calm down pal, you have a month to go? I can understand you wanting good snow, i'm heading to SCL myself the weekend after you. But whatever it is doing now, has NOTHING to do with your trip one month from now, whether it snows nothing or whether it did one of those 6 ft dumps yesterday, Non-applicable for Feb 16th. Worry about something else for a few weeks, then about Feb 10th you can honestly start thinkinkg about SLC and look at the long range forecasts, but even that could be all wrong.
> is there any long term weather prognosticators out there?
yes me, should be good!!!
> ive skiied utah before, usually the longest without new snow was a few days.
for the bird and alta, that's about right, but usually doesn't always cut it and it can go without snowing for 2 weeks or so. like anywhere else. but you placed your chips on the right pile with the best odds.
>what are the better areas if no new snow?
now that's an important question. simple answer - snowbird or alta. makes a big big difference with marginal conditions.
>do the areas ice up after a certain time.
WHAT??? not really ice, but when it doesn't snow for a week or so, the moguls get big, the snow gets hard, and the steeps could get dangerous, but i wouldn't really call that ice.
I don't want to rag on Vancouver, pretty cool town and area, but i think you are extrapolating your local problems to SLC.