WEATHER UPDATE @ 10am Friday 12/12:
Looks like the storm is not going to perform quite as well as some were hoping. We will likely 3-6 inches for the cottonwoods, probably on the higher end of that in Alta.
It’s been high and dry here in Alta for over a week now. But luckily the sun is low angle and the snow has remained good. The groomers have been soft and fast all day. There has been enough snow to open backside and tower ten traverse and there are good chalky turns to be found out there. For the weekend there is a storm arriving that should be in the 6-12 inch range.
In Alta it is generally frowned upon to ski the tower ten traverse and the ski school traverse on backside. However, with low snow conditions right now, they are our only options. Taking either traverse has been fairly smooth sailing and drops you off as some good chalky snow.
The low angle sun has been keeping things skiing well for many days, even with out new snow.
On some of the lower angle protected trees the surface is recrystalizing and still skiing smooth and soft.
If groomers are more your thing, they have been in pristine condition in the mornings and are staying soft and edgeable well into the afternoon with the low early season skier traffic.
24 hour snowfall: 0″
7 day snowfall: 0″
season snowfall: 68″
The weekend forecast has been a bit wobbly. Yesterday, it looked like we might be in for a 1ft+, and today is looking more like 4-6 inches. I will update this post Friday morning, when the models have settled down a bit. But for now, we can at least feast our eyes on the snowflake icons we’ve been longing to see. Another great weather resource is wasatchsnowforecast.com
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