Sunday, November 20, 2011
A Good Early Season Start
After spending much of the last month storm chasing, I was finally able to get out and sample the early season snowpack myself yesterday. The meteorologist inside of me said that this is a good start to the ski season, but on the climb through the aspens, my tibias were screaming that I'd better keep my tips up on the descent.
Let's look at some numbers. Data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) SNOTEL stations show that on a basin-wide scale, northern Utah is sitting about 110–125% of average snowpack snow-water equivalent (SWE).
Not too shabby. At the Snowbird SNOTEL, it appears we are running just a shade behind average and where we were on this date last year.
Thus, with enough snow to ski, I think this is a good start to the ski season.