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Looking at the WSW (Winter Storm Warning) it seems like it will be very windy. How does that normally play out for the resorts out there?

I am going to be skiing Keystone/A-Basin/Breck in about two weeks. I would figure most of the snow that is falling will end up in the woods somewhere with the extreme gusts and will not do a whole lot for opening up terrain.

For Dillon (area code 80435) it is looking like a general 4-8 inches between tonight and tomorrow with higher amounts for the higher elevations. Anyone living out there who would care to comment on how the storm is progressing? Thanks
post #2 of 25
The snow has calmed down a bit, but winds are strong. Traffic tie-ups and accidents are a total. I left my job in Breck at 3 p.m, didn't get home till 5:30.
post #3 of 25
I skied Keystone this morning. I'm guessing we've had about 8" total for this storm. It slowed down a lot later in the afternoon. There was some wind but nothing exceptional here. The non-manmade runs are still far from covered, but at least everything's white. Another two feet would be good. Morning runs were quite nice. It's a start but if we go back to warm and dry (heck, I did three bike rides this week) it's not going to help too much.
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Originally Posted by Lisamarie View Post
The snow has calmed down a bit, but winds are strong. Traffic tie-ups and accidents are a total. I left my job in Breck at 3 p.m, didn't get home till 5:30.
Yea, does six months off make everyone forget how to drive?

Not a trick question:
If the road is covered in snow and ice I should go X mph over the speed limit?

X seemed to be a sizable number from what I saw.
post #5 of 25
n1vek,
We hit Keystone on Friday (Ho Hum) but better then a day @ work! Hit Copper today, WOW! Cold ,Wind! Snow, More wind! More Snow! & More wind! Monday will be NICE!
Nice Storm should open many more runs. They say more snow mid week! Winter is now here!
If you out Dec 13th-16th? Post your where abouts, should be a few other from the site doing turns!
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n1vek,
We hit Keystone on Friday (Ho Hum) but better then a day @ work! Hit Copper today, WOW! Cold ,Wind! Snow, More wind! More Snow! & More wind! Monday will be NICE!
Nice Storm should open many more runs. They say more snow mid week! Winter is now here!
If you out Dec 13th-16th? Post your where abouts, should be a few other from the site doing turns!
I will be skiing the 15th to the 19th. I have day passes for either Keystone or ABasin. It looks like Abasin got significantly more snow from this storm than Keystone, but I know that doesn't mean much right now.

I personally ski, but I am going out there with the snowboard club from Michigan State University. There is one other skier in that group that last year I skied with a lot. Based on what I have been told about terrain, ABasin will probably not be preferred by the snowboarders, but is seems right up my alley.
post #7 of 25
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I will be skiing the 15th to the 19th. I have day passes for either Keystone or ABasin. It looks like Abasin got significantly more snow from this storm than Keystone, but I know that doesn't mean much right now.

I personally ski, but I am going out there with the snowboard club from Michigan State University. There is one other skier in that group that last year I skied with a lot. Based on what I have been told about terrain, ABasin will probably not be preferred by the snowboarders, but is seems right up my alley.
First of all, let me just say Go GREEN (class of 2005).

Go to both while you are out here, they are quite a bit different. A-Basin = Caberfae; Keystone = Crystal (Vail would be Boyne).

Keystone has a pretty extensive park system for the boarders, a true resort feel, and some decent bars in the village if you want to take a break for a couple pops at lunch, or to finish off your day. A-Basin is more like the locals' hill. No on-mountain lodging, no high speed lifts, but good terrain and a cool vibe.

Have a good time.
post #8 of 25
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First of all, let me just say Go GREEN (class of 2005).

Go to both while you are out here, they are quite a bit different. A-Basin = Caberfae; Keystone = Crystal (Vail would be Boyne).

Keystone has a pretty extensive park system for the boarders, a true resort feel, and some decent bars in the village if you want to take a break for a couple pops at lunch, or to finish off your day. A-Basin is more like the locals' hill. No on-mountain lodging, no high speed lifts, but good terrain and a cool vibe.

Have a good time.
Go White!

I will for sure spend time at both. I have been to all of the resorts you mentioned and I had a blast at Caberfae. It was less than ideal snow conditions there (thaw 1"+ rain, flash freeze with light LES) but I really liked how they had the hill set up. I should go back another time when the snow is better.

What interests me the most is the bowls that A-Basin has. Hopefully there will be enough stable snow to open them up. With all the wind in this storm, the snow is very unstable and probably not helping the cause very much.
post #9 of 25
Hate to say it but I have huge doubts for any bowls in two weeks but hopefully I'm wrong.
post #10 of 25
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Hate to say it but I have huge doubts for any bowls in two weeks but hopefully I'm wrong.
I highly doubt it too. However, this snow storm was quite the surprise, at least for A-Basin. Until it was pretty much underway, there wasn't any prediction for meaningful accumulations. 35 inches later, it wasn't too bad of a storm.
post #11 of 25
The weather is always unpredictable in Colorado. If you want to predict weather here....expect to always be surprised. Weather fronts come from three directions here. Never know which one will win.

