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post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 
Hey guys- we make a big fuss out of snowflakes now and then, but we've got a full on, impassable roads, search and rescue massive white out here in Park City. The wife is trying to make it back from work in SLC and people down there with 2 wheel drive are off the road three to a block. I heard the Cottonwood roads closed early, but I've no firsthand knowledge. Storm totals were predicted to go to three feet. I believe it.
post #2 of 34
It's full on in the valley right now. I can't imagine what it's like several thousand feet higher....
post #3 of 34
Thread Starter 
Alta sez; "the canyon road is closed. The Collins and Wildcat lifts are open for the enjoyment of lodge guests".

The wife is cresting Parley's summit on interstate 80 as we speak. No lanes are visible and people are stuck all over the place. Whiteout conditions, fifteen MPH tops. They may close down the Interstate, they've done it before in conditions like this. She's picking up the kids early from school on the way. 4x4 and big snow tires- don't leave home without it.
post #4 of 34
Yep - watched it roll in from my office in the valley. Sunshine to the south towards Cottonwoods and almost black to the north. I could actually see the front as it arrived and passed through the valley - quite impressive.

I talked to my wife at home up north (Ogden bench) who said it is snowing 2 to 3 inches per hour - almost a foot in 4 hours and still going strong.
A bit later than predicted, but every bit of the punch!!

Now I just need to get home so I can be sick tomorrow
post #5 of 34
Thread Starter 
Interstate 80 closed westbound...
post #6 of 34
What you're saying is-

"Bring bump skis on Weds."?

Or

"Bring TP and liquor"?
post #7 of 34
The front just hit here in Rock Springs (1:30 PM). Man, what a concentrated front! One side sunshine, the other side whiteout doing 50 mph. Bad day to be outside....
post #8 of 34
All lifts at Snowbird are currently closed, according to their website.

Michael
post #9 of 34
View out the boss' window at lunch during a lull in the storm. It was clear and dry at 9:30. During the brunt of the front, snow was hitting the windows like bullets.
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post #10 of 34
Keep the play by play coming!
post #11 of 34
there was quite a bit of snow and wind down here in the valley. hopefully a lot more in the canyon. the wind was doing some bad things to the snow up at alta yesterday though.
post #12 of 34
Holy freaking balls. It has been whiteout for a lot of the day. And wet. Really wet. At least the power's still on.
post #13 of 34

Here in Jackson, too!

We were a little different, in that we had moderate snow and moderate wind all night. Our snow report this morning was 12" new at 6:00am and snowing hard.

But...

I was riding the Sublette Chair at about 9:45am when the STORM hit. We went from breezy with light snow to what must have been 50-60mph gusts in maybe FIVE MINUTES!!! More snow was falling out of the sky than I've ever seen in 30+ years of skiing here.

I was about five chairs up from the base of the lift when they stopped loading new riders. They then starting *inching* the chair up to unload those of us who were already riding the chairs. The oncoming unloaded chairs were blowing almost horizontally. I was seriously scared that they would stop the lift and start an evac rather than run the rest of us to the top. The two guys I was with had semi-serious frostbite on noses and cheeks by the time we unloaded. I was fully encased in hat, goggles, and neck gaiter with zero exposed skin.

I know that "brutal" is a word that's thrown around pretty casually, but this chair ride was brutal.

It was something to see. :
post #14 of 34
Bob Peters: It was something to see.

I don't think I could control my panic through such an experience. I hope I never ever have to find out. Glad to read that you are ok Bob.
post #15 of 34
Thread Starter 
That's saying a lot, Bob. Tomorrow should be all settled down. Jackson's gonna rock. It's stopped snowing here for now, still no plows locally, 80's open again. The Cottonwoods are probably still gettin'it. Stuff will be on Avi hold for the next couple days at most of the resorts, and opening up a piece at a time- should give us 2-3 days of powder to play with.
post #16 of 34
I saw this thing coming and blew through Saturday driving from Ft Collins, CO to Sacramento in 16 straight hours of driving to beat the storm. The winds in Wyoming were 50+ MPH with blowing snow. Trucks were literally blowing off the road. The storm went through the Sierras Sunday and left a pretty good snow accumulation. More to come this week.
post #17 of 34
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Originally Posted by SpikeDog View Post
The front just hit here in Rock Springs (1:30 PM). Man, what a concentrated front! One side sunshine, the other side whiteout doing 50 mph. Bad day to be outside....
Well maybe a bad morning to be outside! The winds were gusting up to 100 mph this morning on the south ridges, then my face was getting pelted with the largest, hardest graupel I've ever seen, then the lightening hit & we went inside for 20 minutes to wait it out.

From 11:30 till 4, it was Epic !
The snow has let up now, but more on the way...

Thanks,

JF
Ski, shovel, eat, sleep ski, ... Repeat!
post #18 of 34
Meanwhile Down on the Ranch.........


Snow Report 2007/08
All Roads to Silverton and Ski Area Closed. Stay tuned for details. Snow totals estimated based on 2 feet in Silverton. Good chance for substantially more at the ski area.

