Is it too soon to pull the plug on a planned Utah trip for January. We planned to stay in Eden and ski PowMo and Snowbasin. The PowMo web cam paints an ugly picture as there is much more snow in my yardthan there.
Targhee has a 6’ base already and is only about 4 hours north of SLC airport. That looks like my best alternative. I love that place and Driggs along with Eden are on my retirement list so it would be cool to stay in town as in the past I always stayed up at Targhee itself.
I have a 30 day cancel window so I have several weeks to make up my mind.
"It is better to go skiing and think of God, than go to church and think of sport."
Artic Explorer Fridtjof Nansen
Exactly when in January? Big difference between the first and last week of the month.
There is good reason why PowMow doesn't open until much later than the other ski resorts near SLC. GT is known as a good place to go over Christmas vacation if looking for early season powder and not too many people.
The Pines Motel in Driggs is a fun little family-owned place. Easy walk to all the restaurants in town. Right across the street from the supermarket.
I'd roll the dice with Utah. I'd bet that it will be as fun as Targhee.
Also, I didn't spend a ton of time in either, but I think I like Victor better than Driggs. Closer to the pass, more of a "downtown" (even though neither town really has that). Better views in Driggs, though.
How much snow has Snowbasin had and how much does it take to really open it up?
I don't know the answer but this same thread is popping up all over the internet.
I wonder if that's because Snowbasin is on the MCP for the first time. Could mean that people who haven't ever been there are hoping to go for a day as part of a trip to SLC in early Jan when airfare and lodging are cheap. Southwest is having a 3-day sale this week.
I've skied Snowbasin in low snow conditions in Jan. Also with spring conditions in early Feb or mid-March. As long as there is good visibility it's fun for a first look. It's more than big enough so that it's possible to find some part of the mountain that's fun on groomers or off-piste. But if there is wind hold that closes Strawberry or the upper mountain stays icy all day, then not as much fun.
One year I was with friends staying in Eden in late Jan. The first couple days there was good visibility but uninteresting snow. Plenty of coverage, just not the powder that people fly out west to ski. Then a major snowstorm came roaring in. The two days my friends skied at PowMow were bottomless powder, 12+ inches. Unfortunately for me, I had to leave a day before the storm hit.
I don't know Coach, everything can change with one system, heck everything could change over one night up there in LCC. It sure does feel weird out here this year though. It's eerily dry and warm and to be honest I'm not complaining, the mountain biking and hiking has been awesome this fall, I'm totally having fun with it. I did go skiing the other day on a thin strip of man made but after one lap I was over it.
Further north of SLC does seem to be a safer bet these days. Sadly the Wasatch just isn't the old reliable that it used to be.
I just moved to Utah a couple months ago. It’s pretty grim out here right now. Almost no snow other than high north facing stuff and apparently not much hope of a pattern change till mid-December at the earliest.