“Our snow surface conditions aren’t quite as soft and forgiving as we normally expect this time of year. So maybe it’s time just to temper down our objectives, pump the brakes a little bit, and size up some of the situations that we’re getting in so that we can enjoy a great weekend out in our amazing mountains.” –Craig Gordon
It been a deadly couple weeks for Utah’s ski resorts as three people have died in incidents at three different resorts since the beginning of February. Craig Gordon with the Utah Avalanche Center is usually busy providing backcountry avalanche conditions reports but following the inbounds deaths, he talked with KSL TV to provide some insight into how this season’s weather has been creating tricky conditions both in and out of ski resorts.
“These are unusual snow surface conditions for us in Utah, particularly going into the second and third week of February. Right now, the snow’s surface conditions are super variable. They’re hard in some places, they’re icy in other places on steep slopes. It’s very hard to stop yourself from falling once your skis, your board, your snowmobile is knocked out from underneath your feet.”
Gordon warns that a relatively small crash can become catastrophic on the unforgiving icy slopes. He advises that no matter if it’s resort or backcountry terrain, it’s best to slow down and stay aware of conditions at all times. Even what may seem safe inbounds, can still cause problems. Stay safe out there folks.