Unimpressive Start to 20/21 Ski Season

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Re: Unimpressive Start to 20/21 Ski Season

Postby Tony Crocker » Wed Jan 20, 2021 2:44 pm

Hopefully this is the low point of the 2020-21 season:
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Utah and parts of the Southwest are forecast to get up to two feet by the end of this weekend. Liz' clinic in Utah is Jan. 28-29.
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Re: Unimpressive Start to 20/21 Ski Season

Postby tseeb » Thu Jan 21, 2021 9:07 pm

Not sure when they did it, but from looking at open lifts and trails, Heavenly is no longer running Mott. And the only way to ski to CA base is Roundabout, starting from past Groove and Powder Bowl chairs, which means a bit of pole-ing or skating (but still better than down-loading). Heavenly was unable to run CA lifts on Wed. as windstorm, which kept both Heavenly and Kirkwood from opening on Tuesday, took out a power line.

Dodge Ridge also had a lot of damage from windstorm. Following is from TGR Central CA thread (and posted by a guy who I think patrolled at both Dodge and Bear Valley. Also note that chair 8 is their Backside/best chair):
"DR sustained considerable damage in the windstorm early this week. Hundreds of trees uprooted. They might not open this weeBkend. Chair 8 de-roped over a seven tower span. It might be done for the season. Radio comm shell destroyed. Wind hit 130mph before the anemometer blew apart."
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Re: Unimpressive Start to 20/21 Ski Season

Postby snowave » Mon Jan 25, 2021 5:36 pm

For the McCall area resorts in ID...

Only a few new inches of snow since our rain/snow/wind event of 1/12-1/13. A friend is visiting this past week, and we have hit Brundage and Tamarack 3 times. Groomers at both resorts have been very good, but starting to veer toward hard pack. Off Piste has not recovered from that last storm event, and is literally awful. Thankfully, the possibility of significant snow is in the forecast for the next week or so.

Liftlines this weekend ... Saturday at Brundage had consistent 10-15 min liftlines at the Bluebird express, 0-5 min at all other lifts. Sunday at Tamarack had no liftlines. Today at Brundage (Monday) was pretty empty.
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Re: Unimpressive Start to 20/21 Ski Season

Postby snowave » Thu Jan 28, 2021 4:32 pm

about 2ft of snow so far at Brundage the last few days. Went up today, and it was pretty deep, but snow was getting a little heavy as temps rose today. Unfortunately, half of Idaho was there as the liftline at Bluebird was 20 min wait late all morning. Centennial lift was not running again, due to staffing shortages. :roll:
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Re: Unimpressive Start to 20/21 Ski Season

Postby flyover » Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:26 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:The B.C. regulations Mustang mentions must not be mandatory or else other places would not be open.
Chatter Creek appears to be open: https://chattercreek.ca/chatter-creek-a ... -2020-2021

Monashee Powder Cats is open for Canadians and offering shorter trips: https://www.monasheepowder.com/rates-dates

But Baldface has cancelled its entire season: https://baldface.com

In other news, Valhalla cat skiing was formerly affiliated with Snowwater heliskiing. Snowwater sold Valhalla to Baldface, who will continue to run it as a day operation, though presumably not this season.

K3 Snowcat, the tenure just west of Mustang, appears to be open for both day and lodge skiing: https://www.k3catski.com/availability.htm


Mustang has cancelled its season: https://www.mustangpowder.com/
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Re: Unimpressive Start to 20/21 Ski Season

Postby Tony Crocker » Tue Feb 16, 2021 4:51 pm

The past month has seen a significant turnaround from the low point:
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My region weighted average of ski area snowfall was 80% of normal a month ago and is at 91% now.
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Re: Unimpressive Start to 20/21 Ski Season

Postby EMSC » Wed Feb 17, 2021 11:43 am

Tony Crocker wrote:My region weighted average


That's a mouthful. Are you referring to calling the entire western US a "region".
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Re: Unimpressive Start to 20/21 Ski Season

Postby Tony Crocker » Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:50 pm

EMSC wrote:
Tony Crocker wrote:My region weighted average


That's a mouthful. Are you referring to calling the entire western US a "region".


No, 8 equally weighted regions:
California (includes AZ)
Pacific Northwest (includes Whistler)
Interior Western Canada
US Northern Rockies
Utah
Northern and Central Colorado
Southern and Western Colorado (includes Taos)
Northeast
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Re: Unimpressive Start to 20/21 Ski Season

Postby EMSC » Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:08 pm

Ahhh, OK. That's how your bestsnow stats are organized; but the generic term "My region weighted average" didn't make sense when I looked at it. I thought you were talking about just one of the regions, not the average of all your regions in North America overall. Makes sense now.
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Re: Unimpressive Start to 20/21 Ski Season

Postby Tony Crocker » Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:36 am

LCC's ski season moved into the too impressive category this past week with 60 hours of interlodge while it was dumping 8 feet.
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