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post #61 of 73
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Well, I am not sure if I'll be going on a 2nd West Coast at all this year, so this may be it, but if I do go on a 2nd WC trip, delaying would likely decrease the chance. If I lived closer to Whistler, I'd say it was a no-brainer to go, but the hassle of flying all the way out there for questionable skiing, when I could go later in the year for better skiing may not be worth it, especially if this is my only trip this year.  Then again, this trip would likely be the only skiing I'll be able to do for another month, since it's unusually warm in the NE, so it would expand my ski season.  

It's a risky choice; this will be my first experience skiing out West (have only skied New England) and I want it to be a good one.  Decisions, decisions.

Go to Wolf Creek via DEN on southwest. We have a storm cycle projected for this coming weekend, and no R word here. Unless of course après is a big destination driver.
post #62 of 73
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Go to Wolf Creek via DEN on southwest. We have a storm cycle projected for this coming weekend, and no R word here. Unless of course après is a big destination driver.

That would be great, but unfortunately, for this December, my options are really Whistler or no where because my bro lives in Seattle.

post #63 of 73
Recent snow had been great-15" in the last day, and 30" in the last week-and the forecast looks good this week. Freezing level only rises to Roundhouse level one day. If I were you I'd go. January could be warmer/drier as el Nino kicks in, and it will certainly be more crowded. (And you won't have those lift ticket deals).
post #64 of 73
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Recent snow had been great-15" in the last day, and 30" in the last week-and the forecast looks good this week. Freezing level only rises to Roundhouse level one day. If I were you I'd go. January could be warmer/drier as el Nino kicks in, and it will certainly be more crowded. (And you won't have those lift ticket deals).

Yeah, I think we're going to do it.. I told my bro that we shouldn't be scared of the temp spike on Tues for our Fri-Sun trip.. this way I can try to sneak in a second trip later in the year to the Rockies!  Thanks for all the help everyone!

post #65 of 73
From southern Colorado NOAA:

...SNOWY AND COLD WEATHER AHEAD...

A COUPLE OF STORMS WILL AFFECT OUR AREA OVER THE NEXT WEEK...FIRST
THIS WEEKEND AND THEN ANOTHER SYSTEM EARLY NEXT WEEK. UNSETTLED
CONDITIONS LOOK TO CONTINUE WELL INTO DECEMBER AS PACIFIC JET ENERGY
CONTINUES TO MOVE INTO THE CENTRAL ROCKIES.
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post #67 of 73
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Quote: Post #1 on 11/21/15
Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

With the recent snowstorms blowing in from the Pacific, there are a fair number of good options for an early season ski trip west of the Mississippi.  But being open in November can mean only a few runs and a few hundred acres even at pretty large destination ski resorts.  The question that may be worth asking is which places have more than 1000 acres open?

 

Many people are probably aware that Wolf Creek in CO is 100% open with 1600 of 1600 acres open.  But there are a few more as of 11/21/15.  Any guesses?

 

What other places do you think will have >1000 acres open before Christmas Day?

 

Well, not quite Christmas yet but probably don't need to wait to say that there are a fair number of places with >1000 acres open already.  Been some big snowstorms in the last month in the west.  Below is a list based on stats in OnTheSnow for the western U.S. as of 12/22/15.

 

For western Canada, plenty of places with lots of open acres but that's not a stat that's easy to get.  Can look here so see how many lifts are open, which is a pretty good indicator if you know some place has >1000 acres.

 

 
More than 1000 acres open as of 12/22/15
 
COLORADO

Beaver Creek

Breckenridge
Copper
Keystone
Silverton
Snowmass
Steamboat
Telluride
Winter Park
Wolf Creek
Vail
 
UTAH
Alta (open acres not listed in OTS, has 2200 acres total, major snowstorm Dec. 20-23)
Park City
Snowbird (950 of 2500 acres as of 12/22/15)
 
WY
Grand Targhee
Jackson Hole (open acres not listed in OTS, has 2500 acres total, major snow week of 12/21)
 
ID
Brundage
Schweitzer
Soldier Mountain
Sun Valley
Tamarack
 
MT
Blacktail Mountain
Big Sky
Bridger Bowl
Whitefish
 
NM
Taos (950 as of 12/22/15)
 
CA
Heavenly
Homewood
June Mountain
Kirkwood
Mammoth
Northstar
Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows
 
NV
Mt. Rose
 
WA
Crystal Mountain
Mt. Baker
Mission Ridge
post #68 of 73
The forecast is so good through New Years. WP just opened Eagle Wind and A-Basin is opening Zuma. Around the Four Corners, NOAA talk is increasingly about avy risk due to the totals piling up and in the forecast.
post #69 of 73
The past week or two have been good for a lot of places. 1000 acres is a very low bar to clear now. Acreage/terrain in some places may be understated vs potential due to avalanche control issues. This is particularly true in Utah, which had an extended dry spell resulting in a weak layer before the big dumps started a week ago.
Edited by Tony Crocker - 12/25/15 at 10:07pm
post #70 of 73
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More than 1000 acres open as of 12/22/15
 
WA
Crystal Mountain
Mt. Baker
Mission Ridge

Stevens Pass

Summit at Snoqualmie

White Pass, they opened today, finally. The highway was washed out on both sides of the pass for the past few weeks, but it's open now.

post #71 of 73
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post

 
More than 1000 acres open as of 12/22/15
 
WA
Crystal Mountain
Mt. Baker
Mission Ridge

Stevens Pass

Summit at Snoqualmie

White Pass, they opened today, finally. The highway was washed out on both sides of the pass for the past few weeks, but it's open now.


Thanks!  Local info is always better than any automated system that gathers data from resort websites.

post #72 of 73
Thread Starter 

I noticed that most MCP destinations will be in good shape for the Christmas holiday period.  Of course, the latest addition and first in the northeast, Stowe, is not one of them.

 

Whistler

Mammoth

Squaw/Alpine

Sun Valley

Jackson Hole

Alta/Snowbird

Aspen/Snowmass

Taos

post #73 of 73
Wolf Creek has 206" for the year and counting- to my knowledge the most in the inland west.
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