Get ready for instant gratification. The Utah Avalanche Forecast Center is tweeting. Anyone with a cellphone can get up to the minute/second forecasts, incident reports and anything else the UAC team feels like tweeting. (Enable this option, of course). "We're running all of our texting through Twitter because of it's ease of programming set up," said UAC's Brett Kobernik. "The messages are conditions sent from forecasters in the backcountry about anything interesting especially recent avalanches."
I know some of you haven't discovered Twitter or think that it's full of clutter. It is. So what you have to do is weed out the riffraff. Unfollow those who don't provide useful information or who don't follow you and then follow those who can help you learn more about whatever your interests are. For me, I follow every ski area in Utah, Ski Utah, local news sources and Sh*t My Dad Says. I've turned off the option to send tweets via text to my cellphone so I'm not annoyed by random texts and I check Twitter from home. Except now there'll be texting from the UAC. I changed the setting for just this one user. However, if they start tweeting about the head on their draft beer, I may have to unfollow. Until then, I look forward to getting timely blips about our backcountry conditions from now until April.
You can still call in and listen to the report that's posted in the mornings throughout the ski season but for those of us who are heading over to the Cottonwoods or out into the backcountry you will appreciate the social media connection.
Follow UACWasatch or go to http://www.utahavalanchecenter.org.
You can also follow me @pcskigal. :)