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Questions for travel to SLC area & anybody want to climb 2/2-2/6???


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golder · · Asheville, NC · Joined Sep 2012 · Points: 0

Hello,

We booked a trip out to Salt Lake for this upcoming week 2/1-2/7 for some skiing in the Cottonwoods.  With the ski conditions looking slightly less than epic, I'm wondering what are the conditions are like for climbing in the SLC area at the moment?

Also, any suggestions for other fun stuff to do outside while we are out there would be much appreciated.  We still plan to ski some, but with snow reports being what they are, we are open to doing some other stuff as well.

Lastly, if any local folks are down to rope up for some local moderate classics with a NC climber, please let me know.   (Probably Sunday or Monday would work best for me, but open to other options)  

Thanks for any advice/suggestions!  

Charlie S · · Ogden, UT · Joined Aug 2007 · Points: 1,763

If it's sunny, 40 degrees is perfect for Little Cottonwood.  I'd rule out the Schoolroom buttress as Perla's ridge blocks sun for most of the winter.  However, these areas will see sun most of the day (in order from down canyon-up canyon):

https://www.mountainproject.com/area/105739365/crescent-crack-buttress
https://www.mountainproject.com/area/105739697/waterfront-the
https://www.mountainproject.com/area/105739422/kermits-wall
https://www.mountainproject.com/area/105739443/green-adjective-gully

The last 3 are all adjacent and share the same parking lot.

golder · · Asheville, NC · Joined Sep 2012 · Points: 0
Charlie S wrote:

If it's sunny, 40 degrees is perfect for Little Cottonwood.  I'd rule out the Schoolroom buttress as Perla's ridge blocks sun for most of the winter.  However, these areas will see sun most of the day (in order from down canyon-up canyon):

https://www.mountainproject.com/area/105739365/crescent-crack-buttress
https://www.mountainproject.com/area/105739697/waterfront-the
https://www.mountainproject.com/area/105739422/kermits-wall
https://www.mountainproject.com/area/105739443/green-adjective-gully

The last 3 are all adjacent and share the same parking lot.

Thanks, Charlie.  I'll definitely pack my gear.

Anybody want to get out?  Sunday or Monday?  

C L · · SLC · Joined Oct 2016 · Points: 5

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Marc801 C · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 65
golder wrote:

We booked a trip out to Salt Lake for this upcoming week 2/1-2/7 for some skiing in the Cottonwoods.  With the ski conditions looking slightly less than epic, I'm wondering what are the conditions are like for climbing in the SLC area at the moment?

Also, any suggestions for other fun stuff to do outside while we are out there would be much appreciated.  We still plan to ski some, but with snow reports being what they are, we are open to doing some other stuff as well.

The ski conditions, while we're below normal snowfall and had a late starting season, it's not as bad as a lot of people think. 

Alta opened Main Chute on Baldy on Tuesday and Devil's Castle opened yesterday. That means the only major terrain not open is East Castle (which is a murderous 45 minute slog). Thus, about 90% open terrain with a 61" settled base. Snowbird is in a similar situation. That's not hurting too badly at all. We are hurting for powder though, and it's been unseasonably warm, so there are sun and temperature crusts to deal with, esp. days where the temps head back toward seasonable.

Backcountry is another story entirely - thanks to several layers of facets in the snowpack, avalanches are especially tricky and unpredictable this season. Spend a lot of time on UAC reading the reports from the past month if you're planning any backcountry excursions. There was even an in-bounds slide at Snowbasin a few weeks ago that caught and carried one rider.

Overall, you may find the skiing to be much better than you're expecting.


golder · · Asheville, NC · Joined Sep 2012 · Points: 0

Hey thanks for the replies y'all.  

Marc- you were right it about the skiing   It wasn't epic by any means, but still plenty there to have a good time.

Many thanks to Colby for getting out climbing.  It was one of the high points of my trip.  

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