Some say Utah’s snow conditions are subpar so far

Posted at 9:48 PM, Jan 01, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-01 23:50:36-05

PARK CITY, Utah -- Even under clear blue skies, the ski conditions weren’t up to par for many in Park City on Wednesday.

“It’s about skied out. We could use some more snow,” said Rusty Cannon, who is a regular at Park City Mountain Resort.

The crowds heading up the slopes were surprised by the snow they didn’t find on their way down.

“It’s sliding around a lot. The corduroy wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to get,” said Nathan Degen, who made his first trip to Utah’s slopes this year.

After one day on the slopes, Degen and his friend wondered if they were better off skiing at home.

“South Dakota has actually got a lot of snow,” J.J. Shultz said. “I mean, they’ve got hammered lately, and we traveled up here thinking we’d get good skiing here, but South Dakota is pretty solid.”

According to, the snow levels at the base of Canyons, Deer Valley and Park City Mountain range from 25 to 37 inches.

Communications Manager Andy Miller of Park City Mountain Resort spoke about the conditions.

“This time of season, kind of early season, we’re starting to hit the mid period now,” he said. “It can always kind of be a little bit of feast or famine, and we’re probably somewhere in the middle right now.”

Cold temperatures have helped with the resort’s effort to make snow themselves, but Miller is hopeful the real powder will be on the way soon.

“People out here are kind of spoiled,” he said. “You spend a couple years out here, and you get used to those 10-inch overnight dumps a couple times a week or whatever.”

But for some, what powder Utah does have, at this point, is still enough for a good day on the mountain.

“We have no skiing in Seattle,” skier Molly McConkey said. “So, yeah, this is all better than what we’ve got. So, yeah, we were all out here today having a good time.”