Mid winter conditions in the West for the next week

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 4, 2011 7:19 pm

Boo Ya!  Just like that it’s winter again for the Western US of A.  Seems like this always happens…. Snowbird and Alta have at least a hundred inches every April.  That’s no fooling either.  So before you get all excited to go on a mountain bike trip or start your climbing routine, get out West and ski some deep powder goodness!  My brotha at Powderchasers.com has had a pretty good year, check it out!

- Powderchaser has just logged 450 inches (YTD morning snow totals) of “FRESH” for the season on just 39 days on the hill which puts me at a Powder ratio of 11.5 inches each day on the slopes! that is an all time seasonal record for me and I expect to hit 500 inches by the end of this week.


Short Term: Low pressure moving onshore into Seattle is dumping moderate snow over the Cascades tonight which will move into Idaho on Tuesday with up to 15 inches expected over the higher peaks of Sun Valley, Stanley,as it moves West on Tuesday.  The Tetons will see moderate snow develop late Tuesday as well as the Wasatch who will see a 5-9 inch powder day by Wednesday morning in many areas.  4-8 inch totals will be likely over Colorado by Wednesday afternoon especially in the Southwest.  The next storm is on it’s heals for Thursday night!


DEEP? A very moist Southwest flow will bring a long duration of moisture over the Wasatch, and certain aspects of Colorado thorough Monday next week.  The Sierra will be on the back side of the moisture early this week however should pick up moderate to heavy amounts on Saturday especially near Squaw Valley.   The heaviest snow during the next week will set up along the Wasatch of Utah Thursday night into Saturday (14-20) and continue into Sunday.  In Colorado, the models are showing a steady stream of moisture over the Southwest Mountains (Crested Butte, Silverton) and extended North up into Southeastern Wyoming which could give Steamboat high amounts especially by late Friday or early Saturday!  Aspen sits on the wildcard and can do well under Southwest Flow at times however I am more confident with Powderhorn, and areas North and West of Rifle. The Vail Valley will see snow during the period with a better chance of heavier amounts late in the weekend (Sunday).   Utah will do very well under this pattern and favored areas include Brighton, Solitude, Snowbird, Park City, Deer Valley and Snowbasin.  I think the deepest powder days will be Friday and again on Saturday with storm totals exceeding 24 inches in many areas. 


The Chase:


Tuesday-Crystal Mountain (6-9 inches medium density) snowing lightly.

Wednesday-Snowbird (8-9 inches and still snowing lightly), Grand Targhee, Jackson(8-11)

Thursday-Storm ski Sun Valley, Snowbird (LATE).

Friday-Snowbird, Snowbasin, Deer Valley (11-15), Silverton CO (OPEN and fresh)

Saturday-Snowbird, Snowbasin, Deer Valley, Silverton, Crested Butte, Steamboat

Sunday-Central Colorado (Aspen, I-70 wildcard, Steamboat, Silverton).