Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:51 pm
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:42 am
Yeah, we had that buried facet layer again this year.
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:46 am
Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:06 pm
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:26 pm
Tony Crocker wrote:Thanks for the update. Once a week would be more useful than once a month, in view of how lacking in detail Alta's online snow report is. The consolidator sites, SnoCountry and OnTheSnow, ridiculously understate Alta's open trail count in the early season.
Tony Crocker wrote:This season I've had to make SWAG's about Alta's percent of terrain open, generally by adding 5-10% to whatever Brighton/Solitude report. Those SWAG's were 28% Dec. 1, 75% Dec. 8, 95% on Dec. 15 & 23. Feel free to tell me if those were far off.
Tony Crocker wrote:Alta's snowfall since Nov. 1 is 162.5 inches, 84% of normal.
lono wrote:Thanks for the update and pictures , I'll be down sometime this season.
baldyskier wrote:Nice pictures and captions; thanks for taking the time to post them!
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:13 pm
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:34 pm
Tony Crocker wrote:Yes I know the concept of trail count at Alta is useless. What I’d like to see is XXXX out of 2,200 acres open. Lots of areas do that including all of Vail’s.
Tony Crocker wrote:I rarely count October snowfall for anyone. It needs to materially impact the opening in a positive way.
Tony Crocker wrote:This year Alta did not have enough snow to open its scheduled weekend before Thanksgiving so not a close call IMHO.
Tony Crocker wrote:And since my long term averages rarely include October it’s an apples to apples comparison.
Tony Crocker wrote:This was a crappy early season for Park City, less than half LCC snowfall and barely half open over the holidays.
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:36 pm
admin wrote:Nobody cares if October snow disappears at Mountain High in a number of hours.
admin wrote:Alta's opening was scheduled for November 23, 2018 and Alta opened on schedule on November 23, 2018.
admin wrote:And what does Park City have to do with anything?
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:41 pm
Tony Crocker wrote:But the bottom line is that it doesn't make sense to report October snow routinely when 90+% of areas don't have that information.
Tony Crocker wrote:As far as this year is concerned, Alta's excellent skiing has zero to do with what happened in early October (except perhaps in a negative way in terms of snow stability) and everything to do with the 51 inches during the last week of November.
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:12 pm
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:30 pm
Tony Crocker wrote:FYI Alta's Jan. 1 base depth averages 44% of November + December snowfall. Alta is currently reporting a 66 inch base on that 163 or 194 inch snowfall. So yeah I'm sure 27 inches of Utah snow before Oct. 15 followed by a dry month settled into a 2 foot base by Nov. 16.
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:15 pm
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:41 pm
Tony Crocker wrote:Alta itself reported an 18 inch base on Nov. 18. That's what everyone reports when the only skiable base is manmade. So whatever natural base was there was no more than 18 inches.
Tony Crocker wrote:This season I've had to make SWAG's about Alta's percent of terrain open, generally by adding 5-10% to whatever Brighton/Solitude report.
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:49 pm
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:54 pm