Issued by Mark Staples for Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 10:50am
Weather and Snow
The first snows have arrived. Late Tuesday (Oct 9th) rain started in the valley and snow fell in the mountains. By Wednesday morning 12-14 inches of dense snow had fallen in the upper Cottonwood Canyons. There was as much as 10 inches of snow on the ground already at upper elevations.
Many people are getting their first skiing of the season. There are a few things to remember:
Hitting rocks and stumps is a real danger. Don't end your season before it starts with an injury from hitting one of these obstacles.
Avalnaches are a real possiblity. It doesn't matter if you are hiking, hunting, skiing, etc., be prepared with rescue gear and a partner. Many people have died during early season snow storms. Listen to this podcast episode about a bad day in November 2011 when many avalanhes were triggered and pro skier Jamie Pierre died. https://utahavalanchecenter.org/blog/33854
Ski resorts all have different uphill travel policies. Some are closed, like Snowbird, others are open. These closed resorts can be great places to get in a little skiing especially in you know of a rock free slope, but it should be treated as backcountry terrain. More info HERE but check with each resort for the latest info.
New website - We're really excited about our new website, but we are still working on finalizing some of it. Please be patient.
11th Annual Utah Snow and Avalanche Workshop - USAW will be October 27th this year.