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 Post subject: UTAH 2012-13 Conditions
PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:26 am 
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Time for the annual conditions thread...
It looks like the northern end of the Wasatch got the better of last nights storm, with PowMow and Snowbasin looking very white, and more precip forecast throughout the week!

I'm always torn between early stoke and wanting it to melt to fall another (colder) day. Its hard not to feel conflicted in this way considering the lingering facet and rain event layers of recent years. Ah, but who am I kidding, I'm still going to go look at snow this afternoon and romanticize seasons past and future.

Cheers and Happy 12/13 Snurfing :headbang:

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 Post subject: Re: UTAH 2012-13 Conditions
PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:36 am 
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I wouldn't be surprised if Ben Lomond and Snowbasin end up with 2+ feet by the time its all said and done on Friday. Eden at 5300' has already gotten 2" of water and 4" of snow. Tony Grove has 15 inches, and that's at 8300 feet. I bet the peaks in that area are close to 2 feet already since the storm started as rain at Tony Grove. Thinking of heading up there to check it out.


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 Post subject: Re: UTAH 2012-13 Conditions
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 5:53 am 
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I drove past the snowbasin area yesterday and in to the ogden valley. They got dumped on. nws SNOTEL is reporting almost 1.5 inches of water at the benlomanId site. I am probably going to head out tomorrow to basin and use their runs to gain.access to higher terrain. Spot forecast is calling for another 3/4 of an inch of moisture tonight/tomorrow. Prob not enough to get any turns, but more than enough to get out and enjoy some touring. Stoked to see the white stuff falling :headbang:


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 Post subject: Re: UTAH 2012-13 Conditions
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:36 am 
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I went out running/scouting game trails in BCC yesterday evening and while there was no snow, I was stoked to find some much better approaches to some fun lines. Particularly a direct line to Reynolds that is also very runable for the weirdos among us that are into that sort of thing.
Anyways, I'm keen to get out and do some skinning up north this weekend if the snow holds, but I'm otherwise going to try and stay out of the sharks for the time being.

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 Post subject: Re: UTAH 2012-13 Conditions
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:48 pm 
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Game on folks!
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 Post subject: Re: UTAH 2012-13 Conditions
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buckchow wrote:
Game on folks!
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:shock: alright, I am DEFIANTLY going out tomorrow! I will be solo if anyone up north wants to join.


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Awesome!


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:rock: Siiiiiiiiiiiiiick! Can't wait to ride with you guys.


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 Post subject: Re: UTAH 2012-13 Conditions
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Way to go fellas! Looking forward to the weekend.
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 Post subject: Re: UTAH 2012-13 Conditions
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so this is what it feels like to be a weekend warrior :nononno:

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 Post subject: Re: UTAH 2012-13 Conditions
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:31 pm 
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Nice turns Bucky and Matt!

Went up into LCC this morning, and...

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Strike two!

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There was 4" on the ground, while another 2" accumulated throughout the morning. I guess I was a bit early...

I did get to witness what could be the season's first direct action slab avalanches, sliding on a perfect bed surface:

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Watch out, starting zones are being reloaded...

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Here's to another season! :drinks:

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 Post subject: Re: UTAH 2012-13 Conditions
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Thanks for posting the pics Bucky. Great day for sure. Quite strange to be starting the first tour of the season at 6500' in the brush zone. Noticeable difference in the snow above 7500'. Above that level was an awesome dense base to keep you off things. Below that the snow was prone to the dreaded persistent grass layer. Collapsing was felt on this layer. 10 inches of snow held 3 inches off the ground by the grass.

It snowed all night up there, so i bet today is even better.


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 Post subject: Re: UTAH 2012-13 Conditions
PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:10 am 
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Got up early to play in the snow with the pooch, broke trail (Millcreek road in 4x4) all the way to Big Water lot.
Snow was deepest around Alexander basin TH with approx 8" at the road.
Despite the appearance of the slushy road spray, the snow on the ground was very low density smoke.
It was snowing sideways on the approach to Dog Lake, where realizing I actually have a job I turned back and headed home.
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