The past 36 hours we have been experiencing very large storm. A moisture plume has been aimed straight off the Pacific Ocean and up Little Cottonwood Canyon.
Here’s a quick timeline of the past couple days.
Saturday 12/20 @ 11am: Snow beings to fall, but is scattered and mostly light to moderate.
Saturday 12/20 @ 8pm: Snow rates drop off over the evening and temperatures rise a bit.
Sunday 12/21 @ 4am: Snow rates pick up, it is warm and the density is very high.
Sunday 12/21 @ 9:15am: We have received 6 inches of snow and lifts open on time.
Sunday 12/21 @ 10:30am: The skiing is really good. The snow is dense and it is definitely Gore-Tex weather. However due to avalanche danger and strong winds (60mph gust) none of the traverses are open.
Sunday 12/21 @ 11:30am: Fred’s Trees closes for an hour or so. Presumably due to increased avalanche danger. However it reopens later.
Sunday 12/21 @ 2pm: All Alta lifts (except Sunnyside) close for very strong winds (gusts to 80mph).
Sunday 12/21 @ 8pm: The Canyon road closes
Sunday 12/21 @ 9pm: No Interlodge travel permitted.
Monday 12/22 @ 9am: Interlodge travel restrictions lifted. We have now received 22 inches of snow and nearly 4 inches of water weight. It is still snowing and blowing very hard.
Monday 12/22 @ 10:40am: As I write now, lifts are scheduled to open at 11am. However there are still lots of bombs going off and it is snowing heavily and very windy. I would not be surprised if opening was delayed a bit longer and when the lifts do start spinning, we cannot expect much terrain to be open.
UPDATE Monday 12/22 @11:15am: Lifts are still closed for wind hold/ avalanche control. But people are physched to go ski!