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Feb 2007 - where to ski?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
I'm definitely heading out west to ski for a week in Feb. Problem is: where?

According to web sites, Whistler/Blackcomb looks like they have the most snow (claiming over 110 inches).

Alta claiming almost 60 inches. Most Colorado spots a bit less. Tahoe even less than that.

Any verification? Has anyone been to Whistler lately?

many thanks in advance
post #2 of 19

Whistler/Blackcomb claims most out west?-NOT!

Both Timberline and Mt. Hood Meadows have 120+ base right now.

Whistler/Blackcomb has great terrain, but it's expensive, especially lodgeing.

What's the experience level of the skier's in your group and what are you expecting for terrain?
post #3 of 19
how accurate are those 14 day nws forecasts??? my trip to utah is planned and payed for for feb 15-22, when i look att hat forecast i see a minimal snowfall happen around the 1-2 of febuary then i see like nothing till the 10th??? WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BREAK THIS PATTERN???? didn't pnw or sum other area have something similar to this high pressure thing last year or the year before??? i know how it works... but what does it taje to get it away, when i look at the weather maps i just see either the same "H" over salt lake or a new one parking in like every other day...

i'm thinking three weeks is enough to break this pattern??? because it is makin like everywhere except western canada and pnw suffer, jackson, taos... all getting very little snow.
post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 
skiers in my small group are all pretty solid off-piste jockeys. We've all been to Whistler, Alta, Tahoe, Telluride, Jackson before (multiple times, actually). I'm mostly curious to see if anyone's been to any of these places in the very recent past and what the conditions were like.

Thanks!!!
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by staffpro View Post
how accurate are those 14 day nws forecasts??? my trip to utah is planned and payed for for feb 15-22, when i look att hat forecast i see a minimal snowfall happen around the 1-2 of febuary then i see like nothing till the 10th??? WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BREAK THIS PATTERN???? didn't pnw or sum other area have something similar to this high pressure thing last year or the year before??? i know how it works... but what does it taje to get it away, when i look at the weather maps i just see either the same "H" over salt lake or a new one parking in like every other day...

i'm thinking three weeks is enough to break this pattern??? because it is makin like everywhere except western canada and pnw suffer, jackson, taos... all getting very little snow.
From NOAA:

...SYNOPSIS...
REX BLOCK LOCATED ACROSS THE WRN U.S. IS EXPECTED TO BREAK DOWN ON
FRIDAY AS HEIGHTS FALL ACROSS THE NRN/CENTRAL STATES WITH THE
APPROACH OF AN UPPER TROUGH...NOW LOCATED OVER NRN BRITISH COLUMBIA
AND ALBERTA. THIS WILL ALLOW THE CLOSED MID/UPPER LOW CURRENTLY
POSITIONED OVER SONORA/WRN CHIHUAHUA TO DISLODGE AND TRACK ENE
TOWARD THE SRN PLAINS. MODELS ARE IN GENERAL AGREEMENT WITH THIS
SCENARIO...BUT DIFFER ON THE SPEED THAT THE LOW EJECTS TO THE ENE...
WITH THIS SYSTEM LIKELY REACHING SRN OK/N TX BY 12Z SATURDAY PER 12Z
GFS/00Z UKMET SOLUTIONS.
post #6 of 19
^^^ yes good news, where t f is chiwawa lol???
post #7 of 19
I was in Whistler a couple of weeks ago and it was awesome, see my trip report. A local could give you more recent info but when i was there it was pretty much bottomless off the groomers for all intents and purposes.
Whistler is expensive, not the skiing but everything else. I stayed in Squamish, less than half the price. if you rent a car its about an hour down the road, and then you can also try to do Baker and whatever else you feel like. There are a couple hostels in Whistler but you have to book way in advance as they were booked right through to febuary when i was there, Jan 11th.
post #8 of 19
alberta and eastern bc are great for coverage this year. 73 inch base at kicking horse, 105 at fernie and 61-73 inches at lake louise
post #9 of 19
yep... the snow report is pretty much accurate. I've been up every weekend since mid Nov. Never had to use the rocks skis at all this year. Been on on the fatties for most of the season so far.

