The skiing and snowpack situation yesterday was somewhat better than expected, making for a decent day with some deep powder. Many people were out and tracks were laid all over upper Little Cottonwood and environs.
A noticeable density inversion lied beneath a couple of inches of low density powder that fell just before and while we were touring. Call me a snob, but I felt that made for "hard rock" powder skiing rather than "easy listening." One definitely had to think about keeping the skis from diving.
The storm continues today and I've elected to work rather than fight Mother Nature in the backcountry or lift lines at the resorts. I suspect for the former, the snow is too deep for good skiing on the sub 30 degree slopes I'd be inclined to ski today and for the latter it may take some time until terrain is opened and then it will be limited.
As of 8 AM, the Collins stake at Alta has recorded 9 inches of snow since midnight with 1.01" of water. If these measurements are accurate (and they could be off some due to the wind), that's a water content of 12.1% and in the Sierra Cement territory. So, the new snow is upside down and we've now added weight rapidly to a weak snowpack with more on the way.
The latest radar mosaic shows precipitation echoes extending northwest from northern Utah all the way up into the Pacific Northwest. Echo free areas reflect poor radar coverage rather than precipitation gaps.
|Source: College of DuPage
Thus, we will keep the precipitation train rolling in the mountains today, with some modulations in snowfall intensity as weak waves in the flow move through.
The mountains will look and ski very different come tomorrow.