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post #541 of 561
There are a couple hundred instructors here at the bird thru Saturday. There is line for the tram at 9am and after lunch. It's been puking since 11am. 3-6 forecast, but from the snow at the base right now, it looks like we'll get at least a foot.
post #542 of 561

Oops. Spoke too soon. It cleared up over dinner. Not enough snow, don't bother coming.

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Thanks for the info Marznc. Been working too hard today and mangled those dates- should read April 28th to 30th. I'll check out those sites and see how things are shaping up. Later in the season than I have ever skiied but it's been such a great season I'm hoping to get in a few last turns.

Saw you were up there at the beginning of April. Hope conditions were fantastic.

 

Snowbird kind of buries their spring schedule, but you can find it here: http://www.snowbird.com/spring/

Tram, Mineral, Little Cloud, and Wilbere the days you're looking at. When I've been up there late season, they've run one of the quads from the base (Gadzoom last season; Peruvian the two previous seasons) and lines were nonexistent. With just the tram for access, though, you might end up waiting. The flipside is that tram laps won't get skied out nearly as quickly, as a good number of folks will ride up and stay up top. The summit restaurant will stay open, so no need to do lunch down at Snowbird Center unless you want to.

post #544 of 561

Only 9 new inches today. Sigh

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Snowbird kind of buries their spring schedule, but you can find it here: http://www.snowbird.com/spring/

Tram, Mineral, Little Cloud, and Wilbere the days you're looking at. When I've been up there late season, they've run one of the quads from the base (Gadzoom last season; Peruvian the two previous seasons) and lines were nonexistent. With just the tram for access, though, you might end up waiting. The flipside is that tram laps won't get skied out nearly as quickly, as a good number of folks will ride up and stay up top. The summit restaurant will stay open, so no need to do lunch down at Snowbird Center unless you want to.

Ah, so Facebook is the place to learn about the spring schedule.  Of course, always subject to change.  Also noticed that Snowbird is offering a free lift ticket on Sat, 4/22, to anyone with a season pass from other Utah ski resorts.

 

 

 

post #546 of 561

thanks for the info, definitely skipping saturday!  -

 

  dark storm system hanging over the cottonwoods right now, looks like the snow is still dropping

post #547 of 561
Thanks for the link New2PDX. That's exactly what I had wanted to know but couldn't find it on their website. Few less lifts than I was hoping but the long range forecast is looking pretty solid so should be able to get some good skiing in even in late April.
post #548 of 561

Fun afternoon at the bird after 9" overnight. Bottom half got manky, so quite a bit of difficult skiing in certain areas.

Best run at 2:30 from baldy shoulder down through closed alta.

 

 


Edited by cbgarrett - 4/21/17 at 5:18pm
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Snowbird kind of buries their spring schedule, but you can find it here: http://www.snowbird.com/spring/

Tram, Mineral, Little Cloud, and Wilbere the days you're looking at. When I've been up there late season, they've run one of the quads from the base (Gadzoom last season; Peruvian the two previous seasons) and lines were nonexistent. With just the tram for access, though, you might end up waiting. The flipside is that tram laps won't get skied out nearly as quickly, as a good number of folks will ride up and stay up top. The summit restaurant will stay open, so no need to do lunch down at Snowbird Center unless you want to.

Ah, so Facebook is the place to learn about the spring schedule.  Of course, always subject to change.  Also noticed that Snowbird is offering a free lift ticket on Sat, 4/22, to anyone with a season pass from other Utah ski resorts.

 

 

 


I used to make several late season trips to Snowbird and buy a spring pass. Now that the price has risen and the service declined (Gadzoom and Peruvian used to be open well into May) I am making most of my trips elsewhere.

 

You can probably tell I am not a Tram fan. It gets worse in late season when the snow melts off the skier bridge, making a longer distance to sweat and schlep your skis. BVeing 70 now doesn't help either.

post #550 of 561

As I stated above I'm considering a late season trip out west from Florida next weekend (April 28-30) and was originally considering Snowbird, but looking at the forecasts I am seeing that Loveland and A-Basin are probably going to get significantly higher accumulations Thursday night.  I've done Alta/Snowbird a number of times and love both, but have never done A-Basin or Loveland (though skied quite a bit elsewhere in Colorado).  I'd say I'm advanced and like steeps, bumps, chutes, glades and recently have been getting into powder (usually am not lucky enough to hit powder but the last few seasons I've gotten better at timing storms).

 

So, my question is how do A-Basin and Loveland compare to Snowbird (which I understand is only running four lifts the last weekend in April) in terms of advanced terrain this late in the season?  From what I've read it sound like Loveland has more terrain and less crowds (not sure if even an issue this late in season), while A-Basin has the steeper lines especially if willing to traverse/hike a bit.  Given that total travel time (flight + drive) and cost is about the same for me for either Snowbird or A-Basin/Loveland, and that it looks like snowbird will get about half as much snow Thursday night as the colorado pair which would you guys recommend this late in the season?

