Join me Tuesday night at the Park City library to discuss the state-of-the-state of the snowpack... black tie optional :)
Above the valley muck, you'll find clean air and clear skies with temperatures in the teens. West and northwest winds blow in the low to mid 20's. Recent storms have been good to the eastern front and the Uinta's are white. Riding and turning conditions are about the best they've been in years with snow depths across the range averaging just over 3'.
We are working to get the entire Uinta weather network back online, but got Windy Peak up and running yesterday. Above is 24 hour data from Trail Lake (9945') along with wind data from Windy Peak ( 10,662'). To view more regional weather stations click here.
Plowing is done on Mirror Lake Highway, but Wolf Creek Pass is still open. However, just 'cause you can see your rig parked near Wolf Creek, doesn't mean the terrain you're choosing to ride is good to go.
Remember- this is the time of year where most of us get tricked thinking there isn't enough snow to avalanche. Unfortunately, this is also the type of setup when most close calls and accidents occur. If you are getting out and about, be prepared for your own self rescue. Wear and know how to use an avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe.
The last significant slide that we heard of was triggered earlier this week on Monday. Ted saw this Yamaha Hill avalanche from the highway near Evanston on his way to work. Breaking 6' deep and 250' wide, this slide was triggered either low on the slope or remotely from the ridge. This avalanche clearly illustrates the type of avalanche dragon we're dealing with on slopes facing the north half of the compass which harbor, weak snow near the ground. More details on this slide are found here