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Best dates for skiing Utah

post #1 of 8
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Planing a trip to Utah. Would like to know your best guess as to the best time to go for snow and getting into the back country. We have a tentative date of the second week in Feb. Is that to early or what?
post #2 of 8
Feburary is good in fact last year it was are best winter month.

just remember in a normal year March is the snowiest month, it snows about 6 inches each day in march
post #3 of 8
> Is that to early or what?
gosh no! anytime after december 1st is good. last year i skied early December with only 38" base reported and the skiing was great!
what do you mean by getting into the backcountry? there is tons and tons of inbounds by yourself skiing. backcoutnry is available, but personally i think that is better left for the locals, just because there is so much awesome inbound to explore during the few short days of a ski trip.

What I don't like about March is if it doesn't snow and the weather isn't right, the snow turns bad quick, also, because there is more a daytime thaw nighttime freeze cycle, that tends to make the moguls steeper and stiffer than in dark winter. this is only if it doesn't snow. but, certainly anytime from december through april is a good shot for utah. march also brings spring break and i think more crowds than feb, except for pres day.
post #4 of 8
Early February will have plenty of a base. Like Snowbirdevotee said, it's good most of the year. We usually go in March. Sometimes we will get a foot+ per day, sometimes (like last year), we don't see snow at all and the temps are warm, which makes for bad conditions. No need to worry about Feb. though.
post #5 of 8
We go the second week in January every year. After Christmas/New Years vacation and before Sundance or Prez day. Nobody on the slopes the second week in Jan and the conditions are usually pretty good.
post #6 of 8
My "regular time" is second week of March. Devotee is correct that spring conditions will emerge if it doesn't snow, but then Snowbird is still a great mountain in spring conditions. The March historical bulge in snowfall has much diminished over the past decade. Average snowfall in LCC is quite consistent December - March at about 90 inches per month (that's 3 inches per day, not six).

So no particular month is favored for powder incidence but if you want to avoid spring conditions go in January or February. Risk of inadequate coverage in December is much lower than at most resorts but is not zero. By mid-January coverage is virtually guaranteed.

The above comments refer to the Cottonwood Canyon resorts, NOT to the Park City group or Snowbasin. For those places, snowfall is lower and preservation much worse. Stick to the mid-January to mid-March core of the season.
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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post
My "regular time" is second week of March. Devotee is correct that spring conditions will emerge if it doesn't snow, but then Snowbird is still a great mountain in spring conditions. The March historical bulge in snowfall has much diminished over the past decade. Average snowfall in LCC is quite consistent December - March at about 90 inches per month (that's 3 inches per day, not six).

So no particular month is favored for powder incidence but if you want to avoid spring conditions go in January or February. Risk of inadequate coverage in December is much lower than at most resorts but is not zero. By mid-January coverage is virtually guaranteed.

The above comments refer to the Cottonwood Canyon resorts, NOT to the Park City group or Snowbasin. For those places, snowfall is lower and preservation much worse. Stick to the mid-January to mid-March core of the season.
Thanks very much for the good info. We are staying in the Alta Cottonwood area and will only be going to Park City to check out the night life. I would like to go a little later in the month but being from CANADA, I have to save March for the Champagne powder that only falls in the Canadian Rockies :

You should give it a try eh!
post #8 of 8
the only thing is our presidents days weekend is very busy ski time, maybe? the busiest all year, and that falls around that time in feb.

there is tons of essentially backcountry type skiing in all the cottonwood resorts, just follow the lateral tracks into the woods and pick your line down.
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