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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Myself and two friends are planning a ski trip for next week. We've decided to wait till last minute to plan (and pay a little more $) to try and get some good snow. We're looking at Jackson Hole, Tahoe (free lodging), Big Sky, or Canada (Whistler, Panorama, Kicking Horse etc.) Utah isn't out of the question but am moving there this spring and will be there all next winter. As of right now, doesn't look like too much snow in the forecast for anywhere although I know it is impossible to predict this far ahead. Don't want to pay a boatload for crappy conditions. Worst comes to worst we would probably hit up Tahoe on the cheap and probably get some decent corn. Any thoughts, comments, suggestions, or info on current conditions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks all.
post #2 of 21
Thread Starter 
Anyone?
post #3 of 21
Forget Big sky and JH.

I'd go Tahoe in your shoes. They've got the best base depths of anyone right now, which means more open terrain everywhere.
post #4 of 21
Tahoe for sure. If there is a storm coming, they will get it first.

I would vote kirkwood
post #5 of 21

Good Long Range Skiing Weather Forecasts

First look at base depths - Tahoe, Utah, Colorado.

Second, I would look at the long range weather forecasts to see what is coming.

A good source of long range skiing weather forecasts is www.snocountry.com/index.php?topic=weather. On Mondays Jim Roemer posts Roemer's Report and once or twice a week Herb Stevens posts Herb's Weather Missive usually once Sun or Mon or Tu and sometimes on Wed or Th or Fr.

Here are Jim Roemer's and Herb Steven's bios from the SnoCountry website.

Homepage: http://www.bestskiweather.com/
Bio: Jim Roemer graduated with high honors and a degree in Meteorology from Lyndon State College in Vermont. Jim provides short and longer term weather forecasts to many major ski resorts and thousands of skiers who depend on more accurate forecasts for the mountains. His specialty is long range forecasting. Jim is also involved lecturing to universities about the climatology of global warming and teaching an occasional class in meteorology. He also advises several energy and futures trading funds and makes recommendations on how ski areas and other businesses can better protect their "bottom line" by hedging in the futures market or buying weather insurance packages.


Homepage: http://www.skiingweatherman.com/
Bio: Herb Stevens has spent much of his professional career on the “road less traveled”. After graduating from The Pennsylvania State University in 1975, Herb elected to see the world as a caddy on the PGA Tour for five years before launching his career as a meteorologist. After one year at WJAR-TV in Providence, RI, Herb became one of the original on-camera meteorologists at The Weather Channel. A year and a half later, he became the Chief Meteorologist at WNYT-TV in Albany, NY. As part of his duties at WNYT, Herb pioneered a weekly on-snow ski report, which in 1988 became his full-time job, The Skiing Weatherman.

The Skiing Weatherman is still Herb’s primary focus, reaching 32 markets and approximately 22 million viewers on a weekly basis. In addition to the weekly television report, Herb writes twice-weekly weather summaries for his own web site, www.skiingweatherman.com, as well as www.snocountry.com and the web site of the Ski Areas of New York. Along the way, he has also racked up an interesting series of other broadcasting credits, including LPGA and PGA play-by-play on ESPN, The Golf Channel, PGA TOUR Radio, and PGA TOUR.com. In addition, Herb was part of TNT’s coverage team at the 1999 Winter Goodwill Games in Lake Placid, NY, and was the feature reporter and interviewer for CBS’s coverage of the 1997 World Nordic Ski Championships in Norway. In September of 2004, Herb launched a nationally syndicated radio talk show about, what else, the weather! Look for Real Weather USA, coming soon to a market near you.

An avid golfer, Herb qualified for the 1998 U.S. Amateur Championship, and also played in the 1999, 2000, and 2001 British Amateur Championships. He also won the 1994 Rhode Island Mid-Amateur Championship.

Herb is married with two children, and lives in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 
Basically have it narrowed to Tahoe and Jackson Hole. Pretty sure we'll at least get some sun and corn in Tahoe at the very least. However, if Jackson is getting snow we'd rather hit that up. Any locals at either of these two places have any info on forecasts for next week? Also, how is the skiing right now? Corn at Tahoe? Jackson??
post #7 of 21
Oh come on Utah is AWESOME right now. Granted there isn't any snow expected, and your moving there come spring. But you need to show your friends where your moving to, and make them jealous.
if your flying in from the east, you can be skiing by noon in Utah. 11 great resorts 30-90 min from the airport.
I skied Heavenly this past Saturday, and it seemed frozen to me before noon, maybe just skied off, i don't know.
Below are a couple of links to utah weather as well as national weather
www.utahavalanchecenter.com
www.noaa.gov


Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center/ National Weather Service

Wasatch Cache National Forest

In partnership with: The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, Utah Department of Public Safety Division of Comprehensive Emergency Management, Salt Lake County, and Utah State Parks



For detailed avalanche information, visit our web site at: http://www.utahavalanchecenter.com

Northern Utah Mountain Weather Forecast


Tuesday, March 08, 2005 1:30 pm



Discussion:

The northwest winds have calmed down but are still blowing in the 20’s along the ridges and should remain around 20 mph tonight and into Wednesday. Ridgetop temperatures for the remainder of the day will be around 30. It looks as temperatures are going to be even warmer on Wednesday reaching into the mid 30’s along the ridges.

Extended forecast:

A week shortwave will brush northern Utah Thursday but doesn’t look like any significant snow with it. High pressure is in store for Friday and Saturday
post #8 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by tahoetr
Oh come on Utah is AWESOME right now.
Awesomely marginal at best.
post #9 of 21
Marginal at best??
ok whos better, certainly isnt colorado or idaho.
tahoe not getting any new snow, it warms ,it freezes
post #10 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by tahoetr
tahoe not getting any new snow, it warms ,it freezes
Sounds just like SLC. I did'nt say anywhere was better right now, just that Utah isn't awesome.

I'd prolly check out Taos, I don't know if they have any new, but they've had a good year.
post #11 of 21
acording to the Taos website, they have any where from 85 to 102 inchs.
Now looking at ski utah website for today, most resort are reporting a base
post #12 of 21
acording to the Taos website, they have any where from 85 to 102 inchs.
Now looking at ski utah website for today, most resort are reporting a base from as low as 40 in at nordic Valley to 133 at Soltude.
Am i missing something? Taos is better?
post #13 of 21
Skiing around Tahoe has been fantastic. It's getting warmer right now, but the temperatures are supposed to go back down a bit later in the week. No new snow (a slight chance of a little on Sunday), but the base is deep and the skies are clear and blue. It's spring time right now, but no one does spring better then the Sierras.
post #14 of 21
Lake Louise was fine a couple of days ago.
post #15 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks all. Looks like we'll be headed to Tahoe this Saturday for some fun in the sun.
post #16 of 21
Good choice Criscam. Several of us bears will be there for the week. I'm planning on skiing Heavenly primarily but may give Kirkwood a try. Plan on hooking up with CirqueRider and AE for some turns. There are others around also. Packed and ready to go!

Later,
Doug

"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail"
post #17 of 21
Um... have you noticed that the EC has really nice conditions right now?
post #18 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by chriscam
Myself and two friends are planning a ski trip for next week. We've decided to wait till last minute to plan (and pay a little more $) to try and get some good snow. We're looking at Jackson Hole, Tahoe (free lodging), Big Sky, or Canada (Whistler, Panorama, Kicking Horse etc.) Utah isn't out of the question but am moving there this spring and will be there all next winter. As of right now, doesn't look like too much snow in the forecast for anywhere although I know it is impossible to predict this far ahead. Don't want to pay a boatload for crappy conditions. Worst comes to worst we would probably hit up Tahoe on the cheap and probably get some decent corn. Any thoughts, comments, suggestions, or info on current conditions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks all.
I love to ski out WEST, but the conditions in the EAST are fabulous right now. I skied Sugarloaf last week and the snow was fantabulous. The Loaf just got dumped with another two (2) feet yesterday. I would suggest (however blasphemous it may be) that the skiing in the EAST for the balance of March is and is going to be great! A lot cheaper than a western trip (especially mid-week)!!
post #19 of 21
Thread Starter 
Agreed Gostan. Actually contemplated skiing Jay this weekend then heading out west on Monday. However, it will be nice to get some springlike days in on (hopefully) some good corn. Usually few and far between back east. (the added vert out west helps too)
post #20 of 21
Free lodging at Tahoe? The west is going to be sunny and dry for at least a week. With the base they've built up it sounds like you should be California Dreaming! I live in the East-Don't mind skiing here (in fact, there are many things I love)....but even at it's best-it's not a blue bird day at Kirkwood with a 100 inch base, or a day spent hitting the bumps off the KT-22 at Squaw.
post #21 of 21
We were thinking about another trip out West before the end of the season, but with the way the conditions are now, I'm just going to stay here and take advantage of them. Sugarloaf has got to be pretty sweet right about now.
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