Friday, January 21, 2011

Ski Now, Work Later

What may be the biggest most persistent, high-amplitude, upper-level ridge of the winter is about to build over the western United States.  The good news is that it will be preceded by yet another short-wave trough embedded in northwesterly flow, which should give the Wasatch Mountains another quick hitting storm late tonight and early Saturday.

0600 UTC 21 Jan GFS Forecast Valid 1800 UTC (1100 MST) 22 Jan 2011
That storm will be our last major shot of snow for at least several days, so it is imperative to "ski now, work later."  After that, we'll likely be high and dry as we won't be in a dirty ridge situation like we've had for the past week.  This ridge is very high amplitude.  We will, however, have great weather for long adventure tours and for skiing fast corduroy in the warm sun at the resorts.

0600 UTC 21 Jan GFS Forecast Valid 0600 UTC 27 Jan 2011
Don't forget to wear your sunscreen!

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