Heavy powder alert: Winter is back

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 15, 2011 1:22 pm

Checking in with powderchasers.com it seems that winter is coming back for many areas in the western united states of america.  Those fellas at Squaw can breather easier now that storms are on the way.  Anyway, here is part of my buds forecast for the upcoming week.  Visit powderchasers.com for the whole report and future forecasts. 

- After seeing spring like temperatures and spending 3 days on the bike winter is going to slam into the Sierra late today and Wednesday with up to 40 inches in many upper elevations in areas that have not seen significant snow in well over a month!  Strong winds will affect lifts as well as avalanche control with dense snow that should completely transform areas back to mid winter conditions and epic skiing possible by Wednesday in the Sierra.  The Wasatch will reap the benefits Wednesday night and Thursday as between 12-17 inches will fall with 80 MPH gusts Wednesday barreling down to 20-25 MPH by Thursday.

Colorado:     My best guess for heavy snow will be Crested Butte, Silverton, Wolf Creek especially from 4am Thursday to 4pm Thursday.  Winds shift to the West behind the cold front Thursday afternoon so I would not be surprised to see 4-9 inch amounts in the Central and Northern mountains including Beaver Creek who does very well on Westerly winds.  Higher amounts will be found in the Butte and South. Aspen?  Let’s put them in the 5-10 inch range.

The Chase?


Wednesday:  Any of the Tahoe resorts above 7,000 feet but look for early wind holds!

Thursday: Alta or Snowbird (Heavy storm ski day, winds diminishing during the late morning)

                Crested Buttte- Moderate storm ski day

Friday- Silverton Mountain!     Decent day possible at Beaver Creek, Aspen as winds shift West.