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post #1 of 17
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Been raining hard two days straight... and I'm at 7000', level with the base areas of all the Park City resorts. How's Snow Basin? I assume that the Cottonwoods, being 1000' higher are faring better, but it's been known to rain there too in January. Like in 1996 when it rained at AltaBird, covered everything in a sheet of ice, then snowed seven feet the next week. Needless to say, everything slid.
It's supposed to turn colder today and tonight, but it just keeps pouring....
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Originally Posted by Mr. Crab View Post
Been raining hard two days straight... and I'm at 7000', level with the base areas of all the Park City resorts. How's Snow Basin? I assume that the Cottonwoods, being 1000' higher are faring better, but it's been known to rain there too in January. Like in 1996 when it rained at AltaBird, covered everything in a sheet of ice, then snowed seven feet the next week. Needless to say, everything slid.
It's supposed to turn colder today and tonight, but it just keeps pouring....
May be snowing in LCC/BCC. All I know is that it was pouring this morning in Logan (4500 ft) and at the base of our local hill it was snowing - but a really wet snow. By 11:30, I was soaked to the bone. Was still snowing above 5500 ft on our way back home. I think Logan tends to be a bit cooler, but I would be willing to bet it was mostly snow up in LCC/BCC resorts.
post #3 of 17
Snowed all day at Powder Mountain--wet, heavy snow
post #4 of 17
Been snow at the top of Snowbasin & rain at the bottom below about 7300' for the last 2 days off & on. It was pouring this morning, but turned to snow & graupel all the way down around noon. I was on my way home at noon, but put my boots back on when I saw it sticking in the parking lot. Skiied all day in my rain poncho. Great turns on top & getting better.
JF
post #5 of 17
I skied Snowbasin yesterday but was entirely underwhelmed by the conditions. Top half of the mountain was pea-soup thick fog and the snow was gettin worse as the day went on.

Did not even bother today, which is killing me to miss a day on a five day ski trip.

So instead I decided to drive back down to Salt Lake City and visit the Ski Trucks store. Found a great deal on a new helmet so the day wasn't a total waste. What a wild place that store is....plus I had some wonderful Mexican food at the Blue Iguana.

Tomorrow it's up to Pow Mow where it's been snowing all day and it looks like temps are finally on the way down.
post #6 of 17
I went to Solitude today and it snowed steadily and sometimes hard all day. It was pretty wet, so it was kind of heavy but compared to what we've had for the last two weeks I was happy with it.
post #7 of 17
Was at Solitude yesterday--heavy and very wet snow--nothing but rain on my car in the parking lot, but up on the mountain, snow was fine, but very wet. Really nice on parachute and other runs off Powderhorn. At Alta today the snow was drier than yesterday. Good coverage and conditions are better than they have been for a couple of weeks--though they shut down Supreme and then Collins--maybe due to wind. Just bring a couple of extra pairs of gloves and be ready to run the dryer when you get home.
post #8 of 17
Snowing hard right now at 5300'.
JF
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
Deer Valley reports 11"
PCMR reports 13"


Alta reports 18"
Hmmmm...the first two generally over report, Alta underreports. Alta is 1000' higher... where to go?

I'm glad this rain finally turned to snow.

P.S. check this snow report- with temps heading to 9 degrees... Monday schedule rearranged.
post #10 of 17
Alta got a heavy snow/graupel mix on Thursday, then more heavy snow Friday when I was leaving. I know it will help the base, but what will this dense layer do for avy stability/instability? Doesn't seem like it would be good.
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I skied Snowbasin yesterday but was entirely underwhelmed by the conditions. Top half of the mountain was pea-soup thick fog .
Yeah, Whistler East.

I've got about 6 days in at Snowbasin, and I think 3 were in the "can't see your stretched hand" type of visibility, including last week. Have I had bad luck, or is bad vis a Snowbasin trait?
post #12 of 17
Yikes, I am going to Alta this Thursday!
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post
Yeah, Whistler East.

I've got about 6 days in at Snowbasin, and I think 3 were in the "can't see your stretched hand" type of visibility, including last week. Have I had bad luck, or is bad vis a Snowbasin trait?
Flat light is pretty common... Except when it's sunny.

JF
post #14 of 17
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Been raining hard two days straight... it just keeps pouring....


post #15 of 17
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Rain stopped. Snow started. Serious powder today at the Park City resorts. Cottonwoods should have been epic. Will post TR when I have time. It never rains for long out here Jay...
post #16 of 17
I was glad to have rain if only to clear the inversion.

In the bear rivers we got a dose of rain on Thursday, then thick heavy wet snow and finally some lighter stuff on top over night.
post #17 of 17
Outstanding day at Alta. Road up LCC closed until about 0830--didn't get my boots on until 0930. Great snow. Deep and good coverage, but I still managed to hit a rock dropping down from the top into the area between Extrovert and Chartruse. Knee deep powder all over. Two hours on the road tonight just to get down to the base of LCC, but still, it was a great day. Tomorrow should be something special for those of you who can get away.
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