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Alta or Snowbird based on current conditions???

post #1 of 6
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Looking at the reports, there seems to be a bunch open at Snowbird, but basically nothing except Catherine's Area open at Alta. Tomorrow is my last day skiing here in Utah, and i really wanted to ski Alta, but if there isn't much open, is it worth it, or should I go to Snowbird?

post #2 of 6

The areas listed on Alta's 'Expected Openings' page are avalanche prone areas that either don't have enough snow to ski or are unstable at the moment. East Castle rarely opens until later in the season, Baldy chutes same. Parts of Backside were open Monday when I was there.

 

I wouldn't base my go or no go decision on this page. View them as bonus areas. All the main regular black diamond areas are open and pretty well covered (High-T, westward Ho, greely bowl, west rustler).

post #3 of 6
Skied snowbird yesterday alta the day before. Skied Eagles nest gun site Catherines. No pow left lots of cut up son w, lighter in trees. Snowbird conditions seemed a bit better overall. We lucked out as they opened the road to prove while we were on the little cloud chair so we got to make fresh tracks for a few runs.

We are skiing both areas today.
post #4 of 6
Road to Provo is listed as closed now. I wonder why.

Looking at the Snowbird web site, Mineral Basin is also still closed too, at least the Bookend part is (I can't remember too many trail names). How's the bowl under Little Cloud? Still soft (choped up) snow? Or bumps forming yet?

I was going to head back to ski Snowbird another day before flying back east. I think I may just hang around Jackson an extra day instead.
post #5 of 6

Snow stability is a big problem in Utah as there were 3+ dry weeks up to mid-December that created a weak layer, and then it dumped ~7 feet on that.  The proportion of closed terrain is considerably higher at Snowbird than at Alta at the moment. Road to Provo and Bookends are areas that are always difficult to open if snow stability is poor due to overhanging cliffs.

post #6 of 6

We skied Little Cloud on Tuesday and Wednesday.  They had just opened Road To Provo Tuesday while we were on the lift so we lucked out and got an untracked run in.

 

Wednesday everything was still open and nice soft, loose bumps were to be found all over the bowl with Regulator being groomed.

 

Mineral Basin seemed to be completely open and we skied it a few runs each day...

 

Wednesday we started out at Gadzoom and worked our way over to Supreme and back.  Few little powder shots here and there and nice soft snow everywhere. We mostly avoided groomers other than to access lifts.

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