Backcountry

Winter returns to the Wasatch!

Mason Diedrich frolicks in the long-awaited snow in Grizzly Gulch, Alta on December 14, 2014. (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

Finally! After weeks of record-breaking warm temperatures for December in Utah, winter has arrived… again. With plummeting temperatures and 14 inches of new snow in upper Little Cottonwood Canyon, the skiing is exponentially better. With a fresh coat of fluffy…

Pre-season turns at Alta

Mount Superior and upper Little Cottonwood Canyon with a fresh coat of November snow. (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

I wouldn’t exactly call them turns, but many powder-starved skiers flooded Alta over the weekend for a taste of winter before the 2014/15 ski season’s official start. With all uphill traffic at Alta closed as the resort prepares to open…