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A little snow in the Wasatch

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

We have some snow here. Three- four feet of powder today at the Park City resorts from the last what, three days of storm... and the snow continues tonight. Almost too deep for the steepness- you needed Cottonwood steeps to really work it. I've seen it this deep over in the Cottonwoods, but rarely in PC. No pictures, sorry, just face shots. The coverage will be quite good for the Christmas hordes. An outstanding season so far.

post #2 of 21

Mr. Crab it looks like the PC resorts have outproduced the Cottonwood resorts in terms of snowfall the past few days.  Can you confirm this?  My countdown to our SLC trip is 21 days!!!

 

Gotta post some pics here......we on the East Coast are DROOLING!!!!

 

Thanks,

 

Marc

post #3 of 21

I'll be there with the masses in 2 days. Can't wait.

post #4 of 21

Wow. Just... wow. Oh please, let this snow still be coming when I head over there in late January!

post #5 of 21

One weird thing is that we are at 180% of average base but it still doesn't seem like I have had many really deep days in Logan. Its mor eliek 6-10" really consistent. And the big dumps have been warm and thicker sierra type snow all season.

 

I already have 15 days and its not even XMAS yet. I think I had 2 days before Xmas last season.

post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 

Southern storms favor the Wasatch Back- we had rain at the base for a few days- Friday Saturday and Sunday- but it snowed just one lift higher so that's why the monster accumulation. Here's 48 hour totals; Park City is reporting 48" over 72 hours...

I looked at DV's site but it appears to have crashed... I guess every skier everywhere can read a weather report.

Here's the annual swingset photo. The top beam is 8", this snow has settled, and there's at least twice as much in the higher elevations... I expect  to see chest deep action photos when everything quiets down...

 

 

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Edited by Mr. Crab - 12/22/10 at 9:28am
post #7 of 21

I don't know which ski area has had the most snow, I just know that there's a lot of powder. Alta is reporting 56'' for this storm. This is some of the best coverage I've seen for this time of the year. There are some lines that I won't often ski because of rocks, but now there's enough snow on some of the steeps to lessen the worry.

 

When they opened Supreme yesterday, there were spots where the snow was almost up to my waist and I took one line off the Elephant's Nose where I ground to a halt almost under the lift. Plenty of face shots though it was getting skied out by the end of the day--but there's more being reported today.

 

Bottom line is that there should be plenty of snow at all of the ski areas for this holiday period, so enjoy!

post #8 of 21
Thread Starter 

PCMR has reported 5' this week. 

post #9 of 21

Yeah, the Park City area had a little snow.  Here is photo taken in Pinball Alley.  My legs were shot after skiing 9990 most of the day.  Don't make too much fun of my gaper one-piece suit...it keeps me dry.

 

 

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post #10 of 21

I need Mr. Crab's swing set shot to get a real perspective of how much snow they get.

post #11 of 21

OK, where is Pinball Alley?! I skiied all 3 PC resorts for years, and I never heard that one!  (edit, just noticed the reference to 9990, so it's evidently at the Crayons).

post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by ant View Post

OK, where is Pinball Alley?! I skiied all 3 PC resorts for years, and I never heard that one!  (edit, just noticed the reference to 9990, so it's evidently at the Crayons).



Pinball Alley is one of the natural half pipes at the Canyons...and they are all fun to ski once a year or so.  You get to Pinball Alley off Red Pine Road (boring) of down Grande (steep and fun).  Look on the map, it is there.

 

 

Update:  I stand corrected.  It is shown as half pipe "Natural 6" on the new map, but the signage and THE TRAIL MAP LEGEND (referencing "6") will say Pinball Alley. The map is off, Grande can leave you off higher up on Pinball Alley.


Edited by quant2325 - 12/29/10 at 7:34am
post #13 of 21

NWS prelim. storm report said 24 inches at Kimball Junction as of 1pm today. Could that be right? That seems like a ridiculous amt. of snow in a short period of time for KJ.

post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by Maui Steve View Post

NWS prelim. storm report said 24 inches at Kimball Junction as of 1pm today. Could that be right? That seems like a ridiculous amt. of snow in a short period of time for KJ.


I hope that is right.  We will be in Kimball Junction two weeks from today!  Let it snow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

post #15 of 21
Easily 15+ at DV today. Over 2 feet with drifts, but not sure what the total will be. Still falling at 4:20 pm. Tomorrow should be great, but really cold.

 

post #16 of 21

Snotel showing 28" at ben lomond peak since 12am. Snowbasing be getting hammered.

post #17 of 21
Thread Starter 

17" reported last night at Deer Valley.  Weather.com sez expected total for this storm 4'

post #18 of 21
Snowbasin was deep yesterday. They only had the needles gondola turning for half the day because of the wind, but the skiing was fantastic. I skied with Jim Forster, who found really nice shots for us. The stuff off of John Paul was really deep and dense -- great skiing. They are reporting 16 this morning on top of 6 the previous night and I'd say that's likely pretty accurate for the conditions we were skiing. Jim was a great guide and coach, ski with him if you get the chance.

The drive back to Salt Lake was challenging, but I made it. I've got to go back as I understand the view is astounding, but I could barely see my hand in front of my face it was snowing so hard.

Thanks Jim for a great day.

Mike
post #19 of 21

Wow, and i'm missing it. You'll know when I'm in Utah, it'll be sunny and dry.   I think it was January 2006 I had my best ski day ever at PCMR, skiied Jupiter for hours, in a blizzard, and the whole hill was sliding. I was the only one there, and it was like skiing in a river. Every turn was an adventure. This current snowfall would easily beat that though.

post #20 of 21
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Ant: it's been really sweet. It'll stay that way. Bitter cold today, powder light as air.

post #21 of 21

Hey Mike,  Glad you made it back to SLC okay.  Fun day!  Posted another pic in the http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/97371/whats-the-word-in-the-wasatch/90#post_1287160  thread.

 

Thanks,

JF

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