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Observations from the Wasatch '06 - '07

post #1 of 27
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Figured I'd start another season long thread to report in from Utah. Adding a twist this year with a tie in to my blog.

Couldn't hold out any longer and figured I'd make my 1st tracks of the season today (11/12/06) after last night's little storm. About 6" of fresh on top of 12" - 18" of consolidated base. Surprisingly good. More expected this week. Will report

Gentle turns on the filled in stuff (Empire in the background was really boney):


Uptrack. Someone got there before me (thanks for breaking trail!):


More stuff (weather, comments) at my blog: http://teleprophet.blogspot.com/

Powdr (TeleProphet)
post #2 of 27
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looking good for monday-tuesday:

.This Afternoon...Partly cloudy. West wind 8 mph. High 28.
.Tonight...Mostly cloudy. Snow. Probability of measurable precipitation 30 percent. South wind 21 mph. Low 19.
.Monday...Snow. Snow accumulation 6 inches. Probability of measurable precipitation 100 percent. Southwest wind 35 mph. High 32.
.Monday Night...Snow. Snow accumulation 7 inches. Probability of measurable precipitation 90 percent. West wind 30 mph. Low 23.
.Tuesday...Snow showers. Snow accumulation 6 inches. Probability of measurable precipitation 100 percent. Northwest wind 26 mph. High 30.
.Tuesday Night...Partly cloudy. Low 14.
post #3 of 27
sounds great. I havn't been hearing much from the Wasatch so far this season, I have just heard all the hype about Colorado. But I guess Colorado isn't used to getting this much snow and Utah is used to it.
post #4 of 27
Colorado nearly allways beat Utah early season from my drooling in Sept, Oct and november about early season snow fall. Utah starts get more about now(someone correct if I am wrong)

Also the winterstorm warning for Park City is promising right now.
post #5 of 27
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
Colorado nearly allways beat Utah early season from my drooling in Sept, Oct and november about early season snow fall. Utah starts get more about now(someone correct if I am wrong)...
Yup. The way the jet works, is that the buckle or sag is further east in Sept/Oct/Nov and it works it way west by about Thanksgiving. Just about every year, we get headlines from CO about early snow, then UT/Tahoe/PNW kick in with much deeper totals from there on. Really, CO lives off its 1st few big storms and gets the dregs the rest of the season. Now before our friends from CO pipe up; yes, CO does get some big dumps during the rest of the season, but on AVERAGE, they are less than any of the areas further west.

Powdr
post #6 of 27
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Who's Got the Goods? 11/13/06

Weekly update from non-biased SNOTEL sites (this week in purple):



Big winners: PNW

More at http://teleprophet.blogspot.com/
post #7 of 27
Interesting...I didn't know that CO is the typical early season snowfall leader...but I know they struggle throughout the rest of the year when Utah is getting hammered storm after storm.
post #8 of 27
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Well, I wouldn't say 'stuggle'. With their high bases and mostly N exposures (Vail, Steamboat excepted), CO skiing is good all season long. It just lacks the big dump that Tahoe, UT & WY are famous for.
post #9 of 27
Thanks for the update Powdr. I am disquietingly obsessed about conditions in PC. Nice pics of Empire Canyon on the blog, by the way. Keep hoping for snow.
post #10 of 27
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Pcmr 11/18/06

Made some turns on the few runs PCMR has open. Snow is actually pretty good, firm and grippable. Way too many dudes out there, so I made only 2 runs. Think I will head to Empire Canyon this afternoon and make some uncontested turns in th BC.

Powdr
post #11 of 27
Glad you got to get on the slopes. I was looking at PC's snow report and I noticed that Homerun was open, another green, and treasure something.
post #12 of 27
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Yeah, it was cold this morning:



Note that I'm only at 1/2 tank and have gone 311. miles. That's what a TDI will do for you at 45mpg:
post #13 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by Powdr View Post
Yup. The way the jet works, is that the buckle or sag is further east in Sept/Oct/Nov and it works it way west by about Thanksgiving. Just about every year, we get headlines from CO about early snow, then UT/Tahoe/PNW kick in with much deeper totals from there on. Really, CO lives off its 1st few big storms and gets the dregs the rest of the season. Now before our friends from CO pipe up; yes, CO does get some big dumps during the rest of the season, but on AVERAGE, they are less than any of the areas further west.

