Powder alert: Another 4-5 feet expected out west

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 23, 2011 8:06 am

Checking in with Powderchasers.com for the latest on where to ski and snowboard the fresh powder so my bone to bone wont hurt so much.  Check out their website for forecasts and alerts to keep you in the snorkle business.


The Chase is on as an epic day at Snowbird on Tuesday (8-14 inches of light density) in the AM had me out the door by 1 PM and headed to Squaw Valley where they just hit 50 Feet for the season.  This is the 3rd highest snowfall on record and by the weekend they might pass all records with another 4-5 feet expected especially especially Thursday night into Friday. . I spent more money on food last night than my hotel room in Reno where the average rate is $45.00. Currently light snow is falling in the Sierra with 5-9 inches expected during the day with the main event slamming into the Tahoe basin on Thursday PM through Friday.  This will be a very cold system, light densities but unfortunately carry strong winds making for lift issues at upper elevations through Saturday.  Some spots in the Sierra might see 50 inches this week! I predict that Squaw will break additional all time records especially for such low snow levels (2500 feet) by Friday.  Winds are my main concern so if you are chasing this storm expect issues!




The storms over the Sierra will weaken as they progress East however the good news is that both Utah, Colorado, Idaho, and Wyoming will see several 4-6 inch events primarily Thursday morning, and again Friday afternoon and Saturday.  While the Weather folks are not talking about anything significant my models are showing deeper moisture on Sunday into Monday for both the Wasatch and Central Colorado Mountains (5-12 inches) so there is good hope for outstanding conditions late in the weekend!  The predominant wind flows through Saturday are Southwest so your typical mountains favored are Crested Butte, Aspen (lesser extent), Wolf Creek, Powderhorn, and even Steamboat.  Winds turn Westerly for a few hours behind each passing wave which will help areas such as Vail who has been shadowed with this pattern however not real deep days until perhaps late in the weekend.


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