Pre-Halloween Snowstorm

By Powderhound Matt Oct 31, 2013
Mother Nature officially delivered 15.5" of new snow on the town of Alta. The Powder Posse decided to go out and do some product testing. Here is what we found.
Pre-Halloween Snowstorm

It’s base building time here in Utah. With the official start to the ski season in less than two weeks this pre Halloween snowstorm is just what the doctor ordered.  Snowmaking is great but there is nothing like a good old fashioned dump from Mother Nature. 

The Powder Posse ventured up to Alta early Wednesday morning to investigate her latest offering. Here is what we found...

People keep asking me, “honestly is it any good out there?” Now I can finally answer that question with a definitive, YES! Sure the base is still thin but come on it’s October! I’d guess the mid mountain snow depth at Alta Ski Area is about two feet deep. Over on the Park City side of the range, mid mountain snow depths are right around a foot deep, with more up on the peaks. 

All that being said, I need to stress that we were skiing low angle terrain, slopes that had little to any avalanche consequence.  We were able to observe two natural avalanches inside the un-opened resort so be careful! Before you decide to venture out I suggest you review this latest bulletin from the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center. 

On a final note, as I’m writing this I can see the snow guns blowing all the way down to the base of Park City Mountain Resort.  It’s only a matter of days now before we are all out there making turns. 

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