We were on lap two, and Keith pulled up on Piss Pass at Alta. “It’s crack cocaine, this stuff,” he said, glaring at me through the wind and snow. “Every year I try to convince myself that I don’t need to be addicted to this stuff anymore, then you get a day like this.”
It’s day two of the season for me. Keith’s first. And looking around at this place, there’s a sense that we’ve been missing out. Alta and Snowbird have already eclipsed 100 inches on the season. Solitude and Brighton will break the century mark by Thanksgiving. The base at all four resorts is more than 50 inches.
Which makes it all the more unbelievable when you look at the calendar: It’s November 22, and if you’re not skiing powder yet, the only question is, Why not?
Of course it’s understandable if you haven’t been up yet. Though the Cottonwood Canyons are boasting mid-winter conditions, the season hasn’t even started up north at the Ogden resorts. Snowbasin spins the bull wheels on Thanksgiving with 56 inches of snow so far. Almost half of that came from this storm, bringing their base to 25 inches. Powder Mountain has a 36-inch base at mid-mountain. Park City received 23 inches from the storm, and is also open with a 28-inch base on four runs and one park.
Meanwhile the second wave of the storm is expected to hit today, the 23rd, bringing up to another foot to the Cottonwood Canyons and the Mount Ogden Region. So if you’ve forgotten why you’re addicted to this stuff, come check out Utah this weekend. You’ll remember… as soon as it hits your lips. —Derek Taylor