1/28/08
Base: 130"
New Snow 24 hr: 36"
New SNOW 48 hr: 36"
New Snow 72 hr: 36"
More than 50" New snow this week!
post #19 of 34
its was something to see.

sick day at snowbird today.

untill about 11am we had stinging grapul that hurt bad if you didnt cover your face, sick skiing though that was creamy and just begged to go fast on. than at 11am the mountain got colder, the precip picked up and changed to light blower snowfall rates seemed to be 4inches plus an hour. those last 2 hours were awesome especially on the gadzoom lift line and get serious.
post #20 of 34
Be very careful of that grauple layer and check the avy reports. This sounds like bad news in the BC to me.
post #21 of 34
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
Be very careful of that grauple layer and check the avy reports. This sounds like bad news in the BC to me.
Yes, & with all the wind there are bound to be alot of hidden wind slabs & pillows underneath the cream, just waiting to create havoc. BC will be off limits for me for a while.

Thanks,
JF
post #22 of 34
How is the airport situation? I haven't seen anything on the news. I'll be flying in Wed night... hopefully.
post #23 of 34
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Originally Posted by MattL View Post
How is the airport situation? I haven't seen anything on the news. I'll be flying in Wed night... hopefully.
SLC Airport was closed for a couple hours during the height of the frontal passage, but reopened by mid-afternoon.
No worries - you should be fine
post #24 of 34
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Originally Posted by NeedToSki View Post
SLC Airport was closed for a couple hours during the height of the frontal passage, but reopened by mid-afternoon.
No worries - you should be fine
Cool thanks!
post #25 of 34
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
its was something to see.

sick day at snowbird today.

untill about 11am we had stinging grapul that hurt bad if you didnt cover your face, sick skiing though that was creamy and just begged to go fast on. than at 11am the mountain got colder, the precip picked up and changed to light blower snowfall rates seemed to be 4inches plus an hour. those last 2 hours were awesome especially on the gadzoom lift line and get serious.
BW,
Seems we had a very similar experience. The cool thing was that where I was, most everyone freaked, bagged it, and went home by 11:00.

Thanks,
:
JF
post #26 of 34
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Originally Posted by 4ster View Post
BW,
Seems we had a very similar experience. The cool thing was that where I was, most everyone freaked, bagged it, and went home by 11:00.

Thanks,
:
JF
no lift lines but snowbird's diehards stayed out till 1pm when the lifts shut.
post #27 of 34
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post
We were a little different, in that we had moderate snow and moderate wind all night. Our snow report this morning was 12" new at 6:00am and snowing hard.

But...

I was riding the Sublette Chair at about 9:45am when the STORM hit. We went from breezy with light snow to what must have been 50-60mph gusts in maybe FIVE MINUTES!!! More snow was falling out of the sky than I've ever seen in 30+ years of skiing here.

I was about five chairs up from the base of the lift when they stopped loading new riders. They then starting *inching* the chair up to unload those of us who were already riding the chairs. The oncoming unloaded chairs were blowing almost horizontally. I was seriously scared that they would stop the lift and start an evac rather than run the rest of us to the top. The two guys I was with had semi-serious frostbite on noses and cheeks by the time we unloaded. I was fully encased in hat, goggles, and neck gaiter with zero exposed skin.

I know that "brutal" is a word that's thrown around pretty casually, but this chair ride was brutal.

It was something to see. :
I just thought I'd throw in a postscirpt...

I was talking with with a patroller this morning and learned that my estimate of the windspeed during my ride up that chair yesterday was WAY off.

Winds at the midmountain weather site were a sustained 80mph-plus for that half hour to forty-five minutes when the front came through. Top gust was 92mph.

Whoa.

I don't want to do that again.

And in keeping with the strange weather, I had a bizarre experience during my run down after that chair ride yesterday. I was skiing down the far skier's-left tree line on North Hoback and was about 2/3 of the way down when I spotted a couple of friends stopped along the edge of the run. I stopped for a minute to marvel with them at the howling wind, pouring snow, and zilch visibility.

While we were standing there, we heard a shout from the whiteout above. About that same time, we saw an object hurtling down the slope, being blown by the wind. We thought it was a tree branch and watched it bounce down the hill at a high rate of speed about thirty feet in front of us. We were never quite able to make out what it was before it disappeared below in the void.

I later found out it was a pair of goggles. A man had stopped above us to clear his goggles and the wind just ripped them out of his hands. That's the object we watched going about thirty miles an hour down North Hoback.

Wild day.
post #28 of 34

Round two, ding ding!

15-30" predicted in the next 24 hrs....

BRING IT!
post #29 of 34
Thread Starter 
looks like another 17" last night at Alta. Schools are closed in Park City and chains or 4x4 are required on Interstate 80. Big and Little Cottonwood are shut down. Storms are scheduled all week, with another Thursday night from the Northwest, expecting 1-2' in the mountains- I'll take some pics when the sun comes up. Hopefully, we'll get a little break so patrol can open up vast fields of powder for the gathering.

P.S. Don't look now, but the sun is coming out. PC resorts have a delayed opening due to impassable roads- Canyons reported a two hour delay. But the roads should be cleared soon.
post #30 of 34
Thread Starter 
Went snowshoeing with the dog a little- powder is very light and dry- sank over a foot even with fat snowshoes on. Heres the Alta forcast
Action shots! of my big shepherd, finally he figured out just to just porpoise it...
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