In partnership with: Utah Division of State Parks and Recreation, The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, Utah Department of Emergency Services and Homeland Security and
“keeping you on top”
November 02, 2006 10:00 am
This is the
about the annual backcountry gear swap sponsored by the Friends of the
Opportunities for turns are very limited at the moment, with the shallow, 10 to 18” snow pack existing only on upper elevation north and easterly facing slopes. The snow is becoming loose and unsupportable on many slopes, and is capped with breakable wind and sun crusts in some places. Your best bet for turns without hitting rocks is the snowcatted terrain at the unopened resorts and low angle, smooth, grassy slopes. Turning can be rather dangerous, so controlling your speed is crucial.
The weakening snow
pack is mostly stable. The old wind
slabs from last week have mostly settled out, but small areas may crack out
directly beneath your boards. The sugary
snow may be more of a concern in the future, so keep a mental map of the
current snow cover. A series of weak
weather disturbances will brush northern
There is a very shallow, weak snowpack on upper elevation northerly and easterly facing slopes. This limited snowpack is mostly stable, and there is a greater danger of hitting rocks and logs and injuring yourself or damaging your equipment. The safest turns will be on slopes less steep than about 30 degrees with grass underneath, or on runs that have been packed by snow cats at the resorts.
While the ski resorts are not yet open, they are doing early season snowmaking and trail work, so please obey any closures. They are not doing any avalanche control, so treat them like backcountry terrain. As you get ready for your first tour of the season, be sure to put fresh batteries in your beacon and start practicing a few beacon searches.
To find early season weather information, be sure to bookmark the National Weather Service page and you should regularly consult the Snow Page, (Alta Collins station is operating) the Satellite Imagery page (look at infrared Western U.S. 2km).
If there is anything we should know about, continue to let us know by calling (801) 524-5304 or 1-800-662-4140, email [email protected] or fax 801-524-6301