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post #1 of 124
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Got an email from Alta about season passes, so it's time for the new Utah thread.  This thread is for Utah weather, news, and eventually snow conditions.

 

For newcomers, here's last season's thread:

http://www.epicski.com/t/142301/2015-16-utah-weather-news-conditions-discussion

 

When it finally cools off, for Wasatch weather:

http://www.wasatchsnowforecast.com

post #2 of 124

Your just getting emails about passes? I got my Snowbasin pass before the Snowbasin season ended

 

107 days till Snowbasin Opening day!:yahoo: 

post #3 of 124
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Your just getting emails about passes? I got my Snowbasin pass before the Snowbasin season ended

 

107 days till Snowbasin Opening day!:yahoo: 


I bought my MCP in March.  That's as close to a season pass as I'm likely to get out west since I'm not planning to move from North Carolina any time soon.  I'll be at Alta in April per usual.  :) 

 

What I noticed was that Alta is starting it's pre-season push for season passes in general.

 

Did you ever get to the indoor slope this summer?

post #4 of 124

got emails from Alta yesterday as well. i ran up to snowbird at lunch and got my AltaBird pass - strange seeing the tram running up a green mountain

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I bought my MCP in March.  That's as close to a season pass as I'm likely to get out west since I'm not planning to move from North Carolina any time soon.  I'll be at Alta in April per usual.  :) 

 

What I noticed was that Alta is starting it's pre-season push for season passes in general.

 

Did you ever get to the indoor slope this summer?


No... Really wanted to but ran out of time with Mountain Biking and Baseball. I may still go but not as likely anymore.

post #6 of 124

80 days til Alta opens :Ott

post #7 of 124
Thread Starter 

Got a reminder email from Alta that Sept. 28 is the deadline for the current price for season passes and cards.  I'm using the MCP again.

 

Just extended my Alta Lodge stay in April to April 14.  My understanding is that Easter Sunday, April 16 is the last day of the 7-day operations.

post #8 of 124

going up to the Bird Sunday to scope out the terrain , drink a bunch of Oktoberfest beers and soak in the hot tubs at the Cliff lodge - ramping up my preseason training program!

post #9 of 124

Trends at snowbird make it seem like the snow is gonna drop mid Novemberish; atleast up little cottonwood

 

There is a historical almanac for snowpack some folks might find helpful.

http://snoflo.org/report/snow/utah/snowbird-ski-and-summer-resort/almanac/

post #10 of 124

I'm planning a shoestring budget trip to UT this winter. Most likely the first or last week of February.  @Tony Crocker which week usually is better for snow? Once I figure out the exact dates will hopefully be able to coordinate meeting up with some of you. 

post #11 of 124

Dusting of snow in the Wasatch last night...

 

 

W? ?EW? ?,

 

:) 

post #12 of 124

My buddy from NY comes out first week every Feb. and always brings powder. Last season was epic, 18" at Bird on day one, good all week, cat at Pow Mow late in the week, still great.. The season before was the dryest in memory, so we drove to Jackson chasing a storm, then returned to Alta on his last day and got nearly a foot... So usually first week is a good bet, but it's always a guess.

post #13 of 124
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I'm planning a shoestring budget trip to UT this winter. Most likely the first or last week of February.  @Tony Crocker which week usually is better for snow? Once I figure out the exact dates will hopefully be able to coordinate meeting up with some of you. 

 

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My buddy from NY comes out first week every Feb. and always brings powder. Last season was epic, 18" at Bird on day one, good all week, cat at Pow Mow late in the week, still great.. The season before was the dryest in memory, so we drove to Jackson chasing a storm, then returned to Alta on his last day and got nearly a foot... So usually first week is a good bet, but it's always a guess.


I bet since I'll be in Taos in early Feb, there will be a powder dump at Alta.  Caught that storm last season just before heading to the Aspen Gathering.

post #14 of 124
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Ski Utah redid their website.  The home page now has an interactive diagram that let's someone unfamiliar with Utah skiing see how far places are from SLC airport.  LCC, BCC, Ogden Valley are color-coded separately.

 

45 min from airport

 

2 hours from airport 

post #15 of 124
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Finally, WSF has an entry related to snow.

 

http://www.wasatchsnowforecast.com/2016/09/17/taste-of-winter/

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    Hi guys, any recommendation on a ski instructor from Solitude, for private lessons for level 7-8 skiers?

post #17 of 124
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    Hi guys, any recommendation on a ski instructor from Solitude, for private lessons for level 7-8 skiers?


Hmm, don't remember any discussions about private lessons at Solitude.  Certainly a good price for 2 hours for 1-5 people for $250, plus tip.  That beats Snowbasin, which is pretty reasonable too.  Have you skied at Solitude before?

