Utah ski conditions update: 01-27-18

Another snow storm passed through Utah just in time for the weekend. Unlike past storms, however, this latest snowfall really felt like an actual powder day in the Wasatch. As a result, conditions are the best they’ve been all season.

Alta conditions westward Ho

Mason Diedrich skis Westward Ho after a storm dropped 11 inches on Alta Ski Area on January 26, 2018. (Photo: Jared Hargrave – UtahOutside.com)

Solitude Mountain Resort

Last weekend’s storm provided soft skiing that lasted all week long. Cold temperatures helped keep this new snow light and fluffy. I skied Solitude on Wednesday and found powder stashes days after the storm. The best skiing could be found in Headwall Forest, and Honeycomb Canyon. The latter zone has a ton of newly-opened terrain where you can find untracked lines in the trees.

Solitude conditions Highway to Heaven

Dan Finn and Mike DeBernardo seek out fresh tracks on Highway to Heaven at Solitude days after the last storm. (Photo: Jared Hargrave – UtahOutside.com)

But the least-touched powder was off Highway to Heaven. While this sun-exposed area lacked quality powder, we still had fun skiing some untracked. Only at Solitude can you make turns in fresh powder so long after a storm.

Alta Ski Area

Alta conditions Christmas Tree

Friday’s storm felt like the first true powder day at Alta for the 2017/18 ski season. Conditions are now great in the Wasatch. (Photo: Jared Hargrave – UtahOutside.com)

The snow that fell overnight Thursday into Friday morning really set the Wasatch on fire. Many Cottonwood Canyon resorts reported 8-10 inches. But when I got to Alta, it was so much deeper than that. Still, by the end of the day Alta came up with a storm total of 11 inches. Honestly, that number does not illustrate how deep and fun the skiing was on Friday. Mason and I spent the morning skiing Christmas Tree, High Rustler, and laps down Westward Ho.

The latest storm did more than just make the skiing better. It also compelled me to FINALLY put away my rock skis and break out the new boards. Coverage has gotten good enough that I’m confident I won’t gouge the bases… too much.

Ski conditions at all Wasatch resorts should be awesome this weekend!