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Park City and Snowbasin mid December

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
I committed to go to Utah on December 14-20. I plan on skiing BCC and LCC which are more reliable for snow that time of year, but am also meeting a friend in PC for a few days. What are peoples experience w/ snow conditions and amt. of terrain open in PC and Snowbasin that time of year. I know the last 3 yrs have been good, but what about an average or subpar year?
post #2 of 20
Snowbasin may be limited, but they have excellent snow making.
PC is kind of the same.
post #3 of 20
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Okolepuka,I have to say, given the Hawaiian definition of your name, I'm not sure why you chose it. Just curious.
post #4 of 20
I grew up in Hawaii.

I think the name is funny.
post #5 of 20
Ok, give. What does Okolepuka mean???
post #6 of 20
don't worry too much about it, you have picked the right place for that time of year, likely is going to be just fine at all of the resorts. then it'll be just a matter of picking one.
post #7 of 20
You asked about a sub par year.

Several years ago, we went to SLC/Ogden over Christmas Vacation, expecting to ski Snowbasin. They were making snow daily but did not open until after we left - don't remember the exact date - Probably about Jan 1. They do have better snowmaking now but if nature doesn't cooperate at all, I'm not sure that they could open with only man made snow as most western resorts want at least 48" base to open.
Powder Mountain did open after Christmas that year so we spent our time there. The snow was great.
It is very unusual but possible to have little snow mid Dec in Utah.
post #8 of 20
Most of the Utah resorts in the banana belt (outside of LCC/BCC) have extensive snowmaking. PC resorts have a policy w/ their lodging subsidiaries that they have more liberal refund policies if 50% of their mountains are not open by Xmas, so they will work 'round the clock to get runs open by then, if they can. That being said, if Utah doesn't have snow, god help the rest of the planet.

Powdr
post #9 of 20
Thread Starter 
Okole= rear end puka=hole remember puka shells, named for hole in shell You can figure it out from there.
post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by Maui Steve
Okole= rear end puka=hole remember puka shells, named for hole in shell You can figure it out from there.
I like it.
post #11 of 20
In a below average December you will be skiing manmade groomers at those areas and very little expert terrain will be open. I think I would pick Deer Valley for the banana belt day, as they will go the extra mile to make the best surface possible.
post #12 of 20
Park City Mountain resort has the largest amount of snow making in Utah. Once the temps drop they pump up the snow making and keep it running. I think Snowbasin is now a close 2nd to park City. At Deer Valley you will have less acreage but better quality in grooming. Keep in mind that this is just a back up plan in case Mother Nature doesn't deliver the Goods in Early to Mid Nov. It is hard to tell at this point but all the signs are pointing to a early winter and along winter
post #13 of 20
Been there on a sub-par year in late January (which partly clouds my feeling on PCMR; though I have been there on average years). The one thing that salvaged the trip was being forced to ski at LCC which really sucked

I wouldn't worry about it as you have a ridiculous number of options if PCMR/Snowbasin don't work out.
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by Utah49
Park City Mountain resort has the largest amount of snow making in Utah. Once the temps drop they pump up the snow making and keep it running. I think Snowbasin is now a close 2nd to park City.
Sorry man, Snowbasin is second to Park City in none of the good categories.
Snowbasin: 580 acres snowmaking
Park City: 475 acres snowmaking
post #15 of 20
My Bad
post #16 of 20
If snowmaking is needed beyond say December 30th, then god help us all. If I have to ski snowmaking snow after that, then I'm gonna lose interest real fast.
post #17 of 20
http://webpages.charter.net/tcrocker818/

Probably the best snow analysis I've seen anywhere. There is a section somewhere in there on early season skiing.
post #18 of 20
Powder It has happened a few times in the past . But always there has been a mega dump in Jan to get things really rolling . I first mover here in Jan 96. It had been one of the worse christmas Holiday in years yet it started snowing on Jan 6 and did not stop for almost two weeks. That's why Park City and others have invested Millions into snow making.
post #19 of 20
Thread Starter 
I know it's only October, but forecast thru end of October is for no or at best little precip. For the Utah guys, is that of any concern for a mid December ski trip. I know last year, October had quite a bit of snow.
post #20 of 20
The Wasatch Range has already had a 10" dump for October and looks like some more on the way next week so hopefully PC will fare well.

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/data/forecas...&city=Snowbird

I check this every day cuz I'm in the same boat as you. Mid December trip but I'll be hitting the resorts in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons.
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