WATCH: Chest Deep Powder at Alta Ski Area


WATCH: Chest Deep Powder at Alta Ski Area

Utah Has The Preseason Goods!

It’s not uncommon for snow to start piling up at ski areas across the country this time of year, however Alta Ski Area and areas around Utah really cashed in this past week.

Alta Ski Area reported a whopping 27″ of new snow with more on the way. The ski resort is set to open on November 21st, but that didn’t stop a few locals from sampling the goods.

Check out the chest deep powder that Adam Fehr and crew ripped through on November 8th. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of floating through powder that has no floor, you’d be hooting and hollering, too.

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Check out the Utah Daily Snow from OpenSnow below, and as always, visit or download the OpenSnow mobile app to keep tabs on your favorite resorts, especially as things ramp up over the next few weeks.

Excerpt from the Utah Daily Snow by Evan Thayer
Updated November 9th, 2020

The rest of this week will remain cold so snow quality will stay intact. This will also allow resorts to blow snow all week if they so desire. 

Today, we could see some snow showers lingering in a somewhat moist and unstable environment as our system moves into eastern Utah and Colorado. Don’t be surprised to see some snow again today. 

We have a bit of a break tonight, but snow could develop again on Tuesday in the mountains. It should be mostly light, but a couple inches will be possible. We are also going to be clipped by a system on Wednesday, so additional snow is possible in far Northern Utah (generally north of SLC). 

We have a more pronounced break Thursday and early Friday before a potentially stronger system moves in for the weekend. 

Photo of Alta Ski Area by Evan Thayer, Utah Snow Forecaster for OpenSnow
Extended Forecast

The weekend should feature another storm with potential for significant mountain snow. There are a lot of questions with regard to how this system evolves. But we should start to see potential for accumulating mountain snow late Friday or early Saturday. You can see that even within a single model, the ensembles are still all over the place: 

Essentially we have a range of QPF (liquid forecasted) from 0.25″ to well over 2″. With a mean (solid red line) of about 1.75″. That would suggest a healthy storm is possible, perhaps likely. But there’s just too much uncertainty at this point for me to lock it down. Still good news for snow lovers. I think resorts will be ready to open from a snow perspective. 

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