Sunday, December 18, 2011

Ski It If It's White

That was the family motto today as we adjusted our attitude and had fun running laps at Alta.  The skiing remains below Utah standards, but was fun for a couple of hours and better than expected.  Kudos to Alta's snowmakers and groomers for a truly outstanding job this year.  It was also great to see blue sky and enjoy a Bucket o' Fries at Watson Shelter.  French fries consumed at Watson Shelter do not count against a person's bad cholesterol.

There is a glimmer of hope for the future.  The models have suddenly decided to drop an upper-level trough into Utah for late Wednesday and Thursday.  This trough was previously forecast to pass to our north, but if Mother Nature wants to bring it through Utah, so be it.

The trough is not the harbinger of a major pattern change, but any freshening of the snow will help.  Further, the trough should punch out the inversion and clear up the air.  The view from Alta today...

and from the 6200 South park-and-ride...


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