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Steamboat benefits from the orographic lift too. There are no major obstacles between us and the pacific ocean. The Uinta's and Wind Rivers funnel the moisture straight in the catchers mitt of Buff Pass and the Park Range. So just like the Wasatch we get hit with unhindered moisture. One thing to understand is that it's not the lack of humidity that forms our light dry snow. It's the fact that from the surface up to the troposphere in the winter we have super cold air. Water vapor in that atmosphere forms complex crystals that don't pack together very closely. So, we have plenty of water vapor/humidity (but still less vapor than coastal areas) and we have colder temps so our snow is quite nice.
We are too far from any major water body to benefit from lake effect snow. The Salt Lake is generally considered the smallest volume of water that can affect a change on local weather.
"Any large body of water can generate lake-effect snow downwind if it remains free of ice. The Great Salt Lake in Utah produces significant lake-effect snow."
Please read up on stellar dendrite formation, it might help you decipher fact from fiction.
Bobcat...not mountain lion as was implied by the author in this article
The link to the picture of a "mountain lion" is actually a bobcat.
User group conflicts...always a fun thing. Bottom line is, we both like untracked powder. The call of an untouched slope is often stronger than invisible boundary that makes that slope untouched. Despite signage and strongly worded rules there will always be those that choose to operate outside of the construct of designated use. Bigger, faster machines each year are probably going to lead to a lot of the motorized areas being tracked out quickly and the desire to zip over to the non-motorized area is going to get stronger.
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