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    Quote Originally Posted by BenedictGomez View Post
    How bad is it in UT right now? I thought things had gotten better the last few weeks.
    Snowbird has a 65" base. To date we are about 53% of average snowfall. Telluride, at last check, was at 30-40%. And now the f^&king ridge is coming back. The first half of February looks warm and dry.

    In comparison, Jackson Hole is at 117% average snowpack; Grand Targhee at 115%. Big Sky is about 120%.

    In my experience, Snowbird becomes "decent" at 75" base and "prime" above 100" base. The problem we are having is not just lack of base, but infrequent storms such that the snow gets hammered without any refresher. The forecast temps this week all look above 40 F for the valleys and lower areas...like Sundance...who may have to temporarily close if it continues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BenedictGomez View Post
    Count me out.

    I am not a fan of these "pass battles" as I think they're bad for the skiing public in general, most of who do not have (or wish to have) a season pass.

    The net effect of these pass alliances doing battle is an increase in single day ticket rates, the rates for which many people pay. Making skiing more expensive (to the point they seek to "force" you to choose a pass option), for most people, and certainly for the casual masses, is not a good thing IMO. My 2..
    I love my Max Pass this year and my Pico pass too. But I agree I don't think all these mega pass options will benefit the sport in the long run. One of my nieces (8th grade) really wants to learn to ski. Finances are very tight for her family. Even if my spouse and I take her up and treat her to lessons, rental, etc. what happens if she loves it? It has never been a cheap sport but you are looking at hundreds of dollars a day for a family to ski with lift tickets, rentals, etc. once you get beyond a beginner package. At some point it just doesn't make sense.

    I would offer up that I am also a motorcycle rider. The motorcycle industry is really struggling with its demographics. Enthusiasts demand more power, more features and the industry is happy to do it. But now they have an aging albeit wealthy market segment and too many are priced out or don't fit the market niche that is left. Lots of attempts to change now but so much time has been lost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smellytele View Post
    Pictures I have seen from people skiing there this week look a lot better than here. Trees are in play there.
    So there are pictures and then there are "pictures".......
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    Quote Originally Posted by thetrailboss View Post
    So there are pictures and then there are "pictures".......

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    Quote Originally Posted by medfordmike View Post
    I would offer up that I am also a motorcycle rider. The motorcycle industry is really struggling with its demographics. Enthusiasts demand more power, more features and the industry is happy to do it. But now they have an aging albeit wealthy market segment and too many are priced out or don't fit the market niche that is left. Lots of attempts to change now but so much time has been lost.
    So you're telling me ALL the motorcycle companies are going after the same demographic? All the while enough of the "other" demographics were un-served?

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    Just got back from Vail and it was...great. Almost 2 feet fell during the week. 1 foot the first 2 days of the trip, then 3 days of sun, then almost another foot. So its not as bad as you might think. The woods had 3 feet in them. 3 powder days out of 6, I was happy as a clam. Alta/ Bird just got 2 more feet in the same time. Sure beats skiing on ice.
    At first I cancelled the trip for myself and a relative. But went back in at the last minute, at great expense. Still felt it was worth it. I would have been sliding around on crap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thetrailboss View Post
    Snowbird has a 65" base. To date we are about 53% of average snowfall. Telluride, at last check, was at 30-40%. And now the f^&king ridge is coming back. The first half of February looks warm and dry.

    In comparison, Jackson Hole is at 117% average snowpack; Grand Targhee at 115%. Big Sky is about 120%.
    Well, the good news where you live is it's only maybe 5 or 6 hours to places like Jackson Hole or Big Sky for a three-day weekend, which is like me going to Lake Placid or Smuggler's Notch, respectively.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thetrailboss View Post
    Snowbird has a 65" base. To date we are about 53% of average snowfall. Telluride, at last check, was at 30-40%. And now the f^&king ridge is coming back. The first half of February looks warm and dry.

    In comparison, Jackson Hole is at 117% average snowpack; Grand Targhee at 115%. Big Sky is about 120%.

    In my experience, Snowbird becomes "decent" at 75" base and "prime" above 100" base. The problem we are having is not just lack of base, but infrequent storms such that the snow gets hammered without any refresher. The forecast temps this week all look above 40 F for the valleys and lower areas...like Sundance...who may have to temporarily close if it continues.
    Not gonna lie, coming back from Big Sky to this... sucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smellytele View Post
    Where was that? Looks decent. Reminds me of east coast tree skiing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thetrailboss View Post
    Where was that? Looks decent. Reminds me of east coast tree skiing.
    Off gad 2. It's my picture from yesterday. Full trip report from last 2 days on NMS. Skiing Snowbird again today. Conditions out here are really nice. Way way better than anything east coast now.



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