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30" So far at Alta

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post #2 of 26
... and it's not officially winter yet! It surely started earlier than last year!
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I love it, hopefully the trend will continue and My Early season trip will be a big score!!!
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dead link, but http://www.alta.com/ tells it all! Picture of day is awesome. It hurts......
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Whats missing?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ron
dead link, but http://www.alta.com/ tells it all! Picture of day is awesome. It hurts......
I see snow, clouds and guys under the lift....Notice there is not a single chair attached to that lift(s)?

Utah is not alone, we are getting up to 4 feet in the Sierras. Came across Donner Pass yesterday. Chain controls all day. Hwy 50 is closed. Hwy 88 has chain controls. Sierra at Tahoe web cam tells it all. BTW, if so much snow was not on the camera, you would see chairs attached to the lifts. http://www.sierratahoe.com/live-webcam.html#

Or take a look at lake level in South Lake Tahoe: http://www.kxtv10.com/capture/tahoe.htm Time to break out the shovels and plows.
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That is a beautiful thing!!!
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who has that great multi-cam utah link ?
anyone, beuller ? fry ?
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Originally Posted by skicougar
who has that great multi-cam utah link ?
anyone, beuller ? fry ?
Ask and you shall receive

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/Saltlake/cam...Mountains.html




Edit: Nevermind they moved it
post #9 of 26
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post #10 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cirquerider
I see snow, clouds and guys under the lift....Notice there is not a single chair attached to that lift(s)?
They had to basically disassemble the chair to move the base. Chairs will be added within the next two weeks, lift tested around Nov. 10, and should be ready by opening day.The best news: 1-2 more feet is expected by tomorrow morning. Skinning for turns in October, gotta love it.

edit: Looked at picture after Ityped.
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Originally Posted by crew cut
They had to basically disassemble the chair to move the base. Chairs will be added within the next two weeks, lift tested around Nov. 10, and should be ready by opening day.The best news: 1-2 more feet is expected by tomorrow morning. Skinning for turns in October, gotta love it.

edit: Looked at picture after Ityped.
Hi all,

Just spoke with Diane at Alta and she said that opening day is scheduled for Nov. 18th. They plan to get the chairs in like Crew Cut said before then so they can test.

I would love to be there for opening day. Never been to an opening day at a big western resort.

What's Alta's opening day like? Is it just crazy crowded with all the die hard locals?

Sean
post #12 of 26
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Another 3' expected in the Wasatch

Wow this should build a base. Starting to really thing my Dec 7th trip is going to be well worth it.


URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SALT LAKE CITY UT
300 PM MDT WED OCT 20 2004

...WINTER WEATHER WARNINGS..

.A COLD AND MOIST UPPER TROUGH WILL SLOWLY MOVE TOWARD UTAH TONIGHT
AND INTO THE REGION ON THURSDAY.

IDZ025-UTZ007>010-210500-
WASATCH MOUNTAINS I-80 NORTH-WASATCH MOUNTAINS SOUTH OF I-80-
WASATCH MOUNTAINS/IDAHO PORTION-WASATCH PLATEAU/BOOK CLIFFS-
WESTERN UINTA MOUNTAINS-
300 PM MDT WED OCT 20 2004

...HEAVY SNOW WARNING NORTHERN MOUNTAINS OF UTAH AND EXTREME
SOUTHEAST IDAHO ABOVE 8000 FEET TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY 6 PM..

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONTINUES A HEAVY SNOW WARNING
FOR ALL OF THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTHERN UTAH AND EXTREME SOUTHEAST IDAHO
FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 8000 FEET. THIS WARNING WILL BE IN EFFECT
THROUGH THURSDAY.

WIDESPREAD WET SNOW WILL CONTINUE TODAY ABOVE 8000 FEET OVER THE
NORTHERN MOUNTAINS. THE SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES AND CONTINUE
TONIGHT. SNOW LEVELS WILL HOVER NEAR 8500 FEET TODAY AND LOWER THIS
EVENING TO NEAR 7000 FEET LATER TONIGHT. SNOW LEVELS OF 6500 TO 7500
FEET ARE EXPECTED ON THURSDAY. ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS TONIGHT INTO
THURSDAY ARE EXPECTED TO RANGE FROM 1-3 FEET. THIS WOULD BRING STORM
TOTALS OF 3-5 FEET ABOVE 9000 FEET
BY THURSDAY AFTERNOON
WITH 1-2 FEET ABOVE 8000 FEET.

SNOW SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE IN THE MOUNTAINS THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND
THURSDAY NIGHT...ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE SOUTHERN WASATCH RANGE.

