Attention Snowmobilers!

Snowbird Announcement

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort would like the public to be aware of commenced operations and planned use of both private lands and Forest Service permits in Upper American Fork Canyon and Mary Ellen Gulch.

Snowbird is now actively utilizing our private property in Pagan Basin, Sinners Pass, Miller Hill and Mary Ellen Gulch. These areas are being used for helicopter skiing, snowcat skiing, avalanche education classes and backcountry ski tours.

For the safety of our guests we ask riders of sleds and motorized vehicles to respect private property and refrain from riding in these areas.

In addition Snowbird has been granted a Forest Service Permit to conduct an avalanche study in Mary Ellen Gulch.

This study will involve but is not limited to the study of snow accumulation, snowpack structure, weather observations and avalanche patterns. The use of explosives, which may be delivered by helicopter, avalauncher and/or Snowbird Snow Safety personnel, is also authorized.

Explosive use may take place at any time and may result in large avalanches.

Safety is our number one priority for both the public and our staff and we ask riders to respect private property rights and to abide by the current Forest Service restrictions for snowmobile use in this area.

Any questions, comments or concerns may be addressed by calling

801-933-2435.

 

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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5-Christmas Gift Ideas!

Christmas gift ideas for that snowmobiler in your family!

Stop in to Tri-City Performance today and shop for your snowmobile enthusiast this holiday season. We have a large selection of Klim snowmobile gear in stock. We have Mens and Women’s jackets, vests, bibs, base layers, boots, socks, gloves and helmets. We also have some pretty cool stocking stuffers! Here are 5-Christmas gift ideas we really like!

Klim Nac Pac 99.99

Klim Backpack

Adrenilene GTX boot with boa lacing system 349.99

Klim Boots

Women’s Waverly vest 139.99

Womens Klim Vest

Mens Defender ¼ zip 79.99

Klim Base Layer

 

klim boot sock 26.99

Klim Socks

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Klim Black Friday Cyber Monday Sale

Kim Black Friday Sale

Klim Base Layer

Klim Goggles

Klim Sale

 

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2015 Snowmobile Open House

Fall Open House

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Polaris Partnership with UAC for 2014/15

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Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center – a 501(c) (3) organization &

Polaris Snowmobiles

2014/2015 Partnership Proposal

Utah Avalanche Center Mission Statement:

Keeping people on top of the Greatest Snow on Earth instead of buried beneath it.

What is the Utah Avalanche Center (UAC)?

Since 1980, the Utah Avalanche Center has been keeping people on top of the Greatest Snow on Earth instead of being buried beneath it. An average of four people die in avalanche accidents each year in Utah, making avalanches the most dangerous natural hazard—even more than lightning and flash floods.

Avalanche Forecasting

Timely, Accurate and Easily accessible avalanche information

Our avalanche advisories provide users with critical avalanche information they need to make life and death decisions in avalanche terrain. We forecast snow stability, mountain weather, and issue avalanche warnings when necessary. Our advisory helps the public to decide when to go and what type of terrain is safe.

Avalanche Awareness and Education

Knowledge & tools to understand & manage risk in avalanche terrain

  • Just as students in Hawaii learn about the dangers of rip tides and shore breaks at an early age, our Know Before You Go (KBYG) program is an avalanche awareness program for Middle and High School students developed by the UAC. On average, we present 100 KBYG lectures each year, reaching nearly 20,000 people per year. KBYG is accepted curriculum in the Utah School System.
  • The UAC also teaches dozens of basic avalanche awareness classes each year, free of charge to the public, providing basic avalanche knowledge which can save a life. The classes frequently lead people to move on to one of the many available multi-day avalanche classes
  • State of the art avalanche training for local snowmobile shops and their staff, Sheriff Departments Search and Rescue groups, State Parks staff as well as other snow and avalanche professionals.
  • Ski, snowboard, and Snowmobile-specific avalanche awareness classes. 

Snowmobile Rental

This winter we presented our very popular Avy Essentials and Riding Skills Class on three separate occasions. The three-hour evening class is followed by an on-the-snow day, incorporating lots of hands on snowpit, rescue, and riding scenarios. This season close to 100 sledders joined us for this unique workshop.

Funding

Budget – Good News, Bad News

Demands for our services increasingly outpace what we can provide.

Administered by the USDA Forest Service, the Utah Avalanche Center is the epitome of a successful partnership organization in which most of the funding comes from other interested parties outside the Forest Service. In these times of diminishing Forest Service and state budgets, partnerships have become the only way that many programs can survive. Private donations provide two-thirds of our annual operating expenses.

