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post #61 of 82
So,my next question is...How quickly or unexpectedly can the situation change and how far out are the snow reports reliable? Can you tell I'm grasping or what? The road trip is kinda of set in stone so I'll just make the best of it. I will be bringing my mountain bike tho so I can jump over to Moab. You guys have been a big help. Thanks so much.
post #62 of 82
Altho, Utah is still high and dry, Colorado looks to be doing at least a little better and there is supposed to be snow headed that way today and tomorrow from that Southern California storm. That being said, the forecast for the next 15 days which unfortunately has been very consistent among the models calls for dry and warm conditions for Utah and Colorado. If I had 6 weeks and a car, I'd make a road trip to PNW.
post #63 of 82
Maui, maybe you could tell in advance where you'r planning to go so that we could avoid those areas (Last year he cursed the PNW)
post #64 of 82
Sorry. I should only use my power for good, not evil.
post #65 of 82
IT HAS LOOKED LIKE THIS ALL WEEKEND
post #66 of 82
Teton Pass webcam has looked good all day, and as it got dark you could see it was snowing. Nice fresh stuff there now (and a car struggling through the fresh).
post #67 of 82
Oh Noes!! Utah does not have 200 inches of snowpack before thanksgiving. All is not right with the skiing universe.
post #68 of 82
It's called global warming.
post #69 of 82
Starting to look better:

http://pic10.picturetrail.com/VOL348.../118732717.jpg

http://pic10.picturetrail.com/VOL348.../118732810.jpg


As it has been the case all fall, the weather models did not properly forecast this latest round. Jet stream sagged further south than expected and we are now on the colder, more moist side of the jet. This bodes well for the remainder of this system and Alta could see an additional 1-2' when all is said & done. PC resorts, less, but cold this week to make snow and a possible 1-2 run opening by Friday.

Powdr
post #70 of 82
Powdr

where and when were this pictures taken.
post #71 of 82
Thread Starter 
Alright!!! looks like the snow and cold temps have arrived. The forecast for next week looks pretty sweet ... http://twister.sbs.ohio-state.edu

My question ... if the snow keeps up as projected and the SLC area resorts get a nice dump, how long before more trails start to open up? We've reserved a condo at PowMow beginning 12/9, less than 2-weeks away. Last December a lot of snow had already fallen, and most resorts were pretty much wide open. This year with the very recent snowfall, what can we expect in the way of how fast the resorts are able to open up more trails?

And yes I know ... this is early in the season, so spare me the grief on why I booked so early, please........
post #72 of 82
You are still 2 weeks out and looking at the 10 day forcast around here, they are calling for snow just about every other day for the next while. No worries!
post #73 of 82
Yeah, well I'm heading to Park City this Saturday (Dec 3rd). I'm there for the whole week, but I'm really hoping for some good snow this week. I was only planning to ski 3-4 days, so I might wait initially if it's crap.

My backup plan is my new xbox 360! I just need to find a place for it in my carry-on bag.
post #74 of 82
I've been looking at the snow reports for Alta/Snowbird and the Park City area. It really amazes me that the 2 areas get such a different amount of snow from the same system. How many miles apart can they be to create such a disparity?

Being from NYC, I've only had 2 opportunities to ski in over a foot of snow, once at Snowbird and once at Copper. So when I go to Park City in January, so I don't mind all that much, but I just don't understand how there can be such a difference between the 2 areas.
post #75 of 82
vindog: If you look at a map of the area (see link below) you will see that Park City is only about ten or 15 miles from Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons (Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, Brighton). The storms come from the west and tend to take a line over the Lake (which never freezes because of the salt), pick up additional moisture, hit the west slope, rise up and dump. Park City is just a little off from the usual bullseye, although it can get more snow if the storm track is a little farther north. In SLC you can call one phone number in the morning that will give you 7 snow reports and then pick the area with the most snow because they are all within about an hour drive. I have been doing this for years and it is not unusual to have a big disparity in snowfall. It can snow so hard there that 0" new on the report can turn out to be 4" when the lifts open and 12" by the end of the day. Obviousluy, things can change there very fast.

I think it was Powder Magazine that had an article a few years ago with and analysis of which Salt Lake area would get the most snow depending on if the storm was coming from the NW, W, or SW. I'm sure the locals have this figured out.

www.alpentech.net
post #76 of 82
The general rule is that the Wasatch Front: west slope, LCC&BCC canyons- get the west and north storms- and pick up the lake effect. Sunday it stopped everywhere else and just kept dumping on those canyons. They have a weather system all their own. Storms from the southwest favor the Wasatch back: east slope, PCMR, DV, Canyons, Snowbasin & Sundance. These storms are less frequent and don't have as much lake effect. But- last season we had a lot of activity from the south.( The northwest storms were MIA) Many Powder days at the Park City resorts. January should be great.
post #77 of 82
The storms doing fine here in Park City- been snowing steady since three oclock, got five inches so far and getting an inch an hour. No wind- supposed to keep up all night and into tomorrow, then resume after a short break- pretty much until Saturday.
post #78 of 82
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Originally Posted by Mr. Crab
The storms doing fine here in Park City- been snowing steady since three oclock, got five inches so far and getting an inch an hour. No wind- supposed to keep up all night and into tomorrow, then resume after a short break- pretty much until Saturday.
That sounds good to me. My last trip out west was almost 7 years ago. I really want things to be as good as possible when I head out to PC in January.
post #79 of 82
Quote:
Originally Posted by vindog
That sounds good to me. My last trip out west was almost 7 years ago. I really want things to be as good as possible when I head out to PC in January.
January is a sure thing. (I was gonna say slam dunk, but we have no WMD's here either)
post #80 of 82
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Originally Posted by Mr. Crab
January is a sure thing. (I was gonna say slam dunk, but we have no WMD's here either)
Can't wait to get there. I actually have a couple questions and I would really apreciate if you could help me out. I'm staying at the Marriott Summit Watch. Is it better to just take the Town Lift, which seems to be right there by looking at a map, or take the shuttle to the main base area?

Also, is the Fast Tracks thing worth it. On the PC website it says its free with a 5 day lift ticket. I don't think I would stay at PC for 5 days. I would like to ski DV a couple days as well. But if it makes a big difference then maybe I would consider it.

Thanks
post #81 of 82
Quote:
Originally Posted by vindog
Can't wait to get there. I actually have a couple questions and I would really apreciate if you could help me out. I'm staying at the Marriott Summit Watch. Is it better to just take the Town Lift, which seems to be right there by looking at a map, or take the shuttle to the main base area?

Also, is the Fast Tracks thing worth it. On the PC website it says its free with a 5 day lift ticket. I don't think I would stay at PC for 5 days. I would like to ski DV a couple days as well. But if it makes a big difference then maybe I would consider it.

Thanks
Town lift is open from the week before xmas through closing (if there is snow). Take it directly from the Marriott (use the bridge to cross the street). From the top of the Town lift, go to Bonanza and you're on your way to just about anywhere on the mountain.

Fast Tracks is only needed on the most crowded weeks (Xmas-New years and Presidents). You can get around the mountain on less popular lifts the rest of the time.

Powdr
post #82 of 82
Quote:
Originally Posted by Powdr
Town lift is open from the week before xmas through closing (if there is snow). Take it directly from the Marriott (use the bridge to cross the street). From the top of the Town lift, go to Bonanza and you're on your way to just about anywhere on the mountain.

Fast Tracks is only needed on the most crowded weeks (Xmas-New years and Presidents). You can get around the mountain on less popular lifts the rest of the time.

Powdr
Thanks for the info. If you have any other tips/suggestions then please let me know.
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