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.
California’s Caldor Fire is just one of many burning rampantly across the West, but just took an ominous turn as it heads straight to Lake Tahoe. As of Monday morning, residents of South Lake Tahoe stand under mandatory evacuation orders with the fire racing towards the lake. On Sunday evening, photographers captured the fire burning through Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort. Luckily no major structure damage was reported, but images show the ski area’s snowmaking guns spraying water on massive
There are currently 107 wildfires burning nationwide, with large ones in California blanketing Nevada, Utah, and Colorado with dense and unhealthy smoke. | Breezometer map. This past weekend felt pretty apocalyptic across the West, with skies turning orange, ash depositing on surfaces, and air quality indexes so bad that many of us were warned to avoid going outside. In fact, Denver and Salt Lake City were both ranked at the top of the list of worldwide air pollution. Here in Jackson
Washington State’s Department of Natural Resources announced that it is closing all recreational and public access to DNR-managed lands in eastern part of the state due to the ongoing drought and resulting extreme fire danger. The rule goes into effect July 23, 2021 and will last until fire conditions improve. The entire state is currently under a fire ban, and in case you’ve been outside in much of the country in the last few days, you’ll have noticed wildfire smoke resulting from fires all