Winter Storm Gandolf clobbers Snowbasin
on January 14, 2013
For the longest time I feel like Ski Utah Bloggers (myself included), and other media outlets only feature Snowbasin for their world famous restrooms, beautiful day lodges and award winning food. I think the time has come for us to give the mountain the respect it deserves. After all, it IS a ski mountain... the terrain here is awesome, the snow is deep and the lift lines... are short.
Winter Storm Gandolf delivered upwards of 30” inches on the Northern Wasatch resorts. None of them escaped Gandolf’s wrath. Friday afternoon, I was glued to the Weather Channel, strategically trying to set up a deep powder filled weekend. The National Weather Service radar trends showed the Lake Effect Machine was just pummeling the Northern Wasatch Range. The snow station study plots at Snowbasin were suggesting that it had already snowed 18” inches during Friday and it was still snowing at 2” per hour. That’s all the evidence I needed to assemble the Powder Posse.
Upon our arrival it was clear that the ski report did not lie. The Basin got crushed overnight! Now here is where it gets good. Temperatures were frigid, hovering somewhere around -5, but our crew grew up on the East Coast, so we are used to the cold. Most Utah’s don’t enjoy skiing in the bitter cold so no one showed up until 11 am. That pretty much gave us two hours at our own private resort. Once word got out that the snow was incredibly deep, and the sun was actually out, the locals arrived. But yes, I did say the sun was out at Snowbasin the day after a 25” dump! That in itself is kind of miracle. This was the day we’d all been waiting for, finally we were able to enjoy this mountain for what it really is... an awesome ski mountain.