Welcome to Colorado. Had a fun time saying that to a guy from Seattle on Friday. He got to experience cold, warm, sunny, cold, rainy, then snow on Friday. Apparently the weather doesn't happen that way there.
post #12 of 25
Did anybody make it out to any of the Summit County resorts today? Wondering how that storm helped with coverage? Hopefully more snow will be on its way!
post #13 of 25
Copper got 24" the past few days; several more runs open, more very soon. Conditions are fab.
post #14 of 25
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The weather is always unpredictable in Colorado. If you want to predict weather here....expect to always be surprised. Weather fronts come from three directions here. Never know which one will win.

Welcome to Colorado. Had a fun time saying that to a guy from Seattle on Friday. He got to experience cold, warm, sunny, cold, rainy, then snow on Friday. Apparently the weather doesn't happen that way there.
I do have a great time following the weather out west. I am a weather hobbyist and love tracking the GFS/NAM/Euro as a storm approaches us out here in the Midwest. We here complain about how inaccurate models and forecasts can be, then I started closely following certain resorts out west based on my annual trip...

Holy cow, things can pop up out of no where. This huge storm for ABasin was supposed to "bring moderate snow to the southern resorts (Telluride) and light accumulations to the north". It took a nowcast to get the storm right and even then, the totals were greatly underdone for many locations.

The dynamics that mountains put in a forecast is crazy. Depending on storm track and the direction a slope faces can make the difference of 300% in accumlated snow.
post #15 of 25
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Holy cow, things can pop up out of no where. This huge storm for ABasin was supposed to "bring moderate snow to the southern resorts (Telluride) and light accumulations to the north".
They are pretty good at forecasting the potential of snow a few days in advance. But as far as snow totals predictions, the forecasts are a joke. Any time they're quoting any chance of snow we could get a foot or three flakes.

The storms here are low on moisture and so snowfall is very highly dependent on EXACTLY how the low tracks through the mountains, which is rarely predictable.
post #16 of 25
I'll be out with 3 guys in Frisco from Dec 12-17th, going to Abasin, Keystone, everywhere If anyone is interested in making tracks let us know. We are from Milwaukee WI.
post #17 of 25
I'll be at Copper on the 14th but, I'll be on the race course pretending that I know how to go around snowboard gates on slalom and giant slalom courses. I may try some boardercross too.

I'll be at Copper Mtn tomorrow annoying the SRS training personnel. Gotta work on the Cert 2 Riding Tasks.
post #18 of 25
what does the storm rolling in tonight from montana have in store?
post #19 of 25
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I'll be at Copper on the 14th but, I'll be on the race course pretending that I know how to go around snowboard gates on slalom and giant slalom courses. I may try some boardercross too.

I'll be at Copper Mtn tomorrow annoying the SRS training personnel. Gotta work on the Cert 2 Riding Tasks.
I'm working tomorrow! Answer my survey and I'll treat you to cocoa!
post #20 of 25
Awesome day at Vail yesterday. Five inches new. Light crowds. Today could be even better.
post #21 of 25
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Looks like another sneaky storm is in the area. I wonder who will be the winner with a surprise 2'+ dump

It is much more exciting tracking the weather out there. So many surprise storms that, 24 hours prior, you didn't really see coming. Compared to here in Michigan, you can track a storm for 3+ days and then have it fizzle out/track north at the last minute.
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EDIT: Wow, Breckenrdige opened up a good deal of their back bowls today. http://breckenridge.snow.com/mtn.terrain.asp

A good sign for the area with more snow on the way. It is about a week and a half from when my tips touch the snow out there. Things are looking pretty good as of now, much better than last year's nail biter in Park City.

It was about a week away from trip time last year and they (PC) had 3 runs open on almost no natural snow. Then a "pineapple express" came through and dumped about 3' of wet, heavy snow. Saved the trip and my life.

I love the nickel and dime events, but one big dump would really make my day and probably open a lot of terrain.
post #22 of 25

Steamboat dumping

Looks like Steamboat is getting a good dump from this one.
post #23 of 25
Mary Jane got a foot today
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Mary Jane got a foot today
I don't think anything on the Jane side is open just the Winter Flat side...but I could be wrong
post #25 of 25
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I don't think anything on the Jane side is open just the Winter Flat side...but I could be wrong
Yeah, that foot is about 20% of their total for the season.
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