A look back at our most recent storms from around the state. Is there a pattern change on the horizon? Read on to find out.
Monday, January 15, 2018 A few days after the storm has cleared out offers great powder as terrain gets opened in Honeycomb Canyon.
Photo John Howland Athlete Ben Michaels Jan 16 2018 / Solitude Mountain Resort
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Dillon Green ripping into some fresh snow off the Wildcat lift at Alta Ski Area on a stormy morning.
Photo Chris Pearson Athlete Dillon Green Jan 16 2018 / Alta Ski Area
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Mother Nature gets things ramped up with 6-8 inches of new snow falling by afternoon. Ben Emery slashes some fresh snow while seeking the relative shelter of the pine trees on a stormy afternoon off Crest Express at Brighton Resort
Photo Chris Pearson Athlete Ben Emery Jan 16 2018 / Brighton Resort
Thursday, January 11, 2018 Hiking up the Baldy Shoulder at Alta on a day where winter has really kicked in gets big smiles from Ski Utah Athlete Lexi Dowdall.
Photo Chris Pearson Athlete Lexi Dowdall Jan 16 2018 / Alta Ski Area
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Nothing better than ripping fresh snow on a storm day at the Bird!
Photo Matt Crawley Jan 16 2018 / Snowbird
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 As a winter storm winds up, Brandon Ott finds some fresh snow amongst the trees off Crest Express at Brighton Resort.
Photo Chris Pearson Athlete Brandon Ott Jan 16 2018 / Brighton Resort
Know as the "Jitterbug Booter", a 800 vertical foot straight-up bootpack lead us to untracked heaven. Adam Fehr gets well rewarded with the best one of the season in an untracked run down High Boy, an Alta favorite.
Photo Chris Pearson Athlete Adam Fehr Jan 16 2018 / Alta Ski Area
Our latest round of winter storms have offered up the best skiing and riding conditions of the season. On Tuesday and Wednesday a storm that was in the Southwest United States phased with a colder system coming out of the Pacific Northwest. This storm was wet and windy and most resorts around the state saw close to a foot of snow, at or above 8,000 feet. These two systems met right on top of the Beehive State and the results were wonderful. Beautiful base building snow! Just what the doctor ordered.
While the Wednesday system delivered the largest accumulations, the trailing system delivered a surprise round of graupel which totally set the table for amazing groomer skiing over the holiday weekend. Honestly, the skiing was fantastic. For those of you who don’t know what graupel is, it’s essentially a little snowball with a lot of moisture in it. When they fall on the slopes they look like little ball bearings or dip and dots ice cream. Creamy, smooth turns are the result. It’s like your skiing on frosting! It’s awesome!
Brian Head 15”
Cherry Peak 3”
Eagle Point 19”
Powder Mountain 18”
A couple of these official snow reports look really light to me. I’ve heard first-hand accounts that Beaver, Snowbasin and Park City all received a bit more than reported. Check out these instagram videos and photos from around the State last week and see for yourself.
Now for more exciting news. As January rolls on it looks like we will finally see a flip in the weather pattern. As Evan from Open Snow has been telling us over the past couple weeks, the storm door will officially open up this weekend. How long it will stay open is yet to be determined. The major take aways from the pattern that is forecasted to set up is quite simple. Finally, we will have storms making a run at us from the North West. Storms coming from the Gulf of Alaska are cold and moist. These are the types of systems that bring snow to valley floor. You can rest assured if it’s snowing in the valley than it sure as heck will be snowing in the mountains.
Here is what the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting for the next 6-10 days