Wasatch Range, UT Report: On the Hunt For Recycled Powder

Martin Kuprianowicz | BackcountryBackcountry | Conditions ReportConditions Report
Tom sending into softish snow in Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT. | Photo courtesy of SnowBrains

Report from Tuesday, February 1st, 2022

Tom and I went for a walk in Big Cottonwood Canyon the other day. The MO? Find the softest snow possible and ski it.

We ended up skiing No Name Bowl and Little Willow trees. No Name Bowl first, followed by the trees in Little Willow on the way back to the car.

It was partly sunny and very cold with a high of like 12, and the temperature dropped significantly when clouds rolled in halfway through the tour. 

No Name Bowl. | Photo courtesy of SnowBrains

The skin track up icy, south-facing USA bowl was absolutely heinous.

NE-facing No Name had soft, recrystallized powder that was grabby in spots. We found overall decent conditions compared to the conditions for the past couple of weeks in the resort.

Photo courtesy of SnowBrains

The trees in Little Willow had even better powder as it was more sheltered and protected. Here the recycled snow felt heavy, sugary, and very faceted. But it skied great!

It was all worth it—as it always is. 

Tom in the trees. | Photo courtesy of SnowBrains

Avalanche Forecast

Screenshot courtesy of UAC 2/3/22

Weather

Screenshot courtesy of NOAA 2/3/22

Photos

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Snack time. | Photo courtesy of SnowBrains
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