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Where to go in Utah next week?

post #1 of 23
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I'll be skiing in Utah next Thursday and Friday, which I was kind of excited about 6 weeks ago. Now, not so excited about the skiing, but it's basically a free trip, so I'm going anyway.

We're staying at Deer Valley, but they aren't open yet. I was planning on going wherever I could find the best snow, but now I guess I need to find the most interesting selection of groomers. :-) Any advice? (Yes, go to Whistler. I would if I could....)
post #2 of 23
 Usually, I would say Cottonwoods have the best snow, but now not so sure. I'm supposed to go out a week from tuesday and am faced with the same dilemma. I did this once before where there were only a few groomers open and I"m sorry to say it gets pretty boring pretty quickly. I would tend to go with who's got the biggest vertical on a snowmaking run. Places like Snowbird, snowbasin come to mind. Forecast has been and continues to suck. Deer Valley has a pretty good snowmaking system so that might not be a bad option once they open.I know things can change, but jeez, this is getting ridiculous. A pattern change is in works for December, but apparently to benefit east and  southwest possibly. Still looks bad for northern utah for foreseeable future.  
post #3 of 23

I feel your pain.
scheduled for snowbird in 2 weeks.
 

post #4 of 23
 Alta looks to have the most open and they can open up terrain faster than anyone if you get natural snow. Next time go in march or april though. Early December SUCKS!
post #5 of 23
yeah, but it's dirt cheap and 2 ft of fresh can happen any time.
post #6 of 23
Snowbasin opened Thursday with basically 1 run & 2300' vertical from the top of Needles gondola on machine made snow.  The Little Cat beginner chair is also open at the bottom of the mountain.  Opening day coverage is much better than the last 2 seasons.  I don't think there will be much more open by Thusrsday.  Let's hope we get a couple of big storms before Christmas.
JF
post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post

 Alta looks to have the most open and they can open up terrain faster than anyone if you get natural snow. Next time go in march or april though. Early December SUCKS!

This wasn't scheduled as a ski trip; my husband is speaking at a conference to be held at Stein Eriksen Lodge. Cheap airfare, comped hotel room, expensed rent car ... no reason not to go, just in case. I was hoping that skiing would be a bonus. (He spoke at this conference a few years back and was blessed with thigh-deep powder and no one else around at DV. I obviously didn't bring the same luck.)

We have a family trip scheduled in January for Alta. Starting to even worry about that one. Would love to be able to go in March or April, but not with school and sports.

Thanks for the info, everyone.
post #8 of 23
I was at snowbasain yesterday. Not really crowded and it was nice to get some long runs off the gondi. However I think the best snow was in the learners area where it had softened up a bit and was like corn. Bring carving skis.

I had never been up there early season and was surprised to see all the rocks. Nice to see what you will be skiing on next month.

There is no lake or other storage that I am aware of. Where do they get water for snowmaking. 
post #9 of 23
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There is no lake or other storage that I am aware of. Where do they get water for snowmaking. 
 

There are 3 wells very deep in the earth that replenish themselves daily.  From what I understand it is a pretty endless supply.  Low humidity allowed the guns to go all day today & some good piles are already beginning on the Needles side.

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I had never been up there early season and was surprised to see all the rocks.
 

Just to be clear, we are talking about the giant boulders off of the open runs, that get covered when the big snows hit.  So far I have not even seen a rock on the open area let alone hit one.  Coverage is good.

Next time give me a heads up, & we can at least make a run.

JF
post #10 of 23
It is no coincidence that Alta and Brighton are 20% open and no one else is as much s 10% open. Highest base elevations, layout allowing much to be skiable on 3 feet or so of base, and some leftover base above 9,000 feet from the 40 inches they got in October.
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Next time go in march or april though. Early December SUCKS!
In the Cottonwoods early December sucks only 1/3 to 1/2 of seasons.  But March and April virtually never suck.  So I know when I would bet my airfare $.
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yeah, but it's dirt cheap and 2 ft of fresh can happen any time.
Yeah, wonder why that is?  And the 2 feet of fresh won't do you any good if the base underneath it is inadequate.
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We have a family trip scheduled in January for Alta. Starting to even worry about that one.
I wouldn't worry much.  Maybe 10% chance of any coverage issues at Alta by then.  Outside the Cottonwood Canyons it might take a little longer this year to get going.
Edited by Tony Crocker - 12/4/09 at 10:56am
post #11 of 23
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Originally Posted by 4ster View Post

Just to be clear, we are talking about the giant boulders off of the open runs, that get covered when the big snows hit.  So far I have not even seen a rock on the open area let alone hit one.  Coverage is good.

