La Sal Mountain Snow Report 1-2-18
The entire Moab Valley received a couple of inches of snow on New Years Eve and folks were out and about in force enjoying themselves in it from the mountains to the valley and river. Arches and Cnayonlands might be closed, but Moab Gear Trader is OPEN everyday from 8am to 9pm this Holiday Week. Don’t forget about our HUGE Holiday Sale that is going on through Sunday, January 6th. Save up to 30% OFF the lowest marked price on gear and clothing throughout the store including ALL NEW:
- All plastic edge Nordic skis
- Jack’s Plastic Paco Pads & Drybags
- ALPS Mountaineering
- Sleeping Bags & Blankets
- Inflatable Mattresses
- Backpacks & Stuff Sacks
- Lynx 2 & 4 tents
- Cypher Climbing Shoes
- Edelweiss Climbing Ropes
- Wilcor Packs & Fleece Blankets
- ARVA Backcountry Packs
- Rafters Sandals
- Bedrock Sandals
- Stillwater Flannels
- Moab Gear Trader Logo Hats
- Hammocks & Hammock Straps
- Suncloud Sunglasses
We are fully stocked in the gear and clothing you need to get outside this winter. Check out our HUGE selection of hats, gloves, socks, baselayers, warm outwear and more! Winter boots, ice skates, snowboard gear, snowshoes, cross-country and backcountry ski gear, avalanche safety gear, sleds, tubes, handwarmers and Moab’s best selection of hiking traction for icy trails. Plus all the advice you need about where to go and what to do.
Roads & Plowing
The La Sal Mountains have received 10″ of snow since the storm on Christmas Eve and Grand County has done such a wonderful job keeping access open to the Geyser Pass Winter Trailhead. The 6″ that fell on New Years Eve stuck hard to the Loop Road and as of Tuesday Evening was mostly sanded snowpacked the entire way. Grand County Roads will be plowing the Geyser Pass Road today, so the gate will be closed while they work on clearing it. Tuesday was rutted, but it was easily passable with 4wd.
The trails were rolled and packed 1/1/18 – Thanks guys!
High pressure is building and we should see cold, clear, sunny days through the weekend. Highs in the mountains are forecast in the 20s, and Moab should see gradual warming as a storm approaches this weekend. Highs are 40 on Sunday! Some valleys may see inversions the next few days according to NOAA
The weather station near the Geyser Pass Trailhead has reported data that says there is 74% of average SWE (snow water equivalent) for this year. Here is a graph showing how those inches stacked up.
Here are the individual river basins percent of average SWE: