Utah Almost Gets an Angry Inch

| January 16, 2012

In a flurry of unexpected activity, Park City registered one of its biggest snow storms of the season early this morning with snow totals expected to reach .6018″ by the time it is all over.  Striking in the early hours of dawn, the storm raged for 23 minutes beginning at 5:21am and tapering off by 5:44am.  Plow drivers have been busy clearing the roads of all snow and large chunks of asphalt, which will help with next summer’s road repair maintenance schedule.  Exotic sports cars with less than 2″ of clearance are urged to avoid driving and infants who have not yet learned to walk should stay indoors.  Fortunately, schools were already closed for the Martin Luther King holiday, which helped spare the children from nature’s fury.

In upper elevation terrain, storm totals almost covered the exposed rocks, dirt and budding tulips.  Ski Utah is expected to issue a press release soon and the Crayons Ski Resort drafted BS-2012 House Republican Bill to appropriate 200 more acres of terrain to meet expected skier demand as a result of the storm.
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Andrew McLean lives in Park City, Utah and is a gear designer, writer, photographer, ski mountaineer, climber, Mountain Unicycle rider and father of two very loud little girls.

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  1. Ray says:

    I hate it when Utah gets all the good storms. We got less than 0.5″ up here in Jackson WY.

  2. Pondsy says:

    Bahahaha! At least it cleared the angry half inch barrier.

  3. j-bo says:

    UPDATE: The Utah Avalanche Center has reported that every flake of the new snow slid on the December rain crust and quickly melted into the canyon creeks, prompting major flood warnings for all of Salt Lake, Summit, and Wasatch counties. The Crayons Ski Resort has filed an amendment to BS-2012 to allow guided rafting adventures through all Utah homes, paid for by a new homeowner flood tax.

  4. Alex Kerney says:

    We’ll redirect the shipment of shovels that was intended for Valdez to you.

  5. Ken S. says:

    Great. I’m leaving for Utah tomorrow morning, and will be there ’til Friday. It’ll be good to see some old friends, but …. here in the Cascades, this the forecast for the next few days:

    … Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 10 PM this evening
    to 7 PM PST Wednesday…

    A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 10 PM this evening
    to 7 PM PST Wednesday.

    * Snow accumulations: one to two feet of snow can be expected
    Monday night through late Wednesday.

    * Elevation: all elevations.

    * Timing: light to moderate snow will begin late Monday evening
    and will continue through late Wednesday. The snow will become
    heavy at times.

  6. KR says:

    Crayons. I think I’ve been there once, is that where you ski mostly on rich people’s driveways?

  7. Brody says:

    aaahhahaha awesome.

  8. Will Nesse says:

    Made me smile. Thanks. BS-2012 indeed.

  9. cam s says:


    So glad I left the kootenays to come down for the utah pow!!!

    We only had 24″ forecast this week.


  10. Adam says:

    I’m sensing a hint of sarcasm…

  11. Stanton says:

    Hi Andrew,

    Were you at the rustler lodge bar the other day? I thought i saw you there but wasnt sure it was you.


  12. d3 says:

    ha! you gotcher peeved .5875″ right there.

  13. Andrew says:

    > Crayons. I think I’ve been there once, is that where you ski mostly on rich people’s driveways?
    I’m still laughing over that one. Is it actually their driveway, or their fairway?

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