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PSA: Why Alta/Snowbird = Powder

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Alta has now had 610" of snow for the season (with more predicted for tonight), that's over 50 feet! Their anuunal average is 500". There are a lot of great areas to ski, but if you haven't had the experience of skiing deep light powder then do yourself a favor and try to get there some year.

I could tell you stories, but it's better if you make your own. There are no guarantees, but if you want to bet on an area having fresh snow on any given day of the season then Alta/Snowbird really is your best bet. I have no connection to the place other than the best ski days of my life. Just wanted to give anyone who may be on the fence a little nudge. Check out the Alta web site and puruse the Picture of the Day Archives if you need any more incentive.

Don't forget to wax your snokle.
post #2 of 25
Well, however it looks like Alta's last day is April 20th.
http://www.alta.com/pages/calendar.php
post #3 of 25
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Originally Posted by JamesX521 View Post
Well, however it looks like Alta's last day is April 20th.
http://www.alta.com/pages/calendar.php

it now says it will go up to memorial day due to all the snow


Are you willing to split the $99 stay and ski package at snowbird? If so, I'm willing to do it as well.....

plus with $300 RT ariline tix from chciago to denver is a hell of a deal with car rental for the entire 4-5 days
post #4 of 25
Thread Starter 
If you are staying at Snowbird and not skiing anywhere else except Alta you don't need a rental car. You can get a shuttle from the airport to the Bird and save the $$.
post #5 of 25
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Originally Posted by JamesX521 View Post
Well, however it looks like Alta's last lift served day is April 20th.
There - fixed it for ya.
post #6 of 25
I don't get it: What's the difference? Are they going to be open beyond the 20th or not? But, it doesn't matter to me anyway since my trip is 14-18, and on their calendar it says 14-17 closed and 18-20 open. For me it really depends on what time is my flight back to Orlando, to see if I can actually ski Alta on the 18th (same day as my flight).
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by mudfoot View Post
If you are staying at Snowbird and not skiing anywhere else except Alta you don't need a rental car. You can get a shuttle from the airport to the Bird and save the $$.
rather have a rental for the convenience factor
post #8 of 25
Reports from LCC are that it's been outstanding powder skiing all week. Nobody at Alta, Devils Castle and Backside yielding fresh lines until closing time. All I've been doing, personally, is working my a$$ off and shoveling snow.
post #9 of 25
I hope it holds up, I will be at Alta next week. If I have to break out my fat skis for April skiing, that would be too sick... Time to wax 'em up!
post #10 of 25
Thread Starter 

I rest my case.

Current Conditions as of: Tue April 8th, 2008 at 05:20:00 AM
Settled Snow Depth:
165"
MOUNTAIN CAMS
Snowfall (Past 12 hrs):
3"
Snowfall (Past 24 hrs):
20 "
Snowfall this Season: 638"
Sky Cover:
Clear
Ridgetop Winds:
Light WNW
Mid Mountain Temp°F)


With more snow predicted for today, tonight and the tomorrow.
post #11 of 25
geeeezzz!!!
post #12 of 25
Thread Starter 

15" in 6 hours!

Check out the pics.
http://www.alta.com/pages/pod.php
post #13 of 25
geeeezz...im soo jelouse
post #14 of 25
O.K. How do you get the Ski and Stay package at Snowbird for $99? I looked at their website, but I couldn't find anything about it.
post #15 of 25
Weird, because it's on the front page:
http://www.snowbird.com/lodging/hotdeals.php?deal=32
post #16 of 25
Guh...

I'm in Chicago next week, coming back Thursday. A stopover in SLC is looking very tempting.
post #17 of 25
anyone else willing to split the $99 deal since it is double occupancy?
post #18 of 25
eyecon82, I can't because I already booked for M-F in Salt Lake City.
post #19 of 25
Conditions are too good to pass so I pulled the trigger. I'll be there from Friday till Sunday 04/11-13. Anyone out there to show me the mountains? (first time in Utah).

I'm planning to ski PCMR on Friday and the Bird on Sat/Sun.
post #20 of 25
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anyone else willing to split the $99 deal since it is double occupancy?
Well, I think my husband would have a problem with that! But if you're going to be at Alta the 18th through the 20th, it would be fun to have a Bears meetup. You should post a thread on G2G, I had great luck with that last weekend.
post #21 of 25
Thanks, simonbda, I knew I saw it the first time, but I couldn't get it to come back up the second time. Maybe because I had the original page bookmarked. I wouldn't be able to go up until April 24 - 27. Is Snowbird open through that weekend? Do you think there will be any snow left?
post #22 of 25
Alta was totally sick today. Epic. I skied nonstop from 9-3:30 (except for pee breaks) and pretty much cashed in all my remaining strength to get back down to the GMD at the end. Another 3-5" is forecast tonight, and 6-10" tomorrow. Bet it will be more than that. I seriously need to pace myself tomorrow if it's another epic day.
post #23 of 25

Any Bears going to Snowbird April 24-27?

Well, based on all the good information I got on this thread, I'm going to Snowbird April 24-27. I can't go before that because I'm involved in all sorts of "Earth Day" festivities as part of my job. We got a direct flight from Tucson for somewhere around $250 per person and the lodging and lift tickets at The Lodge for around $99 a night. The only added expense was the shuttle from the airport @ $60 per person round trip. I hope the snow holds out - can't wait to try out my new Dynastar Legend EXclusive Powder skis - which I demoed while at Snowbird in January. If there's no snow - we'll go sight seeing!
post #24 of 25
You might look into Enterprise car rental. Sometimes they have killer weekend specials that cost less than 2 shuttles.
post #25 of 25
Yup. I'm paying something like $60 for a compact car from Friday morning till Sunday night.
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