The snow report said 7 inches of new snow fell on Snowbird. The forecast had called for 10 to 14 inches, but 7 inches isn't bad at all!
January 2006 Skiing Archive
The forecast called for 6 to 9 inches of snow throughout the day. I left for Snowbird this morning expecting a modest amount (3 to 4 inches) of new snow already piled up. It became immediately apparent from my first run that Snowbird had actually received more than 3 to 4 inches. As I rode up the Little Cloud lift during a break in the storm, it became apparent that the Snowbird's upper altitudes had actually received quite a bit more than 3 to 4 inches. This day had all the tell-tale signs of a powder day: nearly-absolute silence broken only by an occasional breeze, the sound of the blizzard bouncing off your Gore-Tex jacket, and the exuberant whoops and hollers of the powder revelers realizing their own private moment of zen.
Dutch, Brendan and I headed up the tram to Hidden Peak at Snowbird and decided to head towards the sun in Mineral Basin. Although it hadn't snowed the night before, there were plenty of unskied powder stashes to be found. After a few leg-burning runs down a steep groomer called Lone Star, we decided to head up the Baldy Express lift to take a breather on some of the easier runs over there.
Today I skied with Brendan and a friend of his named Dutch. The night before Snowbird got about four inches of the lightest snow I've ever felt (only 2.86 percent water content). Although not a full-on powder day, the additional snow certainly made it feel almost like one.
I missed yesterday's post-storm bluebird powder day on account of a cracked binding. Somehow the base of my binding's toe piece cracked off. I suspect the ski bus patrons tossing gear around caused the unfortunate crack.