Wednesday, October 19, 2016

You Could Be Skiing This Weekend

Yes, you could be skiing this weekend, but not in the Wasatch Range.

A quick look at the snowpack snow water equivalent (SWE) at western U.S. SNOTELs shows the highest values are nearby at the 9200 foot Grand Targhee site.  Take a quick gander, and you'll see a yellow dot near the Wyoming–Idaho border at that site.

Source: NRCS
Observations show a snowpack SWE of 8.1 inches.  Pretty healthy for October and the equivalent to the climatological median in late November.

Source: NRCS
Web cams show a wintery scene.

Source: Grand Targhee
If you go, add your report to the comments.

Note: To my knowledge, the ski area will not be open.  I don't know their policy for access this time of year.  You will need to earn your turns, possibly outside the resort boundary.

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