What a great series of storms! I would say we double or even tripled our snowpack at the trail heads! These storms were relatively warm so the snow was not the "greatest snow on earth" but we need the water and the snow will provide a good base finally. Along with the heavy snow were high winds. This combination has made our avalanche conditions very dangerous and unfortunately we had a snowmobile avalanche fatality. Our thoughts and prayers go out the family.
It's dangerous out there and this is the real deal. Avalanches are breaking deep and wide, taking out the entire seasons snowpack. If you're getting on the snow today, please take a moment and think about the consequences of triggering an avalanche and the possibility of not coming home to your family.
At all elevations, the avalanche danger is HIGH today and borders on EXTREME in some locations. Both human triggered and natural avalanches are very likely on all steep, wind drifted slopes. The danger is most pronounced on slopes facing the north half of the compass, particularly those with an easterly component to their aspect. Once triggered avalanches have the possibility to break deep and wide, creating a dangerous and possibly unsurvivable slide.
We have been out grooming but with the new snow, you probably won't be able to tell. We will get out this week and get the trails packed down. The schedule will be as follows:
Monday- Soapstone, Cold Springs, Hwy 35
Thursday- Mirror Lake
Friday and Saturday- Soapstone, Mill Hollow, Lake Creek
Have a great week and ride safe!
Utah Snowmobile Association