Next time give me a heads up, & we can at least make a run.

JF

Certainly, I am from the EC and used to skiing on grassy hills in W. PA. Its still amazing to me how much stuff gets covered over in just a few weeks storms up above 9000' in UT.
post #12 of 23
what the hell, i guess i'll go to pheonix and play golf all winter.
global climate changing warming no snow.
god i'm depressed
post #13 of 23
FWIW, the last 2 runs of GFS show big time precip starting about 12-7 and going thru end of forecast period at 12-16. However weather models have been having a very hard time showing any consistency for this period which means reliability of forecast very low. But at least possible. I still haven't cancelled my trip and if last 2 model runs were correct, there could be signif. powder.I relaize that terrain will be limited, but I'd be willing to trade limited terrain for powder days every day. Cross fingers and toes.
post #14 of 23
Maui Steve,
I think you just gave the hope I need.
Thanks bro
At the bird 13th-16th
Skiball
post #15 of 23
Hopefully, these runs turn out to be right. It's the first major precip I've seen on the computer models this winter. I think part of the issue is whether remanants of typhoon Nida stay stuck in pacific or get caught in westerlies and make way to mainland. Potentially either dry or super wet. Time will tell. If it all works, perhaps we can do a run or two at SB if we both manage to be there at smae time. Hopefully, not on an icy groomer. 
post #16 of 23
Hopefully I want to some real skiing. ;)

There seems to be some agreement  that next weekend might be the start of winter storm season here in the Wasatch.
post #17 of 23
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Hopefully I want to some real skiing. ;)

There seems to be some agreement  that next weekend might be the start of winter storm season here in the Wasatch.

You're welcome. (That's when I'll be leaving, of course.)
post #18 of 23
Things are beginning to look up!

"A COLD AND GENERALLY STABLE NORTHERLY FLOW ALOFT WILL EXIST OVER NORTHERN UTAH THROUGH THURSDAY. WARMING ALOFT WILL DEVELOP AS THE FLOW ALOFT TURNS WESTERLY LATE IN THE WEEK. THE NEXT COLD FRONT WILL SETTLE INTO FAR NORTHERN UTAH SATURDAY...PRODUCING SOME SNOW FOR THE WASATCH RANGE LATE IN THE WEEKEND AND INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK."

(from Cottonwood Canyons Forecast)

post #19 of 23
Signs of the end times. Winter storm warning in Houston. Not in SLC. Well, I had a back up plan to bike and hike southern Utah. Now apparently southern Utah will be stormy all week and northern utah will get the dribbles from down south. I must have pissed someone off.  I guess the new back up plan is to ski Brian Head. Don't know anything about it. any comments from people who've been?
post #20 of 23
Brian Head: 1,200 vert, very intermediate, about 500 acres.  Similar to Snow Summit here in SoCal except for getting a lot more snow.
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I must have pissed someone off. 
No, you had the clear signal to go to Whistler and chose not to.
post #21 of 23
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Well, I did go to Alta yesterday. Wasn't the worst day ever -- in fact, I had quite a nice time. But it wasn't exactly like the other time I went to Alta (January 2008). There is plenty of terrain open if you aren't terribly particular about your skis.
post #22 of 23
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Well, I did go to Alta yesterday. Wasn't the worst day ever -- in fact, I had quite a nice time. But it wasn't exactly like the other time I went to Alta (January 2008). There is plenty of terrain open if you aren't terribly particular about your skis.

That is good to here. I am hoping that this next week brings in a minimum of 20 inches to the canyons. All the forecasts I have seen so far though don't show to much promise for the week of the 14th-21st.
post #23 of 23
Stability is pretty bad where there is snow now. I wonder how long it will take to open up terrain, once the storms do come. Given the events of last season I wouldn't be surprised if it takes a while to open stuff up.
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