Today was a lovely day to get out for a hike and check out the new snow, if nothing else. The Albion Basin trailhead parking was bustling today with intrepid skiers heading up towards Grizzly Gulch to make a few turns on the little bit of new snow that fell at the beginning of the weekend. Remember, most resorts are now closed to uphill access so they may prep for the season. Brighton has a few access routes but remember to check with the resorts and observe all signage before heading onto ‘inbounds’ terrain and this time of year treat all terrain just like the backcountry.
Looking ahead to Monday’s weak precipitation event, it seems like the models fire up a brief period of snowfall for the mountains as a weak wave of instability rolls through the larger-scale ridge that has established itself over the southwest. A so-called ‘dirty ridge’ generally leads to a period of cloud cover and extremely limited precipitation amounts. The NAM 12km has just over a dusting to an inch along the central Wasatch, with perhaps 2″ or so for the northern Wasatch. The bulk of what falls will happen on Monday afternoon.
Ridging follows into the coming week, with borderline temps up high (To be honest- I’ve got to agree with Trey here, it’s not looking good for the target dates). Keep your fingers crossed that at the least snowmakers have temperatures conducive to putting down some of that man-made white gold so we can get back to sliding on snow sooner than later!