Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Great Ski Conditions, Avalanche Danger High

Utah ski resorts are enjoying great conditions thanks to a storm that dumped on them last weekend. As much as 17 inches fell in some areas. Another big storm is due Friday. Ski conditions are expected to remain good for the next several weeks, even as mild spring-like weather settles over the area between storms.

All of the new snow has created high avalanche danger on steep backcountry slopes. Avalanche control work is performed routinely in developed ski resorts and along highways and so danger is minimal in those locations.

Snowmobilers and skiers/riders venturing away from the controlled areas need to use extreme caution.

This Daily Herald newspaper article describes the avalanche danger.

Three people died in Utah avalanches during the past week. This Boston Herald article gives details.

Always check Utah Avalanche Forecast Center reports before heading into the backcountry. You can get forecasts on-line or via telephone. The center recently upgraded its phone service. You can now get specific reports for various regions in Utah by calling this toll free number: 1-888-999-4019.

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