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post #1621 of 2365
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Holy Toledo that's a lot of good info! Thanks for that man.

I do still have the pontoons, glad I didn't get rid of them. I ended up skiing Telluride for 3 days and Silverton for 1. I would've been struggling, or at least more fatigued trying to ski 50+ inches powder without them for 4 straight days.

Wolf Creek is on my hit list for sure. I'll be looking to head down there next time they get a big weekend storm.


Looking like a good weekend to head to Wolf Creek. Thursday could easily end being a huge day. Best part is if it dumps Wednesday and Thursday there will still be plenty of untracked Friday, Saturday and even Sunday. This past weekend was awesome lots of knee to waist deep lines all weekend. It was never crowded on the Alberta side but the Treasure side got a little busy with all the Texans. Sunday was like a ghost town.  

post #1622 of 2365
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Ha awesome, we saw you parked there. I told my wife "I think I know that truck" and had to explain how that could be. We got the same late start but did not make our own spot, we ended up nabbing a decent spot out front of Utah by the roadside drop in though.

Trying to decide between Copper and WP this weekend. I'm assuming Copper is going to get more out of this weeks storm?

I'd have liked to hear that explanation smile.gif.

I'd ski WP between the two for base quality and terrain diversity. Plus, Copper's frontside pitch and grooming have meant those runs have been icy when cold. Not sure a few inches remedies shifting between some of the good snow preservation blacks and long gentler pitch greens at Copper vs. what is open at WP that preserves snow well and will ski excellently with a bit of refresher.

That statement assumes low crowds this weekend, though. I'd probably ski Copper to avoid crowds on a few inches of fresh over WP, but I'll take repetition on limited terrain in good snow over competing in lift lines any day.
post #1623 of 2365
You should have seen it smile.gif. We were out at crack of noon and I nabbed the first spot right by the lift on both New Years Eve and New Years Day. New Years Eve was make-a-spot, but then, why walk? I scored the actual spot on New Years Day when a spotted the guy currently occupying that spot leaving as we were unloading. That's the "close the doors, go!" act. Almost floored it over to the spot with my skis hanging off the roof bars. One of my sons saw them and grabbed them, fortunately.



Crack of noon, eh? We got there earlier (8:30?) and were parked over by the cut-thru to the Super Gauge, although I must've taken your spot after you left, because I pulled up there to load the skis at the end of the day.
post #1624 of 2365
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You should have seen it smile.gif. We were out at crack of noon and I nabbed the first spot right by the lift on both New Years Eve and New Years Day. New Years Eve was make-a-spot, but then, why walk? I scored the actual spot on New Years Day when a spotted the guy currently occupying that spot leaving as we were unloading. That's the "close the doors, go!" act. Almost floored it over to the spot with my skis hanging off the roof bars. One of my sons saw them and grabbed them, fortunately.



Crack of noon, eh? We got there earlier (8:30?) and were parked over by the cut-thru to the Super Gauge, although I must've taken your spot after you left, because I pulled up there to load the skis at the end of the day.


I'm all about murdering someone for a parking spot it if saves me from walking at least 10 ft in my boots through an icy parking lot.

post #1625 of 2365
I once got the closest possible parking spot to the super gauge express at winter park. It was a Seinfeld moment, i was very proud and did not want to leave it at the end of the day.
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^ yep, we are going Thursday.

Definitely trying to keep Thu open...
post #1627 of 2365
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Forecast is picking up...even talk of up to 8" Thu night into Friday in Denver...
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The forecast is all over the place for me.  The most optimistic is 3-9".  Pretty broad.  If I want my hopes dashed quickly then I just use the National Weather Service forecast.  I think right now Joel is the most optimistic forecast for Copper.

post #1629 of 2365
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The forecast is all over the place for me.  The most optimistic is 3-9".  Pretty broad.  If I want my hopes dashed quickly then I just use the National Weather Service forecast.  I think right now Joel is the most optimistic forecast for Copper.

 

Weather.gov (NWS)'s new hazardous outlook from a few hours ago is better than what we've seen in recent days for the Copper area.  Sounds like 2-4 by tomorrow morning, then another 3-5 into the evening and Friday morning.  Then one or two more rounds of snow into late Sat.

 

I'm heading that way tomorrow for 4 nights,  initially I was thinking 3-9" based on everything I was reading the past three days.  But hopefully now a good range is closer to 6-12" and pray it doesn't fall below that!  Oh and I'm thinking cumulative snow between now thru Sat of 6-12".  If you were thinking 3-9 just for Thurs and we end on that high range then maybe the area does do much better over the 4 days.

post #1630 of 2365

I sure hope you are right.  Much needed.

 

Here is what I am seeing now.  More on track with Joel:

 

Today/Tonight:   Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

 

Tomorrow:  Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

 

Friday: Chance of precipitation is 60%.  No accumulation given

 

After that:  A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 4

 

A slight chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 12.

 

Enjoy your skiing and I hope it dumps for you :D    and the rest of us

post #1631 of 2365

Doppler finally showing snow beginning near I70 near Grand Junction.  

post #1632 of 2365

Seems like the wind from the southwest doesn't do anything more than an inch or two for Summit County, no matter how much moisture there is.  Overhyped Christmas week didn't deliver as anticipated in Summit.  But that wind direction DEFINITELY delivers the snow at Wolf Creek.

 

But then again I'm from Alabama and shouldn't be commenting on Colorado weather when there are much more knowledgeable locals. ;)


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post #1633 of 2365
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I sure hope you are right.  Much needed.

