First Snow of the Season and UAC Party

First Snow of the Season and UAC Party

Powderhound Matt

By Powderhound Matt \ September 15 2011

If any of you had a chance to follow my blog last winter, I think it was pretty obvious that I'm a total weather nerd.  Over the past couple weeks I've been trying to forecast when the first flakes will fly here in Park City.  While the forecast still hasn't offered up any shots of snow here in town, it's apparent that our seasons are begining to change here in Utah.  Not only are the leaves starting to change at elevation but our high alpine weather forecasts are as well.  Check out the forecast for elevations above 11,000 feet in the Uinta Mountains this week! 

Get ready people, it's coming!


First snow of the year (matt-s-image)

If this forecast isn't enough to increase your stoke factor be sure to attend the 18th Annual Utah Avalanche Fundraiser in Salt Lake City on September 15th. I've attended this event for years, and while I've always been a little unlucky at their legendary silent auction, I have a feeling this year my luck is going to change.  Two years ago I missed winning the Ski Utah Interconnect Tour by only $5.00!   Please check out their website for more information. If you've ever skied in the backcountry, sidecountry, or driven up Little or Big Cottonwood Canyons during the winter time you owe it to yourself to come out and support these guys.  These are the people that create the forecasts and check the snowpack constantly so that we stay informed and our drive up into the mountains isn't our last.  Here is some additional information. I better see you all there! 

Black Diamond Equipment, Uinta Brewing Company and the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center invite you to the annual pre-season fundraiser bash complete with food from Rico Mexican Market, beer & wine and the live tunes of Herban Empire. There will also be the legendary silent auction to support the Utah Avalanche Center (UAC) as well as grand giveaways for those who purchase advance tickets.

The festivities are set for next Thursday, September 15, 2011, from 6-10pm at Black Diamond, 2084 East 3900 South, Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, call 801-365-5522 or go to UtahAvalancheCenter.orgTickets can be purchased at the Black Diamond Store or online at

“It’s time for the unofficial precursor to the Wasatch ski season,” says TJ Kolanko, Grassroots Marketing Coordinator for Black Diamond Equipment. “Black Diamond’s 18th Annual Fundraiser for the Utah Avalanche Center will bring great people together to benefit a worthy cause and serves as a reminder that ‘Old Man’ winter is on its way.”

The Utah Avalanche Center is funded partly by local and federal government sources and partly by donations from businesses, foundations, and individual backcountry supporters. Through public support, the Center has been able to operate for the past 17 years due to the exceptional community response by backcountry users and local and national businesses. The UAC issues daily avalanche and mountain weather forecasts helping enthusiasts with life-and-death decisions in the backcountry. They also teach a number of free avalanche awareness courses, house photo and video archives, offer educational modules, accident reports, snow profiles and more.

“Black Diamond’s annual fundraiser is an extremely important initiative for the UAC,” explains Bruce Tremper, Director of the UAC. “All proceeds benefit the non-profit Friends of Utah Avalanche Center, working to keep you on top of the Greatest Snow on Earth since 1980.”

As a reminder, the event is outdoors and will be held rain, snow or shine! You must be 21 to attend or accompanied by an adult. No dogs will be permitted. Tickets are $35 in advance, before this Sunday, Sept 11 and $40 after that and at the door. For more information, call 801-365-5522 or go to UtahAvalancheCenter.orgTickets can be purchased at the Black Diamond Store or online