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Best conditions for Utah ski trip in 1 week

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I get to Utah in week for 9 day ski trip. I know that groomers are not horrible at this point(based on postings), but assume another week with no snow won't help. As all weather sites I have seen have said, no snow in sight. Therefore, I assume that pretty much only option by my trip will be groomers. Therefore I'm looking for the areas that will have groomers in best shape. It seems to me that areas with significant snowmaking would help that situation.I would assume that with cold temps, snowmaking has been going full blast. Therefore, I was thinking Snowbasin and Park City areas. However, curious on others take on this, such as advantage of Cottonwoods higher altitude, etc.
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It's been so cold everywhere in Utah the last couple of weeks that I don't think elevation is really an issue. I would say pick the place with your favorite terrain and go with it. Honestly with the lack of snow we've had so far this year, Deer Valley might be the best option.
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Not wanting to hijack but I am going to SLC in early Feb for first time as well. Staying in Sandy and curious what the conditions are like in the valley. Any snowpack in the 'burbs or SLC? If not is this normal for this time of year?
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Not wanting to hijack but I am going to SLC in early Feb for first time as well. Staying in Sandy and curious what the conditions are like in the valley. Any snowpack in the 'burbs or SLC? If not is this normal for this time of year?
the snow doesnt really accumulate in the valley. a couple days after the latest storm and it has usually melted away.
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It's curious but typically there's not much snow down there in SLC - weird western thing - it's very elevation dependent. A few minutes up the canyon there will be several feet. Back here in the east it seems to follow latitude more - you have to go north to find more snow.
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>Therefore, I assume that pretty much only option by my trip will be groomers.
i think that is a very poor assumption. the base is 60", that is 5 ft of snow at mid-mountain, that is a TON of snow to ski on, sure there are rideges and traverse and rocks in various places, but up on the top 500ft the base is probably 6.5ft. I skied Alta/Snowbird/Snowbasin with 40" and Snowbird espescially had tons of ungroomed slopes open and quite skiable. I would worry more about big, ugly, hard moguls than no snow. And, I think with these type of conditions you will find the Cottonwood resorts to be much better than Park City resort or Snowbasin.
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Not wanting to hijack but I am going to SLC in early Feb for first time as well. Staying in Sandy and curious what the conditions are like in the valley. Any snowpack in the 'burbs or SLC? If not is this normal for this time of year?
There has been a thin (2") cover the last few weeks in SLC. Why does it matter anyway? There is a disconnect between SLC and the Wasatch anyway. Last year had almost no snow in SLC, while the Wasatch was about as good as it gets.

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