A lot to consider today, what an event! Rapid intensification continues as the system moves off to our east, sure to give the plains a spring storm to remember. GFS mb heights and temperatures for Tuesday afternoon. The icing on the cake? With the shallow lake primed and warm from the past week, and a still-moist cold airmass moving in over top, the environment will be ripe with instability and the lower levels will be near saturated.
Narrow zones of the Salt Lake and Tooele valleys could see some snowfall totals that exceed the regional forecast if this happens to be the case. The impact on the Cottonwoods, however, will be marginal at best. Tomorrow, southwesterly flow will bring cloud cover and moderate temperatures prior to the arrival of our next Pacific storm system.
Forecasted mb heights and vorticity is shown below. GFS mb height forecast valid 6pm Tuesday. Plot courtesy of tropicaltidbits. The cold front is expected to move through Northern Utah Tuesday evening, with below-freezing temperatures forecasted all the way to the valley floor. Plot via weather. Plot via www. Winter not over yet! Today has been quite cloudy with some snow showers in some mountain locations as that same upper level trough exits the area. Sunday should be beautiful with mostly sunny skies in all northern Utah ski locations.
Notice how warmer temperatures green contours give way to much colder temperatures blue then purple contours as a cold front passes through the region Tuesday evening. Courtesy: tropicaltidbits. There might be some ski locations that receive rain or a mix Tuesday afternoon for a brief time, but there should be a quick transition as the cold front approaches and passes through.
GFS precipitation type and mb frontogenesis forecast for next Monday evening through Wednesday morning. Notice how large frontogenesis values correspond with the leading edge of heavy precipitation. This indicates that a pretty strong cold front could move through our area around the Tuesday evening timeframe.
This was his 4th run. After one run, I bailed to hang out on the peak and take in the energy that was happening. I got to meet a lot of folks who were so stoked to be standing on top of the world. Here is a shot of Team Bliss mounting up for a great day on the hill. Team Bliss soaking up the rays and checking out the pack.
It is so fun to meet the folks that read the site. As each Tram docked more ecstatic Faithful hit the peak. Here is a shot of two folks that were getting national TV coverage and were dressed in the spirit of the day.
It was really warm on the peak and I was obviously over dressed. I took the Tram back down to the Plaza and there was a great band rocking the crowd gathered for the pancake breakfast. There were a lot of folks and it was hard to find a seat. Here is the Tram line as I was exiting to go to breakfast. It stretched clear to the top of Chickadee. Full Tram mazes and the line still extended to the top of Chickadee.
There were a lot of folks who showed up for the festivities. I hope everyone had a great day and a great season. The snow will return before we know it. The pack was very frozen, with no machine work off the Road to Provo and only minimal machine work was performed on Regulator as the pack is getting quite thin, but still with good coverage.
There is a slight walk off the peak as the melt off is advancing. I got the first line down Regulator, which had plenty of traction to keep the speed under control. With no grooming out off the Road to Provo, the pack was quite difficult, with sun cups which demanded full attention. Here is a shot of two folks who were experiencing their first Peak Experience at The Bird.
Both of them were blown away and the kid from Stow said he was down for next season. High Stoke factor for these two who were seeing The Bird for the first time. We can all remember our first time. There is a big push for the goods, so expect tightly packed traffic patterns before softening occurs when the crowd will be more dispersed.
Here is a shot of a young bull Moose, who was enjoying breakfast in the fish pond. Mom was watching from the deep trees. Got to give this guy a lot of room. A young bull Moose up close and personal. Speed Safely!! I dressed up for the cold temps, but the Sun was warming things up quickly and the freshly tilled lines were softening up fast. There was a slow arrival of The Faithful, so the early hours where wide open, with the Road to Provo going begging for the first hour.
I was able to put down hot laps there for quite a while before anyone showed up. Here is a shot of Olivia Kennedy, who was stoked to be on the Peak, and celebrating days of skiing for the season.
Olivia Kennedy enjoying the sunshine a hitting the day mark for the season. With the cool temps. Nothing like a shot of Margarita to get the party started. These guys always bring the party. It looks like we will be seeing some warm temps this week, so the pack will be taking a hit, but it looks like there is still enough to work with for next weekend.
