Grooming Report for 2/13/14

Thursday, February 13 2014 @ 07:02 PM MST

Contributed by: Rockport State Park

WOW! That pretty much sums up my Mirror Lake run today. Lots of snow, so much that I barely made it over the top. Then I got stuck in a total white with the heaviest snow I have seen in a long time. I had to turn around and get the heck out of there. Our snowpack has more than doubled in the last week with heavy wet snow. While this is good for our reservoirs later this spring, it means difficult riding conditions unless you have the best newest sled. My advice, leave the novices at home and take out the big dogs for a great day of sledding. More snow is forecasted and it will remain warm. Avalanche conditions are crazy right now so please avoid any slopes at all. I saw several avalanches on my grooming run.
bottom line
Nothing is changing on this front... avalanches are breaking deep and wide, taking out the entire seasons snowpack.
At all elevations, the avalanche danger is HIGH today and human triggered avalanches are very likely on all steep, snow covered 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, today's avalanches will produce a dangerous and possibly unsurvivable slide.
avalanche warning
AN AVALANCHE WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE WESTERN UINTA MOUNTAINS WHERE DEEP, DANGEROUS, AND POSSIBLY UNSURVIVABLE HUMAN TRIGGERED AVALANCHES ARE LIKELY ON ALL STEEP, SNOW COVERED SLOPES. AVALANCHES CAN BE TRIGGERED FROM A DISTANCE AND LOW ON THE SLOPE.
Our Schedule this week will be: 
 
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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