Here Comes The Snow - And Skiers
It's beginning... Snow fell over northern Utah's mountains last night and this morning. Enough snow fell that some people broke out their skis and snowboards and hit the slopes. With more snow expected tonight and tomorrow.
Powder Mountain Ski Resort picked up a couple feet. The video above shows people skiing there, courtesy of skiutah.com. We're also hearing reports of people skiing at Snowbasin and the Park City resorts. The town of Randolph was buried under 17 inches. KSLTV has this report with photos showing the snow in Randolph.
It's early - way early. Warmer weather is expected next week and most of this early snow will probably melt. But if it doesn't, and if we get another cold storm within the next couple weeks, we could see the ski resorts open early.
Many Utah ski resort typically open just before the Thanksgiving holiday. If we get significant early snow some will open in mid-November. On rare years a few resorts will open in early November.
Snowmobilers are also excited by the coming season. They have an advantage because they can take their machines to the snow. Cache Valley was hit hard by last night's storm and the surrounding mountains will probably offer some of our earliest snowmobiling.
Our friends at Beaver Creek Lodge report several inches on the ground. They buy a fleet of new snowmobiles every year, so they always offer the latest and best machines. They are lining them up now and will be ready if this snow sticks around, or if we get more soon.
The snowmobile season usually starts about the same time the ski season kicks off, but it can begin earlier in some areas. Now's the time to book trips.
- Dave Webb