Utah is celebrating 800 inches of snow as Alta Ski Area and Brighton Resort topped the 800-inch mark on Friday.
The celebration was short lived as Alta didn’t open due to the intense snow and avalanche mitigation. Interlodge was put in effect as crews continue to work on avalanche safety measures and it’s prohibited to go outside.
“This endless winter continues to produce staggering snow totals,” Alta officials reported. “Alta has received some of the highest snowfall totals on the planet.”
Snowbasin is breaking even more records with the recent snowstorm bringing their March totals to 204 inches. That’s the snowiest month on record for the history of the resort.
The snow is the best news for Utah’s ongoing drought situation. For the first time in three years, not a single area of Utah was under “Exceptional Drought” status, a major milestone following many years of water concerns.
Thanks to the snowpack, just under 20 percent of Utah, including the Salt Lake area, is in “Severe Drought,” with numbers changing each week as the state gets more and more snow.
Congratulations Utah on ending the drought and all the great skiing!
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