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Utah ski conditions

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I'm coming skiing on Jan. 23-Feb 2. The Utah bases look a little light for this time of year. I also understand that a high prssure system is setting up over the southwest for the next couple of weeks. Any local info on Utah ski conditions would be appreciated. Aloha Steve
post #2 of 22
Steve,
We're all going to be in Utah for the Academy & Gathering then, so the conditions better be good! Check out the meet on the hill threads.



S
post #3 of 22
How about an answer to the question?
post #4 of 22
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Originally posted by Timber:
How about an answer to the question?
Traditionally, a visit from WTFH to any ski area tends to ensure marginal conditions.

Bring your rock skis.
post #5 of 22
Okay, as we speak Brighton has a 54" base and season to date has had 176" of snow. They advertise a 500" snowfall annually on their website and since we're roughly a third of the way through the season, I'm guessing they are on-track for a normal year.
Brighton is in Big Cottonwood Canyon and my understanding is that the Cottonwood Canyons (Southeast of SLC) are having the best snow conditions in the SLC metro area this year. You'd have to get an answer from one of the SLC local crowd to have a better sense of how this year compares to other years and of the snow conditions at specific individual resorts (my sense is that different SLC resorts can offer very different conditions, and I know that's true where I live).
Hope that's helpful.
post #6 of 22
I was there jan 2 - 9.

Here is what I have to say:

Coverage at EVERY resort in LCC, BCC, and ogden mountains is LOW. Rocks everywhere.

I went to Alta, solitude, Snowbasin, and powder mountain.

The non groomed sloopes seemed to be more mogully than usual, with lots of rocks that you dont see til you ski over the bump.

The snow was really sun crusted/warm crusted crap for the most part, because it got to 45 almost every day at 8000 feet while i was there.

There is enough snow to take some of the steeper stuff, but you have to accept the fact that your skis are gonna take a beating.

Snowbasin - Stay out of the strawberry area on the far side in those black bowls. The coverage is exceptionally bad and it needs a good 2' more base to be good. I messed up my skis over there pretty good.

Powder mountain was good for the top 1/3 of it, but at lower elevations it was horrible.

Alta - the wildcat side seems to be better than the sugarloaf side. Supreme is in decent shape, but expect to hit a few rocks nonetheless.

Solitude - Honeycomb was pretty soft. I would recomend going back there, and while there are plenty of exposed rocks, it's still good skiing.

Hope that helps a little.
post #7 of 22
gee thanks
post #8 of 22
Betcha didn't ski at Brighton, didja, huh?
post #9 of 22
woopsiedaisy.
post #10 of 22
I've talked to people who snowboard at brighton and they say it's worse than other places around there. This was about 3 weeks ago when i heard that though, and not a lot has changed so i doubt it's different.
post #11 of 22
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Originally posted by jamesdeluxe:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Timber:
How about an answer to the question?
Traditionally, a visit from WTFH to any ski area tends to ensure marginal conditions.

Bring your rock skis.
</font>[/quote]Ohh, I've been busy this past weekend and I managed to find time to wash both of our vehicles - that should certainly more than make up for the WTFH "curse" and if that's not enough, I'm willing to do it again! [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]

On the ski report question, I haven't been out of the PC area for several weeks, but I can say with certainty, that a bit of snow wouldn't hurt! DV was good this weekend, but I barely ventured off the groomers... there just isn't any reason to at the moment.
post #12 of 22
My report within the last four days from locals: The PC area is behind BCC and LCC in snow. The Canyons is passable on-piste, but the best snow is at Brighton. "Three weeks ago" doesn't count. What REALLY counts is two weeks from NOW!
post #13 of 22
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Originally posted by oboe:
My report within the last four days from locals: The PC area is behind BCC and LCC in snow. The Canyons is passable on-piste, but the best snow is at Brighton. "Three weeks ago" doesn't count. What REALLY counts is two weeks from NOW!
I'll ask my buddy the next time I see him, will be in the next day or so. He has a pass at brighton so i'm sure he's been riding it lately.