Powdr

Right you are...All you touri reading this, please go to Utah...We have NO SNOW in Colorado after Dec 1st. None. Keep your new boards in great shape on that Wasatch Pow while we tear ours up on all these stumps and rocks the rest of the season
post #14 of 27
Bitingly cold in PC yesterday, and also this morning - had the balaclava out under the beanie. Bit warmer now, with an extremely minor snowfall forecast ... about an inch, I think. Then clear and freezing for a few days ...
post #15 of 27
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Pcmr 12_02_06



Pretty dang good for lift skiing. Found some freshies on the unbeaten paths. Cold, though w/ temps in the teens.
post #16 of 27
Skied Thur. Fri. and Sat. this week at Snowbasin and if you like groomers it was fun. It has been cold and they are blowing snow 24/7. No pictures yet until the snowpack improves but it won't be long now!
post #17 of 27
In the bc:





Snow is really stable and all of this cold air is keeping it nice!

Oh, and sorry for the quality and # of pics, the snow was too good to stop much today.
post #18 of 27
just an FYI just got in to town last night anyone want to ski(inbounds) tomorrow?
post #19 of 27
Thanks for the updates. I will keep on checking out your tread to see how it is. I am planning to have my first Utah turns of the season on the 16th and 17th. I had a day at Basin and a Day at Alta in mind unless someone convinces me otherwise.
post #20 of 27
Skied Solitude today. The coverage there is great right now. Skied off-piste nearly every run and hit some stuff but no damange to my skis. There is still untracked snow in many places at solitude and it very much worht going up there.

Tomorrow the bird.
post #21 of 27
Zion: Nice pics!
post #22 of 27
The rain today has me a little worried, but hopefully the promised storm this weekend will deliever.
post #23 of 27
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12_16_06

Well, the rain from earlier this week is just a memory, as we got 9" last night (hopefully more tonight). Hiked Pinion Ridge to East Face and got 1st tracks. Fun, but I was still poking through to the harder snow below. Oh well, can't always have bottomless

post #24 of 27
upper mountain at snowbird there is no hardbase to speak of right now. Knee deep on regulator and the cirque right now.
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
upper mountain at snowbird there is no hardbase to speak of right now. Knee deep on regulator and the cirque right now.
: Must be an EC transplant. There is *plenty* of hard base right now. Was just up on Superior and there is even hard base there. Just depends on how you define it.

Powdr
post #26 of 27
Superior face south though...the Cirque does not. To be honest down low at the bird its pretty baad
post #27 of 27
for our Utah friends from the National Weather Service
ENJOY
UTZ006>009-WYZ021-170600-
/O.CON.KSLC.WS.W.0017.000000T0000Z-061218T0100Z/
WASATCH MOUNTAIN VALLEYS-WASATCH MOUNTAINS I-80 NORTH-
WASATCH MOUNTAINS SOUTH OF I-80-WESTERN UINTA MOUNTAINS-
SOUTHWEST WYOMING-
257 PM MST SAT DEC 16 2006

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MST SUNDAY..

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MST SUNDAY.

THIS WINTER STORM WARNING IS FOR THE WASATCH MOUNTAINS AND
WASATCH MOUNTAIN VALLEY...THE WESTERN UINTA MOUNTAINS...AND FAR
SOUTHWEST WYOMING.

ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 10 TO 20 INCHES ARE EXPECTED
ACROSS THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF NORTHERN UTAH THROUGH SUNDAY
AFTERNOON. ACROSS THE WASATCH MOUNTAIN VALLEYS 6 TO 12 INCHES OF
ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED...WHILE 4 TO 8 INCHES OF NEW
SNOW IS EXPECTED ACROSS SOUTHWEST WYOMING. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS
ARE POSSIBLE.

SNOW IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE IN AREAL COVERAGE AND INTENSITY
ACROSS NORTHERN UTAH AND FAR SOUTHWEST WYOMING LATE THIS
EVENING...AS THE STORM SYSTEM OFF THE CALIFORNIA COAST MOVES
THROUGH THE REGION. THIS SNOW WILL BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES
OVERNIGHT...AND CONTINUE THROUGH MUCH OF THE DAY SUNDAY. THIS SNOW
MAY BECOME PARTICULARLY INTENSE TONIGHT ACROSS SOUTHWEST WYOMING.

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF SNOW IS
EXPECTED. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL
DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY ALONG INTERSTATE 80 IN SOUTHWEST WYOMING
TONIGHT.
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