or Connect
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

LCC getting Hammered

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Well, its that time of the year to watch Alta and Snowbird get pounded and not be able to get there. Something regarding Avy control and my personal saftey . I sat in line at the mouth of the canyon, hoping to get in, for about an hour but to no avail. There is a possibility of getting in this afternoon but I'll wait til tomorrow. So far there has been about 6 inches in the past 4 hours and predictions are up to 3 ft by the end of the storm on Monday.

Here's to getting there tomorrow and having another multiple foot powder day! :
post #2 of 14
I'm doing family day in PC so I'm betting all my chips on tomorrow and Monday. Went out for donuts this morning and to get some bindings mounted and the roads were a joke. Almost no plowing (at 9:30 am!) and my Honda Element was high centering on the snow. Nearly got stuck twice- that's with 4wd, high clearance and big fat tires. Had to come from the downhill side to get into my own driveway. Total whiteout. It's clearing up now,but the storm is expected to recommence. Keep us posted on LCC and road closings. It may pay to stay on this side tomorrow.
post #3 of 14
Got the Deer Valley report. Two feet in the trees. The powder was a little denser than usual- "buttery smooth-best snow yet this year" Sounds like hero snow- just enough body to it so you can do anything with ease. Looks like Colorado is getting creamed now. I'd like to hear a Tahoe report.
post #4 of 14
I hope you guys get slammed sunday-monday. Hopefully though it shouldn't affect my plane flight out on tuesday.
post #5 of 14
16inches of base feel last night at snowbird. Very smooth, very fast very forgiving...untill it got tracked at which point it became pure hell.

road is open and cleared and i will be getting up at 5:30 again to beat another possiable road closure.

allways beat the road closure if you have a chance when the resort opens and the road doesnt its pure heaven
post #6 of 14
Bushwacker, I'll be arriving in SLC tomorrow night with a friend and Wed morning we'll be driving into LCC (staying in Midvale). I've never been there but my buddy has and he feels comfortable with a basic economy car (no 4WD), but I'm not so sure. I've been reading the forums here for a few weeks and hear a lot about road issues getting to Snowbird/Alta. Could you expand on your advice about the road? Are you saying that the road is normally open EARLY in the morning but often closes later? Based on what I'm reading on Alta's website right now, that seems to be the case (at least for today). Right now it says:

"4x4 or Chains Required"

and:

"Monday morning, the road will be restricted at 6:30 am at Gate A, interlodge will go into effect at 7:00 am. The road should re-open at 8:30 am".

May seen self explanatory to someone familiar with the area, but I was just hoping for a little interpretation. Does 4x4 or Chains Required mean that anyone meeting those requirements CAN take the road into the canyon EVEN during the "restricted" window? And what does "interlodge will go into effect" mean? We'll be there through Sunday and right now it's looking like it may snow just about every day! Great for ski conditions I'm sure, but I'd hate to be stuck outside the canyon every morning!! : Based on the forecast, it doesn't look like "puking" will be happening during the time we're there, just a chance of snow each day. In light snow/light accumulation conditions will the road normally be open? Should we plan to rent chains? Or should we just upgrade to 4WD (rather not if not really necessary)?

ANY info and advice you could give us would be GREATLY appreciated!

Thanks in advance!

David
post #7 of 14
Dave, road closures means no vehicles are allowed to pass. Everyone backs up and waits for the gates to open. Interlodge means the guests staying at the ski areas must stay within the protected confines of the lodge until avy control is complete. Guests cannot go out or drive and the ski areas are effectively shut down. Interlodge means we see trip reports with photos taken from hotel windows.

When 4X4 with snow tires or chain restrictions are in effect, any vehicle with chains on the drive wheel can pass as well as of course 4X4 with M+S rated tires. Chains are an inconvenience and you will be responsible to buy them and put them on and take them off. You will be responsible financially for any damage done to the car resulting from chain use. Most rental car companies specifically prohibit modifying the vehicle with chains and do not supply them. That said, chain restrictions occur relatively infrequently and for short periods of time when there is actually snow on the roadways. You have the alternative to travel to the other side of the range (about 45 minutes from LCC) to Canyons, PCMR and DV on storm days where chain restrictions are very unlikely.
post #8 of 14
Perfect! Thanks for the excellent explanation Cirquerider!

Any recommendations about whether we should just take the UTA "ski bus" or drive our rental car on into the canyon? When the road is restricted to 4x4 or chains, does the UTA ski bus get to go in or does it have to wait until the road is unrestricted? When the road is clear and traffic's normal, is taking our rental car much hassle (parking?)

Thanks again for the wonderful info!

David
post #9 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by David Giles View Post
Any recommendations about whether we should just take the UTA "ski bus" or drive our rental car on into the canyon? When the road is restricted to 4x4 or chains, does the UTA ski bus get to go in or does it have to wait until the road is unrestricted? When the road is clear and traffic's normal, is taking our rental car much hassle (parking?)


David

The UTA ski busses use chains when it snows. Sounds like they've been verry crowded though:

http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_7899989

It's not much of a hassle on clear days to drive and park up the canyons, but keep a close eye on the weather.

It's not uncommon to drive up the canyon on dry roads, only to have a storm move in. They then might restrict traffic to 4x4 or chains while you are still shredding the gnar....

In these situations it is nice to have AWD or 4x4... unless you enjoy laying in the slush putting on chains.
post #10 of 14
I've personally never seen anyone checking for 4WD or chains. I think you can head up either way, but if you slide off the road and need assistance, and you don't have either, you get a heavy fine/ticket.

If you don't want to spend the $$ on an SUV, just get a regular car and use the bus if you have to. Or head to DV, Canyons, or PCMR...plenty of steeps there.
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 

Yes, they check

Yes, The Highway Patrol DOES check vehicles for chains or 4wd (awd). UHP was in the canyon yesterday before I got there and I was stopped and asked for verification of AWD on my car. I have also been turned away for not having chains or awd.

Is it possible to get by without being checked, sure. I wouldn't worry about the fines if your car goes off the road, all the folks behind you will let you know their unhappiness if you clog the canyon.
post #12 of 14
Thanks for the comments guys and keep em' comin!

David
post #13 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by lnester View Post
Or head to DV, Canyons, or PCMR...plenty of steeps there.
But less powder.
post #14 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by UtahPowderPig View Post
But less powder.
True. But less people skiing the powder (DV).

Not going to get into a pissing match...LCC and BCC get more snow than PC, we know that. But, there are other options if you can't get up there, and sometimes it's not worth the hassle for 2-3 extra inches of powder.

Now, 4-6" extra is another story...
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: General Skiing Discussion