As I predicted, this weekend's one-two punch delivered about 15 to 22 inches of snow in both Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. Over here at the base of Park City Mountain Resort, we picked up a solid 6 inches of snow in town with more significant amounts at the higher elevations. Saturday's storm system came in denser then what we are used to here in Utah. Fortunately for us, that is exactly what we want this time of year. Heavy dense snow early in the season helps to build a solid base and cover up all those nasty rocks and snow snakes that are looking to take you down off-piste. Sunday mornings storm system dropped additional snow, more in line with what we are used to skiing here in Utah. The combination of both weather systems left us with some creamy powder for all to enjoy.
This week, I expect a weak brush-by system on Tuesday which shouldn't drop more then an inch or so of snow. Looking further down the road, once again there looks to be a significant winter storm in the works for the upcoming weekend. That would be perfect timing, as Alta, Snowbird, Park City Mountain Resort and Brian Head all open for the season this weekend.
Check out the map created by the Climate Predication Center showing Utah under the gun for above normal precipitation for November 19-23.
Here is some of the language the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City are currently using,
"Storm system exiting the region this evening but in its wake a rather moist northwest flow aloft will remain in place. A weak disturbance in this northwest is expected to brush by northern Utah Tuesday for the next chance of snow. A significant trough is expected to move across the Great Basin next weekend."
"THE UPCOMING WEEKEND STORM IS STARTING TO BE HANDLED SIMILARLY BETWEEN THE GFS AND EC AND (GFS & EC are computer model forecasts) THEREFORE THE CONFIDENCE IS INCREASING THAT A SIGNIFICANT COLD STORM WILL AFFECT THE AREA COME SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. THIS SYSTEM IS PACKING THE COLDEST TEMPERATURES OF ANY STORM SO FAR THIS SEASON...CONSEQUENTLY THE PRECIP FORM SHOULD BE ALL SNOW ACROSSTHE NORTH"
In the mean time, I expect packed powder conditions at both Solitude and Brighton Resorts this week. The resorts will do their best to groom out the remnants of this weekend's powder so they can begin to open additional terrain and add to their trail counts. As temperatures stay cold, the corduroy should be in great shape all weeklong. I'd expect things to soften up by Thursday or Friday as the next storm system approaches and we get a little "warm before the storm," setting up.
On a side note, can you find the pro skier in the video I shot this Sunday at Solitude? Here's a hint. He lives in Park City and he is famous for sending it huge and skiing deep powder. Oh, and it's not me, I'm no pro! So you better guess again.