Powderchasing the West: 3-4 feet of cold freshies on the way

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 22, 2011 11:01 am

Checking in with Powderchers.com.  The scoop on where you can expect some powder this week.  Please go to my man’s web site for the full report.  powderchasers.com


Northwest: The Pacific Northwest is getting slammed with very low density snow this morning with over 10 inches at the Mount Baker snow stake since closing. Heavy snow will continue in the Central Cascades especially over Stevens Pass and Crystal where an additional 12-15 inches will fall by this time on Wednesday. The snow level plummeted to nearly sea level and the City of Seattle will be covered by Wednesday night. If you can get there today or Wednesday it is going to be the choice day of the year! Dry snow, light winds, and deep!


Rockies/Sierra:  My chase landed me at Snowbird last weekend where over 30 inches of snow fell within just a 48 hour period making turns on Sunday waist deep in most areas and worth my 5AM chase up the road (Roads closed at 6AM) to the Cliff Lodge couches where I slept an additional 2 hours before the lifts opened and the roads remained closed until 9:15. Light snow will dominate the Wasatch for the next few days while moderate amounts are possible in the Tetons as well as most of Montanna where you can expect 5-8 inches in most areas by Wednesday morning. the real event is the EPIC ALERT is posted for Friday-Sunday as a very strong system will hammer the Sierra, Wasatch, central and Southern Colorado with up to 4 feet expected in many areas.  This system will begin to hammer the Sierra on Friday morning and continue through Saturday with very low density fluff, cold temperatures, and moderate winds that will not affect operations like the last storm.

The Chase



Mount Baker (12-15 inches storm ski)

Wednesday- Crystal or Stevens where snow will continue (12-15), Grand Targhee, Jackson, Big Sky (4-8 inches by Wed morning). Moderate snow in the Northern Rockies!

Thursday- Squaw Valley or most resorts South of I-80 in the tahoe basin (3-5).

Friday- Tahoe resorts moderate to heavy storm ski day (12-15),  moderate snow UT (4-9)

Saturday- Squaw Valley- snow continues but tapers late, Snowbird, Alta, Deer Valley (Heavy storm ski day with 12-15 a good bet by late in the day), Crested Butte- Snowing!

Sunday-Crested Butte, Silverton, Wolf Creek, Aspen, Telluride, Durango Mountain Resort (Deep).