While we’re for the skiers’ skier at the Peruvian, we also get plenty of newcomers every day. Being amongst the best skiers in the world on the most majestic mountains on the continent can be intimidating. Having some general ski knowledge can go a long way–and we’re not just talking about knowing what Interlodge is. We’re going in-depth on snow depth.
On our homepage, we have to-the-minute weather updates thanks to the vigilant tracking of Ski Utah’s snow reports. On our page, we show the current temperature, 24hr snowfall, 48hr snowfall, Depth and YTD (Year-To-Date) Snowfall.
We all know what snowfall means because chances are we’ve all experienced snowfall, defined aptly as “the amount of snow that falls over a period of time.” On the other hand, Depth is self-explanatory but harder to imagine with the sheer numbers Alta produces. Snow depth and snow base are synonymous, defined as “the total amount of snow currently collected on the ground.”
Snowfall and below-freezing temperatures generally increase snow depth, but they’re not the only factors. Wind often carries snow from other mountains and deposits it in Little Cottonwood Canyon. If you’ve ever been here, you’d know how windy the canyon can get.
The 2023 season has now broken all-time records for snowfall and snow depth. As of this writing, the YTD snowfall is 764” and the snow depth is over 200”. That’s more than 16 feet of snow currently on the ground at Alta! Even to our surprise, we’ve now surpassed totals from the epic 81-82 season. Be sure to stick around for our end-of-season report. It’s already been a good one.
So, if the snow gets you as pumped as us, we still have rooms available for this season. As it turns out, snowfall, snow depth and Interlodge are all connected. And you should be excited for all three!