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Brrrrr!!!!!!

post #1 of 22
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A cold one out there today...

I heard it got up to -3 at the top of collins lift. I was all bundled up and toasty warm (minus a few spots on the face...) I could never work at Jackson...

L
post #2 of 22

Brrrrr

Lonnie, -3 here last night at 2000 feet, skied Silver Thurs -7 on top at 0900, went in like the kids for hot chocolate at 1030 warmed the feet up and went out till lunch 1230, warmed up and went out till 230 and quit. Good news is there was about 8 in or very cold smoke on the hill. As I sit here now its 7 degrees outside and cooling. Oh yeah Silver warmed up to 11 dgrees thurs when the Sun came out. A virtual heat wave.
post #3 of 22
Never got above 0 degF here on backside, either.
post #4 of 22
Just a bit chilly at Powder Mountain as well.
post #5 of 22
Hey guys what do the forecasts say for the next couple of weeks? I know the East is supposed to get colder (but no snow for my area) but is the West slated for a warmup after these cold temps?

I know Powdr mentioned several days ago a warmup was coming but we all know these long range forecasts change by the hour.

Will be in SLC on 2/2 so hoping the weather stays cold/snowy...although maybe not THAT cold!!!.

Thanks.
post #6 of 22
Observed Lows for this Sunday Morning (1/14/07):

My House (Park Meadows): -13.3
Snyderville Basin: -19
Jackson, WY: -28

T'aint gonna be warm today.

As for next few weeks, latest models show storminess on the 18th, 19th 22nd, 23rd, 24th, & 30th. Yes indeed the models have backed off the REX block and are now showing storms with long overland fetches (coming south from Canada with temps staying cold all the way until days 13 & 14 of the forecast period (even then they only warm up to normal). Poor Sundancers. They will need their fur this year.

Powdr
post #7 of 22
You all are scaring me! I'm coming in on the 23rd to go skiing, now I'm wondering if we will ever be able to hit the slopes.

Ok Utah weather experts..when they are saying -13.3, does that mean with windchill? What is this REX block you are talking about and how do I keep an eye on it?

And when you talk about storms..you do mean snow storms? I can take the cold to a certain degree, but cold rain..noooooo!!

Oh well, really cold weather vacation is still better then a good day at work. Guess I better bring a book to read
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by Alliegator View Post
You all are scaring me! I'm coming in on the 23rd to go skiing, now I'm wondering if we will ever be able to hit the slopes.

Ok Utah weather experts..when they are saying -13.3, does that mean with windchill? What is this REX block you are talking about and how do I keep an eye on it?

And when you talk about storms..you do mean snow storms? I can take the cold to a certain degree, but cold rain..noooooo!!

Oh well, really cold weather vacation is still better then a good day at work. Guess I better bring a book to read
Man, I really hate cold rain. In fact, it's not even wet..it piles up on the ground and stays there until it gets warm again. How are we supposed to ski with all that crap all over the place

(sorry, couldn't resist )
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by Alliegator View Post
You all are scaring me! I'm coming in on the 23rd to go skiing, now I'm wondering if we will ever be able to hit the slopes.

Ok Utah weather experts..when they are saying -13.3, does that mean with windchill? What is this REX block you are talking about and how do I keep an eye on it?

And when you talk about storms..you do mean snow storms? I can take the cold to a certain degree, but cold rain..noooooo!!

Oh well, really cold weather vacation is still better then a good day at work. Guess I better bring a book to read
1st off, relax. The temps I quote are NOT with the wind chill. The atmosphere is very still here right now and wind is really not a factor. It's already warmed to -1 at my house.

A REX block is a weak high over a low that shunts all the weather away from the West. inversion start to set up and we get very cold nights with sometimes mild days (not the case right now).

In the Rocky Mts in the dead of winter, it almost always precipitates in the form of snow. An occasional pineapple express does sometimes give the PC resorts rain at the base but snow up higher. Alta/Bird NEVER get rain. Period.

