FirstTracksOnline was founded in 1994 by Marc Guido, who grew up in New England and patrolled at Jay Peak for many years. In 2005 he moved to the skier’s Promised Land of Utah, where he enjoys his Alta season pass (picture above). Tony Crocker, based in Glendale, California, wrote the October 1995 Powder Magazine cover … Continue reading Welcome!
Late October 2022 saw widespread moderate snowfall through much of the West. Some of this snowpack persisted in Utah and the Tetons as the first third of November was very snowy there as well as California. It was then mostly dry to Thanksgiving, so only Utah and the Tetons include October snowfall in the tables … Continue reading 2021-22 Ski Season Progress Report as of December 1, 2022
Late October 2022 saw widespread moderate snowfall through much of the West. Some of this snowpack persisted in Utah and the Tetons as the first third of November was very snowy there as well as California. It has since been very dry. However the earlier storms opened the majority of terrain at Grand Targhee, Mammoth … Continue reading 2021-22 Ski Season Progress Report as of November 25, 2022
I use the Multivariate ENSO Index , which is considered by many meteorologists to be the best overall measure of the strength of El Nino/La Nina. The graph of MEI.v2 since 1979 is repeated here for convenience. The moderate La Nina of 2020-21 has persisted for two years. With its strongest reading of -1.9 in … Continue reading Ski Areas Favored by La Nina (as of 2022)
2021-22 was overall distinctly below average, 86% of normal, due to that extreme midwinter drought. However December was the big snowfall month, allowing record U.S. skier visits along with the emergence from COVID restrictions. 2021-22 was a moderate La Nina season, and snowfall was more favorable in northern regions, notably in November, early January and … Continue reading 2021-22 Ski Season Summary
Park City, UT – With the advent of multi-resort season passes like Epic and Ikon, a whole host of skiers have hit the road in 2018-19, embarking upon life-changing road trips across North America to visit ski resorts that have held a place on their bucket lists for many, many years. For those skiers who … Continue reading VIDEO: Combining RV Camping and Skiing at Deer Valley
Teton Village, WY – An avalanche occurred this morning in-bounds on open terrain at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) in Wyoming, burying a number of skiers. The slide, which occurred in the southern end of the Expert Chutes, was reported at approximately 9:55 a.m., and Jackson Hole Ski Patrol and staff were on the scene … Continue reading In-bounds Avalanche Strikes Jackson Hole