The powder panic is painfully high in Utah this winter. In an uncommon start to the season, every mountain opened in December with completely man-made snow. With far and few storms in-between, any new snow causes a frantic rush of traffic into the canyon.
To the delight of winter enthusiasts, the last storm cycle brought another ten inches to the rocky snowpack of the Wasatch. "Utah has been hurting for snow this winter," said Salt Lake City local Corby, as he skied down the 84in base of snow. "There's hardly any snow to ski on, it's just rocks," he said with perfect bases and edges.
Long lift lines and stuffed trams are to be expected on any powder day - especially on the weekend. "Little Cottonwood is just turning into another Colorado with these crowds," Corby said, clearly exasperated. "Nobody is willing to earn their turns anymore," Corby continued to explain without a prompt. "Inbounds turns will never feel as good as they do in the backcountry," - though sources say he waited approximately two hours and thirty-one minutes for ski patrol to drop the rope for Mineral Basin.
Luckily, more storms are in the forecast for the Wasatch - still probably not quite enough to keep the powder panic at bay, but enough to make every Salt Lake City folk happy to be skiing.
In other news, east coasters are all earnestly hoping a small storm this weekend will bring enough snow to keep their mountains open.