Saturday, December 6, 2014

Looking for Snow?

For Salt Lakers it can be hard to leave the friendly confines of the Cottonwood Canyons.  However, powder is a precious commodity and there are places in Utah with more snow.

The snowpack in the Cottonwoods remains meager, but the mountains east of Logan have more.  The Tony Grove Lake SNOTEL has a snowpack with 9.5 inches of water, 135% of the median for the date.  This compares to 6.0 inches/85% of median at Snowbird.

Toby Weed's report for the Utah Avalanche Center reads:

"The coverage is quite good above around 8000', with the heavy snows from November nicely filling in the rocky terrain. You can ride just about anywhere without sinking in too deeply and you can see the larger protruding rocks, but I found ascending on skis difficult in places because of a slippery rime-crust beneath a few inches of mashed potato-like snow."

Ok, so they have better cover, but perhaps some not-so-great skiing.  Then again, perhaps beggars can't be choosers.   


  1. What r u, a wise guy? Turning at the bird was great all week.

  2. Snow situation above Provo: Above 7200' there's no snow on southern aspects and about 2 ft of snow on the northern aspects. A firm crust has developed on the snow surface so it's good for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Here's the route of my first ski tour of the season: