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Friday, March 27, 2009

Massive Storms Dump More Than 60 Inches On Utah Resorts

Skiers are loving the snow conditions at Utah resorts, after a series of storms blasted the state. Alta and Snowbird received more than 60 inches of new. Brighton picked up 41 inches and Solitude received 40 in the past 48 hours.

Skies are blue today but more of the white stuff is scheduled for Sunday.

Onthesnow.com has this new article about the storms. Below are excerpts.

The recent snowfall pushed the current snow total this season to 507 inches (breaking the average annual snowfall total of 500") and jacked up resort base depths as high as 145 inches. This is not PR spin or hype. It truly is epic right now on the hills with low crowds and February-like conditions of light, fluffy, often untracked, off-piste trails. As this latest storm has moved on to torment Colorado, Friday's weather calls for warmer temps and partly cloudy skies. However, another major system presently bearing down on the Pacific Northwest, is scheduled to arrive in Utah Sunday.

The nearly four feet of new snow that came in swiftly since Wednesday, coupled with strong winds, have bumped up the avalanche danger to "high." In other words, both natural and human triggered avalanches are almost certain to occur on steep slopes. The word this weekend is to stay out of the backcountry. Besides, the inbounds action is nearly as good right now.

You can track the avalanche situation online.

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