Looking Back and Looking Forward

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 7:28 am


Storm all but wrapped up with 6-18″ of new snow throughout the mountains of Utah.  Skiing has been phenomenal of late and will continue to be great for the next week or so, if not longer.  Next storm moves in on Sunday for storm day powder.  Yet another system on its heels for Monday night and Tuesday.  Plenty of powder to be enjoyed!


The storm is pretty much over with just a few light snow showers lingering this morning.  If you remember, the forecast by Friday morning was 6-12″ with the possibility for more in places.  Here’s what we saw (48-hour totals):

  • Beaver Mtn: 12″
  • Powder Mtn: 12″
  • Snowbasin: 8″
  • Park City ridge: 6-10″
  • Cottonwoods: 13-17″
  • Sundance: 9″
  • Eagle Point: 18″
  • Brian Head: 8″

So everybody made the forecasted range and several areas bested it — all in all, things worked out well.  Skiing was fantastic yesterday and should be very good today too.

On Saturday, we’ll continue to be dry, but clouds and winds will be on the increase ahead of the next trough.  The front for this system is a little slower in the models than it was 24 hours ago.  That means that snow will likely not start until around sunrise or just after on Sunday.  Not a huge difference, but it means less powder for first chair with more snow falling throughout the day.  It definitely looks like a storm day POW day.

Here is a look at the 12-km NAM graph that we all love so much:



You can see that it has snow starting around 7 am and continuing through about 7 pm Sunday evening with about a foot of new snow for the Upper Cottonwoods.  For right now, I think the safe bet is to plan for 5-10″ through the Wasatch, but know there is a chance for a bit more in favored locations.  Sunday Funday!

Another break day on Monday, with plenty of leftover powder but increasing winds.  Next system rolls in Monday night into Tuesday.  This system is a slower moving, deeper trough than the system on Sunday — similar to the system we just saw over the past 48 hours.  Should be good for another 6-12+” of snow by Wednesday although we’re still far out to be getting into too much detail.

No matter how you spin it, the skiing/riding over the next week should be spectacular!  Fresh snow, deep base, and limited crowds — what could be better than Spring in the Wasatch!



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