They've moved the snow guns to the Top of Collins to help get at least one intermediate slope primed, but unless that forecasted winter storm hits this weekend Nov. 10-11, we may have to wait until Thanksiving week to 'officially' ski. The resorts are currently looking a bit barren. Just about all involved having been blowing snow to at least be able to open a run or two when the time comes. Powder Mountain is about the only place holding out for the real stuff which makes them one of the last to open.
The good news is that forecasters are calling for 12-18 inches at the top of Snowbird with 6-8 inches at the base. That could mean last weekend's Annual Fat Flake Festival at Salt Lake's Gallivan Center did the trick. Thousands turned out to support the local resorts; and local rippers like Grete Illiason, Sage Cattabriga Alosa, Julian Carr, Jamie Parks, and Jenn Berg helped get everyone amped for the season. A rail jam was added to the playbill doling out $800 in cash to first place finishers. The big crowd pleaser, however, was the 9 p.m. live rock concert.