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Last week at Vail?

post #1 of 12
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Hey all, heading to Vail for the last week 4/3-4/10... I wish I was there now!  ...anyway... haven't skied much this year(east sucked) and this is my first time in '16 heading west.... weather is supposed to be sunny and in the 50's most of the time we're there... is that gonna suck? or be ok? Thanks for any input!

post #2 of 12

No, it will be good.  You need to figure out the timing of the exposures.

post #3 of 12
I think the 50's temp will be temps at the base. Mid Mountain up hopefully 8-10 degrees cooler.
I hope as I am out there then as well. I've seen all kinds of variance in the long term temp forecast. Open Snow shows it being a good bit cooler .
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Thanks for replies!...Shredhead, you mean it will just be good for pictures?

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Originally Posted by phumb View Post
 

...you mean it will just be good for pictures?

 

Not sure if that's a joke or not.

 

If it's not, what he means is the exposure to the sun. When it's warm and sunny, slopes can go from hard in the morning, to soft and nice, to slushy and nice, to slushy and not nice throughout the day depending on sun exposure. So if you follow the sun around a bit based on where it's shining you can sometimes time things to ski slopes when they're at their best.

post #6 of 12

Plenty of snow - excellent base and coverage going into the final week.

 

Temps are a bit of wildcard for next week - seeing a lot of variability and uncertainty based on the forecast.  Looks like some days with some possible new snow but also some dry days where they temps may be warmer and spring-like.

 

Pretty typical for this time of the year - temps below freezing at night and temps getting into the 40s on the mountain.  Assume the 50s will probably only be at the base not up on the mountain unless its a string of above average temps.

 

On days where it was soft & warm the day prior, freezes up over night, and then will soften-up the next day is to follow the sun.  Runs that face east and south will soften-up first.  western exposures later in the day, and nothern exposures may still have mid-winter like conditions.

 

The Back Bowls are always the most sun exposed and likely to get sun baked.  This can often mean frozen crud & coral reef boderline unskiable conditions first thing in the morning, then softening up into awesome corn by mid/late morning through early afternoon, then getting a bit wet/heavy/slushy by mid-afternoon.   Lower mountain can soften up a bit too much too as well by mid-afternoon.

Blue Sky Basin, Northwoods area, Highline areas tend to get the least amount of sun exposure.   Game Creek can sometimes get cooked by the western afternoon sun, and can take a while to soften-up off the groomers.

post #7 of 12

Closing weekend also tends to be quite the party, particularly if its warmer and sunny.

This attracts a lot of the young and/or young at heart party crowd and tends to be a fun weekend (if thats your thing).

 

Saturday 4/9 somewhat, but more so closing day Sunday.  People in costumes and/or 80s gear.  They do the pond skim competition at the base of Golden Peak, and there is a big party at the top of Chair 4 (4 at 4) to close out the day.

 

I'm out there too next weekend.  I may or may not be at Vail (particularly closing day) depending on new snow, conditions, where/when/if some of my buddies decide to ski.  I may ski Vail Sunday, unless there is better mid-winter conditions to be had over at A-Basin or upper mountain at Breck.

post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by dbostedo View Post
 

 

Not sure if that's a joke or not.

 

If it's not, what he means is the exposure to the sun. When it's warm and sunny, slopes can go from hard in the morning, to soft and nice, to slushy and nice, to slushy and not nice throughout the day depending on sun exposure. So if you follow the sun around a bit based on where it's shining you can sometimes time things to ski slopes when they're at their best.

Haha, no, I wasn't joking, really wasnt sure exactly what he meant, thanks for clearing that up!

post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by afski722 View Post
 

Plenty of snow - excellent base and coverage going into the final week.

 

Temps are a bit of wildcard for next week - seeing a lot of variability and uncertainty based on the forecast.  Looks like some days with some possible new snow but also some dry days where they temps may be warmer and spring-like.

 

Pretty typical for this time of the year - temps below freezing at night and temps getting into the 40s on the mountain.  Assume the 50s will probably only be at the base not up on the mountain unless its a string of above average temps.

 

On days where it was soft & warm the day prior, freezes up over night, and then will soften-up the next day is to follow the sun.  Runs that face east and south will soften-up first.  western exposures later in the day, and nothern exposures may still have mid-winter like conditions.

 

The Back Bowls are always the most sun exposed and likely to get sun baked.  This can often mean frozen crud & coral reef boderline unskiable conditions first thing in the morning, then softening up into awesome corn by mid/late morning through early afternoon, then getting a bit wet/heavy/slushy by mid-afternoon.   Lower mountain can soften up a bit too much too as well by mid-afternoon.

Blue Sky Basin, Northwoods area, Highline areas tend to get the least amount of sun exposure.   Game Creek can sometimes get cooked by the western afternoon sun, and can take a while to soften-up off the groomers.

Awesome, thanks!... Now looking forward to it even more!....I do have an epic pass so I may travel if conditions elsewhere warrant it...I'll keep eye on this thread and thanks again for responses!

post #10 of 12

FYI - That will not be the closing week any longer - they are going to the 17th now.  We have been out for the last 5-6 closings at least - I don't think that they have ever been too bad, sometimes they limit some terrain.ie. only chair #5 running out back.  Normally the mid-Vail base is about mid 50", its at 70+" today.  Should be fine next week (im planning on it).  Spring structure and Zardoz in my pocket.

post #11 of 12
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Just saw that...woohooo.. may have to call in sick...thanks for heads up!

post #12 of 12
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Thanks again for the replies... Skiing was great and Vail is AWESOME!...cant believe how big it is... Conditions may not have been great for the locals but for a north easterner, was super...See ya next year!

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