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Would you consider changing from SLC to Denver??

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I know I know even a "subpar" Utah snowpack is better than most other places above normal ones. I am scheduled 2/2-2/6 in Sandy skiing Snowbird, Alta, Snowbasin and DV. I realize Utah could and probably will get hammered in January but should I be considering following the abundant snowfall to CO? Since I am traveling alone it is really easy to change Jet Blue plane and motel ressies and ski the Summit County resorts.

I have never been to Utah and did Vail/Breck/Keystone back in the early 90's so I would rather (and probably will) stand pat but just wanted to see what the western "experts" thought of switching it up.

Thanks.
post #2 of 17
If you are going to change anything, you should be going to Whistler. Doncha think? :

Btw - I'm also a little disheartened by the snowpack in Utah since I decided to book a family trip to Powder Mtn. and Snowbasin this year. But I have until 2/21 for things to shape up and I'm sure things will improve greatly by then.

I might even hit it during a big epic dump for once out of the last ten trips. However in the next few weeks things look strangely dry for Utah. They have a lot of catching up to do in Feb. and that could be good.
post #3 of 17
I wouldn't be concerned at all. I don't know about Utah but at Breck everything gets covered at about a 36" base. After that there's really no difference between a 36" base and a 136" base. Once every thing is covered, your snow experience is largely going to be determined by how much snow the ski area gets on just the few days before you arrive and the days you are there skiing.

I think it's incredibly unlikely that Utah doesn't have coverage in February and since they get more snow than Summit County you are more likely to get powder days in Utah. Lastly, I'd ignore any weather forecast that goes more than three days into the future.
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. I am FAR from panicking and compared to here in the East anything is better!!!

The Whistler idea sounds interesting...never been there and CO will fly free to Vancouver on/around my dates using my FF miles. I would have to bank my Jet Blue flight but no big deal. Much more difficult a trip with longer flights and stops. Food for thought though.
post #5 of 17
fyi - there is plenty of snow in utah for good skiing right now, what matters is, as was mentioned above, how much it snows the 3 days before your trip, this last snowfall in denver(or slc) is overall meaningless for your trip ONE MONTH away. anything can happen by then. likely both states will be in good shape with complete coverage.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by carvemeister View Post
...However in the next few weeks things look strangely dry for Utah. They have a lot of catching up to do in Feb. and that could be good.
I'm not sure where you are getting your info, but GFS & MRF show a fairly vigorous system on the 6th & 7th, then more activity on the 11th & 12th. Not exactly dry in my book.
post #7 of 17
El nino is getting wound up. Go to Taos.
post #8 of 17
Both Utah and Colorado will beat the east this year. In both Utah and Colorado, once they have more than 40" on the ground and the stuff has been skied on for more than a week , the snow really doesn't make a lot of difference. If you haven't been to Utah, then you should consider giving it a try. You'll love it, especially Alta.

If it were me, I would wait until the last minute and look for where you have the best chance of getting fresh. If you haven't bought your tickets yet, then you can always do what I do. Check out the western pacific satellite photos from NOAA and then go to lastminute.com based upon where it looks like the storm track is going. I did that last year for a trip to Utah and got fresh 4 out of 6 days.
post #9 of 17
I wouldn't worry too much - it's still December.

If you're worried about coverage, don't. There's plenty to ski. It would be great if we had more snow, but it's not like you're hitting rocks on every turn.

If you're worried about powder, don't. I skied in-bounds powder all morning today and we haven't had a storm in almost two weeks.

Plus Summit Co. sucks compared to LCC.
post #10 of 17
yeah, lcc ROCKS!
post #11 of 17
The Utah resorts still have a bigger base than the Colorado resorts. You hear a lot more about the CO storms because of the Denver situations. We have gotten dumped on everyday for the past 2 trips in March. It snows so much there, I wouldn't worry now if it is below average- it is still better than most.
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks again for the reassurance. No worries here. I am sticking with Utah but will be looking at Whister for next year's trip!

I will be watching the weather forecasts.......
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by Powdr View Post
I'm not sure where you are getting your info, but GFS & MRF show a fairly vigorous system on the 6th & 7th, then more activity on the 11th & 12th. Not exactly dry in my book.
I like the sound of my 9th-15th trip right now. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
post #14 of 17
From the weather service for SLC:

BOTH GFS ENSEMBLE MEAN AND ECMWF RUN
DEPICTING STRONGER AND ACTIVE NORTHWEST FLOW BY NEXT SUNDAY. THIS
COULD BE PRODUCTIVE FOR NORTHERN UTAH
post #15 of 17
Also, the big upslope blizzards that hit Denver for the most part did NOT hit the resorts in the Summit County area. Eldora (small area near Boulder) got a couple of feet or more out of each storm and Winter Park got two feet out of blizzard number 1 and that's it. Utah, even on a "crappy" year blows Colorado away.
post #16 of 17
you might consider the San Juan ski areas (Telluride, Purgatory and Wolf Creek). The way el nino is shaping up, those places, along with Taos could see major very dry snows.
post #17 of 17
I would stick with the plan. With my luck I would change and Utah would get hammered while I was in CO.
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