Powder Mountain, UT Report: High-Speed Storm Laps & Plenty of Face Shots

Martin Kuprianowicz | | Conditions ReportConditions Report

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Report from February 16, 2021

It just keeps getting better in the Wasatch this week.

If Powder Mountain was boot-deep in lots of spots on Monday then it was knee-deep yesterday.

I showed up late in the afternoon around 2 right during peak-intensity snowfall—it was DUMPING.

With only a couple of hours of chair time left in the day, I managed to squeeze in five creamy laps.

Lap #1. | Photo courtesy SnowBrains

Lap #1 was in an untouched chute to looker’s right of Paradise chair. 

Face shots swept over me like ivory tidal waves. 

I noticed some instability in the snow here because halfway down the chute I triggered a tiny, 2-3″ deep, 15-foot-wide slab that broke and ran about 20 feet down the chute. 

Lap #2 was off skier’s right of the top shack of Paradise where I found a tight entry between rocks into a wickedly fun line.

Lap #2. | Photo courtesy SnowBrains

I took a couple of deep breaths and just pointed ’em through the gateway in the rocks, gaining intense speed and floating on top of smooth snow. 

Lap #3 was somewhere in the trees to the skier’s right of Timberline chair where I was able to slice fresh tracks in untouched powder nearly all the way down to the chair. 

Lap #4 consisted of pillow-popping in the thick trees of Booger Ridge where massive piles of snow rested on top of boulders and fallen over trees. 

Paradise. | Photo courtesy SnowBrains

It was snowy and quiet all day, and if you listened closely, you could hear the faint echoes of one very stoked Polish man on skis crying and hollering out from somewhere in the trees.

Lap #5 was back to the Timberline base where I snaked back and forth through the soft snow in the trees on the sides of the groomer all the way home. 

Powder afternoons are what we live for. 

Snow Numbers 

Courtesy Powder Mountain 2/17/21


Courtesy NOAA 2/17/21


Timberline. | Photo courtesy SnowBrains
Photo courtesy SnowBrains
Photo courtesy SnowBrains



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One thought on “Powder Mountain, UT Report: High-Speed Storm Laps & Plenty of Face Shots

  1. The only thing that slows you down skiing at Powder Mountain is the Paradise Lift! Could use a high speed chair there.

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