Powder Alert: Southern Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and Northwest Later this Week

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 12, 2012 10:10 am

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SYNOPSIS:   Snow is falling lightly over the Sierra this morning with 4-5 inches in Truckee and what appears to be 6-10 inches in the mountains (10 at Kirwood).  Our chase yesterday took Powderchasers to Snowbird where up to 19 inches has fallen in the past 2 days with generally good to excellent conditions at both the upper and lower  mountain. There are still some hidden obstacles underneath new snow on the expert terrain and traverses and 30% not open.   The headlines this week will be the southern Rockies who have not seen a major dump in over 6 weeks! 

Stevens Pass Ski Area epic alert from last week 3 fee

t in 24 hours. Photo compliments of Powderchaser Shane Jones


CO/UT/NM/AZ:   The system over the Sierra  today will head down the coast into Southern CA and eventually turn East towards AZ on Thursday/Friday.   Heavy snow will break out over the Arizona Snow Bowl ski area late Thursday (12-18).  The San Juan’s of Colorado, New Mexico and southern Utah (Taos, Santa Fe, Wolf Creek, Silverton, Beaver Mountain) will see snow late Friday morning into Saturday.  The wild card will be how far the system digs north!  My guess is that the Colorado’s Central Mountains will see light to occasionally moderate snow on Saturday as well asCrested Butte who might see heavier amounts under SW flow.  Expect generally 9-15 inches in the San Juan’s with perhaps higher amounts.

EXTENDED:   Several systems will begin to impact the Northwest beginning on Saturday night, Monday, and again on Tuesday next week. Light to moderate snow is likely over the Rockies and we see a heavier snow event for the Sierra by next Tuesday!


Wednesday:  Sierra (Expect snow to decrease during the day with 7-10 inch freshies)

Thursday:  Southern CA resorts

Friday: Arizona Snow Bowl

Saturday: Wolf Creek, Taos, Santa Fe Ski area, Ruidoso, Beaver Mountain UT

Enjoy the powder!  We are beginning to see a better pattern for the Rockies!

Powderchaser Steve