Country Clubbin’

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 7:32 am

Summary:

A storm that would not quit has finally pushed out of the region.  A weak system will bring clouds today and chance for a few light snow showers this afternoon.  On Monday, another system will bring snow to the region perhaps into Tuesday.

Details:

Wednesday was great, Thursday was greater, yesterday was all-time.  I was able to get up LCC before the road closed due to an avalanche.  That means a rare “country club” day in which skiers and boarders at Alta/Snowbird. Had very little competition for 30+ inches of fluff.  It was something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

Good news for those of you going up today.  There should be plenty of leftovers as large portions of the mountains did not open in LCC.  Elsewhere, there will still be powder stashes if you know where to go.  The backcountry looks like it will remain in prime condition due to cold temperatures, however, with all the new snow, the avalanche danger will be high.  Please consult with UAC if you’re going after backcountry goods.

Here are the final totals from this storm.  LCC, as expected, set the pace with over 4 FEET of snow in three days!  Other resorts not too far behind:

22-Feb 23-Feb 24-Feb 25-Feb Totals
Snowbird 13 13 18 9 53
Alta 13 14 17 8 52
Brighton 14 15 14 1 44
Snowbasin 7 6 22 8 43
Solitude 15 14 12 1 42
Cherry Peak 4 15 10 5 34
Park City 16 9 6 2 33
Deer Valley 15 8 5 1 29
Powder Mtn 10 6 12 0 28
Sundance 8 10 4 0 22
Beaver Mtn 7 7 1 1 16
Nordic Valley 4 4 7 1 16
Brian Head 0 7 3 0 10
Eagle Point 0 3 2 1 6

A weak system is moving through northern Utah today.  It’s mostly just clouds, but we can’t rule out a snow shower or two this afternoon or evening.  Accumulations should be minimal.

A better storm pushes in late Sunday night and continues thru the day Monday.  Potentially with a second wave on Tuesday.  Models have been struggling with this system.  The GFS is very weak, the Canadian is much stronger, the Euro is somewhere in between.  The NAM is now within range and is actually fairly optimistic, portraying 15-20″ for the Cottonwoods:

Univ of Utah

Let’s hope this verifies as it will be a nice way to close out the month of February.  Monday and Tuesday could feature good powder.

Long Range:

We will clear out and start to warm up by the middle of the week. Ridge stays in control for the most part, but starting around March 4th, troughs will push into the Pacific NW.  I think these are mostly going to stay to our north.  It is possible, however, that these could trend farther south and bring us chances for snow.  We’ll have to keep an eye on this but at this time it looks like we’ll mostly have a quiet first 10 days of March.

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