We are in Park City because of the snow: the snow we drink all year long, the snow which provides a bustling economy, the snow we ski, the snow that feeds the crops and the cattle and the people. It is our snow that flows into the Colorado River Basin which provides water to neighboring states, and it is our snow which, as fly fishermen/women, rafters, dog mushers, skiers, and snowshoers we rely on and care deeply about.
This winter has been humbling, to say the least, so we are dedicating this blog post to a topic which has been on our minds more than anything: the truth about our snow. We are still having tons of fun this winter despite low snow totals and it is indeed a vulnerable feeling as a a snow-reliant business to admit that things aren’t exactly normal. But we choose to use our voices and speak on behalf of that which cannot speak: our snow- call me the snowrax?
Experts from the Utah Avalanche Center recently blogged about the snow conditions in Utah, and though the skiing has been great due to technologies such as snow making and grooming, we’re a little nervous. You see, the line where our rain turns to snow has been creeping steadily up the mountains for the past several years and as this line climbs to higher elevations our snow pack diminishes. We are seeing intense impact in Oregon and California where multiple ski resorts shut down in February due to low or no snow- and here in Utah we are sweating when we should be shivering. The spring-like conditions sure make beautiful days- everyone is enjoying the sun on our faces as we showshoe and ski, however, our community has just experienced the least January snowfall in recorded history and Febuary scathed by within inches of the worst February on record. We are experiencing far less than the average snow totals we love and rely on, and we’ve never seen conditions like these.
In our office at All Seasons Adventures, we have our eyes wide open. We strive to be active, informed, and hopeful. It is Mother Nature who gives us our life, our living, and our joy. Our staff is environmentally focused, our guides are the watchmen and women of the snow and streams. We use our voices: on our trails and in our rafts and on our sleds we communicate what we see; we share our knowledge and our hope with those who may have interest.
Our staff spends hours every week educating themselves on ways to improve both personally and professionally in order to preserve and protect this nature that we love and rely on. We dedicate several hours on-the-clock to making sure we recycle more, waste less, and with our feet on the (sometimes snowless) ground we turn our eyes to the skies and hope that we might do our best to respect and protect that which sustains us.
It is this passion that we bring to work everyday- this passionate love for the outdoors which fuels our guides and contagiously spreads to those we adventure with. It is our job to facilitate fun and safety, but our personal passion to invoke intrinsic love for the outdoors. Please, if you care to know or share, speak with us about how the trail-side trees are doing. Ask about the trout population. Wonder as you wander about the wilderness and when you’re going on trip with us, arrive with eyes wide open to the beauty available for experiencing- whether you’re paddling, peddling, casting, mushing, strolling or sliding.
To book, please call us at 435-649-9619 or visit our website at www.allseasonsadventures.com.
Want to know more about conservation issues or become involved? Click on the links below.
–Mountain Accord– planning the future of the Wasatch Mountains.
–Recycle Park City Utah– ask your hotel if they participate!
–Utah Trout Unlimited– provides leadership in the conservation, protection and enhancement of the cold water fisheries and watersheds in Utah.