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.
Yosemite’s Half Dome is not a ski line. Of course, it’s better known as a rock-climbing destination high above the floor of Yosemite Valley. That didn’t stop two locals (Jason Torlano and Zack Milligan) from chasing their dream of becoming the first to link turns from the summit all the way to the valley floor. Torlano and Milligan did just that earlier this week when they took advantage of ephemeral conditions to ski off the summit of Half Dome. Conditions consisted of half an inch of névé
In the outdoors, we are always learning and growing, trying to get better at the activities we pursue and be more knowledgeable about the places we recreate. When it comes to backcountry skiing, a willingness to learn and grow is an essential part of the sport. This season, several months of variable weather followed by massive amounts of snow and little time for the snowpack to settle have created unstable and somewhat unpredictable conditions. These conditions have affected much of the
Mammut just announced a robust new snow safety athlete team, supporting its mission and goals as the world’s premiere snow safety brand. Boasting the most advanced and reliable avalanche safety equipment on the market, Mammut has long been the go-to brand for snowsports professionals, and with the addition of TGR Athletes Kai Jones, Nick Mcnutt, Christina Lustenberger and Ian McIntosh, that team will lead the way for a safe future in the mountains. Joining the TGR crew are skiers Marcus