Grooming Report for 2/3/14

Monday, February 03 2014 @ 07:14 PM MST

Contributed by: Rockport State Park

It looks like Mother Nature is finally going to give us some white stuff. Several storms this week will give us much needed snow. Hopefully they will hold together and put down not inches of snow, but FEET of snow. Trial Lake is showing about 43” of snow so we need more. If you don’t visit the Utah avalanche website, please check it out. Look at some of the recent avalanches to educate yourself about the consequences of triggering an avalanche. Some of them recently had crowns that we 20’ deep!! That is a huge slide and probably not survivable. Please ride safe and do the snow dance!
 
Avalanche conditions are as follows: 
 
We have two distinctly different avalanche dragons today resulting in very different outcomes-
Manageable- fresh wind drifts in the wind zone where a MODERATE avalanche danger exists and human triggered avalanches are possible on steep, wind drifted slopes..
Not manageable- any avalanche that breaks to old snow near the ground. A scary MODERATE avalanche danger is found on steep, rocky, upper elevation slopes, particularly those facing the north half of the compass. Once triggered, avalanches have the possibility to break deep and wide, creating a dangerous avalanche.
Wind sheltered mid and low elevation terrain offers a LOW avalanche danger.
 
Our Schedule this week will be: 
Tuesday- Soapstone, Cold Springs
Thursday- Hwy 150 from Soapstone to Mirror Lake
Friday and Saturday- Soapstone, Hwy 35 from Soapstone to Mill Hollow, Mill Hollow, Lake Creek 
Remember to ride safe and be prepared for all conditions. Day time temperatures may be in the 40s but drop well into single digits at night so always carry your survival gear. Be Safe.

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