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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by Skrn View Post
    I totally agree. With great snow terrain and low cost, there is really no reason not to come to SLC at least once.

    Out of my 3 trips to SLC this season (December, early Feb and late March), I found myself enjoying the late March spring condition the LEAST. Spring skiing is fun but only fun for half day. I'd rather ski chopped up powder or soft mogul during days after a storm. So going forward, I will avoid late March.

    It seems that you had 2 trips to SLC this year with one in late March/early April. Will you continue to come late season?
    I'd probably do spring again but I had weird conditions both times. I was looking at webcams last week and Alta was definitely covered in spring bumps. However, after skiing excellent spring conditions in Jackson over the weekend I was surprised to see Alta and Snowbird had no bumps whatsoever and the majority of the ungroomed was either manky or crusty tracked out crud. I know there's a lot of territory to ski in but I found it odd that nothing was bumped up. However I had the exact same conditions in January as well (which was really just bad luck).

    Preliminarily, I'm planning on Utah for a week and Steamboat for 4 days next year. We'll see how conditions look
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    Interesting discussion. I'm in the middle of making a decision on where to go in 2 weeks.

    I've had the best luck in Colorado for spring skiing. But after doing that for many year, I'm itching to try some other places. Utah would have been a natural choice. So I'm surprise to hear so many people had "weird" condition in early spring.

    Tentatively, I'm leaning heavily towards Tahoe & Mammoth at the moment. I have till 5 o'clock to change my mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abc View Post
    Interesting discussion. I'm in the middle of making a decision on where to go in 2 weeks.

    I've had the best luck in Colorado for spring skiing. But after doing that for many year, I'm itching to try some other places. Utah would have been a natural choice. So I'm surprise to hear so many people had "weird" condition in early spring.

    Tentatively, I'm leaning heavily towards Tahoe & Mammoth at the moment. I have till 5 o'clock to change my mind.
    So a couple points. First, I feel bad for Zand, the truth is he skied one day at Snowbird and it coincidentally was not a stellar day. I would not really extrapolate much beyond that. It's like my upcoming trip this weekend to Aspen/Snowmass. Saturday is now looking like a meh day, but tomorrow is going to be awesome. Unforunately I can only ski Saturday and not tomorrow when it will be 50 and sunny. It is what it is. Snowbird just got 6" up there yesterday and I am sure that the skiing is good. Next Wednesday it may not be. That's true for any area. It also helps to know how to ski Snowbird--usually I suggest starting in Mineral Basin where things soften up first and then moving to Little Cloud at about 11am (follow the sun).

    Second, and on a related note, spring skiing this time of year out here can be awesome (powder day or warm spring corn day) or meh (cloudy, cold, windy and frozen crud). Generally the later in the spring the more apt you are to get warm and sunny and softer conditions, but it can snow out here at anytime. It is just hard to know in advance, especially two weeks in advance. Snowbird is going for a while and I think over a 3 or 4 day period you would get some good skiing in. If you are just looking for a random day, like a lot of places it can be a roll of the dice.

    Some good resources for Snowbird conditions include Guru Dave Powers (gurudavepowers.com) and Open Snow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thetrailboss View Post
    So a couple points. First, I feel bad for Zand, the truth is he skied one day at Snowbird and it coincidentally was not a stellar day. I would not really extrapolate much beyond that. It's like my upcoming trip this weekend to Aspen/Snowmass. Saturday is now looking like a meh day, but tomorrow is going to be awesome. Unforunately I can only ski Saturday and not tomorrow when it will be 50 and sunny. It is what it is. Snowbird just got 6" up there yesterday and I am sure that the skiing is good. Next Wednesday it may not be. That's true for any area. It also helps to know how to ski Snowbird--usually I suggest starting in Mineral Basin where things soften up first and then moving to Little Cloud at about 11am (follow the sun).

    Second, and on a related note, spring skiing this time of year out here can be awesome (powder day or warm spring corn day) or meh (cloudy, cold, windy and frozen crud). Generally the later in the spring the more apt you are to get warm and sunny and softer conditions, but it can snow out here at anytime. It is just hard to know in advance, especially two weeks in advance. Snowbird is going for a while and I think over a 3 or 4 day period you would get some good skiing in. If you are just looking for a random day, like a lot of places it can be a roll of the dice.

    Some good resources for Snowbird conditions include Guru Dave Powers (gurudavepowers.com) and Open Snow.
    Don't feel too bad for me...was still much better than being at work or Stratton

    For whatever reason I seem to hit Snowbird on off days. But I could've easily rectified that by turning right one mile earlier instead of going to Alta on two different 18"+ dump days.
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    2018-19 days - 34
    Sunday River: 11/13, 12/4, 2/18; Killington: 11/20, 3/24, 5/27, 6/2; Loon: 11/27
    Wachusett: 11/18, 11/19, 11/25, 12/20, 12/23
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    From what I've heard, Tahoe is skiing very well RIGHT NOW. Warm, sunny, typical soft spring corn harvest condition.

    But as my trip is still a week or so out, I'm naturally wondering if it'll be too warm by then.

    While Alta/Bird is currently stuck in a semi-wintery state, it may warm up by the time I'll be there.

    Oops! As I type, I realize my trip has been moved up... turns out, I may be heading out in a week's time instead of two! So, Tahoe is looking a lot more attractive. Hmmm... we'll see.

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    What size skis? I find the wider the better out there. I've been going there for about 22 years and spring can be iffy at times. Sometimes its all groomers for most of the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingslug View Post
    What size skis? I find the wider the better out there. I've been going there for about 22 years and spring can be iffy at times. Sometimes its all groomers for most of the day.
    I used to go to Tahoe almost every spring (and I used to live in CA before that). Though I don't recall exactly how late it were. I do remember it can be variable. Vary by the hour, or even half hour.

    I used to have a 85mm ski. I didn't have much trouble except, ironically during powder days. The Sierra Cement is legendary. But not so much with spring snow. So I'm not too concern about my skis (89mm). More the degree of corning of the snow.

    From the sound of the various reports from the locals, Utah still hasn't quite warm up...

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    Quote Originally Posted by abc View Post

    From the sound of the various reports from the locals, Utah still hasn't quite warm up...
    Yep. That is a fair statement. I think the long term has us actually cooling down.
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  9. #19
    Looks like a fairly large helping of snow around Tuesday. Snow showers and cold all week. If you're looking to avoid spring conditions this week it's the place to me.
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    2018-19 days - 34
    Sunday River: 11/13, 12/4, 2/18; Killington: 11/20, 3/24, 5/27, 6/2; Loon: 11/27
    Wachusett: 11/18, 11/19, 11/25, 12/20, 12/23
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    Sugarloaf: 2/24, 2/25; Stratton: 3/5, Stowe 3/11, Smuggs 3/12

  10. #20
    They're reporting 39" in the past 48 hours.



    https://www.alta.com/conditions/dail...rt/snow-report

    Since 4AM Today 6" 15.24 cm
    Since 4PM Yesterday 13" 33.02 cm
    Storm Total 39" 99.06 cm
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