The Wasatch has been getting hit by a lot of late April snow. The 24 hour snow report for Snowbird Friday, 30 April was 33 inches with 13-16 overnight. Had planned to mow the lawn, but when I got up and saw the snow covering the grass, I knew where I had to go
The crowds came out for the skiing. The line to get on the tram was so long that they opened up both Peruvian and the tunnel into Mineral Basin (though the carpet wasn't on and you had to hike through the tunnel).
First things first. Great day, lots of fresh powder. Fairly high moisture content so it wasn't your usual mid-season light powder. Figure 18-24 inches of fresh powder all over the mountain. Face shots galore. Mineral Basin had the best snow, but the visibility was poor all day. Best snow I found that I could actually see and ski was under Mineral Basin Express. Some patches of rock-hard wind pack high up, but then you got into lots of untracked or barely tracked snow (at least at the beginning of the day). One time I made the mistake of following some skiers traversing towards Twin Peaks. Visibility was horrible. The big open bowl invited white out conditions and with the lack of any features to provide perspective, it was hard to ski--vertigo. They probably should have roped off that side of the Basin as I have no idea how some of those skiers ever made it down--they were crashing every turn. That said, once I got about halfway down that side along the boundary ropes, the snow was completely untracked and knee deep. Great ride, but I never went back that way again.
Like I said, visibility was incredibly bad so much so that once when I was traversing towards Baldy, I actually ended up on the Peruvian side without knowing until I found myself looking down at the lift.
Much better visibility on the main part of the mountain, but that doesn't mean it was good. Because the Gad lifts aren't open, some of the best snow that I found was off the Gad Chutes and by Wibere. Had to take Bass highway back, but the face shots were worth it.
All day though, the wait for the tram was pretty long, longer than I can remember it being at this time of the year. All in all, great conditions and great skiing.
Unfortunately I have to work today, but the forecast from the NWS for today and tomorrow:
Today...Numerous snow showers. Accumulation 1 to 3 inches. Highs in the lower 30s. Chance of snow 70 percent.
Tonight...Snow showers. Accumulation 5 to 10 inches. Lows near 20. Chance of snow 90 percent.
Sunday...Snow showers in the morning...then a chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy. Accumulation 2 to 6 inches. Highs in the mid 30s. Chance of snow 80 percent.