (last minute airfares really high to DEN) I would love to hit Breck, Copper and/or Vail instead.

Can you fly in then drive to Utah and ski LCC ????

post #6 of 18
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That is an idea. How long is the commute RNO to SLC?
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Can you fly in then drive to Utah and ski LCC ????
post #7 of 18
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Just Googled it. 500 miles OMG that's nuts.
post #8 of 18
I've been hoping for that for a month, but even though the forecast seems to be improving, we've been suckered repeatedly this winter. Tons of people have cleaned out their lockers. I probably hit less than 50% of the runs this year.

I hear that we are mostly staying open because people are not canceling their bookings. I think we're also drawing from elsewhere due to all the other closures. Passholder visits are way way down. We're sick of it.
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Just Googled it. 500 miles OMG that's nuts.

Seven hours. Practically local.
post #10 of 18
Speed limit is 75 most of the way.
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HAHA maybe if it was just me.  But I cannot justify driving my 12 year old seven hours after long cross-continental flight.  Then its 7 hours back again five days later.  No thank you....but good suggestion anyway.  Now if I could find a really cheap SW flight RNO to SLC or DEN.......lol.

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Let him drive. Nevada is pretty empty.smile.gif
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I hear that we are mostly staying open because people are not canceling their bookings. I think we're also drawing from elsewhere due to all the other closures. Passholder visits are way way down. We're sick of it.

Another factor is the PSIA Spring Symposium scheduled April 10-12, closing weekend.   I was debating whether to attend, but I have an opthalmology appt that was rescheduled to 4/9/15. Assuming my eye doc said it was OK to go,  I'd have little time to spare after the appt to make the Amtrak from Everett to Whitefish, and driving to Whitefish overnight is not in the cards.  So I'm not going to commit to a PSIA weekend that I don't know if I can do.

 

I guess it was the right year to have eye surgeries, I haven't missed much skiing.  

 

But it would be nice to have a couple good dumps of snow and salvage some of my season at Crystal (even if it''s limited to Green Valley) and maybe another trip to Whistler, and maybe even a trip to Lake Louise with my MCP (or this weekend at Silver Start with my Powder Alliance days), or fly to Utah and use the MCP days at Alta/Snowbird. 

 

But none of you needed to hear any of that.  Please disregard.  Unless you have useful suggestions.

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HAHA maybe if it was just me.  But I cannot justify driving my 12 year old seven hours after long cross-continental flight.  Then its 7 hours back again five days later.  No thank you....but good suggestion anyway.  Now if I could find a really cheap SW flight RNO to SLC or DEN.......lol.

 

Amtrak from Reno to SLC leaves around 4pm, 10 hour overnight trip, arrives 3am SLC, plenty of time to get your s%#t together and get in lift line for first chair, should that be a priority.

 

Return trip, however many days later, leaves SLC at 11:30pm after a full day of skiing and age-appropriate apres, arrive refreshed in Reno at 8:30am.  Fly home.

 

You could use general seating or have a private roomette for the two of you, costs more but then you're saving on a couple of nights of accommodations. 

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Just Googled it. 500 miles OMG that's nuts.

You must be from the East Coast somewhere .....

 

 

Maybe you will enjoy this large lake nearby, bring your swimsuit

 

 

But ..

 

It's not that bad of a drive to SLC, I can do it much faster than 8 hours

 

And its 80 MPH in utah too, so 90 is possible

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Cautionary tale on speed limits in Utah. @ weeks ago I was driving on I-15 headed to Zion from SLC. 80 mph speed limit. So, i figured somewhere close to 90 was ok. Got clocked at 87. Although only 7mph over speed limit, which seems like warning criteria, Utah highway patrol didn't see it that way. But he was very nice as he gave me my $125 ticket. Grrrr....!

post #17 of 18

Radar detector.

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Radar detector.

I never drive without one
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