Powder Alert – Rockies and Sierras

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 27, 2012 2:11 am

Highlights from the week include almost 50 inches at Jay Peak Vermont in the past 3 days where stormchaser Luke from MA chased it down reporting bottomless dense powder! Mount Baker in WA has seen 3 feet in the past few days followed by Stevens Pass and just over 12 inches at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort where I currently am in line for 1st tram after chasing the storm yesterday from Aspen (8 hour chase and 11 inches of fresh this morning).


The week ahead looks fantastic as a deep low pressure stalls over the 4 corners of Colorado beginning Monday night and lingers over the Wasatch and South/Central Colorado for a good 48 hours!  Snowfall amounts over the Wasatch will be in the 7 inch range by Tuesday AM and in the 17 inch range by Wednesday.  In Colorado resorts that are favored by SW flow such as Crested Butte, Silverton, Durango, Wolf Creek will see 1-2 feet of fresh by Wednesday.  The days to ski there will be PM Tuesday through Wednesday.  The central mountains as well as I-70 resorts will see snow later on Wednesday/Thursday when the winds shift to Westerly however amounts will be less than in the South. Amounts near Jackson will be in the 3-6 inch range on Tuesday however deeper powder is showing up in the models by Thursday!

Sierra:   Finally, I see light at the end of the tunnel!  Several storms are in the cards for the Sierra in CA as a good foot or more will fall this Wednesday night into Thursday and another good looking storm on tap for next weekend! I had predicted pattern changes for March several weeks ago and so far things are looking good!

Extended:  The chase will be active this week as a moderate to heavy storm leaves the Sierra on Wednesday and takes aim at Southern Idaho, Wyoming, and the Northern Wasatch by Thursday (Moderate amounts).  Colorado sees moderate snow from I-70 North towards the end of this week as well and the Cascades see Heavy Dumpage again by the Saturday night into Sunday!


- Powderchaser Steve