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It's just plain snowing in Utah !

post #1 of 21
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snowing at 12:30MT !

Alta's cams:http://www.alta.com/pages/mtncam.php

Snowbird's: http://www.snowbird.com/ski_board/mtncams.html

snow has hit Tahoe, CO and now Utah and it's not even october yet ! Looks like old man winter is getting up and making a few trips to the bathroom, he should be getting up for good anytime now !
post #2 of 21
lets hope it either melts or keeps coming on till winter (not likely).
post #3 of 21
I am not familiar with Western skiing, but have a trip planned for Dec 14-21st in Park City/The Canyons. From what date on does the snow on the ground normally stick around for the season?
post #4 of 21
Not to shoot you down or anything, but last year it snowed at Alta on the 19th of Sept. (I think) and look how last winter turned out.
post #5 of 21
Once we get a decent base, usually by Thanksgiving, it sticks around till May or, in the Cottonwoods, July. It is definately dumping right now, but usually nothing stays on the ground in town (Park City) until later in October. The higher you go, of course, the more it'll stick. Good sign, though. I hear SLC is getting pounded, so Alta must be getting nuked.
post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by Jer View Post
Not to shoot you down or anything, but last year it snowed at Alta on the 19th of Sept. (I think) and look how last winter turned out.
Last year Alta got 400" of snow. Most ski areas would kill for a bad winter like that.

Snow at 8000' this time of year isn't that uncommon. But, yes, I agree it seems that the best ski seasons follow hot summers. We had the hottest July EVER.
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by Mr. Crab View Post
I hear SLC is getting pounded, so Alta must be getting nuked.

I wouldn't say we got pounded. It never even stuck on the ground. But the mountains are white a few hundred vertical feet up from my house.
post #8 of 21
Early snow = depth hoar...
I hope it melts before the real stuff hits.
JF
post #9 of 21
All sounds good to me. For a good base you need early chills to bring the ground temp down, then melt to get it nice and wet ready for the real thing a bit later ... I'm so excited I'm ready to pop (not a good image, sorry about that).

I'm in PC on a flying visit in October to check out some stuff ... I want to see snow on the tops, and golf courses below! As I'm flying out on 22 October I want to be leaving behind the mother of all blizzards ...
post #10 of 21
depth hoar - sounds dirty or something.
post #11 of 21
Weather Conditions for:
ALTA - COLLINS, UT (CLN)
Elev: 9662 ft; Latitude: 40.5763; Longitude: -111.6383

Current time:Sun, 30 Sep 6:45 am (MDT)Most Recent Observation:

Snow depth 7 inches
post #12 of 21
about 6 inches at the base of the bird yesterday it was dumping up there all day. 60 degrees today, then more accumulating snow monday night...

the snow line comes right to the valley floor from this one

this is not a good thing

if this snow doesnt melt off before a real storm comes and then stays cold we are going to have CO like depth hoar, meaning very unsafe conditions in the backcountry.
post #13 of 21
some pictures from my house this morning

BCC to LCC


The Northern wasatch over the valley from my house(what you are looking at is actually near snowbasin)


The SLC twins loom large over the little ski bum hideout
post #14 of 21

Depth Hoar?

I understand this is unsafe, etc. Can someone explain in more detail what it means and why it is unsafe.........would just like to understand a little more.

Thanks........
post #15 of 21
http://www.avalanche.org/~uac/encycl...depth_hoar.htm

mgmc check out that site.

last year there was stuff sliding to the ground on the northern faces.
post #16 of 21
Ok, thanks BushwacherinPA; there was a lot of info on that site!
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by UtahPowderPig View Post
Last year Alta got 400" of snow. Most ski areas would kill for a bad winter like that.
Yeah - last winter rocked. A few little storms early, then a nice drought/cold snap for the entire month of Jan (moguls in the backcountry? - c'mon), then when it finally started storming in Feb most of the nice BC shots were so unstable due to the afore-mentioned dry/cold that they were death zones. Granted, I had some good days last winter, and I hate to sound like Spoiled Alta Boy here, but on the whole last winter was lame. Hopefully this winter turns it around.
post #18 of 21
Not too deep here but pretty

post #19 of 21
Another benefit to the coastal ranges - snow this early usually doesn't contibute to instability as we are far more likely to get rain between now and the next cycle than cold dry conditions.
post #20 of 21
Hey Bushwhacker- sweet crib! We got dust on Bald Mountain and Jupiter Peak and the High Uintas make a ring of white peaks around Park City. Prettiest time of year in the mountains...
post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by Jer View Post
I hate to sound like Spoiled Alta Boy here, but on the whole last winter was lame.
If it quacks like a duck.......
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