The snow is falling just in time for the end of the ski season


ALTA, UT – Snow that brought steady rains to much of the valley dumped several inches of snow in the mountains on Friday, just in time for the end of the ski season at resorts like Alta Ski Area.

“I feel like the season shouldn’t be over because it’s snowing,” Alta communications manager Andria Huskinson said.

The storm was a welcome sight for many skiers after a less than impressive winter. Huskinson said, “Thank goodness we had that early snow” in October. More snow would come in December. But January and February remained rather dry.

“We had a few months where it was dry and a few months where we had a lot of snow, so kind of balanced out,” Art Henry said. “But overall it’s been a good year. But below average. It’s not what we need to put our snowpack in place for the drought.

“Sometimes it happens. I can’t win them all,” said skier Tommy Voxman.

Voxman, a student at the University of Utah, estimates he has hit the slopes nearly 100 days this season.

“Bro, it’s been sick,” he said, thinking back to the season and Alta’s final days. “It’s going to be a good weekend, but don’t tell people that.”

Even when the wind and snow really picked up on Friday, skiers had no complaints.

“At the end of the season to be here, I feel so lucky,” said Amy Burton.

Burton extended his stay in Utah from his home in Boulder, Colorado to take advantage of the fresh snow.

“Even on a day like today when there’s a storm, wind, fog, thunder, lightning, it’s still amazing.”

The only audible moans from skiers came after lighting hit the area and staff had to temporarily shut down the lift. Whenever there was thunder or lightning detected, they would close the elevator and wait for about half an hour.

Alta had recorded about a half foot of snow as of 6 p.m. Friday and Huskinson expected they would get 10 to 12 inches overnight Saturday. And with these predictions, there’s nowhere else many skiers would rather be.

“I always like to finish on a nice storm,” Henry said.

Alta says they have received 411 inches of snow so far this season. The average snowfall is 540 inches.


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