Holiday Powder Alert: Lake Tahoe, Sierra, Rockies and New England

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 23, 2012 6:27 pm

HEAVY SNOW is currently falling over lake Tahoe with 60-70 MPH gusts at higher elevations. Snow will increase in intensity tonight (12-15) and Sunday (12-18) before slowly tapering on Monday along with the strong winds. Storm totals will be in the 3-5 foot range at many resorts. You may consider picking resorts this weekend that are more wind protected like Homewood, Sierra-at-Tahoe and perhaps KT 22 at Squaw (not running today).   Monday and Tuesday could be epic in many areas with terrain openings BUT GET THERE EARLY! More snow is likely by Wednesday!


light to moderate snow will break out in many areas of the Tetons (4-8), Wasatch (2-5 ), and Central Idaho (2-5) tonight through Sunday. A larger system is due late Sunday into Monday.   The Wasatch should see 9-13 inches by Monday Noon (Storm ski day) as well as the Tetons (5-9). Central Idaho including Sun Valley will see 4-9 inches. Snow will move

into Colorado early Monday and continue through Tuesday.  The current models are showing a broad area of moderate snow over Colorado with some emphasis on the 4 corners (5-11). The best day to find powder will be Tuesday.  We think  the 4 corners pick up early snow in the storm cycle mid Monday and the northern and central mountains see better snow on Tuesday (Wind shift to the NW).   Expect storm totals in the 7-10 inch range.


After a a moderate dump of 8-9 inches in many areas of central Vermont models depict a very strong system moving up the coast of MA, NH, ME on Thursday/Friday with perhaps very heavy snow for resorts closer to the coast. Stay tuned for a future alert!  Powderchaser Luke will hopefully keep us informed on conditions from this last storm. He was chasing to Canada the last we heard from him.

Powderchaser Steve and Blake are currently returning from an epic chase to the Northwest where over 90 inches has fallen in the last week at many resorts. Crystal Mountain delivered the goods and a special thanks to the Ski Patrol  who worked around the clock to open terrain.


SUNDAY: Lake Tahoe-  resorts not impacted by strong winds, Or find a resort that has lifts running at lower elevations (KT 22 at Squaw?).

  Jackson, Targhee (4-8) light snow falling

Monday: upper elevations in Lake Tahoe (SLOW to open), Snowbird, Alta, Canyons, Powder Mountain (8-12 storm skiing).

Tuesday:  More terrain openings in Tahoe, Wold Creek CO, Silverton, Vail (PM).

Wednesday:  positioning for next storm?  SIerra, Cascades?