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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Ski Conditions are Great Thanks To Recent Storms

Snowbird is reporting 30 inches of new snow in the last 48 hours, and more than 4 feet new during the past week. Snow will continue off and on today and then we should see sunshine for a few days.

The abundant snow has created great ski conditions at Utah resorts. Skiers and riders say conditions are like mid-winter – far better than average for this stage in the season.

Ski Utah offers this information:

"Just like last year, April is providing some of the best conditions we’ve seen all year," said (Snowbird) resort president Bob Bonar. "With this deep snowpack we expect to offer skiing and riding well into May, continuing our tradition of offering the longest season in Utah." Snowbird's projected closing date is Memorial Day, weather permitting.

Skiers and riders who want to extend their season can take advantage of a number of deals. Snowbird is offering a Spring Pass for $299 that is good thru the end of the 2009/10 season and discounted $62 Tram and chair tickets beginning April 12. Lodging packages, including Stay and Ski packages with Powder Perks discounts, for $99 per person/double occupancy, can be found at

Most Utah resorts are still open. Some offer skiing through this weekend, some through April 18, and Snowbird plans to have lifts operating on Memorial Day. See projected closing dates. See our ski packages for great late-season deals.

Avalanche danger is high in backcountry areas. Avalanche control work reduces risks at developed ski resorts and along highways. People venturing into the backcountry should check conditions and advisories on the Utah Avalanche Center website.

A snowmobiler died in an avalance last Sunday. KSL has this info:

Morgan County Deputy Sheriff Derek Engstrom says 43-year-old Lee Gardner was riding with a friend in the northwestern part of the county Sunday when a slide on Francis Peak buried him.

Gardner's friend dug him out and called for help, but a medical helicopter crew could not find a pulse when they arrived and he was pronounced dead an hour later.

The avalanche occurred just below the Francis Radar Station on the mountain. Engstrom says the avalanche is believed to have started because of human activity.


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