Quote = SHREDHEAD:
And rain to the top several days. There is a lot more to a trip, than total snowfall.
I'd like to see CornishPilot's post a TR.
The reason I posted, heli trip, they can stay above the freezing level.
The skiing in Colorado is good, your numbers don't tell the whole story. To not even consider it, is ridiculous.
it rained to 5,500 feet in the middle of the storm and snowed 2-3 feet to the base of Whistler after that. Mid-mountain base depth is 66 inches and over 7,000 acres are open which should include nearly all of the alpine steeps.
Aspen/Snowmass has had maybe 50 inches of snow, is 56% open, and it's going to take a lot more snow before you will be skiing Hanging Valley or Deep Temerity, the kind of terrain you can ski at Whistler right now.
I've just completed my mid month report http://www.bestsnow.net/seas16.htm
CO resorts hitting 110" - 120" in mid-Dec with relatively dense storms building the base.
If you start November 1 (which you should since even with snowmaking A-Basin couldn't open until 10/29), only Wolf Creek, Steamboat and Winter Park are over 100 inches, and the latter two just barely. If the storms were all that dense, we wouldn't see Breck and Copper at only 1/3 open in mid-December.
I also have the Front Range percent of terrain comparisons since 1988 for mid-December:
Virtually all the Front Range/I-70 areas are very close to their median percents of terrain open in mid-December since 1988.
Percent open in 2015 (Median, and 2010, a strong early season):
A-Basin 45% (35%, 49%)
Breck 32% (52%, 83%)
Copper 34% (44%, 84%)
Keystone 86% (55%, 87%)
Loveland 28% (38%, 71%)
Steamboat 70% (72%, 88%)
Vail 78% (79%, 97%)
Winter Park 67% (66%, 81%)
Do these numbers mean bad skiing? Of course not. But some other western destinations are better. And in the case of Whistler and most of western Canada, a lot better. Even Taos, which has a lousy historical early season record, has a 42-inch base and twice as much terrain (66%) open as normal this year. Destination skiing does not end at resorts within drive distance of DIA.
Edited by Tony Crocker - 12/17/15 at 8:06am
Quote = snofun3:
Park City alleges 16 inches recently received. Maybe so, but not on the mountain.
Very few lifts open and what iis open is like Northleast skiing - scratchy and thin.
Take SLC off your list. Go to WB.
This is correct. Despite the recent 2 foot dump, Utah is still far below average. Snowbird being 20% open on Dec. 16 is not a good harbinger for the holidays. That number should go up with some needed avy control work, and with a couple more storms the Cottonwood areas might be OK by Christmas. Alta without the High T is also unusual at this time, though I'm sure it's skiing very well now. Over the holidays, with people fleeing other Utah areas with less snow, perhaps not so much.
Park City and Snowbasin are only 15% open with bases under 3 feet, so it's going to take major dumps to get them close to full operation before January.