Whatever you did to please the Snow Gods, it worked!
Words and Photos: Kyler Roush
If my memory serves me correctly, it has been 17 days since a significant snowfall. Today started at 9am with the first chairs going up. Overnight 6 inches of light density Wasatch Powder graced the slopes. Surprisingly though, the slopes today were desolate and those who made it up today were blessed with an almost endless amount of freshies.
The first run today took me to Christmas Tree Chute, where the winds over night had filled it in and made for a few well overdue face shots. Not only were the slopes far from crowded today, very few people ventured far from the named runs. Along with Peruvian Gulch having excellent conditions, the area between Silver Fox and Great Scott offered some nice challenge with the reward of a cliff at the bottom.
The snow continued to fall all day long. Flat light and low clouds were the biggest issues of the day, and if that is all that goes wrong, you’re having a good day. Another theme of the day was the hard icy layer beneath the new snow. By the time the storm moves out of the area tonight the storm totals should be around 8-10 inches. Maybe that will cover up the firm stuff little better for tomorrow.
With the recent series of avalanche deaths in Canada and Montana, be very cautious if you venture into the backcountry. Always check the Utah Avalanche Center webpage before going out on a tour. You can also call the UAC Dawn Patrol Forecast Hotline after 5:30 AM each day at 888-999-4019 to receive news on current conditions.