IN ADDITION TO THE SNOW...SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 20-30 MPH ARE
EXPECTED NEAR THE RIDGETOPS WITH GUSTS TO NEAR 40 MPH THIS EVENING.
WINDS WILL DECREASE LATER TONIGHT.

PERSONS PLANNING ACTIVITY OR TRAVEL THROUGH THE HIGH COUNTRY
THROUGH FRIDAY SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR HAZARDOUS WINTER
WEATHER CONDITIONS.

TUNE INTO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR LOCAL BROADCAST STATIONS..
OR VISIT WEATHER.GOV ON THE INTERNET FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION ON
THIS STORM.
post #13 of 26
With this much snow falling, any chance they'll open early? The 18th's almost a month away!
post #14 of 26
November 18th??? What a waste of good snow!!! I hope all of you out there hike.
post #15 of 26
The problem is that Alta can not open early. They are restricted by a lease. That is also why they close so early every year. Have you ever noticed that Snowbird is always open one month longer than Alta. In any event, even if The Bird opens early, bring your rock skis. THere is plenty rugged terrain in the Wasatch that requires a lot of pow to cover!
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Isn't the best shot for an early opening at Brighton?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Canyons
The problem is that Alta can not open early. They are restricted by a lease. That is also why they close so early every year. Have you ever noticed that Snowbird is always open one month longer than Alta. In any event, even if The Bird opens early, bring your rock skis. THere is plenty rugged terrain in the Wasatch that requires a lot of pow to cover!
Canyons,

I called Alta yesterday to ask about opening day. I spoke with someone named Diane and she said that they are not limited by any Forest Service plan with regard to when they open. I didn't ask about closing day but that would make more sense. The problem for opening day this year is that they don't have the chairs on the new quad and nor on Wildcat. They had to take them off when the moved the base and have to put them back on and test them before they can open.

The lady I spoke with may not be fully informed with regard to the opening policy but that's what she told me.

Nevertheless, if they still have the snow in a couple of weeks I'm cashing in my frequent flyer miles and heading west.

$654.44 - Four nights at The Peruvian Lodge
$ 80.00 - Airport Transfers to SLC
$ 100 - Enough St. Provo Girl to make me forget it's 3.2%
25,000 Frequent Flyer Miles

Riding the new lift on opening Day at Alta when I should be at work....PRICELESS.

May the storms keep a roll'n in and rocks keep disappearing.

Cheers,

Sean
post #18 of 26
Alta is on Public land and they do have a lease that says when they can open and close. However it isn't written in stone. If conditions are right they can open early and They may also stay open for a week or more in the spring. However opening early and closing late can cost a resort a lot of money. On the other hand There is bragging rights to opening early and that does help with the bookings for mid season.
post #19 of 26
As of 7 am this morning, the base is 40 inches. They storm total for this week is over 6 feet! Don't worry about the snow being used, the parking lot will practically be full on Sat. As far as rocks, I plan on skiing on my regular, everyday skis on Sat. If you know where to go, you can ski Alta or Snowbird early season without hitting a thing.

Alta's opening/closing dates are flexible, they usually just have to inform the Forest Service of their plans. A lot of times in spring, they will extend past the schedule closing, and open on the weekends only.

Don't be suprised if Brighton or PC open around Halloween.
post #20 of 26
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Dec 7th can't come fast enough
post #21 of 26
So far no word on any early openings. PCMR is still set yo open on Sat Nov 13. The day before is a special pre-opening day. The cost of a lift ticket on Fri 12th will be only $15.00. All the money from lift ticket sales will be going to benefit the Park City Education Fundation.
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Originally Posted by crew cut
Don't be suprised if Brighton or PC open around Halloween.
Brighton is opening Friday -- see other post!
post #23 of 26
Friday I'm There! Thanks for posting this Lodro. Any other bears up for a few turns on Friday?
post #24 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by SeanyMac
...they are not limited by any Forest Service plan with regard to when they open.
This is true. This fact gets beat to death from time to time on message boards. People have been speculating the opposite for decades, but Alta can open and close whenever they want. With very few exceptions, they simply choose to open the week before Thanksgiving and close the third Sunday of April (the most recent exception being 2003 when they decided to extend to the 27th of April). I wish that someday they would just shock the world and open like in October or something......Onno?......Connie?........anyone?.. .....
post #25 of 26
Yahoo! Snow! PRAY FOR SN*W!
post #26 of 26
well, being in Massachusetts thats kind of despressing - but some inspiration shines through none the less.

oh my gosh -totals in feet! I bet the sledding is also fanastic. I'm getting all sweaty and sick to my stomach here - why oh why was I not born in the Wasatch!
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