Heavy powder and a series of freshies this week

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 21, 2011 7:47 am

Checking in with powderchasers.com for another forecast of where to be for the next storm. check out the site for updates and the lowdown on where the next storm will be….

25-40 inches of dry powder has fallen in the Sierra in the past 48 hours with most resorts unable to open upper lifts due to strong Southwest Winds (2 days of wind holds at Squaw Valley on the upper lifts) and snow levels extremely low for this time of year (2,000 feet). I jumped in the car at 5pm Saturday and drove 8 hours to Snowbird through white out conditions before hitting first tram this morning with 8-10 inches of medium density powder on top of a wind buffed surface making turning conditions epic in any of the Northwest aspects with 50 MPG gusts filling in the powder on every run. Several feet of new snow will fall this week in the Sierra, Northern Rockies, Tetons and the Bitterroots of Montana before things taper off after day after a very active week ahead. Snowbird just hit 500 inches YTD in the past hour where it is snowing lightly.

Synopsis: Very heavy snow in the Sierra is ending as moderate snow falls over the Tetons (3 inches in the past 2 hours), Yellowstone, and most of the Northern mountains of Idaho. Sun Valley will do well tonight! Light snow will continue in the Wasatch tonight and turn heavy by late morning (5-9 during the day Monday) before reaching Colorado late Monday night into Tuesday. Storm totals in the Wasatch should reach 14-18 inches by Tuesday morning and 7-10 inches in Colorado favoring areas under SW flow such as Silverton, Wolf Creek, Crested Butte and to some degree Steamboat. The good news for both the Wasatch and Colorado is that the Post Frontal winds are from the West which puts the Vail Valley (Beaver Creek, Steamboat, Vail (?)) with a good shot of powder later in the event on Tuesday. There will be a brief break on Wednesday, however the latest models are showing deep moisture starting up again in the Wasatch, Sierra, and Tetons by late Wednesday and spilling into Colorado Thursday into Friday. Another even deeper system will effect the Rockies on Sunday with the GFS showing deep moisture across the Front Range of Colorado and covering a large area of the State. The Sierra will continue to see moderate snow this week every 24 to 48 hours and less wind.


The Chase!

Monday- Sierra- Squaw, Alpine Meadows etc look for upper lifts to open by 11 AM that have been closed for the past 3 days due to winds. Jackson, Grand Targhee, Sun Valley (4-9 inches), and the Wasatch ( Powder refills from wind- Storm ski by PM).

Tuesday- Wasatch (9-14), Silverton, Crested Bute (Snowing), Steamboat (Snowing), Beaver Creek (Wild Card).

Wednesday- High Pressure – Left over powder in some spots in Colorado (Vail?)

Thursday- Wasatch, Tetons, Sierra (8-12 inches new storm)

Friday- Brief break

Saturday/Sunday- New storm moves into the Rockies especially Central Colorado, Front Range possible. Stay tuned for the next alert on that storm.

This is going to be a very active week so stay tuned to Powderchasers for any updates as well as an all new website coming later in the season.