Western Weather 2017-18

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Re: Western Weather 2017-18

Postby kingslug » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:00 am

With 170 trails out of 195 open compared to a few weeks ago when they had 35..I'm in. I realize that its the acres that are important there but thats for the bowls I'm guessing. Add Beaver Creek to the mix and its way more than I would get in N. VT. Which has warm temps and some rain coming next Monday..
3751 acres open now..getting better with snow on the way for Saturday..we hope.
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Re: Western Weather 2017-18

Postby snowave » Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:49 pm

glad you were able to get back in, Kingslug. I saw some before and after pics from Mt. Washington's FB page that showed the incredible shrinking snowpack after that rain event. wow...

I am in a pickle with our trip Jan 25-30. Really don't want to drive 12 hrs to Jackson, but I can't see any of the other Mtn. Collective resorts near me being worth it. Considered Aspen, but the X-Games have zapped up all the lodging. Hope the weekend storm will deliver, but its gonna have to be really big to change anything.
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Re: Western Weather 2017-18

Postby Tony Crocker » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:42 pm

Mammoth is probably at least as far and is in similar condition to Jackson. Alta is closer, but I would avoid on weekends considering Snowbird is still only 27% open. Sun Valley at 84% open is similar to Jackson and Mammoth.

I think Taos is a lost cause this season considering how much snow it needs for good coverage. Telluride rates to be OK by March if the next 6 weeks are close to average. If you are on the hook for lodging in Telluride you should ask to defer to mid-March. Do not be tempted by last week's snow in Telluride, still only 19% open today. It's going to take over a month of normal snowfall to make it worth considering.

More good news for kingslug: Vail is up to 71% today. Beaver Creek is at 61%.
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Re: Western Weather 2017-18

Postby kingslug » Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:44 pm

Revelstoke is doing rather well. 244 inches for the season and a recent 3 foot dump. And the Alps are , well not sure. Last I looked they were closed but will open soon with amazing conditions.
Not that this will help you, or it might. My pick if possible right now would be Revel. I'm going there end of Feb but would love to go there now!
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Re: Western Weather 2017-18

Postby Marc_C » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:48 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:Alta is closer, but I would avoid on weekends considering Snowbird is still only 27% open.

Snowbird opened Mineral Basin today and is reporting 72 open trails of 170, so not quite as grim as earlier.
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Re: Western Weather 2017-18

Postby snowave » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:59 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:Mammoth is probably at least as far and is in similar condition to Jackson. Alta is closer, but I would avoid on weekends considering Snowbird is still only 27% open. Sun Valley at 84% open is similar to Jackson and Mammoth.

I think Taos is a lost cause this season considering how much snow it needs for good coverage. Telluride rates to be OK by March if the next 6 weeks are close to average. If you are on the hook for lodging in Telluride you should ask to defer to mid-March. Do not be tempted by last week's snow in Telluride, still only 19% open today. It's going to take over a month of normal snowfall to make it worth considering.

More good news for kingslug: Vail is up to 71% today. Beaver Creek is at 61%.



Thankfully, we have no commitment with travel/lodging, other than the timeframe of those 6 days. (Thats a nice thing about the MC is you just show up when you want to ski/ride). We were just at Mammoth last month. plus It is a closer to a 15 hr drive, so thats not gonna happen. Snowbird/Snowbasin we lightly considered, but they aren't doing much better, snow-wise. We tossed around Sun Valley, as I've never been before... but decided Jackson is still a better bet and a tad closer. (We also have Marriott points to burn, so our lodging for 5 nights is "free" in Jackson. Glad they put in a Marriott property there this past year).

Flying out of Durango is not really an option, as its always rediculously expensive. (usually $400 just to get to Denver). Driving to ABQ (3 hrs) is often a better bet for us. Denver is almost a 7 hr drive to DIA.
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Re: Western Weather 2017-18

Postby Tony Crocker » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:58 pm

kingslug wrote:Revelstoke is doing rather well. 244 inches for the season

Revelstoke starts counting Sept. 1. I have them at 187 inches since Nov. 1. Also Revy's snow plot is near the top of the Ripper chair at 6,429 feet, rather high within the lift served range of 1,680 - 7,300. The long runs to the base are open now, but they have only been open a few weeks. Revy's conditions are good now but no better than most of western Canada.

Snowave is likely to see some fresh snow in Jackson. Some of the Lower Faces opened this weekend. If he's lucky the Hobacks will open when he is there.

Marc_C wrote:Snowbird opened Mineral Basin today and is reporting 72 open trails of 170, so not quite as grim as earlier.

Thanks for the catch. I updated this morning and the website still said 46 trails then.
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Re: Western Weather 2017-18

Postby kingslug » Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:59 am

4,329...getting better. Snow on the way when I get there. :bow:
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Re: Western Weather 2017-18

Postby lono » Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:07 pm

On a ski bum holiday, Sunday at Panorama, then a day at Sunshine, today at Lake Louis, all nice sunny skiing on good chalky snow. The drive this afternoon to Revelstoke was all snow. Tomorrow looks to be soft.
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Re: Western Weather 2017-18

Postby kingslug » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:17 am

Holy canoli did we luck out. 2 days transformed the whole place. They reported 8 inches but much more in places. Knee deep in some areas. Off to Beaver Creek today. Conditions should be great all week and another storm for friday..which I hope doesnt close the pass. Might have to get out before that happens. I dont want to get stuck here again.
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Re: Western Weather 2017-18

Postby jamesdeluxe » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:26 am

You mentioned that this is a group trip so I assume lift tickets are included, but I'm curious what destination visitors do when skiing Vail/BC given the insane day-ticket prices: buy an Epic Pass?
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Re: Western Weather 2017-18

Postby kingslug » Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:45 am

The group got a discount, we have epic passes. Since we go to Stowe a lot it was a no brainer. I cant imagine anyone paying 189 to ski Beaver.
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Re: Western Weather 2017-18

Postby jasoncapecod » Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:14 am

I'm going to Breckenridge for 2 days in March..Unfortunately I'm going to have to pay something similar to that, I just don't ski enough to buy the epic pass..
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Re: Western Weather 2017-18

Postby jamesdeluxe » Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:49 am

jasoncapecod wrote:I'm going to Breckenridge for 2 days in March..Unfortunately I'm going to have to pay something similar to that, I just don't ski enough to buy the epic pass..

Don't be a chump, go to Loveland -- in March, there'll be people in the parking lot selling off their unused 4-pak tickets for $25 a day.
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Re: Western Weather 2017-18

Postby jasoncapecod » Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:56 am

More about hanging out with family friends...Couple leisurely days of skiing..
If I had my say, I would go over to Salida and MTB..
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