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The Salt Lake City premier of The Fourth Phase from the creators of The Art of Flight will at Brewvies at 7 pm on Monday, Jan 9 as a fundraiser for the Utah Avalanche Center. Ski lodge resort For tickets and details, go to https://utahavalanchecenter.org/event/fourth-phase

As of 5 am, skies are clear and temperatures are in the negative single digits, with a few stations in the drainage bottoms at about -10 F. Working at a ski resort in colorado Winds are northerly and light, although some upper elevation stations are gusting into the low 20’s mph. Telluride ski resort lodging Storm snow in the central Wasatch from Wednesday and overnight into Thursday has settled to about a foot, and is right-side up with denser snow underneath the low-density snow at the surface. Vail ski resort reviews Skiing and travel conditions are superb.


The New Years holiday weekend featured clear skies and Low avalanche hazard. Heavenly ski resort reviews Beginning late Sunday night, a storm system came in that lasted through Tuesday morning. Steamboat springs ski resort Storm totals in the Cottonwoods and Park City mountains were upwards of 2′ with close to 2″ of water (SWE). Squaw valley ski resort This low density snow fell on a preserved layer of near surface facets and surface hoar. Homewood ski resort hours Although there was one skier-triggered slide reported on Monday that failed on this layer, most avalanche activity through Tuesday was only sluffing within the storm snow as the low density snow was not acting as a cohesive slab.

On Wednesday and Thursday the UAC issued an avalanche warning with the arrival of a storm system that brought dense snow and strong winds. Heavenly ski resort tahoe The Ogden mountains northward received the brunt of the snowfall with over 2′ of snow and widespread avalanche activity. Mammoth ski resort hotels The Cottonwoods and Park City mountains received 12-18″. Fernie ski resort The Provo mountains received 29″ with 4.5″ of water, and went through a significant natural avalanche cycle on all aspects and elevations Wednesday and overnight into Thursday.

There are several excellent observations from this past week that provide useful information as you prepare for your Friday and weekend plans.

Strong westerly winds on Wednesday loaded many mid and upper elevation slopes on a variety of aspects, particularly at the upper elevations. Heavenly ski resort lift hours On many of these slopes, these recent wind drifts are sitting on top of lower-density snow that fell from earlier this week, as well as a preserved layer of faceted snow that formed around the New Year.

The photo below [ Mletschnig] shows a natural avalanche that likely occurred overnight Wednesday. Massanutten ski resort virginia This occurred along the Park City ridgeline on a steep, wind-loaded east aspect at 9500′. Snowshoe ski resort review Although most observers on Thursday noted these recent drifts to be unreactive to stability tests, my advice is to give it at least another day for the snowpack to adjust to this recent load.

There are several layers with persistent weaknesses in the upper 3-4′ of the snowpack. Homewood mountain ski resort Some of these layers formed during mid-December, as well as a layer of facets that formed over the New Year and was preserved underneath this week’s storm snow. Heavenly ski resort lake tahoe At some lower elevations, there are crust/facet combinations that are a cause for concern as well. Vail ski resort hotels (Trent has an excellent video from Monday illustrating this setup.) The concerns for a persistent slab are greater in outlying areas such as Lambs Canyon where there is a thinner, more-layered snowpack. Ski resort map usa On Monday pro observer Zinnia Wilson and Drew found this setup on Mt. Winterplace ski resort skiing Aire. Snowbird ski resort trail map The persistent slab issue is less of a concern in the Cottonwoods where the snowpack is deeper. Steamboat ski resort snow conditions Given the amounts of new snow and wind from this past week, my advice is to give it at least another day for these persistent layers in the snowpack to adjust to this recent load.

Sunny today with temperatures at the mid and upper elevations in the low to mid teens. Winterplace ski resort wv Winds will be light and out of the north. Ski resort guide Transition day on Saturday as things begin to get interesting again beginning late Saturday night with a period of warm, wet, and windy weather from an atmospheric river extending from Hawaii. Telluride ski resort snow conditions Aloha.

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To get help in an emergency (to request a rescue) in the Wasatch, call 911. Heavenly ski resort south lake tahoe Be prepared to give your GPS coordinates or the run name. Top ski resort in us Dispatchers have a copy of the Wasatch Backcountry Ski map.

If you trigger an avalanche in the backcountry, but no one is hurt and you do not need assistance, please notify the nearest ski area dispatch to avoid a needless response by rescue teams. Whitetail ski resort pa Thanks.

To those skinning uphill at resorts: it is critical to know the resort policy on uphill travel. Wisp ski resort trail map You can see the uphill travel policy for each resort here.

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This information does not apply to developed ski areas or highways where avalanche control is normally done. Monarch ski resort This advisory is from the U.S.D.A. Telluride ski resort trail map Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. Telluride ski resort reviews This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always exist.