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post #571 of 728

Not by much if they did, plus the storm is still in the area and is expected to continue producing for the next 24 hours. Then it's supposed to warm up a bunch. I'd stick with your current plan unless you want to try to find some untracked at PowMow.

post #572 of 728
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Originally Posted by GladeRunner1 View Post
 

headed out to ski the cottonwoods sat-monday. 

 Did PowMow or SnowBasin get hit harder than the cottonwoods by this storm that just moved through?  Was planning on Solitude, snowbird, snowbird but am easily swayed by more snow. 

I'll be out Sun & Mon (4/3 - 4/4) myself.  Based on totals and projections so far (through midday Tues) I agree with contesstant that the Cottonwoods look to be the best bet if you had to choose for the weekend.  Locals will get their Pow fill wherever through the week.  Crowds, in my opinion, could all be ok by weekend.  As contesstant indicated, PowMow had a good 24 hrs w/ 19" and will likely get more (4-8" estimates) through Wed.  IF I were out there on Saturday, like you plan to be, it could be worth it to head up to PowMow with limited but hopeful expectations of residual niceness.  Snowbasin, in my opinion, looks to be one of the least to benefit from this storm as it had 13" (respectable, but the lower end) over 24 hrs, hadn't had fresh in 6-7 days before, and is likely to get only a modest addition through tomorrow pm.  By Saturday, I wouldn't expect much at Snowbasin beyond the groomers and following the sun.  Forecast also calls for light rain at base by Sunday/Mon.  I'd bet that Snowbird and Brighton (largest storm totals in cottonwoods so far) will maintain reasonably on-Piste Sunday and Monday.  Keeping an option open for LCC or BCC seems wise. Forecast calls for light snow at altitude Sun/Mon, so lots of variables (melting, sun/cloud, etc)...but definitely an enjoyable weekend of skiing to be had.  I'm hopeful. 

 

Cheers,

Tim


Edited by TEConnor - 3/29/16 at 11:42am
post #573 of 728
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Originally Posted by TEConnor View Post
 

I'll be out Sun & Mon (4/3 - 4/4) myself.  Based on totals and projections so far (through midday Tues) I agree with contesstant that the Cottonwoods look to be the best bet if you had to choose for the weekend.  Locals will get their Pow fill wherever through the week.  Crowds, in my opinion, could all be ok by weekend.  As contesstant indicated, PowMow had a good 24 hrs w/ 19" and will likely get more (4-8" estimates) through Wed.  IF I were out there on Saturday, like you plan to be, it could be worth it to head up to PowMow with limited but hopeful expectations of residual niceness.  Snowbasin, in my opinion, looks to be one of the least to benefit from this storm as it had 13" (respectable, but the lower end) over 24 hrs, hadn't had fresh in 6-7 days before, and is likely to get only a modest addition through tomorrow pm.  By Saturday, I wouldn't expect much at Snowbasin beyond the groomers and following the sun.  Forecast also calls for light rain at base by Sunday/Mon.  I'd bet that Snowbird and Brighton (largest storm totals in cottonwoods so far) will maintain reasonably on-Piste Sunday and Monday.  Keeping an option open for LCC or BCC seems wise. Forecast calls for light snow at altitude Sun/Mon, so lots of variables (melting, sun/cloud, etc)...but definitely an enjoyable weekend of skiing to be had.  I'm hopeful. 

 

Cheers,

Tim

 

So does PowMow sound like a good bet for Thursday then?  I'm in Ogden and have Thursday off with a pass to the Basin, but have missed most of the powder days this year (work and a knee injury) so I really want to make sure I get as much of my fill on Thursday as I can even if it costs a little extra.

post #574 of 728

POWMOW should be awesome on thursday -  think your odds of finding fresh tracks will be greater there than most local hills a day after the storm,   take a ride on the lightning ridge cat and you will certainly get fresh tracks.  20 bucks per ride, well worth it!

 

post #575 of 728

Hell just hike it, especially if there's a line.

post #576 of 728

Thursday at PowMow: heck yeah!  I'm completely Jealous!  As said above, lots of fresh spots all over, especially via the Cat.  With your recent knee issues, however, I would avoid booting as much as possible. I've got dodgy knees and nothing works them the wrong was as booting around on adrenaline!

