Utah Little Cottonwood Canyon 2018-2019, Reports, Pics, and Banter

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  1. Jim Kenney

    Jim Kenney Travel Correspondent Industry Insider Team Gathermeister

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    Storm day at Snowbird on 4/11/19. They are reporting 34" in last 48 hrs. It was cool, breezy and snowy for my time up there between 11-4PM. Visibility ranged from ok to poor, but I had some fun runs. Here are a few pictures from the day.
    One of the more fun runs for me was late in the day down Barry Barry Steep, it's just to the looker's left of the pine tree in center:
    barry barry steep from chair.jpg
    I saw a fat porcupine in a tree on the way there along Cirque Traverse:
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    A friendly off duty instructor named Dave showed me the way down Barry Barry.
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    There is enough snow in Great Scott for this guy to lose his ski. I helped him look and after 5 minutes he found it 35' above where he stopped.
    lost ski on great scott.jpg There was deep snow all the way down lower Peruvian Gulch side of the mtn.
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  2. Brian Likes Pow

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    Morning coffee waiting for open. She sure is looking nice today with the sun poking out and all.... 20190412_083010.jpg
     
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  4. Jim Kenney

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    Friday at the Bird was really good. No photos right now. Good snow and mostly sunny from about 10AM to 1230PM. I left at 1PM.
     
  5. marjoram_sage

    marjoram_sage newly addicted to skiing Skier

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    Is the new snow in Utah this time of year dry or similar to California in winter? I noticed Utah has a history of snow in April. I'm contemplating an annual Easter trip as my daughter has that week off as spring break.
     
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  6. Slim

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    I can’t speak to average, but this last storms snow was mostly “medium weight”, not champagne powder, not cement.
    Friday morning for the first two hours was more light and dry. My 8 year old commented she was sinking much further in it than she was on Wednesday and Thursday ;-)

    If you want to know exactly, the Utah Avalanche Center will almost always mention the water content in their weather report.
     
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  7. Slim

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    Friday morning

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    My 11 year old

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  8. Phelmut

    Phelmut German for Northeasterner Skier

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    Wow, that looks tasty.
     
  9. Wendy

    Wendy Trying not to face plant Skier

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    Nice! I will be there this Friday and Saturday!
     
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    Yeah Friday morning was one of my very favorite sessions of the year. Hero pow!
     
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    Except in Mineral basin, nasty mashed potatoes lower down, and 5” powder over ice crust higher up.
     
  12. Wendy

    Wendy Trying not to face plant Skier

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    That place is like a gigantic solar oven....it catches all the sun and gets so warm. I have often thought they need Adirondack chairs and a margarita stand down there....
     
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    Mash potatoes are good. Unless you make them with Elmer glue.
     
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    I need to look through Tony Crocker's detailed historical data. He has an excel spreadsheet. The other alternative is Banff.
     
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    Will Snowbird still be open on May 16 (a Thursday)? Asking for a friend.
     
  16. Bill Miles

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    No. Open daily through May 12, then Fri-Sun.
     
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    Thank you.
     
  18. Ryan Dietrich

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    Welp.. Last regular weekend at Alta. I'll be taking the kids on Sunday for the easter egg hunt. I got tomorrow off, gonna hit it hard in the morning before it gets warm. I am sad, but super thankful for such a wonderful season. Every time out I am reminded how absurdly lucky I am to be able to enjoy this sport. Gonna see if I can hit 650k vertical for the season tomorrow :)
     
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    I am trying to convert from digital camera to smart phone for taking my ski photos. Dinosaur that I am, I haven't quite got a handle on quick processing for smart phone. I finally located these photos from Mineral Basin on Friday, Apr 12, 2019.

    Got off Little Cloud chair and 45 secs later they dropped the rope for Mineral Basin, there was about a foot of new snow and competition wasn't quite as crazy as earlier in the season.

    snowbird mineral basin rope drop apr 12.jpg

    These are a few random strangers that blew by me on the hill:
    snowbird again apr 12.jpg snowbird apr 12.jpg snowbird lady apr 12.jpg

    A lot of it was bliss, but like Slim said a few areas had very rough, hard stuff underneath that almost felt like frozen avi debris, but I think it was just refrozen sun baked snow covered with pow. Halfway down it caused me to splatter and slide down the hill like a turtle on its back.

    Another subject: Apr 17 was the most sunny day in a long time in LCC. I spent a Wasatch benefit day for my first visit of the season to Alta. Really gorgeous day.
    alta bill.jpg andrew alta three.jpg high rustler.jpg mt timpanogos alta.jpg
     
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  20. Brian Likes Pow

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    I was getting worried we weren't going to get some proper spring skiing in 20190417_112047.jpg
     
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