Dec. 7, 2005
Snowbird, Utah - A 19-inch storm Tuesday topped off more than a week of snowfall that deposited over 7 feet of Utah powder on Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort. The storm pushed Snowbird's season-to-date snowfall total to 115 inches, or nearly 10 feet.
"The skiing and riding gets better and better with every new inch of snow at this time of year," said Snowbird President Bob Bonar. "A big storm like the one that rolled through Tuesday not only makes for fantastic powder skiing, it also enables us to open more terrain."
The weather phenomenon known as Lake Effect contributed to the storm total, as accumulations reached as much as 3 inches of snow per hour. As the clouds cleared early Wednesday, the snow stakes at Snowbird read 19 inches in the last 24 hours.
Snowbird is reporting a base of 69 inches at mid-mountain and 115 inches so far this year for the resort that averages 500 inches a year (Snowbird received 632 inches during the 2004-05 season). In the 12 days since Nov. 26, Snowbird has received over 7 feet of snow at the base and significantly higher accumulations at mid-mountain.
Due to high avalanche conditions Little Cottonwood Canyon was closed for part of the afternoon Tuesday, Dec. 6. The road reopened Tuesday evening and skiers and riders were greeted with blue skies and deep powder Wednesday morning.
Lifts open at Snowbird include the Tram, Gadzoom, Mid-Gad, Gad 2, Wilbere and Chickadee. The resort is working to open Mineral Basin for the upcoming weekend.
Over 100 inches of snow can be enjoyed for under $100 with Snowbird's Early Bird Ski Package. The package, which starts at $95/night, includes lifts and lodging and is available through Dec. 25, 2005. Call (800) 453-3000 or visit www.snowbird.com for more information.
To see photos from the recent storms, go to www.snowbird.com and click on Picture of the Day.