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Strawberry Utah View Area

Postby PeterMiller » Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:42 am



Conditions are incredible lot's of Snow
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Re: Strawberry Utah View Area

Postby Matteo V » Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:16 am

Nice! Light wind up here at skyline today. Had to hike up aways on bosco to ride big foils. Then had to snowboard down without a kite at sundown.

Had a chance to use a pansh a15. Not very quick turning, but super efficient and made riding possible at a windspeed you could outwalk. Impressed!

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Re: Strawberry Utah View Area

Postby matthepp » Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:31 pm

Looking good guys! I'm considering heading west this weekend Feb1-2 for an invasion. I know, I know, I'll miss the superbowl, how unamerican. Can anyone help out with a recommendation for the forecast? Strawberry or Skyline or both? 4wd needed based on the snowfall? Would love to hook up with the locals to go exploring.
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Re: Strawberry Utah View Area

Postby Anthonyshopguy » Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:01 am

Count me in!

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Re: Strawberry Utah View Area

Postby fernmanus » Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:25 am

We have a nice looking storm that arrives on Saturday. It looks like there is a good chance of Skyline whiting out on Saturday with 2 to 4” in the forecast. I would place my bet for riding at Strawberry Marina or Ladders on Saturday. Saturday night promises a good powder dump at Skyline and Strawberry. On Sunday, Skyline might clear, but Strawberry is far more likely to clear and it could be outstanding in the afternoon if the storm clears out. Monday could be epic at either location. Another storm is forecasted for Monday night, but right now it does not look as big as Saturday’s storm.

The risk you take this weekend is not a lack of snow or wind, it is possible whiteout. Fortunately, right now it looks like the brunt of the storm will be Saturday night. Plows will be wanting to clear out the snow, so camping in the lot is not an option. Best bet is the Walmart parking lot in Heber on Saturday night.
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Re: Strawberry Utah View Area

Postby Matteo V » Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:42 pm

Storm showed up later, yesterday (Saturday) was good......... but most missed it. There was enough wind for a while when most people were setting up. Then it died, and everyone but one other kiter and I, gave up. As the last discouraged snowkiter was picking up their skis, the wind kicked in again and the riding was good until for two of us until 5pm. Must have been the snowkiters who gave up, driving away sucking the wind that direction up the hill. Nothing brings up the wind more than folding up a kite and putting it in it's bag!

Snow looks much lighter today at skyline than was forecast. But a few days of repeated snows should make it great again. Could be a situation where skyline is whiteout, or rideable (without vertigo) for only a few hours today, Monday and Tues.

As fernmanus said, the long chain of kite spots that are known as "Strawberry" could be a viable alternative through the storm. Skyline tends to whiteout, and you get lots of icing on your kite being at the summit of the mountain. Strawberry is lower and usually has more visibility during heavy snows, along with less icing on your kite and lines.
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