Fickle Spring Skiing

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 by Trey Alvey

Today’s storm has brought 2-4 inches to most mountain locations as expected. While all new snow is always welcome, this will unfortunately not be enough to cover the crust that’s now on all aspects except high north. The other big story was the breezy conditions and colder temperatures today. Because of the much higher sun angle this time of year, though, things will quickly warm back up by Wednesday before additional chances for some snow showers late week.

Overall, this week isn’t looking too great in terms of conditions. For good April spring skiing I typically want a big dump of snow or clear skies/relatively warm days for a good corn cycle. It looks like this week will be neither. We’ll likely see enough snow and clouds to prevent a good corn cycle but also not enough snow to cover up the sun crust. Nevertheless, ski season will quickly begin to wind down over the next month, so we gotta enjoy what we get!

Precipitation forecast from the ECMWF for SLC this upcoming week
Precipitation forecast from the ECMWF for SLC this upcoming week

Looking ahead towards the weekend, there is a potential Atmospheric River (AR) event on the horizon. Remember AR events are typically characterized by significant precipitation but also “high” snow levels. It’s too far out to get into details, but just something to keep an eye on over the next few days.

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