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Old 02-10-2010, 03:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Headed to Utah Feb21 . . . advice wanted

I'm going to be in SLC from 2/21-2/24. The current plan is to ride park city 2-3 days and maybe try something else for a day. But, I'm a bit concerned about the weather. I see the temps creeping up close to 40 over the next week, with very little snow. I can still change my plans and go to Tahoe or Colorado to find better snow if possible.

All I really care about is getting some good powder at least once this trip, and I want to avoid riding in 40deg at all costs . . . my last 3 trips have been slushy warm bump fests that turned out to be a waste of time and money.

Anyone out there right now? How is the snow holding up? Would I be better off going somewhere else?

Also, I'm hoping the crowds will be thinner Sun-Wed than towards the end of the week. Am I wrong?
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Old 02-10-2010, 03:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Weekday riding is the best.......

Temps are high, base low, no storms in the 7day......
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Old 02-10-2010, 04:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Weekday riding is the best.......

Temps are high, base low, no storms in the 7day......
Yeah, so how are the conditions on the hill? Temps are at the base of the mountain, so I'm hoping its cold enough on the hill to at least keep the snow from turning slushy and dirty. How is the snow at the base?

I might be better off staying in Michigan and going up to Mt. Bohemia. I rode in 9" of powder last weekend, and we got about 8" last night in Ann Arbor.
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Let me clarify....

Base=snowpack
high temps = icy in the A.M. soft in the P.M.

Not spring conditions but shit coverage and ice mornings.....which in turn means no powder that shit sets up like concrete once it melts then freezes...mountain areas can be super warm in the day and super cold at night, these are the conditions at this moment. Your only chance is tight packed trees where the sun can't get and you don't have a ton of coverage for that.......unless you get a storm that dumps at least 8inches your not getting any powder.
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Sounds like exactly what I was afraid of. Damn. Based on the weather reports, I'm guessing it's a similar situation at all the Northern UT resorts.

Anyone done the drive up to Grand Targhee?
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the snow is not better in Tahoe or Co at this time ... its a weak season in the west for everyone except for mammoth ... well get dumps here and there but not the usual consistent storm cycle weather thats normal for out here... planning to go ANYWHERE more than a week in advance is a crapshoot for powder
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I agree with Colorado not being great, but unless I missed a big rain event, Tahoe has been getting smoked. The coverage is fantastic out there. And Colorado is only lame in the central-northern rockies. Southern Colorado is rocking a nice snow pack. Wolf Creek is the spot to be, Telluride and Silverton are doing just fine too.
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Tahoe did get stomped in that last round but overall the normal consistent 3 day storms clear a few days then more storms pattern is not there ... "which gets back to the im planning a trip in three weeks am I going to get powder?" question of the OP .. just not consistently there this year to say two-three weeks out "aw cmon out there will most likely be a storm around the time youre here"
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To be fair, my trip is in a week and a half. I was asking for feedback on the CURRENT conditions. Everything online says either "packed powder" or "variable," which doesn't mean a whole lot.

I'll keep an eye on the weather, but Wolf Creek might be an option. We might drive up to Grand Targhee from SLC too.
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To be fair, my trip is in a week and a half. I was asking for feedback on the CURRENT conditions. Everything online says either "packed powder" or "variable," which doesn't mean a whole lot.

I'll keep an eye on the weather, but Wolf Creek might be an option. We might drive up to Grand Targhee from SLC too.
yes I understand but this isnt the weather channel and these kind of posts are answered all day by various folks on the forum .. sorry I was curt with you BUT if you have planned a trip what can you realistically do about it at this point. Its weather its unpredictable ... case in point the storm that was supposed to split and miss us didnt and we all woke up to lots of snow this morning and now snow through the weekend. Just because some of us live in SLC doesnt mean we can tell you with 100% certainty the conditions you can expect when you get here in 10 days ... and worrying about the CURRENT conditions does you no good either because of the previously mentioned storms the conditions of yesterday are moot.

oh and those 'packed powder' and 'variable" listings are right on .....

packed powder .... snow from a previous storm packed onto the trail and groomed .. moves easily under your board or skis .. little to no solid or icy areas

variable.... dependent upon the face of the slope and time of day .. can be packed powder turning to slush or even hardpack turning to packed as the temps rise and the sun hits it

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