Happy St. Powder at Alta
on March 21, 2011
The official start of spring may only be two or so days away but they days of skiing and riding powder in Utah are far from gone. To put things in perspective, during the last two years in April Alta recorded 151 inches and 145 inches of snow respectively. Those were their two snowiest months those seasons, and both those years we had well over 500 inches of The Greatest Snow on Earth! Check it out for yourself on Alta's snowfall tracker.
This week we were treated to another solid dose of Utah powder the night before St. Patty's day. To be honest spring powder days are usually my favorite time to ski powder in Utah. Temperatures are a bit warmer and many of Utah's powderhounds that live down in the valley are starting to get spring fever. This usually means less competition on the mountain, which equates to more untracked powder turns.
Here is another little secret that I discovered over the past few years. When a storm is forecast to put down 1-2 feet of snow and the forecast comes in a bit shy of that (like this last storm), those are the days to get out early. 10 inches of snow isn't usually enough to justify the masses calling in sick to work down in Salt Lake but 10 inches sure is enough to have an incredibly awesome powder day as we did on Thursday at Alta.