Snowbasin Report – December 29-30 – HUGE SNOW STORM

December 29

A strong Pacific storm hit the entire Wasatch Range early Wednesday morning and continues to hammer the entire region with FEET of powder. We just plowed 20″ out of the drive so we could make it to the mountian.   Make sure that you check the weather forecast and come prepared for some awesome powder and extreme weather (cold)  tomorrow and Friday.   Thursday: Snow showers. High near 15. Wind chill values as low as -11. North northwest wind between 6 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

When we we arrived at Snowbasin the holiday crowds were a bit heavy but the snow was piled high and continuing to pour out of the sky on top of 1-2′ snow drifts.   We found a little jump off Wildcat Ridge, landing into a big powder puff. Lot’s of powder, faceshots and wide open powder fields. Some places had a bit of wind buff and wind lips which were tricky because of the the flat light and limited visiblity from blowing snow. Some aspects were windscoured on south facing slopes. Aside from that there was a ton of powder on the mountain today, tomorrow should be just as good.

The John Paul lift was opened at the start of the day then was placed on wind hold for about an hour. Reopened about 11am for lots of POW in the trees. Strawberry was closed all day due to wind and vis.  No Name and the Allen Peak Tram were also closed.

To sum it up, there was powder everywhere today!   There’s a lot of snow coming down and high wind conditions. Snowbasin Snow Safety makes the call on what can open and when.  The key getting the goods is paying attention to the conditions and being on the mountain!!  Even though lift lines were heavy at times today due to the conditions, holiday season and lift closures most people had a ton of fun.  Compared to anywhere else on the planet you can bet that most people on the mountain today had one of their best powder days ever!  We sure did.

December 30

Today was an awesome powder day on the mountain. Just about everywhere you looked there was a consistent 12-18″ of fresh powder for all the hungry holiday powder hounds. Lots of locals and visitors caused some delays on lift lines but in general things moved swiftly. The worst of it was when Strawberry opened and apparently everyone went there at the same time. Nonetheless we had great runs off the White Room, Moonshine, and Elk Ridge. The tram also opened around mid day as well as No Name. We did some great powder drops off the Allen Peak Tram and two laps on No Name. Earlier in the day we found lots of powder off of the John Paul lift, Hollywood Hills and the Grizzly Downhill. We even hit Philpot Ridge on the way back from Strawberry for some very thick and fluffy turns.

The holiday season brings some interesting visitors; we had skiing animals from Orange County CA, bare chested Tarzans and even someone in shorts. Crazy if you ask me, it was COOOOOOLD out there today, but fortunately it was much drier than yesterday. The snow began to fall again lightly around mid day and is expected to deliver a possible 3-5″ additional inches overnight tonight.

Tomorrow also begins the New Year’s Eve celebrations at Snowbasin.  Join the New Year’s fun in the Cinnabar Lounge. Rick Hoxer will be performing on New Year’s Eve.   New Year’s Day we will have our favorite local legends, The Kap Brothers performing all your favorite rock tunes.  Apres ski entertainment runs from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m

Snowbasin Report #9 – Still lots of freshies

Thursday was another special day at Snowbasin.  We still had plenty of powder lying around from yesterday’s storm.  JP and No Name were both open and surprisingly the day ended with still many fresh lines to be taken for those willing to walk 100 paces.  Conditions were BRISK in the morning, the groomers were fast, wide and uncrowded.  Lots of smiling face coming in from the Snowsports Learning Center as well as those taking a break in the sun on Earl’s Plaza.  If you haven’t tried the tomato bisk you are missing out!

Snowbasin Report #8 – Almost a foot of Powder

We woke up to 8″ on the snowstake.  Tons of fresh powder everywhere. JP Lift was open, and then at lunch time we had the first opening of the season of No Name Peak. You had to boot pack it but it was worth it. Incredible runs down No Name and Shooting Star. Even got a taste of the Pyramids. Thanks to Snowbasin Ski Patrol for getting more of the mountain open.

Photo Note: Somehow we left the camera by the door, call it powder day jitters, today’s photos and video were taken with an HTC Evo cell phone camera.  Not bad.