Epic Alert: Sierra and Southwest Rockies are Going to have a White Christmas

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 20, 2012 11:32 am

THE CHASE this week brought our team to Crystal Mountain where over 11 inches has fallen today and strong winds affecting  lifts on the upper mountain (Upper mountain remains closed until Friday).  Most of the energy is working itself south into Oregon as well as East towards Spokane where the models show very heavy snow continuing over Schweitzer, 49 Degrees North, and White Pass near Yakima WA.  Much of this energy is spreading into the interior of BC towards Rog
ers Pass.    Expect another 6-10 inches over much of the Northwest tonight and winds to decrease late on Thursday. Light snow will continue through the weekend so densities should stay good (no sun).

SIERRA IS GOING TO GET POUNDED:  FACE SHOTS GUARENTEED -

Christmas  will be deep as Santa’s sled nose dives into deep face shots next week with several large systems impacting all of the Sierra Friday-Monday with the ultra deep days being late Saturday/Sunday/Monday.    Southern CA resorts including Mammoth will also see heavy

snow.   This system will be a game changer for resorts looking for more snow at lower elevations and comes just in time for the holiday. More updates will be posted on the powderchasers homepage so stay tuned. We will be on the chase

ROCKIES GET SNOW ON XMAS EVE AND XMAS DAY!

Currently the models are showing a cold front with decent moisture moving into Central Wyoming (Some snow for the Tetons) and northern Utah on Monday.   The pattern sets up heavy snow along the Wasatch of Utah through Tuesday and some splitting with some energy spilling south towards the 4 corners of AZ, UT/CO, NM.   There is a good chance of another decent shot of snow for Silverton, Wolf Creek, Crested Butte, Telluride, and Arizona Snowbowl by XMAS Day.  Northern and central Colorado will also see snow.

EAST COAST:   POWDER WATCH ISSUED

A decent fetch of moisture will approach New England from the south on Thursday.  Snow will break out inland (Rain along the coast) after midnight and continue through Friday.  The bulk of moisture appears to be in the central sections of VT (Sugarbush, Killington,) and extending into central Maine (Sunday River) and New Hampshire (Loon, Wildcat). Friday will be a good storm ski day and Saturday might see some freshies as well.

THE CHASE

Thursday:  Northwest-  Baker, (11 new), Schwietzer (7-11) 49 Degrees North (No crowds), Stevens

Friday:  Northwest resorts as more terrain opens. Snow begins to move into the Sierra  

Saturday:  Sierra  Faceshots

Sunday: Sierra  Faceshots

Monday: Northern Utah, Central Wyoming, Sierra Faceshots continuing.

Tuesday: Northern Utah, 4 corners, UT, CO, NM, AZ

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