Is anyone else watching the webcams from Alta and Snowbird
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jn_freedman
4 months ago
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4 Feet of snow and a closed access road.  Is it just me or is that skiing nirvana?
marzNC - DCSki Supporter
4 months ago
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jn_freedman wrote:

4 Feet of snow and a closed access road.  Is it just me or is that skiing nirvana?

 Actually it's too much snow.  The people in the Town of Alta have been under Interlodge restrictions since earlier in the week.  Meaning no one was allowed to go outside for ANY REASON due to severe avalanche danger.  Was only lifted for foot traffic only around 11am MT this morning.  Still no cars allowed on the road.  There are locals who just want to go home.  There are multiple slides on the canyon road.  Check out the related Twitter accounts for pictures of what UtahDOT is dealing with.

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
4 months ago (edited 4 months ago)
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Here's a look at why the new snow is so dangerous and will be for weeks to come.  Video was made before the latest few feet came down.

https://youtu.be/IMgfcKVI1OI

JimK - DCSki Columnist
4 months ago (edited 4 months ago)
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I am in the SLC suburbs as of Wed night, 2/17/21.  Yes, too much snow.  Access road to Alta/Bird was closed Tues, Wed, and half of Thurs.  No skiing even for up-canyon lodgers until Thurs pm.  Today the access road is open but I am waiting to see if traffic eases before trying to go up.  Have parking res for Snowbird Sat and Sun. hopefully, I can get up there.  Powder frenzy could make covid restrictions even trickier.  I'll report back if I have any success.
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JimK - DCSki Columnist
4 months ago (edited 4 months ago)
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i heard there was a big problem this morning at alta.  only slow wildcat double chair was open and very crowded.  collins chair had to be dug out at midstation, too much snow caused chairs to drag on snow there.
JimK - DCSki Columnist
4 months ago (edited 4 months ago)
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I got up to Snowbird today from about 2-430PM.  My first lift served skiing of the season!  It was good.  I heard the place was mobbed in the morning.  Somebody told me they started up the access road at 7 am and didn't start skiing until 11am.  but not bad by the time we got there.

This is my son.

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About a 5-10 min wait for little cloud lift at 315pm.

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The willibere double stays open until 430 pm so I made a few late laps there until closing.

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It felt good to do some downhill skiing!  Hopefully a lot more in the upcoming weeks.

JimK - DCSki Columnist
4 months ago (edited 4 months ago)
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A few more shots from Snowbird, UT over this weekend, good snow & weather, and manageable crowds:

1. view of base area

2. view of tram and peruvian gulch

3. dropping into lower cirque

4. gad 2 lift line

5. view of Timp from Mineral Basin

6. view of peruvian gulch from below the summit

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jn_freedman
4 months ago
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Thanks Jim.  Absolutely love your long term trip reports.  Hoping this year is another long term gig for you!
The Colonel - DCSki Supporter
4 months ago
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Jim, fantastic picture of tram! Morgan
JimK - DCSki Columnist
3 months ago (edited 3 months ago)
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Today was a pretty special day at Snowbird, it snowed more than a foot yesterday and Vince and I got into terrain that had not been opened to the public in a couple weeks, so it skied much deeper than that.  This is around Tiger Tail and Thunder Bowl towards the lookers right on the frontside of the mtn.

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Scott - DCSki Editor
3 months ago
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Great photos Jim! That looks like some quality snow. 
JimK - DCSki Columnist
3 months ago
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It went from powder skiing to spring skiing in a few days out here:

2MAR21

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JimK - DCSki Columnist
3 months ago (edited 3 months ago)
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I never get tired of this view, Snowbird's Mineral Basin with Mt. Timpanogos in the background, 4 Mar 21:

 

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A friend took this shot of me in ski photog mode yesterday on Great Scott at Snowbird.

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JimK - DCSki Columnist
3 months ago (edited 3 months ago)
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I'm getting into this geezer ski bum thing, 7Mar2021.

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These are some splitboarders at the summit of Snowbird, UT that my son took a three day avalanche safety (AIARE 2) class with over this weekend.

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Evans Dad - DCSki Supporter
3 months ago
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Awesome photos!!  I can't wait to get back to the Bird one day.  Glad you had such awesome conditions!
The Colonel - DCSki Supporter
3 months ago
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Jim, You are sneaking up on membership in the “70+ Ski Club” membership. I’ll send you the information! MorganB
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