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Utah-Should we be scared?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I know that weather forecasts more than 48 hours out are sketchy, but the predictions for this weekend have me nervous.....

http://www.weather.com/outlook/recre...om=search_vert

http://www.weather.com/outlook/recre...om=search_vert

Is it really going to rain in Alta and Snowbasin?
post #2 of 22
Usually, rain develops down in the valley with snow above 8000'.
post #3 of 22
Hey you're from the east coast, show those powderhounds that we east coasters can ski in any condition!

All kidding aside, according to noaa.com you will be getting some wet snow at alta: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/data/forecas...C035&city=Alta

and maybe a little wetter at Snowbasin: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/data/forecas...city=Snowbasin

I wouldn't worry about it though, I'm sure you will be fine, ENJOY!
post #4 of 22
You fell into the same trap I did. A week ago, weather.com said the same thing, had me worried. Then I found this site...
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_foreca...=212&map.y=134
That is your real forecast. We showed up at Alta Monday at 11am, it was pretty nice. Then it dumped 15" Monday night, sun came out all day Tuesday and I had the best day of skiing ever. Snowed again early morning Wednesday and the sun came out again Wednesday afternoon. What a trip, what a great time! Mark my words, you are going to have a blast. Enjoy.

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Mike Lewis
post #5 of 22
Weather.com is the biggest POS when it comes to forecasts in the West. That is for Sandy @ about 4,800' not Alta, which is above 8,000'.
post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone! That's exactly what I needed to hear.....
We'll be there from 2/24 -3/1, can't wait! :-)
post #7 of 22
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Then I found this site...
Hey Banshee, nice find! Doesn't look like there is anything to worry about. Keep that snow coming!
post #8 of 22
Here's the mountain forecast:

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/slc/snow/mtn.php
post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 
Wow that is a very cool detailed site, thanks!
post #10 of 22
The only thing to be afraid of are the missionarys.
Come your on a ski trip, once you get there you will be fine. I=80 up to PC rarely gets closed. On the other hand the Cottonwood Canyons gets closed often during big storms, so UDOT can do ava control. if you are driving a 4 wheel drive, do not think you are invisable, you'll end up in the ditch. Drive normaly, slow down , you'll be fine.
More SUV are wrecked in Utah by out of staters, than locals, cuse they think that since they have 4 wheel drive, they can drive 80 mph on snow and ice. You will think differantly when your upside down , held in by your seatbelt.
post #11 of 22
Thread Starter 
I hear you tahoetr. We are renting an SUV, but I also drive one here at home so I'm plenty comfortable in one. Even here in DC when we get a little snow, there are many SUV drivers who think they're invincible. 4X4's help you GO better in the snow, but they don't help you STOP better!

On that note, I'm bringing my laptop, just to log on in the AM and check for best conditions, road closures etc. (I promise, no work!)

We're staying in Ogden, and plan to do 2 days at Snowbasin, 1 at Solitude, and 1 at the Canyons...
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by skichick70
I hear you tahoetr. We are renting an SUV, but I also drive one here at home so I'm plenty comfortable in one. Even here in DC when we get a little snow, there are many SUV drivers who think they're invincible. 4X4's help you GO better in the snow, but they don't help you STOP better!

On that note, I'm bringing my laptop, just to log on in the AM and check for best conditions, road closures etc. (I promise, no work!)

We're staying in Ogden, and plan to do 2 days at Snowbasin, 1 at Solitude, and 1 at the Canyons...
If I were you and as long as the road to little cottonwood canyon is open, hit up Alta or Snowbird instead of the Canyons. I promise you won't regret it, especially if does snow!
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by skichick70
I hear you tahoetr. We are renting an SUV, but I also drive one here at home so I'm plenty comfortable in one. Even here in DC when we get a little snow, there are many SUV drivers who think they're invincible. 4X4's help you GO better in the snow, but they don't help you STOP better!

On that note, I'm bringing my laptop, just to log on in the AM and check for best conditions, road closures etc. (I promise, no work!)

We're staying in Ogden, and plan to do 2 days at Snowbasin, 1 at Solitude, and 1 at the Canyons...
www.skiutah.com for the daily ski/board report for all resorts in Utah.
Ya they all say they are taking thier laptops, and no work
Rush hour into Salt Lake on your way to Solitude, starts around 6:30 am, lasts until around 9;30. Afternoon last longer and always seems to start around 3pm.
I-15 South to I-80 East to i-215 South , exit when you see the signs for the cottowood Canyons.
This is the fastest way from Odgen to Solitude.
KSL 1160 Traffic and weather together on the nines, damnd i sound like one of thier commercials. 15 yers years living there is to blame.
Best local news Kutv 2
best local forcast KSL 5,Their main weather guy, Mark Eubank has been doing weather in the Northen Utah area for over 30 years. If you watch him and he's wearing his White coat, then expect snow in the valleys. I can't remebr when he has worn it , and it hasn't snowed. Best wine store,not sure of the eact address , but it's a state owned liquor store near downtown SLC. Yes you can drink in Utah.
post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the tips!!

Blizzboy, I've been to the Bird/Alta many times are they are indeed awesome. We have a free day at any American Skiing Company resort from a voucher for a sh*tty day at Killington earlier this year, and we can use it at the Canyons, so we're going to give that joint a shot.

I've also never been to Solitude, so going to the Canyons & Solitude gets me 2 steps closer to my goal of skiing everywhere in the world before I die.

And anyone who's been to Snowbasin knows no explanation is required for wanting to go back!
post #15 of 22
If you go to The Canyons and there is new snow do not under any circumstances ski Dreamscape, 9990 or The Pines.
post #16 of 22
Thread Starter 
Yes! I can tell from your other posts that those areas should be avoided at all costs.
post #17 of 22
Dang.
post #18 of 22
Staying in Ogden...with powder days infront of you...go to Powder Mountain!
post #19 of 22
Thread Starter 
I've done the Powder Mountain snowcat skiing, and it was great! I *may* do it again, but I already have 2 Snowbasin tickets, a free ticket to the Canyons, and have never done Solitude. Ugh! I wish I had more time out there!
post #20 of 22
All you have to do is sign up for the powder alert at http://www.alta.com/ and you will always know what is happening at the top of the canyon. I got a powder alert for this weekend so that rain you were worried about seems to actually have a more solid benefit if you take my meaning.
post #21 of 22
Snowbasin will have almost a foot by Sunday 1/20 as of the last 48 hrs. Weather call for more snow during the week also.
post #22 of 22
Thread Starter 
Steelman you're NOT helping!

I actually just tried to extend my trip by another day but I don't know that I want to pay an extra $400 in airfare (for 2 of us) since I got my original fare on some ridiculously cheap internet special. Sigh......
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