Utah people, I was planning on trying to ski Alta or Snowbird for Spring Break in mid March this year, but the slow start has me worried. I know that no one can predict the weather that far into the future, but have past seasons ever started out this rough and then had a quick turnaround? I don't have a ton of money to play around with, but I will have to start finalizing stuff as far as trip plans soon. Just don't want to end up blowing money on subpar skiing.
This would not be the season to bet on Utah, especially LCC. Snowbird is the worst I've seen since I started skiing there in y2k.
Effective year to date snowfall is maybe 30". It could all turn around, but it doesn't look good for a turn around in the predicted long range.
You could always plan on staying in the valley and leave your ski options open. If it really does stay bad at least PC and Brighton have fun parks.
The downfall of LCC and especially Snowbird is that low snowpack means limited skiing, or high chance of hitting stuff you really don't want to hit.
**This post was edited on Dec 31st 2017 at 12:44:59am
Late March or April is usually when base depth peaks, which is when the maximum amount of terrain is open.
During the poor snow year of 11-12, there was limited terrain in the early season and terrain took longer to open as the season progressed, but 90-95% of terrain was open by mid-Feb (this is what I can remember for Colorado areas).
If you are coming out from the east coast, you'll be fine. The shitty seasons out here is a good one back east.
March gives you plenty of time for January and February to come and fluff stuff up some more.
But to address everyone else's comments, yeah, it is pretty bad out here right now. I've gone skiing for a whole 1 day so far. I'd wager to say I was already a comfortable 20 last year. December / January last year were so good.
March and April always have the best amount of coverage, even when that coverage is shitty. It would be the best time to come, and even on low tide years, most lifts and terrain is open by that time. Except the hairy stuff only 10% of the people on here would ski..