Utah Has Great Snowmobile Conditions
Utah's famous snow came early this season and it has been piling deep ever since. Snow totals are well above normal and we are experiencing one of our best ski seasons ever, with excellent conditions that will carry through spring. Many of our resorts opened early and some are now making plans to extend their seasons. Resorts will be open well into April and some will probably have lifts running in May.
February is a prime month for ski adventures in Utah. President's Day weekend will be busy; at other times the slopes will not be crowded.
This is a great time for skiing and riding, and also for other snow sports including snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
Snowfall has been incredible over many of our best snowmobile trails. Consider these snowpack percentages:
The only part of Utah that has below normal snowpack is the Escalante drainage at 95%.
Utah offers over 1,200 miles of groomed snowmobiling trails, extending from the red rock canyons of southern Utah to the rugged mountains in the northern reaches of the state. We also have plenty of off-trail play areas. Snowmobile enthusiasts consistently rank our trails among the best in North America.
Snowmobiles can be rented from many businesses throughout Utah and, of course, you are always welcome to bring your own machines. You can go it yourself or hook up with a professional guide. Guides will evaluate your group's interests and skill levels and help you choose appropriate routes. With a guide, you may be able to explore thrilling trails you might not dare tackle on your own.
Avalanche danger is moderate in backcountry mountain areas right now, but that can change from day to day. Conditions are monitored along groomed trails and designated play areas, which are located in terrain that is not particularly dangerous. Be certain you know what you are doing before venturing beyond those areas. Watch the advisories issued by the Utah Avalanche Center for specific information.
The Bryce Canyon Winter Festival will be held February 19-21 (President's Day weekend), at Ruby's Inn and Bryce Canyon National Park. It offers a wide range of activities including:
- Cross country ski tours
- Snowshoe tours and races
- Archery clinic
- Ski archery competition
- Kayaking demos
- Waxing clinics
- Photography clinics
- Photo contest
- Snow sculpture contest
- People-powered sled race
- Kids snowboot races
Snowmobiling is popular in the mountains above Bryce Canyon, but machines are not allowed inside the park.
We continue to get snowstorms every few days, adding to the snowpack. What comes down as snow will eventually flow down our rivers during spring runoff. Whitewater rafting will be incredible during May and June, with some of the highest flows in years. Now's the time to book whitewater trips.
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