Saturday, July 22, 2017

AltaBird Ski Report

It's a holiday weekend in the Wasatch, which means it's best to start early to avoid the crowds.  I believe this weekend and the next are also considered the "Wasatch Wildflower Festival," although in my view the mountains need no promotion this time of year.  

My hike this morning took me to the top of Mt. Baldy and Hidden Peak, enabling a quick assessment of ski conditions (sans skis).  Near as I could tell, Main Chute doesn't go any more, although there are some turns to be had a the top.

Pipeline?  A careful look also shows it no longer goes and is bisected by a couple of snow free strips.

TAYers will need to hit the Timp "glacier" or head to better options in the Cascades and Sierra.  I'll stick to the trails.

In case you are wondering, the overnight minimum at the Salt Lake City airport was only 76ºF, making it virtually certain that this will be the 20th consecutive day with a minimum of 70 or higher (technically 71 since that's the lowest temperature observed in the past 20 days).

The good news is that the models are still advertising a major monsoon surge for northern Utah early next week.  Keep your fingers crossed.

1 comment:

  1. Main Chute looks like the craters of the moon.