It’s beginning to look a lot like winter! From Brian Head to Brighton to Snowbasin, lifts are turning throughout the Beehive state and the Greatest Snow on Earth is piling up in the mountains. That means it’s also the time of year for folks start coming down with timely cases of H2ON1, also known as Powder Flu. Do you know where to turn to ensure you’re making the most of those sick days? Here are a few of our favorite resources for Utah snow info to help skiers and snowboarders pick the prime days to get the goods.
Do you know which mountains receive favorable snowfall from a southwest flow? Can you look at radar models and decipher when the trough building over the north pacific will produce an atmospheric river over the Wasatch? Probably not, but Evan Thayer sure can! Thayer gained cult fame for starting Wasatch Snow Forecast, a website he used to share detailed powder forecasts with other snow chasers.
Thayer now forecasts for OpenSnow, but all the best parts of his forecasts have carried over. Thayer describes weather models in a way that matters to skiers by accurately predicting which mountains will get the most snow, when that snow will fall and why he thinks it’s going to play out that way. Want to get the heads up on when it’s time to ditch work and head to Brian Head for an epic morning? Thayer’s detailed forecasts and succinct Utah Snow Stoke Meter have you covered.
The UAC is an invaluable resource for backcountry skiers and snowboarders who want to venture beyond the ropes in search of powder while stying safe. UAC’s detailed forecasting provides a glut of valuable information people need to make responsible decisions while seeking out the best skiing and riding conditions. It’s smart to stay up to date with how the snowpack is behaving, even when you’re stuck in the office. I’d rather read trip reports and snow observations than slog through an Excel worksheet any day.
As part of their gig, UAC forecasters are out in the mountains early every morning providing detailed reports of avalanche activity as well as snow conditions. This can be valuable even for resort skiers, as if reports from Ogden are considerably more positive than from the Cottonwoods, it may be time to ditch Wasangeles and head north to Pow Mow or Snowbasin.
Predictions are one thing, but results are another. Wondering which resorts actually got the goods from last nights storm? Ski Utah’s website has every Utah resort’s report listed in one spot. Check out the statewide snow report while your coffee is brewing, then fill your travel mug and point your compass towards the most snow. Never again be stuck listening to your friend spray about how much better it was where he was.