By: Kyler Roush
If I could only describe today in one word, that word would be FIRM. Things at Snowbird have undergone a drastic transformation in the last couple days. At the beginning of the week we were all skiing balls deep powder, but not anymore.
Yesterday, the temperature on the Plaza Deck reached a staggering 60 degrees without a cloud in the sky. Overnight everything froze and today it took a few hours for everything to soften up into skiable shape.
If you plan on skiing over the weekend, here is a rundown of the areas of the mountain.
Peruvian Gulch– Smooth, firm and fast groomers. Silverfox from my experience was the place to be today. From Silverfox and below, Andersons Hill was the way to go. The mogul field under the Daltons traverse was also soft and fun.
Gad Valley– Big Emma, an icy mess, as usual. Bassackwards seemed to be the place to be, but that isnt saying much. If you’re interested in relaxed skiing, Harper’s Ferry off of Wilbere was smooth and fun.
Gad 2– I made a quick lap through the Black Forest and found less than favorable snow. The snow hasn’t been skied as much and is “soft” but quite sticky. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back through as it was enjoyable. If you’re interested in skiing White Pine, the Gad 2 gate has been open the last couple days and I would expect the same for Saturday. Bring a beacon, shovel, probe, and partner.
Mineral Basin– Anywhere in Mineral Basin was a good choice today, the snow was wet and soft and corn-like in places. Mineral was the only place you could find a lift line today.
Pipeline- If you were one of the few lucky souls to ski it today, I envy you as I missed getting up in time by 10 minutes. The snow in Pipeline Bowl was creamy and wind buffed and the snow in the couloir looked just as good. There is a chance of Patrol opening Pipeline Saturday, so be prepared with a beacon, shovel, probe and partner.
The weather this weekend will be breezy, partly cloudly and mid 50’s. This should lead to some nice spring skiing without everything turning to peanut butter. If you aren’t interested in bumpy frozen snow turning to soft slush, take a bike ride or go climbing as the weather in Salt Lake and surrounding areas are forecasted to be 70’s.