Snowbird and Alta went into Interlodge last night after the Utah Department of Transportation announced the overnight closure of Little Cottonwood Canyon due to avalanche mitigation. Interlodge is where no one in the Alta nor Snowbird areas is allowed to go outside due to the very high risk of avalanches. Interlodge is rare, usually only happening once or twice per season. […]
Alta Ski Area/Snowbird, UT Open Today After 60-Hour Interlodge Which Left Town Residents Trapped Indoors, Ski Areas Closed
Brought to you by Alta Ski Area Over five feet of new snow fell at Alta in the past seven days. The avalanche danger rose to ‘extreme’ everywhere in the canyon yesterday, and the town of Alta and Snowbird Resort went on interlodge for 60-hours. Alta, Snowbird, and Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT Into 3rd Day of Closure Due to Avalanche […]
Original article by Adam Fehr on Alta.com/stories 02.12.20. STELLAR DENDRITE—THE DOUBLE-EDGED SNOWFLAKE The Alta snowflake logo, known worldwide in the ski community, did not come about by happenstance. The Alta Flake is based on the stellar dendrite, a snow crystal with hexagonal tree-like structure and branches. They are razor-thin, symmetrical in shape, and create the fluffy snow that made Alta […]
It has been quite the weeks here in Alta. A big storm dropped 32 inches of dense snow, with over 4 inches of water weight. The mountain was shut down for an afternoon and a morning. We had 2 consecutive morning with interlodge, and some of the stronger wind gust seen in the last decade. The skiing was good during the storm, but with the denseness of the snow and the […]
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.