Nope, that’s not a joke. Up to five inches of snow an hour fell in the Wasatch on Monday, forcing Alta and Snowbird to close early due too much snow and high avalanche risk. Storm totals reached upwards of two feet. A natural avalanche ran in the White Pine area of Little Cottonwood Canyon, forcing a road closure to remove debris and continue mitigation work. Skiers and snowboarders were forced to remain up the canyon and indoors until 6 p.m. before heading down.
Snowbird tweeted a message warning anyone “outdoors at the resort, please proceed to the nearest building and stay inside until interlodge restrictions have been lifted. DO NOT STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE.” Big Cottonwood was opening and closing throughout the afternoon causing the typical Wasatch traffic nightmare.
Both LCC and BCC have reopened to normal traffic as of 1/22. Avalanche risk is still rated High in the Salt Lake, Provo, Skyline, Uinta, and Moab areas, with a considerable rating in the Ogden, Logan and Abajo zones.
Craig Kelly was unquestionably a legend, a pioneer, a masterful artist and above all an insightful and intuitive human who was lost too soon. January 21, 2016 marked the 13th year since Kelly passed away tragically in an avalanche guiding a backcountry mission near Revelstoke, BC, according to Transworld Snowboarding. While inducting him into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2013, they said, "nobody ever, in the history of snowboarding has meant so much to so many people
UPDATE: A rescue on Teton Pass's Taylor Mountain is currently still ongoing by Teton Search and Rescue after a slide was reported yesterday afternoon. TCSAR received a distress call at 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday, after two snowboarders triggered an avalanche on the south side of the mountain at about 2:45 p.m. A partner beacon search was unsuccessful, and TCSAR responded in full force to try and locate the presumably buried victim. The search was called off at dark, and rescuers are resuming
Vail Ski Co. Announced massive expense reductions, including cutting CEO Rob Katz's pay by 100 percent. Wikipedia photo. Vail Ski Co. is hurting. Following an abrupt end to the 2020 winter season, the company announced a massive company-wide effort to reduce expenses over the next few months. CEO Rob Katz penned an open letter explaining that it was unclear when they could resume with business as usual during the COVID-19 pandemic's economic fallout and were being forced to take drastic