Here at Ski Utah, there is one thing that typically finds itself at the top of our holiday wish list: powder
. And this year, Santa most definitely delivered! The Saturday before Christmas was the first day of a week-long storm cycle here in the Wasatch. Every day we woke up to a fresh coat of white that ranged from an inch to about a foot up in the Cottonwood Canyons.
With all of the new snow, season totals are coming in around the 150-inch mark, with mid-mountain base depths averaging about 50 inches. Alta Ski Area
comes in with the deepest base of 66 inches. Not only has the new snow helped with building a more solid base, but some resorts have been able to open terrain for the first time this season. Powder Mountain
opened Paradise Chair the day after Christmas and three days later, Solitude Mountain Resort
opened the Fantasy Ridge hike that leads to the upper elevation terrain in Honeycomb Canyon.
Along with the new snow came some colder temps that have helped keep the snow light and dry. It may have been a little chilly, but being able to find fresh, soft tracks through the trees for days was definitely worth it! Looking at the forecast, it seems as if the colder temps will stick around for a couple of days followed by some nice sunny days before the next set of storms start rolling back in a few days after the New Year. As this report is being written, snow is falling in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons as well as Park City!
Let’s all keep our fingers crossed, get the car washed, or do whatever superstitious technique
you prefer to please Ullr and hope for a snowy 2019!
For a detailed snow report featuring year to date snowfall, base depths, weather and more, visit the Offical Utah Snow Report.
And for the best local forecast, check out Evan Thayer's forecast on Open Snow