It’s safe to say Tenaya will never be an avalanche dog. I woke up this morning to my Australian shepherd cowering in the corner and shaking like an Aspen leaf as The Canyons’ bombs rumbled in the distance.

Snow finally flushed from the sky last night leaving a skiff on my driveway (not enough yet for the Ariens to chew) but apparently six to eight inches on ski trails. A strong, moist pacific storm system will be over northern Utah through tonight with another one clawing at its back for New Year’s Eve. Snowfall rates are generally 1 to 2 inches/hour. Densities are around 10 percent (that’s wet for Utah) but should lighten up by the weekend. The avalanche danger is rapidly rising, and since many avi accidents occur on days like these, let’s stay out of the backcountry, People!

I had the most amazing afternoon at DV. The crowds exodused (?) around noon because of the storm and my client and I skied the deep trees from 2-4 p.m. with nary another pair of skis in sight. Yes, it was better than sex! Time to hop a quickie flight to Utah. You won’t be sorry.


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