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Snowbird Alta this weekend? Any suggestions?

post #1 of 16
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I was wondering if anyone had any info on conditions and which to ski when?

I heard part of Alta is closed for the season already but the rest will be open this weekend starting Friday. I'll be up Thursday night, so I was thinking of skiing Alta on Friday because it wouldn't have been skied all week. But with the warm days and cold nights, I wonder if the unskied fresh snow from yesterday and today will be badly crusted anyway.

If anyone has any ideas on when and where to ski thursday-sunday, please let me know?

thanks,
andrew
post #2 of 16
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any help would be appreciated
post #3 of 16
Ckeck the conditions each morning and look at the grooming reports as it will warm up prior to your arrival. I hope a local chimes in here, but you may find some decent leftovers in or near the trees that face north & west and maybe some of the bowl terrain which is about half of each area minus Mineral Basin at Snowbird.
post #4 of 16
For starters, you are headed to the right place- Snowbird and Alta are great this time of year... No crowds, great resorts and typically the best (spring skiing) conditions in Utah. It is difficult to give specific recommendations given the fact that we are currently in a storm and don't know exactly what temps the next few days will bring.

To really find the best of those 2 resorts: Get a Alta/Snowbird pass with full access to both areas. Good Luck
post #5 of 16
I hear the Cecret & Supreme lifts will be closed when Alta reopens on Friday. I think all of the Snowbird lifts will be open. Don't know how much tickets may have been discounted.

About 10-12 inches of snow today; maybe another 8 tonight? We'll be skiing Snowbasin tomorrow.
post #6 of 16
I heard that they have closed (or will after this weekend) the entire Cirque at Snowbird. This includes the Peruvian Chair and everything that skis from the top directly back down to the bottom of the Tram. Anybody know if this it true?

My real question: Can you still ski the Upper Cirque and take the Cool Whip Traverse, or is the entire Cirque closed?
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by mudfoot
I heard that they have closed (or will after this weekend) the entire Cirque at Snowbird. This includes the Peruvian Chair and everything that skis from the top directly back down to the bottom of the Tram. Anybody know if this it true?
Peruvian chair is closed, but I've heard the cirque will be open until 5/14. No need for the Alta/bird ticket, the connection is closed for the season.

I would ski Alta Friday. Look for corn on the backside in the morning or cold snow in Eaglesnest or Westward Ho. Maybe Snowbird on Saturday. Sunday looks like a storm day. I may be there, but I am looking at the LT forcast for the next weekend too.
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD
Peruvian chair is closed, but I've heard the cirque will be open until 5/14. No need for the Alta/bird ticket, the connection is closed for the season.

I would ski Alta Friday. Look for corn on the backside in the morning or cold snow in Eaglesnest or Westward Ho. Maybe Snowbird on Saturday. Sunday looks like a storm day. I may be there, but I am looking at the LT forcast for the next weekend too.
I agree with Alta as the call on friday. Is the backside you're referring to down into Mineral Basin? Let me know if you're around, we could get a few turns in. Last I was there was sadly with Doug coombs in early december, when he gave us a tour of his favorite chutes at alta. You probably know all the hidden spots but I'd be happy to show you them if you don't.
post #9 of 16
Andrew:

I would love to take a couple of runs, but right now it looks like I may wait a week or two. I want either a powder day or full blown spring skiing. Right now I am armchair weather forcasting and it will probably be good. But it looks like at least one of the weekend days will be a transition day, so I think I am going to wait.

The backside traverse I am talking about is at the top of Alta's Collins lift. It will take you to east facing Greely bowl which should soften up early.

If you show up to Collins early, just look for some TGR or Powder stickers and ask for "Change for a Nickle". There is a strong crew of maggots that will show you around.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD
Andrew:

I would love to take a couple of runs, but right now it looks like I may wait a week or two. I want either a powder day or full blown spring skiing. Right now I am armchair weather forcasting and it will probably be good. But it looks like at least one of the weekend days will be a transition day, so I think I am going to wait.

The backside traverse I am talking about is at the top of Alta's Collins lift. It will take you to east facing Greely bowl which should soften up early.

If you show up to Collins early, just look for some TGR or Powder stickers and ask for "Change for a Nickle". There is a strong crew of maggots that will show you around.
Thanks for the tips and the hookup. Anyone have any ideas if Devil's Castle might be open on Friday and any guesses on conditions. It might not have been touched for awhile and with 15" of fresh on monday and temps being cool today, things might be pretty fresh on friday because it was closed all week.
post #11 of 16
The should be another small storm moving in saturday night.

I dont know about alta, but at the bird regarding lifts. the Tram,Gadzoom, Little cloud, wilbere, and Minerail Basin Express will be the only ones open. (note no connection to Alta with Baldy express not running.)

as for the snow, today at snowbird the area around silver fow and Great scott still had dry snow, but even the the cirque wa wet at the end of the day. If you ahve fat skis and dont worry to much about the heavy stuff you ll be fine.
post #12 of 16
Ahhhhh, I can't stand it!!!! Just pulled the trigger on motel rooms in SLC to ski Sat.-Mon. I know the forcast is marginal at best, but that rain could be snow up high and we're desparate for some more skiing. Hey, it's only a 7 hr. drive each way.

I can handle deep slush, but I just hope we don't get rained on while riding the lifts or shut out by lightening. Am I crazy or what?
post #13 of 16
Rain would be good on the groomers and packed down bumps, but would make off piste like hell.

And remember there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing choices.

Mudfoot I pmed you, I will be off saturday skiing at the bird.
post #14 of 16
Thanks for the encouragement. I seem to cave in every time it looks like snow. This is our 4th trip to SLC this season. (How can you go wrong with a 13 ft. base?) I really don't mind the heavy wet slush, that's how I got my name.

I guess it all comes down to the simple fact that you can't get dumped on at Alta, if you're not at Alta. What can I say, I'm a powder whore.
post #15 of 16
How did it go?
post #16 of 16
Had a blast but never did hook up with BushwackinPA. Got to ski my new Fischer Wateas (check my Consumer Review) in the slush. Saturday it was 80 in SLC and very, very warm on the mountain. Mineral Basin warmed up in the morning and then you could jump to Little Cloud in the afternoon to stay in the soft slush. There was still winter snow on the top of Silver Fox and Great Scott. The bottom of the mountain turned to muck but you could just stay up high.

Sunday was the final day for Brighton, Snow Basin and Alta. We hit Alta and once again it was sunny but about 10 degrees colder. The front side did not warm up until after 2:00, so everyone was on the Collins lift all morning. It was weird to not see one person on the high traverse for 5 hours. Baldy and all the big chutes were open. By the end of the day High Rustler was corned up. Half the people were in costumes (my favorite was the guy skiing in the hippo outfit) and it was a massive tailgate party in the parking lot.

Sunday night it rained and Monday morning SnowBird was reporting 1" new with cloudy and rainy weather forecast, so we bailed and came home a day early, but very glad we went. The Bird got 1" more during the day, so it was undoubtedly skiing in the near rain on barely covered frozen door knobs. That's Spring skiing, feast or famin.
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