Welcome back! I think I can speak for everyone in saying that after enduring the 2nd hottest summer on record in SLC, and some respectable October snowstorm teases, we are all ready for the return of winter in the Wasatch. I’ve got my new backcountry setup mounted and waxed, pass purchased, most of my gear in order. I still need to purchase some new gloves following some unfortunate events at the Redbull Schlittentag this past spring…but that’s not important. You probably wanna know when winter is coming!
The answer, unfortunately, is “not for a while.” We’ll likely see some rain this weekend, and temps will be cold enough for a dusting on the peaks. And on Monday we could see some accumulating snow up high. Unfortunately though, this will likely not be enough to ski on, and a MONSTER ridge of high pressure is being advertised in both the EC and GFS models for mid and late next week. This would mean warm temperatures through the end of the week and potentially beyond.
This is what misery looks like. A MONSTER ridge over the Western US for next week:
So, keep the mountain bike in good working order for a little while longer. I’ll be posting regular updates here every few days until the snow comes back, and then you can expect to hear from the USW crew every day.
We look forward to keeping you ahead of the powder days this winter!