I hope it's doing well...
post #14 of 22
The coverage is better than anything in you local area Maui. I promise! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

Coverage is not bad, and is getting better everytime I go out. Sure we are a little behind, but its still pretty good. The groomers have good coverage, and there should be no problems with rocks. Just keep your eyes open, and if it looks dark, ski around it. Mountains are really just big piles of rocks, your going to hit some.

BK, something you may not realize about Utah is that off trail skiing will always have rocks that you will hit. I've taken huge core shots in late March when the "base" was over 120." Its part of the game out here.

Have a nice trip Maui.
post #15 of 22
Thread Starter 
I'm sort of a weather junkie, and I keep hope the forecasters are going to say something good, but aside from this Tuesday night into Wednesday, there's no snow in the forecast for at least 2 weeks. It sounds like the high pressure ridge from hell is going to park itself over the West. Keep your fingers crossed.
post #16 of 22
So far this year, weather forecasts generally haven't been accurate even a day or two out. I can't imagine actually believing the two week outlook.
post #17 of 22
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Originally posted by AltaSkier:


BK, something you may not realize about Utah is that off trail skiing will always have rocks that you will hit. I've taken huge core shots in late March when the "base" was over 120." Its part of the game out here.
Of course, but there are an unsettling ammount of rocks right now.

I love snowbasin's strawberry area because the pitch is steep enough but not that steep all things considered, and it was not very skiable. Those DAMNED bushes were more irritating than the rocks, although there were lots of rocks.

2 more feet of base and skiing will be INFINATELY better. Pray for snow. Even a foot would help a lot.

Seems like at ~90 inches of base, all but the most elusive rocks are covered from what I've observed.

Then again altaskier would know it better than I.

I'll just note that my g3's edges are so horrible from a week of skiing. They are scratched/dulled to hell. There is only a few non-nicked areas, seriously. There is only one real core shot on my bases, although tons of scratches.

[ January 13, 2003, 11:27 AM: Message edited by: bicyclekick ]
post #18 of 22
That stinkin high pressure area is getting entrenched over the west again. The weather guy I listened to said the last week of Jan looks likely that some storms will break through. It was the same way in Dec, and some storms broke through at the end of the month.

I skied Deer Valley, Snobird, Alta and Canyons the last week in Dec. and lucked out when a couple storms came through and the skiing was awesome. Deer Valley had the best coverage, never hit a rock all day. Snobird had the most rocks, although the day I skied with a foot of fresh snow it covered everything pretty well, the next day when it got tracked out and groomed, the rocks were out again.
post #19 of 22
Someone please explain this to me: I've skied for two days in a row at Bolton Valley. I've had a blast! The base is reported to be from 10 to 15 inches LESS than at Brighton . . . but it was GREAT! Does this mean I'd be delighted with the cover at Brighton if I were skiing there today?

The first time I and my sons visited SLC and were taken to Alta to ski, everyone apologized for the "poor" conditions. Here we were, looking at this HUGE mountain of snow - we were thrilled! My sons are still talking about it, and that was six seasons ago.

Any observations or remarks?
post #20 of 22
We have had better conditions Thats for sure. Accoring to the weather reports we have only about 73% of our normal snow pack to date. Thats The Bad News. The Good News is, is that Sundance Film Festival is here! We always seem to get a big dump when the The Snowdance crowds are at thier peak. Someone told me it has something to do with the all the marijuaia smoke seeding the clouds or something like that. By the way I'm washing my Truck and my wifes SUV.
post #21 of 22
Oboe - I ski around here in MN on a 6-12" base a lot, and it does just fine. It all has to do with the locations of places. It's not rocky here so we don't need tons of snow. Utah is full of jagged rocks that stick up, so they need more.
post #22 of 22
Quote:
Originally posted by oboe:
The first time I and my sons visited SLC and were taken to Alta to ski, everyone apologized for the "poor" conditions. Here we were, looking at this HUGE mountain of snow - we were thrilled! My sons are still talking about it, and that was six seasons ago.

Any observations or remarks?
I think I hear that every day. Someone complaining that conditions are terrible, and someone saying it's absolutely wonderful and the best they've seen - all in the same day. Personally I think conditions have been pretty good lately - with a few exceptionally good days thrown in. I'm sure you'll enjoy your trip!
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