Heavy snowfall alert: here’s the scoop

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 19, 2010 6:15 am

The next 6 days looks very promising for 3 significant dumps Sunday-Wednesday in many areas of the West.  Heavy snow will break out in Montana, Northern Idaho, and Yellowstone late Friday night into Saturday morning. Areas like Grand Targee, Jackson Hole, and Big Sky should see significant dumpage by Saturday night. Grand Targhee opens several days early this year on November 20th where moderate snow will fall all day into Saturday evening.
The Sierra will see it’s first mega dump late Friday night into Tuesday with my best guess of  a 4 day storm total of 40-50 inches and higher in spots favored by SW flow. This will be a prolonged event of 3 inch per hour snowfall rates.
The Wasatch of Utah will begin to see snow by 10AM on Saturday along with very strong winds (Lift closures likely) until the bulk of the front arrives Saturday night into Sunday morning (11-16 inches).  A second and more powerful surge will come Sunday night and Monday where an additional 9-16 inches will fall. All areas will do well in the Wasatch due to the South to SW winds which will finally bless Park City, Snowbasin, Canyons, and Powder Mountain who have not seen as deep of dumps as the Cottonwoods. The final and coldest wave will pass on Tuesday into Tuesday evening with additional moderate amounts (lightest density but not as deep as Monday Am).  It is possible that Snowbasin, and areas in the Park City range will pick up higher amounts than it’s Snow magnet neighbors at Snowbird? Brighton will most likely be the winner in Big cottonwood with the Southerly winds.
Colorado will see significant  snow statewide with my focus on Crested Butte (25 plus inches) and perhaps areas like Aspen, Beaver Creek, Wolf Creek not far behind.  Most of the action will focus in Central Colorado with SW winds that orographically favor the Grand Valley, Crested Butte, and areas towards Craig and perhaps the I-70 corridor (Vail/Beaver Creek). Steamboat will also do well especially with the cold surge of arctic air towards Tuesday/Wednesday.   This will be a 4 day event of 3 pieces of energy with the powder days Sunday/Monday/Wednesday and perhaps a little leftovers for Turkey day.   
The Chase??   Where is the best POW?
Saturday-Grand Targhee opening day!   Freshies will be falling  or enjoy a storm ski day in the Sierra (high winds).
  
Sunday- Brighton, Snowbird, Solitude- Moderate Deepness
  
Monday-Crested Butte (Hike as the are opens Nov 24), Aspen, Beaver Creek, Snowbird/Alta (Deepness continuing)
 
Tuesday- Snowbird (promises to be deep by late day)
  
Wednesday-Cold surge into Colorado with good powder along I-70 and Summit county, Loveland etc
Get out and enjoy what is shaping up to be an epic start to the season.
- This report is submitted by my friend Steve with powderchasers. com.  He drives all over the country in search of fresh powder.  Salt lake one day, Colorado the next.  It’s snowing in Montana!  There goes Steve off chasing another storm.  As i get older and my knees resist the hard pack, he’s a smart man.  Who wouldn’t want to ski or snowboard powder everday?!
 
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