UDOT is sighting in their artillery this morning for their targets in Stairs Gulch of BCC. Backcountry closures are in effect for Broads Fork and Stairs Gulch through at least mid-morning. Parking and access to Mill B South is open.
Alta is conducting avalanche control work on Patsy Marley this morning.
Snowbird is conducting avalanche control work near the Gad Valley and White Pine ridgeline.
PLEASE avoid these areas through at least mid-morning.
We have a couple of fun events coming up
on December 5th and 6th in Salt Lake and Park City. Topics include Recreating in New Zones, Women's Specific Avalanche Awareness, and a slide show from Ascent Magazine. More info about these events HERE
More than once I shuddered in the skin track yesterday, but not because of the cold. I would be momentarily overcome with the emotion of it all. There are those days when the stars and planets and, shall I say, snowflakes, align. I know that you know what I mean. We mark our lives by these days.
Skies are clear, temps are near 0°F, winds are light and westerly. Many folks reported that it was the best skiing and riding of the year yesterday. It might have been the best skiing of the year, any year. Missed out? It might be better today. And tomorrow. A weak and splitting system off the coast of CA will kick in some cloud cover and a couple inches of snow later tomorrow through early Friday with clearing again for the weekend. Temps will gradually warm in the coming days.
Snow stakes hold a good early foundation of 2-4' on the ground, with some favored areas in the upper reaches of the Cottonwoods boasting almost 5' of snow. How's the winter so far? See the map below. After many years of drought, let's not get greedy. Average is 500"/year in LCC. Average will do.
Ski area control teams found spotty new snow avalanches with only one explosive-induced avalanche stepping into the old facets a couple-three feet deep on a north facing slope at 10,700'. In the backcountry, Mark White found that West Monitor had naturalled to the ground
overnight 2-3' deep and 500' wide. This was a repeater from the Thanksgiving cycle. Also of great interest is a skier-remote from two days ago in Porter Fork of Mill Creek. The slide was reported as 2' deep and 100' wide on a northwest facing slope at 8400'. This may be one of the lower elevation avalanches we have heard about thus far. (West Monitor pc: Mark White). Confused about locations and names? Check out the Wasatch Backcountry Skiing
page (and app).