 

Cheers,

Tim

post #577 of 728

Snowbird was incredible this morning. HERO POWDER. Everyone looked good!

post #578 of 728
Skied PowMou yesterday (Monday). Incredible! 6" new when we arrived and another 8" during the day. Very few people on the mountain and knee deep untouched at 3:30 in the afternoon.
Unfortunately i was only able to ski 3 hours b/c of balky knee problems, but daughter stayed out to the end. More snow last night means fresh for awhile. It was not Utah blower, but not too heavy - rated about a solid B on the powder meter biggrin.gif

Good skiing to everyone still out there; Im in the airport.
post #579 of 728
Decent powder day at Park City. Genuine 15" over last 24 hrs. On the high density side but who's complaining late March?
post #580 of 728

I'm going to call in to work tomorrow and tell my boss I have an eye problem. "Boss, I just can't see coming to work today."

 

Pow Mow should be really good! 

 

Vcize, I feel fairly confident in saying it will be really good on Thursday as well.  If you know the area well, then you know where to go.  If not, then follow some folks around or ask somebody.  As stated above, there is always the Lightning Ridge cat skiing, which is awesome.

post #581 of 728
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Plenty of snow at Alta today.  Bill was skiing 10-12 inches this morning.  He skied until 4:30 yesterday because it was too much fun to stop.  We went out got out shortly after 1:00.  The place was pretty empty, although plenty of people were hiking Catherine's.  Kept snowing at the top of Collins and Sugarloaf in the afternoon but Supreme was clear.  Will post a few pics after dinner.

post #582 of 728

DV reported 15 inches in the last 24 hours this morning. It started snowing hard at the top again around 4. It's going to be sweet again tomorrow.

post #583 of 728
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A few pics at Alta in the late afternoon after the sun came out.  Rode up Collins about 4:15.  Place was deserted.

 

Lots of slides on Ballroom.  Main Street was closed too.

 

My pole one-third buried in a pile of soft snow above Watson's

 

Looking up from where the pole was

 

Wildcat had tracks but didn't seem completely tracked out

post #584 of 728
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@TEConnor , @GladeRunner1 :  If you are interested in meeting other Bears in person, either for a few runs or apres, check out the LCC meetup threads.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/144371/alta-and-or-snowbird-when-are-you-going-to-be-there-in-2015-16

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/146481/alta-and-or-snowbird-march-31-thru-april-3-2016

post #585 of 728

PowMow was reporting 22" yesterday evening. (Tuesday.) Not sure if powder country has reopened or not (it's the stuff you ski down to the road then pick up the shuttle.) It was closed recently due to lack of coverage down low I think. But the Cobabe area should be fine.

post #586 of 728
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Emptier than expected at Alta today given that Ballroom and Devil's Castle opened.  Catherine's was still very good.  Late season just not as many locals still into skiing I guess.

 

Groomers were in great shape, which was great for my friends who are intermediates on their first trip out west.  RockNRoll was closed during the storm and opened this morning with several inches of powder on top of a groomed base.  Quite fun!

 

It was very foggy on the upper mountain after 2:30 or so.  Almost zero visibility on Collins return at 3:45.  Every so often there would be a few flakes or a little grauple.  But not really any accumulation.

 

Heading to Snowbird tomorrow.

post #587 of 728

A little more snow this morning.

post #588 of 728

@Vcize - you should have fun at PowMow on Thursday.  I skied there on Wednesday, and it was still really good.  They received 15-20 inches on Mon/Tue, but the storm started warm & heavy and finished a bit lighter (right-side-up).  Not mid-winter blower, but still really fun.

 

I ventured out into Cobabe Canyon several times and found untracked lines for much of the runs.  In fact, I skied either Yin or Yang (not quite sure which), and didn't cross another track until I got to the runout at the bottom.  The best snow was in the trees on the north facing slopes off Sanctuary (Black Hawk and Dom).  The snow stayed relatively light compared to some of the east or west facing slopes.

 

Here is a picture from the traverse out to Black Hawk.

