Epic Alert: Start Chasing! – CA, WA, CO, UT, ME, NH, VT

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 29, 2012 2:18 am

There is a ton going on in the weather cave, and for the 1st time all season most mountain locations from Coast to Coast are going to see snow including Southern VT, ME, NH, and finally the Sierra gets another dose of 2-3 feet Wednesday morning!  Snowbird logged almost 16 inches today as well as 20 inches at Wolf Creek in Colorado and 18 inches at Silverton!  Ski Conditions are rapidly shaping up to epic especially with this next very cold storm just entering the CA Coast!

Sierra:  Heavy snow breaks out by 4AM Wednesday and continues for most of the day (15-30 inches above 7,000 feet).  Winds will be strong Wednesday so pick resorts that are less impacted for lift closures. You might consider Squaw Valley as KT-22 Chair rarely closes for winds!

Cascades:  Moderate snow breaks out tonight and continues into Wednesday morning with a dry 7-10 inches expected at resorts from Crystal to Mount Baker (Low snow levels).  Some snow is expected around the Seattle Foothills!

Rockies:  Snow is falling intermittently heavy in Vail currently (4-7 tonight) so resorts along I-70 including Summit County could have a sneak up powder day on Wednesday (4-8 inches in many spots since 4PM).  The next storm begins to impact Idaho by 9 AM Wednesday and the Tetons (7-11 inch storm totals) by 12 Noon.  Moderate snow will turn heavy Wednesday night over the Wasatch in Utah (20-30 inch storm totals) and continue into Friday morning. The epic days to be in Utah will be Thursday morning or Friday!  Colorado will see heavy snow begin early Thursday morning over the Northern Mountains (Steamboat) and continue into I-70 with a sharp cold front that swings through during the day.  Very heavy snowfall will accompany the front which reaches the San Juans Late Thursday into Friday.  At this time I would expect 9-11 in Steamboat, Vail, Aspen, by Thursday evening and another 4-8 for Friday AM. The models show a reinforcing shot of additional snow into Colorado Thursday night so both Thursday storm ski day and Friday morning will be decent.  My picks will be the Tetons or Wasatch for Thursday and perhaps Colorado for Friday!  If you can chase all week go to the Sierra Wednesday and move East towards the Wasatch Thursday and Colorado Friday.  (3 States equals the Powder Trifecta)!

East Coast    Moderate snow is moving in to your zones Wednesday evening with warm temperatures!  Expect 6-10 inches at southern resorts such as Mount Snow, Gunstock, Killington, and lesser amounts towards Stowe.  The Northern mountains should see 3-4 inches by Thursday afternoon.  The Chase day will be Thursday morning!

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