As if there weren’t big enough storms already. More is on the move and Powderchaser Steve has the scoop.
We met a few years ago on the Snowbird tram and made the wise decision to take a look at Mineral Basin. Patrol just dropped the gates and we were sneaking off to a land of endless freshies. We were in over our heads in the Utah deepness. We stopped to take a few photos and one of them he had half a faceful of pow and the biggest smile on his face. He may have been on a swollowtaill?! This was back in the day of Atomic Betas and huge digital cameras that would give you 2 megapixels or so. Steve still chases powder and travels from storm to storm blogging about his experiences and storm activity. Check him out at powderchasers.com.
My storm chase is continuing as heavy snow continues in the Rockies and will continue to pile up until Thanksgiving day. Alta is now reporting over 100 inches of snow this season with a 52 inches base closely followed by Grand Targhee at 88 inches who had it’s earliest opening in history of the resort. Grand Targhee had fantastic top to bottom conditions on Saturday for those lucky ones that stood in line like myself for the first few chairs. The 3rd place winners for snowfall are Loveland Colorado and Jackson Hole where nearly 85 inches has blessed them this season. Jackson Hole opens this Saturday with deep powder at upper elevations and much less at the base.
Todays chase took me to Snowbird where fresh and deep storm skiing kept locals smiling amidst long tram lines all day that resembled a powder day in January.
Heavy snow is just beginning in Colorado under Southwest flow favoring the Central and Southern Mountains however winds will briefly shift to the West finally giving resorts along the I-70 corridor a good chance of significant snows Sunday night into Monday (8-14). The Wasatch will see snow again by Monday morning in the range of another 4-8 inches taporing off by late afternoon.
Tuesday-Wednesday POWDER ALERT: Frigid temperatures will accompany a strong front late Tuesday into Wednesday with significant snow expected in most areas of the Northern Rockies and strong winds causing blizzard like conditions (Dry snow and wind) for most of the ski areas with the passage of the front. Area’s that will do best will be the Tetons, Wasatch, and Northern and Central mountains of Colorado. My estimate for totals will range from 12-16 inches in Wasatch by Wednesday afternoon, and 11-14 inches near Steamboat, Vail, Aspen, and Loveland. The Tetons and Central Montana should see 9-14 inches as well however primarily Tuesday night and ending Wednesday morning. Light snow will linger Wednesday night into Turkey Day in some areas around the Divide (Loveland) in Colorado. Your best day to ski will be Tuesday afternoon/Wednesday in the Wasatch and Tetons, and most anywhere in the Central and Northern mountains of Colorado on Wednesday (Storm ski day) with a bit of emphasis on Steamboat, Vail, and Loveland.
Enjoy the POW and see you on the slopes!