 

Thanks for any info.

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As I stated above I'm considering a late season trip out west from Florida next weekend (April 28-30) and was originally considering Snowbird, but looking at the forecasts I am seeing that Loveland and A-Basin are probably going to get significantly higher accumulations Thursday night.  I've done Alta/Snowbird a number of times and love both, but have never done A-Basin or Loveland (though skied quite a bit elsewhere in Colorado).  I'd say I'm advanced and like steeps, bumps, chutes, glades and recently have been getting into powder (usually am not lucky enough to hit powder but the last few seasons I've gotten better at timing storms).

 

So, my question is how do A-Basin and Loveland compare to Snowbird (which I understand is only running four lifts the last weekend in April) in terms of advanced terrain this late in the season?  From what I've read it sound like Loveland has more terrain and less crowds (not sure if even an issue this late in season), while A-Basin has the steeper lines especially if willing to traverse/hike a bit.  Given that total travel time (flight + drive) and cost is about the same for me for either Snowbird or A-Basin/Loveland, and that it looks like snowbird will get about half as much snow Thursday night as the colorado pair which would you guys recommend this late in the season?

 

Thanks for any info.


As long as you can adjust reasonably well to high altitude, perhaps this is a good chance to check out A-Basin and Loveland.  Assuming you don't like Snowbird because of relatively fast lifts.  Don't think you'll find much in the way of glades or tree skiing if you fly to Denver.

 

I've only skied a day at A-Basin.  Got a nice tour from @Jamesj in late March a few years ago.  Even though I'd been in Denver for a week, was really wiped out by the high altitude so couldn't really get in a full day of skiing.  But that's not the case for everyone.

post #552 of 561

Skied the bird yesterday - Sunday 4-23 / last day for Gad2/Gadzoom so we stayed primarily on that side of the mountain. ( except for some early Mineral laps)

some morning sun warmed up the snow nicely before clouds came in by noon or so . snow had some velcro effect but never got too slushy so it was a really fun afternoon . snow slowed you down just enough to keep the tips pointed down and ride the rollercoster tracks through the trees - see ya next year STH and Tiger tail.

post #553 of 561
Came out for three days of 630 am tee times at old mill golf course and skiing at the bird. Was on the tram by 1030 all days. Saturday was spectacular with the sun heating up the front side by noon. Sunday was cloudier and the light flat but the trees off of little cloud way out on the road to Provo were soft and great. Today came the biggest surprise of all, sunny in cottonwood heights for our round while apparently blizzarding up on the mountain . Funny how the weather can be so different so close. Not even any rain! They closed mineral and road to Provo by noon but tram laps on the Peruvian side steeps were spectacular, fresh snow covering your previous tracks each time up. Must have been at least 5 inches on top of crunch . Day 23 of my season and may have been my favorite. This week should be epic with more in the forecast, sad to be leaving.
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Been good to hear from all of you about Utah skiing the last few years.  Sorry we can't do it again next season.

 

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post #555 of 561
Sad news about the forums. My first season posting though I've lurked for awhile. Thanks to all for the great info they've shared, and especially to folks like marznc who always go out of their way to be helpful.
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Sad news about the forums. My first season posting though I've lurked for awhile. Thanks to all for the great info they've shared, and especially to folks like marznc who always go out of their way to be helpful.

 

First the loss to Crystal Palace this weekend... now this. I hope you're holding up OK. :cool

post #557 of 561
Well played dbostedo. No loss to Crystal Palace will hurt as bad as the 3-3 draw we had with them back in 2014 though. Now that was like landing hard on black nice. What a slip up.
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Well played dbostedo. No loss to Crystal Palace will hurt as bad as the 3-3 draw we had with them back in 2014 though. Now that was like landing hard on black nice. What a slip up.

 

Yes, 2014 sucked. But right now, I'm not liking the Manc's so close behind with games in hand... still hoping for a Champions league spot!

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Yes, the Mancs have a cruel habit of pipping us at the post.Be really nice to see them slipping up for a change. How did you say you became a Liverpool fan again (for your sins)? Are you from over that way, or do I recall you spent some time over there in the fair city on the Mersey?

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Yes, the Mancs have a cruel habit of pipping us at the post.Be really nice to see them slipping up for a change. How did you say you became a Liverpool fan again (for your sins)? Are you from over that way, or do I recall you spent some time over there in the fair city on the Mersey?

 

I casually followed the league for a while, then made some friends from Liverpool and got into it more. I have been to visit, but just for vacation - but I did take the Anfield tour!

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