Its deeper up higher, shallower down low, but great coverage top to bottom. Havent had a lot of new in the last week but all terrain is open 110% including lines that are not normally skiable till late season. I've never seen so much snow at whistler before and it's only January!
post #10 of 19
We're now into an extended dry pattern, which is good for everybody who prefers visibility, but the off-piste runs are kinda crappy from about the 6500 foot level down, due to some warming. I work for Coast Range Heliskiing, and our guides are reporting shallow powder from 6500' up to the top of our runs at 9000'. So, if you'd like untracked snow, your only option is cat or heli, although the catskiers don't get nearly as high as we do.
http://www.coastrangeheliskiing.com/PhotoOfDay.html
post #11 of 19
The snow is pretty rough in Summit Co., CO...anything off piste or where they haven't got of base of man-made snow is risky as far as core shots. We are planning on heading to Whistler (usually we'd just roadtrip to UT) because conditions are that bad here in CO.
post #12 of 19
I just got back from western Canada.
I skied Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, and Mt Norquay, out of Banff. Conditions were excellent everywhere.

I also skied at Panorama for several days. There was plenty of loose snow. In fact, I think you could easily find some untracked powder in the steeper glades and Taynton Bowl. And no lift lines whatsoever mid-week.

If you're looking for modest accomodations (ie cheap&cheerful), try Bow View Lodge in Banff. I got a great rate off www.expedia.ca, and you have access to the facilities of Banff Park Lodge, a rather nice hotel next door.

Pine Inn at Panorama is cheap, but expect very modest rooms.
post #13 of 19
I'm puzzled with the same situation. Going somewhere last week of February, can't decide where.

Summit Cty - easy, cheaper, iffy conditions this year

Previous post makes me think about the Banff area - airfares and car rentals are noticeably higher though

One that looks interesting is the Northern Idaho area - Schweitzer, Silver Mountain...
post #14 of 19
Latest GFS models show some activity returning to the West during the 7-14 day range. Models are bouncing all over the place, so exact location and intensity is up in the air.

More importantly, the PNA (pacific north american occilation), currently positive (resulting in the REX-Block and dry weather in the West) will turn negative around the 2nd week of Feb. This will turn the hose back on and bring much snowier weather to us. Sorry ECer's - it generally shut down the snow for you.



Powdr
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by Powdr View Post
Latest GFS models show some activity returning to the West during the 7-14 day range. Models are bouncing all over the place, so exact location and intensity is up in the air.

More importantly, the PNA (pacific north american occilation), currently positive (resulting in the REX-Block and dry weather in the West) will turn negative around the 2nd week of Feb. This will turn the hose back on and bring much snowier weather to us. Sorry ECer's - it generally shut down the snow for you.



Powdr
thnx so much for some good news, it will be our first trip to utah and we're really looking forward to it, I don't mind if its dumping while we're there as long as i can get to the hill. AND i dont mind if it stops snowing here on the EC... i'm in the great lakes area and we get lotsa lake effect and its awesome.... today the snobelt regions are set for another foot of snow, my home mountain (blue mountain) is already 100% open the terrain park is up and so nice, 4 40 footers 2 30 footers a super pipe and lots of rails... thats all i do here lol so i'm hoping to ski some major powder when go west.

peace
post #16 of 19
Given this years conditions I'd check the western BC interior areas:
Sun Peaks
Silver Star
Big White
Red Mountain
Apex
Whitewater
I listed them big to small, try 1 or sample them all

Whistler is great when it's good, but it's so coastal that on any given day it could rain top to bottom. There is LOTS of snow in the PNW and western BC without a doubt
post #17 of 19
I just got back from 7 days in Utah, they need snow badly at almost every area. I hit Deer Valley, Alta x2, Snowbird, Snowbasin, The Canyons, and PC, all were hurting, (compared to other years), but they were all better than the NE where I usually ski.
post #18 of 19
Thread Starter 
I'm now thinking of flying to Calgary, driving to Banff/Lake Louise/Sunshine. Skiing there for a few days. Possibly driving to Fernie or other BC spots. I love Banff, but I've always wanted to try some other areas. Is driving from Banff to Fernie ridiculous? What about other places might be drivable from Banff?
post #19 of 19
I just skied Fernie. They hadn't had snow in a couple weeks, but got some the last couple days I was there (Thurs & Fri), so it got better. But still real hard underneath.

Shuttles from Calgary to Banff, and from banff to the resorts are not at all expensive (mountain shuttles are free with a 3 day padd or better). Let someone else drive in sketchy snow covered conditions.

The shuttle from Calgary to Fernie was about four hours. It would be a bit less from Banff. Is that ridiculous? Maybe for a day trip. But if you know there's snow there, it'd be worth an overnight trip.

I haven't checked Panorama's snow report recently, but there's a daytrip shuttle from Banff to Panorama that's cheap (around $80), including a lift ticket!

Banff-Kicking Horse is doable in a day.
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