Heavy Snow Slams Into the Tetons and Cascades in Time for the New Year!

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 2, 2012 12:48 am

Happy New Year!

I just logged my 105th inch of fresh in just 8 days on the slopes this season

Heavy Powder blessed the Northwest and Northern Rockies on Friday with nearly 2 feet reported at Crystal and Stevens in Washington State which helped to bring out crowds that brought 45 minute lift lines at some resorts. I managed to drive 12 hours through the night Thursday from Jackson Mountain Resort (12 fresh) on Thursday to Crystal for another 15-20 inches of POW and got stuck in a 30 minute traffic jam at the resort entrance at 8:30 AM. The  Gondola line at Crystal extended around the entire base area (another 40 minute delay) what might have been their busiest day in history!  Powderchasing sometimes comes with hiccups as I got snagged behind the crowds.   I am convinced that every snow rider that lives in the Northwest was out on Friday especially since they have not seen significant snow in the past 30 days and conditions were epic after the driest December on record!

Other areas that received significant snow last week included Grand Targhee  and Jackson Hole Wyoming (24 inches in the past 3 days)! A fellow Powderchaser known as “POWDERMAN” that drove from Breckenridge to Grand Targhee based on our forecasts caught epic powder  on New Years Eve Day. Powderman is now driving to Jackson Hole that opened the Tram for the 1st time of the season yesterday with eager locals who were lucky to catch a 10 inch day!

Long Term Powder Synopsis:

The week ahead should maintain a wet pattern in the Northwest with very high snow levels (Mid Mountain Snow/Rain mix and rain at the base)  that puts down 3 inches of moisture (2-3 feet of snow at the highest peaks), late Tuesday through Thursday.  This warm system will also bring heavy snow to the Canadian Rockies at higher elevations. The Northern Rockies stay unseasonably warm this week with a freshening by late Thursday into Saturday with light snows expected over Idaho, Wyoming (Tetons), and North Central Colorado (2-5). The Wasatch in Utah might see snow by Friday however amounts will be light.

New England will see light snow over the next 2 days and much colder temperatures (Sub Zero temps by Monday) and then returns to high pressure on Tuesday.

The extended models beyond next weekend (Day 7-10) show a strengthening low pressure system moving into the Cascades on Sunday/Monday with heavy snow likely during the period. I am not confident that this pattern will allow for some more snow in the Central and Southern Rockies however the models often have considerable changes as we get closer to 5 days out. I will post daily updates on the website!

Keep the chase going and please post your powder updates, videos, and other news from fellow powderchasers under Powder Buzz on the homepage. We need your input and reports!  PRAY FOR SNOW!

Powderchaser Steve