The cold temps do have an exceptionally positive element: great ski conditions. Squeaky dry snow. When storms do make it through, the snow is always of the lightest density and highest quality.
post #10 of 22
Yesterday it was -8 at the base of the King Con chair starting out. By noon it got up to -2. The snow was a bit grabby on a flat ski but up on edge, it was the fastest yet this year- maybe you gear freaks have an explaination.
My buddy and I probably could have got our passes pulled but are very good at putting a leash on it when there are people around. More racing people here from all over the west. I saw a Denver Ski Team jacket, otherwise I have no idea who or what these guys were. In the past week or so we've had a disabled skiers championship event and Western Alliance Conference (college ski teams) meet. I was going to get actual information to post, but when I checked the PCMR calader, they always start with today, so you can't look back. http://www.parkcitymountain.com/wint...dar/index.html
In any case, it's been racing Mecca of late, and they practice on the same runs we ski. Pretty fun. It's uncrowded enough in the A.M. that you can wait 30 seconds, have the run to yourself, and put on the gas. I actually got passed yesterday by a little kid four feet tall. Considering the speed I was carrying, it was disconcerting. (he was 50' over to my right. the run was a good 250' wide... so no, we're not excessively reckless here...)

if you are visiting, be sure to take the Eagle chair up over the World Cup race course and Superpipe. It's really fun to watch the racers come down through the gates and see the dozons of skis laid out at the top with everyone milling around, getting ready to race, fussing with gear, etc. Someday I'll take some pictures...

The snow was a beautiful crunchy corduroy all over the mountain. There was a bit of pow to be had for a hike, after Friday's disappointing storm of 6-7" and it was ultra light and dry due to the cold. Lot's of people wisely wearing down jackets.

We canceled ski school at DV today for the kids, although with enough bundeling and hot chocolate, I'm sure that the DV ski school would look after them fine. The wife made the call. It should warm up by mid week and I'm sure we'll be back to the normal 20's and 30's soon. With the Utah desert sun, those temps are downright balmy.
post #11 of 22
He he he..ok I deserved that

I will blame my stupidity on my sinus infection

Thanks for the info on the different winter effects. Well it's 78 degrees here and our weather forcasters don't really have a complicated weather system to deal with. It's hot with 30% of rain. That is the typical forcast.

In any case, we are looking forward to our trip. I just hope it doesn't stay that cold because I know my tot will not be able to play in that type of cold, even bundled up.
post #12 of 22
here we had a great inversion yesterday - it was -5 at the bottom, +10 at the top. Unfortunately, today the inversion was gone, warmer in Boulder than at the mountain, tonight's calling for -15 near the mountain.
post #13 of 22
-12.5 this morning on my outside thermometer. Gonna be cold again today.
post #14 of 22
Powder, Are you out in the Syderville basin? That area is always a cold spot. Cold air seems to just sink in there. I had a friend that lived out there He would call to see what the temp was in old town. He didn't like skiing in -10 degree temps. There was sometime a 10 to 15 or more degree difference in temp.
post #15 of 22
Brrrrr? Oh boo-freakin'-hoo! At least you guys were skiing. I was standing in a snowpit all weekend!
post #16 of 22

"It's a dry kinda heat"

Geesh! You guys want some cheese with that wine?!

Come on - Buck UP!

Ambient temps this Friday - Sunday at Targhee were no higher than 5F, with most of the temps in the 0 to -10F range. Windchills were on the order of -35F or greater depending on your speed.

So much for Al Gore's "Global Warming".

HB
post #17 of 22
Pete just stopped by after a little night skiing (PCMR). He said it was uncrowded...
post #18 of 22
I just got home from chilly Utah. First time, great trip overall, although the base wasn't too great.

I learned that a Utah -10 is a lot warmer than a Vermont -10. I actually didn't really get cold at all, which was a pleasent surprise.
post #19 of 22
It's pretty rough when you are in the shade, but once you hit the sun, everything is A-OK.

I would recommend handwarmers though for anyone venturing out there during this cold snap.
post #20 of 22
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Powder, Are you out in the Syderville basin? That area is always a cold spot. .
Nope. Park Meadows. Can imagine that the basin is at least 5 deg colder.
post #21 of 22
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I just got home from chilly Utah. First time, great trip overall, although the base wasn't too great.
This always cracks me up. If VT had 50" natural bases, it would be the most epic season ever.

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I learned that a Utah -10 is a lot warmer than a Vermont -10. I actually didn't really get cold at all, which was a pleasent surprise.
It's a dry cold
post #22 of 22
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although the base wasn't too great.
How was the base "not great?" 51 inches (at PC) is about two and one half more feet than you need to have 100% coverage on 90 % of the runs.

Were you trying to build an igloo? Then, I can see your complaint.
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