 

Might be worth a separate thread in the Ski Instruction forum.

post #18 of 124
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Hmm, don't remember any discussions about private lessons at Solitude.  Certainly a good price for 2 hours for 1-5 people for $250, plus tip.  That beats Snowbasin, which is pretty reasonable too.  Have you skied at Solitude before?

 

Might be worth a separate thread in the Ski Instruction forum.

 

Never skied Solitude, but after much deliberation, including reading all your posts from last year, we decided to get the BCC pass and will ski primarily in Solitude.

The affordable private lessons are a plus which we are planning on taking advantage of.

post #19 of 124

BCC will be a great introduction to Utah skiing . don't rule out Brighton, there is a ton of fun to be had there. the tree skiing is amazing!! I had the BCC pass 2 years ago and had the best winter of my life until last year when i got an Alta pass :D

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Hmm, don't remember any discussions about private lessons at Solitude.  Certainly a good price for 2 hours for 1-5 people for $250, plus tip.  That beats Snowbasin, which is pretty reasonable too.  Have you skied at Solitude before?

 

Might be worth a separate thread in the Ski Instruction forum.

 

Never skied Solitude, but after much deliberation, including reading all your posts from last year, we decided to get the BCC pass and will ski primarily in Solitude.

The affordable private lessons are a plus which we are planning on taking advantage of.

 

Now I remember, you moved to SLC.  You are going to have a very good time!

 

Maybe @BobMc could help.  You could PM him.  He was a regular at Solitude for years before moving over to Snowbird, but I don't think he was taking any lessons.

 

If you don't get any recommendations by name, can always ask the ski school for names of their Level 3 instructors.  What I've found is that L3 instructors are not only good skiers but also have learned a lot about how to teach advanced skiers.  That's based on working with about 10 different L3 instructors since 2010.

post #21 of 124

And so it begins...

 

 

 

John Paul Lodge, Snowbasin, 9/23/16

post #22 of 124
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There will be a new option for people who want to try cat or heli skiing in Utah this season.  On the north side of the Ogden Valley, Whisper Ridge is giving people a way to access 30,000 acres of private land.  Price starts at $450 for a guided day in a cat, with breakfast and lunch.

 

http://unofficialnetworks.com/2016/09/utahs-newestbiggest-area-opening-this-season

post #23 of 124

was looking good up in Big Cottonwood last saturday @ Lake Mary - ( Brighton)

 

49 Days

post #24 of 124
Thread Starter 

Ready for talk of snow in Utah the winter?  Instead of putting it in WSF, the analysis is in Ski Utah.  I like the last line: " If we see anything close to what we saw in October 2004, it might mean mouth-watering prospects for the rest of the season. "

 

https://www.skiutah.com/blog/authors/yeti/does-a-stormy-fall-mean-a-snowy

post #25 of 124

It snowed at home yesterday :)

 

 

post #26 of 124

Not really worth its own thread but I remember about this time last year, several people were mentioning that Snowbird was installing lights to have legitimate night skiing in Gad Valley for 2016-2017. I'm guessing this isn't happening this year, otherwise they would have been shouting it from the rooftops to sell season passes. Does anyone know whether this was just a false rumor or if it might be delayed?

post #27 of 124

zero talk about it this year - i asked my buddy with the ski patrol as well, no news.

 

29 days til Alta is scheduled to open- we need some base building snow events to start hitting!!!:snowfall

 

 

post #28 of 124
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Any SLC locals going to the first Ogden Valley Winterfest this weekend?  Starts Friday afternoon, Oct. 21 and all day Saturday.  Tickets are $15 for adults and the event is a fundraiser to help a local ski/snowboard coach battling cancer.  There will be a ski swap, food trucks, live music, family fun, and movie screenings.  The Winterfest is being held at Nordic Valley.

 

http://www.ogdenvalleywinterfest.com

post #29 of 124
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Any SLC locals going to the first Ogden Valley Winterfest this weekend?  Starts Friday afternoon, Oct. 21 and all day Saturday.  Tickets are $15 for adults and the event is a fundraiser to help a local ski/snowboard coach battling cancer.  There will be a ski swap, food trucks, live music, family fun, and movie screenings.  The Winterfest is being held at Nordic Valley.

 

http://www.ogdenvalleywinterfest.com


I will probably attend the ski swap but not the rest of it. Sounds like a blast though.

post #30 of 124

Well its chilly and rainy in the SLC Valley today, and theres a ominous looking system hanging over the Cottonwoods ( pic from my office window)

 

Shot from Mountain cam at Alta below

Not much accumulation expected but the weather has been getting more active lately. 2nd small system coming through this week 

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