 

Western Uinta Avalanche Advisory

A full plate; over 1 million square acres, 1 full-time forecaster

The western Uinta Avalanche Forecasting and Outreach Program is in its 10th season. The approaches are arduous, making the lion’s share of the users mechanized. The western Uinta range is much drier than its Eastern cousin the Wasatch. Storms are less frequent and winds more extreme. Combine this with high elevation terrain and the snowpack is one of the most dangerous in the state.

Avalanche StatsThe western Uinta Avalanche Advisory Program Needs Your Help

The majority of users are snowmobilers. Riders range from trail-sledders to extreme riders playing on the numerous high alpine ridges and open bowls. Prior to the avalanche forecast program the range experienced several preventable avalanche fatalities and close calls.

Since the 2004-05 winter season, Polaris in partnership with Tri-City Performance has provided a current seasons RMK which is used for forecasting purposes. This sled is critical to the success of the western Uinta Avalanche forecasting program. Thank you for making this happen, and helping us to save lives!

AvalancheThe support from our good friends at Tri-City Performance in partnership with Polaris is second to none. Their sleds enable us to get into more terrain, see more snow, and ultimately issue more precise forecasts along with providing critical outreach. Without a suitable machine, we simply cannot access our forecast area.

Goals for next season

  • Continue to provide complete coverage for the western Uinta Mountains
  • Expand snowmobile specific education programs for the public along with professional and volunteer rescue organizations
  • Upgrade technology and maintain weather station network to advance the state of the art in avalanche forecasting
  • Post video tutorials which clearly illustrate the current avalanche danger

Polaris Pro RMK Snowmobile

Rider interaction. As we all know, sledders love to talk about their machines… we’re no different. Our conversations inevitably turn from avalanches to the Polaris RMK Pro and the loaner program. This open dialog with riders allows us to inform the riding public about the great service and support we receive from Tri-City Performance and Polaris.

Summary: The Utah Avalanche Center needs your help

These are tough economic times for everyone, and the UAC is no exception. Even in good years the center runs on a lean budget. While numbers of all mountain riders continues to grow and our service are stretched thin, funding remains static. We need your continued support now more than ever.

We look forward to working with you again this season and appreciate the opportunity to partner with your organizations. Thanks for all the years of great support.

Sincerely,

Craig Gordon

Utah Avalanche Center

craig@utahavalanchecenter.org

801-231-2170

 

 

 

 

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Things You Never Knew About Snow!

5-things you may not know about snow!

  1. Did you know the average snowflake is made up of 180 Billion water particles! If the Wasatch Mountain Range gets up to 350″ of snow a year, that’s a number even Einstein’s calculator would have trouble with.
  2. All snowflakes have 6-sides, this is interesting when you consider that no two are exactly alike! Water molecules made of one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms each are ultimately responsible for the familiar six-sided shape we associate with snowflakes.
  3. Snow is colorless, it absorbs sunlight uniformly which gives it a white appearance.
  4. A snowflake falls at an average of 3.1 mph.
  5. The definition of a blizzard is that it must snow for at least 3 hours, the wind must blow 35 mph the entire time and visibility must be no more that 1/4 mile. If any of these are not present, it is simply just a snowstorm.

Snowflakes

To learn more about the fascinating snowflake and how it forms, visit this page.

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ORV Fuel Can Safety

Safely transport fuel on your ATV or Side x Side

We have all been there, you’re out in the middle of nowhere and out of gas! How did this happen? Well, it doesn’t matter, what matters is that it never happens again. That said, it’s time to consider carrying some extra fuel with you but there is a right way and a wrong way to carry extra gas on your UTV.

First and foremost, never carry fuel in anything but a container made to carry fuel! There are tons of fuel cans on the market but just because it is a gas can doesn’t mean its the best choice for carrying gas on your ATV or Side x Side. It’s always recommended to check with the manufacturer of your ATV or Side x Side for spare fuel options. The manufacturer has done all of the testing necessary to safely transport fuel on your UTV.

Make sure to find a fuel can mounting system that holds the amount of fuel you need andExtra Fuel Can securely holds the fuel can in place by way of cradle and mounting straps so the container can’t move around on the rack or bed of the UTV. Also, never park your UTV in direct sunlight for long periods of time. The fuel can expand and spray fuel past the seal of the jug causing a fire. When filling the jug leave some room for expansion. Also, stop periodically and loosen the cap or vent to relieve any pressure that may have built up in the can after a long ride.

When you are back at the trailhead or wherever you started your ride, it is a best practice to empty the contents of your container into your machines fuel tank so the fuel in your spare can doesn’t spoil from sitting. Next time your ready for another adventure you can refill the spare cans with fresh fuel. Enjoy your ride!

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