10 day powder forecast

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 9, 2011 6:54 am

The last storm that seemed to linger over the Wasatch for 3 day storm totals of 38 inches eventually got squeezed of moisture and lingered over Grand Junction and the Southern mountains of Colorado (Silverton, Wolf Creek, Powderhorn, Monarch) and somehow bypassed Aspen and even much lower snow totals at Crested Butte than I expected.  The winds shifted on Tuesday morning and finally gave Steamboat a nice blast of powder as forecasted in the 7-11 inch range. Vail ended up with a disappointing 6-8 inches. I was trapped at the Alta Rustler Lodge when the roads closed unexpectedly at 6pm on Monday and ended up in a dorm room with some other refugees who looked forward to a PHAT Tuesday . The bigger news might be that Mad River Glen in Vermont soaked up 35 inches of medium density powder making that one of the deepest days they have ever seen from a single storm! This is the 3rd snowiest winter on history for many Vermont resorts.  JTR my East Coast Chaser reported freshies all day with the single chair bringing capacity to a level where each run had plenty of untracked powder.


The 10 day outlook is for the Northwest to be under a continual stream of  moderate moisture which will periodical graze the Northern Rockies with light to moderate snow events over the long term period primarily impacting the Northern Tetons, Wasatch, and I-70 North in Colorado (Light to moderate snow with each event)   This pattern is typical of the La Nina pattern however in the next week the Northwest might not see many breaks between storms! Most of the Northwest will see 4-8 inch events with moderate densities every 24-48 hour period. Light snow will also graze the Tetons, Wasatch, Northern Colorado this Thursday night/Friday  The best chance for a decent blast of Rocky Mountain Powder will be Sunday Morning over Colorado where the GFS models indicate a good 7-9 inches in many areas.  Check out powderchasers.com for the full report:)