 

post #589 of 728
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Emptier than expected at Alta today given that Ballroom and Devil's Castle opened.  Catherine's was still very good.  Late season just not as many locals still into skiing I guess.

 

Groomers were in great shape, which was great for my friends who are intermediates on their first trip out west.  RockNRoll was closed during the storm and opened this morning with several inches of powder on top of a groomed base.  Quite fun!

 

It was very foggy on the upper mountain after 2:30 or so.  Almost zero visibility on Collins return at 3:45.  Every so often there would be a few flakes or a little grauple.  But not really any accumulation.

 

Heading to Snowbird tomorrow.

a few of us locals haven't hung it up yet.  Ballroom was awesome in the morning! can't beat that surfing sensation when things get that deep -  pretty heavy snow for a while in the lunch time hours - i was skiing under the Supreme lift by the Cat and Diving board, the snow was great ( pic below from that area)  -  fog sent me home around 3 , live to ski another day

 

 

have fun at the Bird, should be a good one

post #590 of 728
Gosh I'm disappointed. I could've skied every day this past week but I was at Sun Valley and Bridger Bowl vacationing. Only had morning of powder at Bridger Bowl an then the sun came out. Fun trip but still...
post #591 of 728

Haven't been on Epic lately. It's not over: From Alta, last Wednesday, Devil's Castle, rope drop after 16", five people on the traverse.

post #592 of 728
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More pics of fun in LCC in JamesJ's trip report for 3/31 to 4/3:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/146481/alta-and-or-snowbird-march-31-thru-april-3-2016

post #593 of 728
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Too warm this afternoon.  Up in mid-50s at the base of Alta and Snowbird.  Plenty of folks enjoyed the soft snow on High Rustler, including Bill.  One of the kids at Alta Lodge who was in the Level 7 ski school group did it too with his instructor.

post #594 of 728

definitely lost some base yesterday -  worked on my tan at Alta

 

snow went from a rock hard horror show in the morning to that kind of slush that grabs your boards and tries to pull you out of your boots!

we fired up the grill for breakfast and lunch and managed to squeeze in a couple laps on high T

 

post #595 of 728
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Better today at Alta but still pretty sticky in the afternoon.  The instructor doing the Alta Lodge Performance Camp told those folks to plan for slightly cooler conditions today.  Wind was blowing up top in the afternoon and that seemed to keep the snow colder than yesterday.

 

Groomers were great in the morning over on Supreme.  Good for my friends who are intermediates or older advanced skiers getting acclimated.

post #596 of 728
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Alta sent out an email about closing weekend, April 22-24.  Last day of 7-day-a-week operations is April 17.  Last day for the Supreme lift is April 10.

 

Closing Weekend(s) Information
Can you believe the season is almost over, skiers?! As much as we hate to admit it, our first closing day is April 17, 2016. We will then re-open the following weekend, April 22-24, for our final weekend of the season. For the final weekend we will be running Collins and Sunnyside (Wildcat available if needed) lifts. Tickets will be $52. Note: Cecret and Supreme lifts close this Sunday, April 10.

post #597 of 728
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Warm spring skiing the last couple days at Alta and Snowbird.  Front side of Snowbird was pretty frozen in the morning.  Supreme groomers were great in the morning but off-trail was not fun yet.  Wasn't worth staying out much past 2:30 this afternoon, even on the Collins side high up.

post #598 of 728

still holding out for one more storm!   reports showing snow over 9000 feet this coming weekend. ugh

 

I Skied Alta yesterday for a while. should of brought some ice skates

post #599 of 728
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still holding out for one more storm!   reports showing snow over 9000 feet this coming weekend. ugh

 

I Skied Alta yesterday for a while. should of brought some ice skates

Supreme groomers are the place to be first thing in the morning during warm spring conditions.  There was fun below the Saddle Traverse (and High T for those who like that) over on Christmas Tree, Stone Crusher, and Lone Pine both yesterday afternoon and this afternoon.

 

Certainly hope it's not quite as warm tomorrow afternoon.  It was almost 60 at the base.

post #600 of 728

Demo day at Alta tomorrow

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