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Where is the snow?

post #1 of 13
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So, I'm headed to the Cottonwoods this December and I am somewhat concerned by the current weather patterns. I'm going to be skiing from the 18th to the 24th at Alta, Solitude and Snowbird. I know its a long way off, but anyone care to speculate on how the conditions are going to be?
post #2 of 13
Way too far off to worry. that's over a month away. There is talk about a pattern change in December. All you need is a few good storms to change everything. if nothing changes by Dec.5 and 2 week forecast looks bleak, then worry. Early December has been wesk the last 3 years. However, by Dec. 18, it's always been ok. At least so far. 
post #3 of 13
 the pattern will most likely change and youll get snow... I secertly hope you dont so people stop booking extremely early ski vacations and instead book at the end of the season whens its better.

but the snow is always there in Janurary, Feburary, March and april and even May. Every year I was there the base was deeper in early May than December.
post #4 of 13
The snow is here!

post #5 of 13
It's not good to gloat.
post #6 of 13
The reason I am posting so much is there is no skiing here. When I eventually tail off it will mean the snow has come back.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post

 the pattern will most likely change and youll get snow... I secertly hope you dont so people stop booking extremely early ski vacations and instead book at the end of the season whens its better.

but the snow is always there in Janurary, Feburary, March and april and even May. Every year I was there the base was deeper in early May than December.
 

Yeah, I have had the pleasure of traveling out west in Feburary and March the past two years, but unfortunately the family could only get together aroud Christmas this year.

Deep down I know its really too early to worry, but I cant help it cause I don't get too many days on the mountain each year. Fingers crossed, though.  
post #8 of 13
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Yeah, I have had the pleasure of traveling out west in Feburary and March the past two years, but unfortunately the family could only get together aroud Christmas this year.

Deep down I know its really too early to worry, but I cant help it cause I don't get too many days on the mountain each year. Fingers crossed, though.  

Historically, even in the worst years, Alta/Bird has always been open for off piste by Xmas.
post #9 of 13
Baker, Whistler, Stevens Pass. That's where the snow is.
post #10 of 13
Season-to-date snow totals as of 11/21: Whistler 196, Crystal 110, Sunshine 93, Hood Meadows 92. Stevens 87, Bachelor 82.   Not yet open: Whitewater 86, Revelstoke 81.5, Fernie 79.

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but the snow is always there in January, Feburary, March and April and even May. Every year I was there the base was deeper in early May than December.
Agree 100%. Don't whine about lack of snow on a destination trip in December if you're passing up later months. For those of you with families, that means spring break.
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post

Season-to-date snow totals as of 11/21: Whistler 196, Crystal 110, Sunshine 93, Hood Meadows 92. Stevens 87, Bachelor 82.   Not yet open: Whitewater 86, Revelstoke 81.5, Fernie 79.
 

Agree 100%. Don't whine about lack of snow on a destination trip in December if you're passing up later months. For those of you with families, that means spring break.
Unfortunately, there are 3 different spring breaks in my family. I am well aware of the benefits of late season skiing, but there was just no way to make it work this year.
post #12 of 13
I'm still holding out hope for Dec. 9. Altho, it's getting iffier. There are still signs of a pattern change sometime during early December. That will probably get you to at least ok.So says Nostradomus. Not so sure will arrive in time for 12-9. I do understand about late skiing and in fact have been going mid April to Whistler for last 4 years. Before that even had winter conditions there first week of may once. But i would like to fit in 1 extra trip early season. Both because it's a basically an extra one and I want to go skiing now. Hence the anxiety re weather. For those that live where you can ski, not such a big deal. I presume it's like windsurfing here in Maui. I've done it a milliion times over last 25 years. If it's not windy, no big deal, I'll just wait until it does. But if you were coming here to windsurf for on your vacation, you might worry about the weather.    
post #13 of 13
I gotta say, the pattern hasn't been all that bad. the last couple years were alot worse early season. Its not a major storm pattern that we need to build a base fast, but its not the relentless high pressure, warm, dry, inversion either. We have been getting small storms every week since haloween.  If it were mid season this would be decent weather for skiing.

The down side of this weather: Stability is looking whack -- Once thee snow does come, its gonna be bad.

http://utahavalanchecenter.org/photos_videos_evelyns_field_day_baldy_lcc_11202009
Edited by tromano - 11/23/09 at 2:11pm
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