 

Ha.

post #1634 of 2365
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Seems like the wind from the southwest doesn't do anything more than an inch or two for Summit County, no matter how much moisture there is.  Overhyped Christmas week didn't deliver as anticipated in Summit.  But that wind direction DEFINITELY delivers the snow at Wolf Creek.

 

But then again I'm from Alabama and shouldn't be commenting on Colorado weather when there are much more knowledgeable locals. ;)

Southwest flow is like a magic wand at Wolf Creek. It produces snow from seemingly no where 

post #1635 of 2365
Last time i was in CO they called for snow I got zero. So i boycotted it and went to JH and Alta/Snowbird for a bunch of years.

Better get some snow this time.
post #1636 of 2365
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Southwest flow is like a magic wand at Wolf Creek. It produces snow from seemingly no where 

Just orographic upslope and moisture smile.gif. Summit is favored by NW flow, which of course shuts down Wolf. The continental divide resorts of course can benefit by either strong NE flow (front range storms passing to the south) or NW flow, which is why they are likely to be a better I-70 bet this season, and, unfortunately, why Copper may stay stuck in a relative hole as too far west for front range spillover and not favored by this year's predominant SW flow either.

So I'm gonna head to A-Basin now, I think. Or at least Downieville for a fork in the road webcam peek biggrin.gif. Winter weather advisory is up - 5-10" starting about now.
Edited by NayBreak - 1/7/16 at 7:50am
post #1637 of 2365
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Southwest flow is like a magic wand at Wolf Creek. It produces snow from seemingly no where 

Just orographic upslope and moisture smile.gif. Summit is favored by NW flow, which of course shuts down Wolf. The continental divide resorts of course can benefit by either strong NE flow (front range storms passing to the south) or NW flow, which is why they are likely to be a better I-70 bet this season, and, unfortunately, why Copper may stay stuck in a relative hole as too far west for front range spillover and not favored by this year's predominant SW flow either.

 

Yeah, just like he said, it's a magic wand.

:)

post #1638 of 2365
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Yeah, just like he said, it's a magic wand.
smile.gif

Yep - truly magic when moisture flows uphill in a saturated atmosphere wink.gif.
post #1639 of 2365
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Yeah, just like he said, it's a magic wand.
smile.gif

Yep - truly magic when moisture flows uphill in a saturated atmosphere wink.gif.


So wave that thing in our direction, ok?

 

Jeez.

post #1640 of 2365

Skiing makes amateur meteorologists of us all.

post #1641 of 2365
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Always good to be back at A-Basin. Not as much snow today as I had hoped, but then when there is...



And I'll pause for a quick endorsement of the Oakley Prism Rose lens. Phenomenal low light lense. But not that ^^^ low light. So I went to Zuma. The steeper pitches had a frozen baby hippos with frosting on top feel to them, but under Northern Spy (upper traverse is not open) had some good turns and there was nobody in there as most were favoring the trees for good reason.





Ski fetish.



Even a little bit of fresh...so nice after our terrible drought smile.gif.

post #1643 of 2365

^^^^^ Were those from today (Thursday)?

post #1644 of 2365

So, I'm heading to WP for the first time this season on the 17th. Time for me to join this thread and ask: Wanting to spend a lot of quality time in the Jane's bumps, do I definitely leave the rock skis at home?

post #1645 of 2365
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^^^^^ Were those from today (Thursday)?

Yes.
post #1646 of 2365
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So, I'm heading to WP for the first time this season on the 17th. Time for me to join this thread and ask: Wanting to spend a lot of quality time in the Jane's bumps, do I definitely leave the rock skis at home?

I blew the edge out of a brand new pair of skis at MJ yesterday, first day on them frown.gif Probably happened somewhere in the trees.

Coverage on the bump runs is good by my standards - not many sharks hanging out below the surface. In the trees, coverage is decent, but variable. Some pitches have quite a few random rocks or trees poking out - stay light on your feet and ready to schmear around them.
post #1647 of 2365

Breck reported 5" - enough snow for me to be very happy and hope it will start to make up for the last two weeks; but not so much that I am absolutely kicking myself for missing the day of skiing.

post #1648 of 2365

Copper was nice yesterday.  Had periods of off and on snow.  The mid day snow was actually dumping and probably got about 3" over a few hours.  I know I seem to be a skeptic with snow reports but in this case I was kind of surprised to see they reported only 3" over the past 24 hours.  I would have guessed 5" for them also.

post #1649 of 2365
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Copper was nice yesterday.  Had periods of off and on snow.  The mid day snow was actually dumping and probably got about 3" over a few hours.  I know I seem to be a skeptic with snow reports but in this case I was kind of surprised to see they reported only 3" over the past 24 hours.  I would have guessed 5" for them also.

Very often you can look at Breck's report and know that many parts of Copper have received the same. It's been that way for 4 or 5 years.

post #1650 of 2365

Breck had Lake Chutes open today. Marty and I got in a nice run in 9-Lives after runs on Peak 6 on either side of the hike line. We finished with runs on Peak 7 and George's Thumb.

 

9-Lives

 

The Lake in the foreground, Baldy and Red in the back

 

Lookup up CJs, or there abouts.

 

Lake Chutes from the lift on another lap on 8 and Ptarmigan.

 

George's Thumb. This was better filled than expected and smooth. There wasn't a lot of wind so things covered pretty evenly. Still there were shark fins.

 

Grays and Torreys in the sun.

 

The North Ten Mile Range;

 

Anything above treeline and off of groomers was soft and sweet.

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