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How's your ski area conditions?

post #1 of 15
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We are having an unbelievable year. Over 100 inches so far this year and it's dumping again today. Best conditions in quite a while. Lake effect snow and single digit temps make for very light powder. Took a day off today, did a little snowmobiling and will ski the rest of the week. Should be a powder day tomorrow as we could get up to a foot tonight. Do I have you drooling yet? It pays to pray to Ullr. [img]graemlins/angel.gif[/img]
post #2 of 15
Very similar in Ontario, Canada. They had almost 2 feet of snow in the past 4-5 days. The skiing is unbelieveable. I just wish for more vertical.
post #3 of 15
Unfortunatley we out here in utah are not doing so well my home resort has only 47 inches and it melting fast. We have only had two or three good powder days and are still on the look out for rocks. If you guys out east would like to send some out our way it would be great.

duke
post #4 of 15
Until a few hours ago Southwest Montana has been dismal. Bridger had been reporting 20-some inches but much of the mountain had been stripped bare by the winds. Big Sky had barely adequate coverage on its lower mountain thanks but the best areas have been closed or should have been. Today we finally have what looks like a major dump of moist snow so hopefully the season will finally get going.
post #5 of 15
Good to hear some others are doing well as I know many places are mediocre.
Enjoy that great powder Lars!

My pass ski area has had well over 20 feet seasonally so far with a 10 foot plus base.
Cold dry powder bumps a few days ago were just too good.
Have had several modest powder days but have as yet missed the really epic dump days.
My 8-5 mf work week hasn't synced to the big dumps so far. We get so much snow I know
it will come. I can smell a day midweek skiing in endless thigh deep powder of a storm. -dave
post #6 of 15
Quote:
Originally posted by TomB:
Very similar in Ontario, Canada. They had almost 2 feet of snow in the past 4-5 days. The skiing is unbelieveable. I just wish for more vertical.
Tom: More vertical would be good. But then, we could be living in Florida.
post #7 of 15
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Originally posted by dave_SSS:
Good to hear some others are doing well as I know many places are mediocre.
Enjoy that great powder Lars!

My pass ski area has had well over 20 feet seasonally so far with a 10 foot plus base.
Cold dry powder bumps a few days ago were just too good.
Have had several modest powder days but have as yet missed the really epic dump days.
My 8-5 mf work week hasn't synced to the big dumps so far. We get so much snow I know
it will come. I can smell a day midweek skiing in endless thigh deep powder of a storm. -dave
And just what might that area be?
Yep, the weather is a bit like last year.
As far as W/E powder goes, was in quite a bit of it this year/December. You must have missed those days. like Saturday at said ski area (Looks like you were there). A good time was had by all. Will be up again this Saturday.
Last year, Utah got a lot of late powder; I had a great day at Alta in March (sigh, just one, then home). It'll come. But so far, it's behaving like the NWS has projected.
post #8 of 15
Well the good news is that we have snow, 4-5 feet anyway. The bad news is that it has been consistently warm (over 32) and dry. We still hope for the best in the Northwest, who knows, it may be an extended spring.
post #9 of 15
Very interesting conditions in Eagle County this year. Good snow but weird warm January weather. A couple of nice pow days so far (outside of the epic opening which I missed). Plenty of really warm sunny days as well with dust on crust and really "interesting" conditions on some of the sun exposed slopes. (death cookie bumps) Nearly as interesting as skiing OZ at times ... very "noisy" snow.

All up though it is still beating last winter and today the sky is dark again so another top up is in order.

The back country is very, very sketchy with some really weak layers due to the warm conditions creating corn and slick surfaces down deep.

Oz
post #10 of 15
Quote:
Originally posted by duke:
Unfortunatley we out here in utah are not doing so well my home resort has only 47 inches and it melting fast. We have only had two or three good powder days and are still on the look out for rocks. If you guys out east would like to send some out our way it would be great.

duke
Although I agree that Utah is having a below average year so far, I would say that the conditins have been good. I have had probably ten days of at least boot deep snow. Of course, I mainly ski in the backcountry, and have only logged two days at Snowbird this year, but both were powder days (including one of the first set of tracks down the cirque just as it opened for the season [img]smile.gif[/img] ) I always hit rocks, it doesn't seem to matter what the reported base is.
post #11 of 15
Conditions here in New England are pretty good. People are saying that they are fantastic to the point of "epic conditions" but that's only because most of last year was so thin (although the end of last season was stellar, but most people quit in frustration before then). Mt. Washington, Mt. Mansfield, Saddleback Mt., Pico Peak and Jay Peak have all now broken the 200" mark, with three and a half months of out heaviest snowfall yet to come. Several other areas are closing in on the mark, especially in southern vermont/central new hampshire who have been getting ripped by recent storms (Tenney Mountain holding the single storm record this year with 39" in 48 hours).

We're undergoing a little cold snap right now (only about 19° at my house, just outside Boston), and at Jay Peak Saturday it was absolutely frigid (base high was 2°, summit high was -14°, with average summit temps of around -21°, and winds around 45 knauts, making for a wind chill of about -66°). But all the cold has been fantastic for the snow. Everything that has fallen since christmas has been light dry fluffy stuff, at the colder areas the water content has been below 9% (compare to Alta or Taos).

So yeah, things are okay here. I could do with a little more sunshine though, just to pack the snow down better for spring corn later on. The good news is that NO JANUARY THAW IS EXPECTED by meterologists!!! YAHOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #12 of 15
We are having a poor year. The base is only 104" and the season started late, so I have less than 20 days in.
post #13 of 15
Quote:
Originally posted by TomB:
Very similar in Ontario, Canada. They had almost 2 feet of snow in the past 4-5 days. The skiing is unbelieveable. I just wish for more vertical.
Unfortunately, in Northwestern Ontario, we are having one of the worst seasons yet. No natural snow to speak of and a hardpacked, manmade, 12-24 inch base.
post #14 of 15
umm well as you asked

Thredbo - valley view

thredbo-central spur

& for the more southern ones

Hotham

post #15 of 15
The Aspen Mtns are skiing quite well this year. No big dumps lately but the storms are fairly consistent. Like Eagle and Summit, January has been a little warm and sunny. The wind's blowing pretty good today after 1-2 inches of dry snow this AM.

All in all the snow is grippy and there'e plenty of pow stash in the trees.... so no one's complaining.
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