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Matteo V
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Re: Skyline / Strawberry snow conditions?

Postby Matteo V » Sun Mar 26, 2017 2:01 am

Nice! I am soooooo jelly.......

My snow season got cut really short this year for unrelated issues. I am living though all the kiters still getting some.

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Re: Skyline / Strawberry snow conditions?

Postby Zackbones » Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:10 am

I would be very appreciative for some forecasting help for Skyline/Strawberry. I've never been to either areas. I have a window of opportunity to hit them this week starting Tuesday. What is best direction? Looks NW on Tuesday. My areas favor a SW and anything else tends to be gusty and pissed off. Does one area favor a particular direction or wind strength? My biggest kite right now is a 12 Summit. I'm small and on skis so I figure with a more spring type snowpack I don't need super duper strong conditions. Any advice to not waste a 5 hour drive would be greatly appreciated! A secondary question would be recommendations for free truck (4x4) camping in either area. Cheers!

Matteo V
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Re: Skyline / Strawberry snow conditions?

Postby Matteo V » Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:13 pm

Not up there now - Can a local chime in and help with current conditions?

For free truck camping, the lot up at skyline is free with vault toilets but no running water. Stay where you launch the kite. Internet access is just about 1km away up the hill at the turn off for the unplowed Skyline drive. That spot up at the top of the hill makes a decent launch on super light winds. And NW there tends to be more west than N so Bosco, the gliding hill, is lit up on that.

At the multiple pull offs for Strawberry, you just camp in the lot at any accesses with a vault toilet, or walmart camp in Heber City if a storm is dropping snow. It's best to stay out of the parking lots so they can be plowed for you when it is snowing. If you stay and a plow is working in your lot, get your a-- up even in the middle of the night and move so the snow plow does not have to work around you. That goes for Skyline too. And pitch in by shoveling out the toilets too.

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Re: Skyline / Strawberry snow conditions?

Postby fernmanus » Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:58 pm

I am a local. The snowpack is excellent with more fresh on Sunday. Every direction is rideable at Skyline. I just checked ikitesurf and NOAA and the upcoming week looks good, the only iffy day looks like Wednesday if your largest kite is a 12. You might get by that day, but you never know as the forecast can change from day to day. If it were me, I would make the trip as it looks like a lot of windy days and good conditions.

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Re: Skyline / Strawberry snow conditions?

Postby Zackbones » Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:32 am

Thanks for all the information. Much appreciated.
-Zack


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