Wasatchsnowforecast.com brings us a sobering look at the 2014 -2015 ski season in Utah.
Statistically, this will go down as the WORST SKI SEASON IN UTAH HISTORY!
The big question, the one we’ve been wondering now for well over a month, is will this go down in history as our worst season ever? I figured it is time we had a good look at the stats and make an official call on that matter….
The best records, dating back 70 years, have been kept at the Alta Guard station. These records can be accessed through the Utah Avalanche Center’s website. Therefore, it seems like the logical place to start. According to those records, the least snowy winter (November-April) was 314.5 inches in 1976-77. As of April 1 of this year, we had officially measured just 218″ at the Alta Guard Station — meaning we needed 96″ in the month of April to avoid setting the new record low. If my calculations are correct, the Alta Guard station has seen 40-50″ of snow so far this month. That means we are still 40-50+” short of the previous record. While some snow is currently in the forecast thru the end of April, it seems unlikely that we’ll get anywhere close to that much. The new record low snowfall seems an inevitability.
(It should be noted that Alta Ski Area lists their season total as 310″ currently. This measurement is taken from the Alta-Collins station which is 800 feet higher in elevation that Alta Guard and receives ~50″ more snow per year than the Guard Station. For consistent record purposes, I’m using the Alta Guard station where the previous low record was set.)
But this is one location — How are other areas of the Wasatch doing? Well, Alta’s closest Snotel is Snowbird and this is where it currently stands:
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