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New Snow in the Wasatch

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
Finally-  DV reported 11", Alta reported 16" .It snowed very heavily all morning and cleared up around noon. That was the first storm. The next one is right behind and supposed to be the big one. There's a third behind that. There was a good foot at PCMR this morning, covering the bumps nicely and near bottomless in the glades. I hit the boilerplate underneath only once all morning. Snow was not the usual superlight blower, a bit stiffer with grapple mixed in- which made a nice base and consistent creamy turns. Very nice. Good start to what looks to be a great week.
post #2 of 29
Whooohooooo!!!!
Nice! 
post #3 of 29
 Awesome news -- I am headed to Alta on Sunday, and was hoping this week would restore some base.  Sounds like we will be in good shape heading into next week.  I hear there will be a temporary high pressure ridge on Sunday (good timing for air travel and getting up the canyon), then maybe more snow next week.
post #4 of 29
I'm also dropping in to Utah on Sunday for a ski week. I'm really thrilled to hear you've got a "maintenance dose". The long term looks great every day and night this week. It also looks like a good one forming over the pacific under the Aleutians. Let it rip.

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?site=slc&textField1=40.58194&textField2=-111.65444&zone=1
post #5 of 29
It was very good today. ~2' of new so far this week. Bottom foot was consolidated and a nice base, the top was fluffy n light.  Still untracked and between knee and thigh deep in most places. First face shots of the season.

An more storms still incoming for tomorrow and saturday.
Edited by tromano - 1/21/10 at 2:40pm
post #6 of 29
Here we go  More on the way it appears.
post #7 of 29
 It's looking awesome out there.  I think I will definitely be bringing my big guns on this trip...
post #8 of 29
Thread Starter 
   Borrowed from Alta's website;


Settled Snow Depth:

80"

Snowfall (Past 12 hrs):

6"

Snowfall (Past 24 hrs):

11 "

Snowfall this Season:

199"

Sky Cover:

Snowing

Ridgetop Winds:

Light W

Mid Mountain Temp:(°F)

17°

Highway 210 Status:

4x4 or Chains Required 

Road Status Notes:

Tomorrow morning the road will be restricted at Gate B starting at 6:00 am, the estimated time for opening will be 8-8:30 am. Interlodge will begin at 6:45 am. Just remember that plans can change so check before you start up the canyon.

Forecast for  Tonight

Sky Cover:

Snow

Temperatures °F (5pm-5am):

13° to 22°

Wind:

Moderate WSW

Snowfall:

8-12"

Extended Forecast:

Tonight 8-12 inches of snow with a low of 13. Tomorrow 12-18 inches of snow with a high of 22.

Updated by:

ba

post #9 of 29
 It was a great day at Alta. Boot top powder everywhere and in some of the more protected chutes it was knee high. Had 6 inches of snow on my car by day's end. Bringing my snorkle tomorrow. Based upon the NWS forecast, by Sunday I might have to put beacons on my kids just to find them.
post #10 of 29
I think the settled snowpack will get near 95-100" by the end of this current storm, which is awesome (started at 50" earlier this week).  Looks like another nice snow event coming Tues-Weds.  I am ready to rock!
post #11 of 29
 Yesterday at The Bird was great. Dense grapple show on northwest flanks made for very creamy, boot-top ripping.

On some of the northeast slopes there was much wind deposit, making it deep and thick. Really great.

There was a lot of wind, so visibility was tricky. The tram was a four-box wait in the am, but down to one-box wait by afternoon. Afternoon was as good as morning. So much wind that it was free refills.

The morning road closure didn't slow me down much. Hit the mouth of the canyon at 8:15am (about 15 mins after it opened) and was only slowed about 10 minutes. The red snake down the canyon at the end of the day wasn't bad either. About 15 minutes extra of slowdown.

Today I'm taking the kids to Alta, so we'll be ripping the Sunnyside Chutes, and not in the thick of the pow frenzy. Tomorrow should be a great LCC day and I'll be back in the middle of the fray.
post #12 of 29
 Even better snow today at Alta. Not the lightest stuff, but it wasn't too wet either (except in my driveway). Just under knee high was the norm and in plenty of places it was even deeper. Expecting even more snow tonight. We're finally getting the base we've needed for some time. Travel up and down LCC was quicker today as the road had little snow on it below Snowbird. Great skiing--bring something really wide.
post #13 of 29
Thread Starter 
 And Catherine's, Backside, Ballroom & Shoulder and Devil's Castle were all closed, storin' it up. Snow increased as the day went on and the wind came up, having the wonderful effect of blowing in the tracks. Zman, was that you on the superfat rockered tele skis? or like, 200 other guys? Sure was the norm. 
post #14 of 29
 You're right about what most folks seemed to be skiing. I was with my 11 year old who declared it a twin tip day. So I was on a pair of 94mm Hazmats. Going fatter tomorrow. Plan to check Solitude out.
post #15 of 29
Logan Canyon was closed form 11am - 2 pm for avalanche clean up. The slide was just above templefork Rd. I drove past the slide on my way out. I saw two other naturals along Beaver Cr. One just 1/4 mile form the backside parking lot. 

I heard reports that LCC road was only open for about 30 minutes today.