Have a great week and keep the stoke alive. The Grooming Crew did a great job finding snow to fill in the thin spots on the cat tracks and the open lines had been given tenderizing passes, so there was some nice granular softness to ply. Off trail was frozen solid and was insanely difficult, which I found out when I went to get a shot of the Sun cups off trail. Very difficult to traverse, let alone ski. There was a fair turn out for the opening bell and it is fun to share the stoke with the early morning risers anticipating the day.
Here is Alene and Beverly suiting up for the morning session. A quiet morning in the locker room and getting ready for the day. The Road to Provo had machine worked lines that had been given the tenderizing treatment and were feeling very consistent top to bottom. Here is a shot of Mark Malu from the Peak in the morning Sun. Still plenty of cover out in the big bowls.
The Grooming Crew did a great job making the lines smooth and sassy. Lots of folks began to arrive after the first hour, but there was still plenty of room to keep the pace moving. It was so much fun to see the stoke as folks arrived on the peak. Here is a shot of Team Kruck, who were ready to get the party started. Team Kruck stoked and ready for the morning festivities. Jeff was just a tad under dressed for the Winter Cold temps.
It did warm up a bit. I took some time and warmed up my fingers, which were very cold and stiff after the first hour and I took a few minutes to warm up in The Summit.
This particular spot in The Summit makes my hair stand on end from the Teluric Energy that is pumping up into Space. Some fast moving flurries moved in around Noon, making the visibility a bit flat. Tomorrow, look for another cool morning, with good Grooming efforts on both sides of the hill. See you there for the early smooth lines. My friend Mike was up hiking up high and sent this shot of Fernspiegel, which is a very rare and wonderful skiing experience.
The released crystals slide down with you as you descend and it sounds like breaking glass. A view of perfect Fernspiegel glistening in the morning Sun.
Perfect, smooth, and as good as it gets! It will be a cold night tonight, and there are some clouds coming in from the North. I think we should expect very firm conditions for the first couple of hours. Getting to the bottom will be much more of an issue this weekend.
Expect a fair bit of walking. I will be hitting the peak and going back down on the Tram. Here is a shot of the crew last weekend when we were rocking the corn goodness.Mineral Basin was great first thing and was slow to get busy. Here is a shot of the LCC pumping hard. The Road to Provo was holding the cold the best, but was breaking early and was velvety and delightful. Awards[ edit ] Skiing Magazine ranked the Alta-Snowbird ski area second in North America overall and first in the United States for the and seasons. Short Term Forecast The next storm hits Utah resorts sooner. It will be a cold night tonight, and there are some clouds coming in from the North.
Mining became a large local industry, and Little Cottonwood Canyon became one of the largest producers of silver ore in the Wasatch Mountains. Olivia Kennedy enjoying the sunshine a hitting the day mark for the season. I took a Tram to the Peak and got this great shot of Team Olsen Twins who were taking in the vista from the top of the world.
The newly replaced Blackfoot chair accesses some secret stashes lower down. Snowbird ranks as the second best resort in North America, runner-up to Whistler Blackcomb resort in Canada, according to Skiing Magazine. But the resort offers the highest elevation skiing in Oregon or Washington, meaning the snow is lighter than areas like Mt. See you there dark and early for the morning corduroy. Plot courtesy of tropicaltidbits.
I dressed up for the cold temps, but the Sun was warming things up quickly and the freshly tilled lines were softening up fast. Still plenty of cover out in the big bowls. Here is a shot of the crew last weekend when we were rocking the corn goodness. This indicates that the low level atmosphere s forecast to be saturated and precipitation is likely. The offer is open to skiers only, as a result of Alta's skiers-only no snowboards policy. Johnson met Dick Bass , a Texas oilman, in , and the two of them partnered to create the Snowbird resort, which opened in
Here is a shot of a young bull Moose, who was enjoying breakfast in the fish pond. It did warm up a bit.
Getting to the bottom will be much more of an issue this weekend.
Scroll down for a probabilistic snowfall forecast covering this weekend. His garden is awesome and he has the knack. On the western meaning snowier slope of the Tetons, on the other side of Teton Pass from Jackson, Targhee grabs the storm cycle first. Some fast moving flurries moved in around Noon, making the visibility a bit flat. On a powder day, ski patrol opens the front of the mountain first, then sometime between mid-morning and noon, they usually open Summit Lift to access the rest of the mountain. Sugar Bowl, in conjunction with the U.