Bluebird Weekend

Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 7:47 am

Summary:

Quiet weather for this weekend with bluebird conditions.  This benign weather will continue to start the upcoming week.  Change arrives Wednesday night into Thursday as our next system pushes into the region.

Details:

Not much to talk about.  We summed up our outstanding snowpack yesterday.  Now is the time to go out and enjoy it.  Great ski conditions through Utah.  Quiet weather with bluebird conditions will continue thru Tuesday.  Valley inversions will strengthen with pollution building.  Another great reason to get up into the mountains.

Next storm is still timing for later in the week.  Models are about 6-12 hours slower with the arrival of this system than they were yesterday morning.  Right now, it looks like it will arrive either Wednesday night or Thursday morning.  Snow looks likely on Thursday, ending by Friday.  Still too early to forecast amounts, but it looks like a moderate storm at this point.  Certainly enough for a good powder day or two.

Long Range:

As we head toward next weekend. Models bring another system into the west coast.  However, they’ve been sliding the strongest portion of this storm south into the desert southwest.  It could favor southern Utah.  But the entire state should have a chance for at least some additional snowfall.  In general, the active pattern continues.

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P.S.  If you’re dying to ski more of the deep powder that fell over the past 10 days, this would be a good opportunity to do a trip to Whisper Ridge Cat and Heli Skiing Resort.  They received 3-4 FEET of snow up top from the last storm and 5-10 FEET since the start of 2017.  The cool conditions have kept the snow in great shape.  Lead Guide and Snow Safety guru, Wes Light, sent me this photo the other day of their yurt village absolutely buried to the roof:

I wrote a full review of my last trip to Whisper Ridge that you can find HERE.  Also, I wanted to include the following video that was made by Ski Utah about Whisper Ridge.  This video was shot on the same day I was skiing there on December 22, 2016.  So if you want to know what it’s like, image this plus about 10 feet of additional snow.





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  • Ran

    “Valley inversions will strengthen with pollution building. Another great reason to get up into the mountains.”

    And another great reason to make sure that you carpool or take the bus up to the resort.