Also there is news that a patroler was buried at alta this morning and that someone died in the BC near snowbasin.
post #16 of 29
Thread Starter 
 Alta today , on a scale of 1-10 was an 11. Pretty much everything was closed yesterday from the storm and this avi on Greely buried two patrollers- who are alive, haven't heard about injuries. Patrol was very careful about opening stuff today- opened Sugerloaf first, then High Traverse, then Supreme. That's it. Amazing. Nothing quite like hitting an entire untracked mountainside. The feeding frenzy was pretty outrageous even by Alta standards...

post #17 of 29
 Why did I work today   Sure sounds like you got the goods. Yesterday Solitude was good, but not exceptional. Honeycomb was closed. Oh well, next week . . .
post #18 of 29
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Yesterday Solitude was good, but not exceptional. Honeycomb was closed. Oh well, next week . . .

I thought it was quite exceptional yesterday, Saturday as well.  I had first tracks on Bomb's Away both days, over the head both times.  Saturday it may have been a little deeper on the Summit, but Sunday wasn't anything to scoff at.
post #19 of 29
 Oh don't get me wrong. The skiing was quite good. It just disappeared a little quicker than usual-- maybe because of all of the problems in LCC-- there were more people on the slopes. Don't know where Bombs Away is though. I thought that the Cirque and on to Milk Run was good, some deep stuff, but also more rocks then I remember with this much snow. I did think Saturday was a lot better and I'm not sure why since I thought Sunday would be the best of the week with all the accumulation. Still had fun though.
post #20 of 29
 Due to avy work, much of Alta was closed Sunday, but opened today (some in the AM, some in the PM).  The upshot is that we got fresh tracks on all the snow that fell since closing on Saturday, about 21" worth.  A few remaining areas should open tomorrow.  Today was spectacular.  Here are a few vids:







More snow headed in for tomorrow -- my weather app is suggesting 5-7" or so, but I would not be surprised if it was a little more than that, based on the Alta-effect at the end of the canyon...
post #21 of 29
Looks like a pretty crappy day! Hehe! :D
post #22 of 29
 Yeah, total crap ;-).  Hopefully more today if they open a few additional areas.

I did have to break trail on the Baldy return traverse when it opened yesterday, socked in with windpacked snow, and that *was* crap.  Made it about halfway before yielding point to next guy in line.  Afterwards I went in for a bathroom break, and had to maintain ski boot stance in order to stand at the urinal without getting the jimmy legs!
post #23 of 29
Oh baby! Liked that clip of running down the cat track and dropping in! Where was that?

Enjoy!
post #24 of 29
 Looks like the cat track off of Supreme and then dropping into Upper Sleepy Hollow? Bet the trees between there and Number 9 were killer today.
post #25 of 29
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Oh baby! Liked that clip of running down the cat track and dropping in! Where was that?

 That was off Supreme, which lived up to its name yesterday and totally blew my mind today.  There was about 6" of new snow this morning, and we probably got another 2-4" during the day (maybe more, I lost track).  A couple additional trails opened this afternoon with 3-4 days of accumulated snow that was super nice and deep.  Outstanding day!
post #26 of 29
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 Looks like the cat track off of Supreme and then dropping into Upper Sleepy Hollow? Bet the trees between there and Number 9 were killer today.

Runs off the entire length of the traverse were great today, and the trees really helped visibility.  Some of the best snow was right around the elbow of the traverse -- real deep there.

Number 9 started out as 6-8" fresh over bumps this morning, and was a tad challenging, but well worth it.  Later in the day it was a big homogeneous crud field and skied real nicely.
post #27 of 29
 I just woke up after sleeping off the redeye flight and a follow-up Cracker Barrel breakfast feast (three kinds of cured meat!), but this was an outstanding week to be in Utah.  At Alta, we had some form of fresh powder or first tracks every day, whether due to staged area openings or actual new snow.  

Wednesday night into Thursday was perhaps the most rewarding, and deceiving, natural snowfall.  The report quoted something like 5", but that was ultra-conservative.  Thursday morning I did some exploring with a fellow guest at the GMD, and we stumbled on 16-24" of fresh light snow filling in the bumps on all the black trails off the Supreme cat track.  Basically, trails from the lift towards Number 9 Express and beyond, were pure heaven.  There are several nice steep tree runs between Number 9 and the elbow of the cat track, and these were outstanding.  I wish I brought my helmet cam that day, as it was clearly the primo day of the week in terms of snow and lighting in the Supreme area.  I think perhaps my new favorite terrain is deep powder-filled bumps within trees.  Super fun and challenging, but also fairly easy to ski once you get in the groove.  

Once out of those upper trees, there were 3-4 more short stints through powder (in the 8-16" range) back down to the lift.  Some out in the open, within gullies and hills/valleys surrounding groomers, others within trees.  In particular, the trees in the Three Bears area were spectacular, reminding me of West Virginia spruce glade skiing when it's prime.  The Three Bears (Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Baby Bear) are one of those off-the-map areas at Alta that can knock your socks off while escaping attention of most skiers.
post #28 of 29
219: next time after you ski those trees off Supreme, continue down to the bottom pitch of Challenger. Go through either the top or bottom avalanche gates and ski the nose. Just be careful at the top for rocks, but when there is fresh snow, the area is usually lightly tracked and stocked with powder.
post #29 of 29
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219: next time after you ski those trees off Supreme, continue down to the bottom pitch of Challenger. Go through either the top or bottom avalanche gates and ski the nose. Just be careful at the top for rocks, but when there is fresh snow, the area is usually lightly tracked and stocked with powder.

I think we did ski that a couple times, definitely on the first run when we hit Challenger.  Not only was the snow nice, but there was some rolling terrain that was really fun.
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