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Park City and Snowbasin openings of terrain

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I know there's a couple of storms lined up before Xmas. Still doesn't seem to be much terrain open in PC area or Snowbasin. Anyone have predicitions for Xmas terrain openings?
post #2 of 13
Based upon what is already there and the forecast, I predict Snowbasin will open both the John Paul and Stawberry areas open by Christmas but that you will need to ski cautiously off trail in places.

According to the snow report the last couple of days, they have been blowing the manmade stuff in Strawberry so that would appear to be the first priority to open.
post #3 of 13
Rumor has it that JP will open tomorrow with limited terrain, ie. Wildflower DH. Patrol has been up there doing control & prep. work the last couple of days. I would speculate that Strawberry Gondola will be open by early next week.

If the baseless/bottomless new snow from this week settles with a layer of forecasted fresh on top of it, some of the off piste skiing could start getting pretty good. I still wouldn't break out the good skis, unless you are willing to stay on the runs with snowmaking.

Here is a picture of DeMoisey Pk. from yesterday afternoon:



JF
post #4 of 13
Park City has had a couple good storms this week and another, bigger one due tomorrow. The only chairs open today were Payday, First Time, Bonanza and Silverlode. Bonanza and Silverlode only serviced the Claimjumper run, which is mostly a superwide, long, blue/green cruiser. The story I got is that they're saving the snow for Christmas. The coverage on the closed runs off Silverlode looked very good from the chair, and once it's rolled out and open it'll be fine. They're making snow on the King Con runs like crazy, so they should be open next week too. This weather report looks good- we got about 4 more inches today. I gather from the staff that most of the big, wide groomers will be open, and also the new Crescent lift, which dumps out right on top of what was my favorite secret powder stash . Whether Jupiter or McConkeys will be open, I don't know. Jupe needs a lot of snow to be good, but it is on the way. We need about two or three feet of base to cover the brambles off the groomers.
The snow conditions on what is open are excellent, nice cold, creamy snow, easy to set an edge into, and no icy spots that I could see, even with man made snow in the mix. Of course we don't get real ice here, except maybe in spring on a refreeze- as every ice coaster who has skied here knows.
Haven't been to DV this year, but generally they do well with snowmaking and a few good dumps. They roll it all together with that monster groomer fleet and buff it all out nice. Again, can't venture a prediction on the back bowls, Empire and Lady Morgan. Perhaps a DV local has been up there and scouted around and can post.

Alta is in good shape, I was up there Monday, and it seems the Bird is too, from what I read here.
post #5 of 13
Here we go; It's an opening schedule they (PCMR) just e-mailed me. Coverage looked good...


We've received nearly two feet of snow in the past week (it's still snowing) and we're opening a lot more terrain in the next couple of days! By early next week, we will have 90 percent of our lifts open. The forecast calls for storms on Friday, Monday and through Christmas Day!!

Here's our scheduled opening plan (conditions permitting*):

Friday, December 19
Thaynes Lift
Pioneer Lift

Saturday, December 20
Crescent Lift
McConkey's Lift

Sunday, December 21
Motherlode Lift
Three Kings Lift
Mid-Mountain Lodge Restaurant

Tuesday, December 23
King Con Lift
Eagle Lift
Silver Star Lift (Uploading/Downloading only)
Eagle Superpipe

Thursday, December 25
Night skiing on PayDay and First Time Lifts from 4:00 - 7:30 pm
post #6 of 13
way to go crab I have been calling and bugging all the people at PC trying to get this info for a week.
post #7 of 13
We still haven't had much natural snow below about 8000' in N UT evidenced by the fact that pow mow and the beav (which have no snow making to speak of) are just opening now. I think most resorts in north UT are close to the point where they have at least some base and that any new snow will give decent off piste skiing.

They are forecasting up to 2ft Friday - Saturday followed by another storm Monday and more storms through out the week.
post #8 of 13
Updating my prediction for Snowbasin--everything open and mostly skiing well. Looks like a repeat of last Christmas-this is from the Mountain Weather Forecast today:

Friday - December 19, 2008 - 11:56 am
Forecaster: Bruce TremperWEATHER DISCUSSION
Issued at noon, December 19th, 2008


The cold front should stall out somewhere around Provo and affect areas mostly from Provo northward. We whould get a few hours of northwest flow, which should bring good precipitation to the Cottonwood Canyons, but it will turn westerly by midnight, which should favor the Ogden area mountains. We should have at least a foot of new snow thorugh most of the Wasatch Range and we could get as much as 1.5 to 2 feet in localized areas if the lake effect kicks in. The airmass is very cold and unstable. Ridge top temperatures should be just below zero with ridge top winds 35 from the northwest tonigh, dropping to 15 mph from the west after midnight. Temperatures will remain quite cold--near zero unto the weekend. Snow should continue through most of Saturday


EXTENDED OUTLOOK
It looks like we will have a break on Sunday with partly cloudy skies and a 30 percent chance of snow with continued cold temperatures. Then, another system impacts Utah with an even larger storm starting late Sunday night, Monday and Tuesday, which looks like it will deposit significant amounts of snow. Then another large storm arriving for Christmas and lasting for a couple more days. We should have feet and feet of new snow in the mountains by the end of the month.
post #9 of 13
It's been snowing hard all day, but now it's officially nuking in Park City.
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
Any estimate on what Park city areas got today. They have not updated snow totals on websites.
post #11 of 13
Well, as 4ster indicated, Snowbasin was suppose to open JP today, but didn't for some reason ... maybe because of the storm . Hopefully, this weekend.

It looks like the forecast is for more (maybe a lot more) of the same over the next week:

MOUNTAIN WEATHER

Strong southwest winds are already blowing and they will increase throughout the day until the cold front passes this afternoon. They should average 50 gusting to 70 along the exposed ridges. Snow should begin falling in earnest around noon and we should get 12-20 inches of snow by late on Saturday. Temperatures will plunge down to just below zero after the front passes and we will likely get lake effect squalls on a northwest to westerly flow tonight. Saturday should be continued snow and Sunday looks like partly cloudy with light snow showers.
The extended forecast: This storm will seem like a baby compared to the next couple storms, one on Monday and Tuesday and the other the day after Christmas. We should have feet and feet of new snow by the weekend after Christmas.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by NeedToSki View Post
Well, as 4ster indicated, Snowbasin was suppose to open JP today, but didn't for some reason ...
Hi NeedToSki,
JP did open today. Must've happened later than you checked. I got a couple of runs up there at the end of the day. There are still tons of obstacles, but I managed to avoid hitting anything! Where I skied, in the jungle area, was better than I would have expected. Things are filling in nicely with this storm. If it keeps going as expected skiing will begin to be very good. I checked the mid-mountain snow stake at 11:00 AM & it showed 34" total & 7" for the day. The out & in run in Strawberry also opened today, & coverage was fine if you stayed on the designated run. Strawberry Gondo is scheduled to open on the 23rd.

I would declare today as my first official powder day, beating last year by 3 days.

That is all the info I have for now.

BTW, I loved this line:
This storm will seem like a baby compared to the next couple storms, one on Monday and Tuesday and the other the day after Christmas. We should have feet and feet of new snow by the weekend after Christmas.

JF
post #13 of 13
Deer Valley reported 10 inches overnight. It's still snowing lightly.
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