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You can use this site: https://worldview.earthdata.nasa.gov/ to get a general sense of snowpack.  This is a satellite image on which you can see the earth in the last day or two, depending on cloud cover.  It does not show to the level of detail of roads, but you can certainly see whether a given mountain range still has snow on the peaks, and how much snow.  Try a date that's back a few weeks and you can see the changes. 

To find IHSMBR, I would probably zoom in on the Great Salt Lake (easy to see at national scale), then track north to find Craters of the Moon (you can see the lava flows) and then west to IHSMBR area.  You'll be able to pick out the White Clouds and other mountain ranges.  To use this tool, you do need to have a knowledge of the local topography.

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Bike Clubs / Re: UTAH... A True Touring Club ! ! !
« on: April 06, 2013, 01:21:43 pm »
There's a reprise of the Utah Bicycle Touring Society -- in the form of a meet-up group that does both bikepacking and bicycle touring. 

http://www.meetup.com/SLC-Bicycle-Touring-and-Bikepacking/

I moved to Utah in 2009, and, as I've heard it, the ongoing event of the Utah Bicycle Touring Society is a bicycle touring rendezvous normally held each June but sometimes with an August addition.  I've been to this event 3 times myself (2010, 2011, 2012).  With permission from the organizers, we are cross-posting this event to our Meet-Up group.

Our bike touring Meet-Up group has a couple organizers who are seeking to provide at least 1 bike overnight a month between March and November.  We may extend into the winter months but only if we have a cabin or yurt to stay in (something with heat!).  Most of our trips are camping (fully-loaded touring).  So far we have been doing more bikepacking than road touring, but we are interested in both. I've been road touring personally for over 10 years; bikepacking is new within the last year.

Please do look us up and join us if you are interested in bicycle touring or bikepacking in Utah!

Becka


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