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Big snows into the weekend

Hello Skiers:

Get your powder hats on! The middle and end of this week has big snow potential.

Monday and Tuesday will have a little new snow each day (SL 500 ft). Don't expect much, maybe a trace to an inch or two. I think Monday morning has the best potential, mainly at Crystal and White from the continuing overnight snowfall earlier today (Sunday). Wednesday, a modest system moves in with a 1000 -2000 ft SL and 5-10" new - not bad , eh?

The best snow potential is Thursday through the weekend. One to three feet of snow is possible with a 1500- 2000ft snow level. The snow level may pop up to 3000 - 3500ft, for a short time on Thursday. I really like Friday and Saturday (epic potential?) , with lots of new snow and dropping snow levels (500 -1000ft). Sunday will have new snow too, with quality leftovers.

I'll have an update later in the week, but I wanted to make sure you got this on your powder calendar.

Your Grand Poobah of Powder
Larry Schick, meteorologist

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Silver Mountain, Idaho

For Seattle based powder chasers, Silver Mountain is on the road less traveled, but that is exactly why Silver has special appeal. I found pockets of fresh powder, without crowds at Silver Mountain, Idaho this past weekend, while never waiting more than a few minutes in a lift line. It's a place, where you can keep exploring the many glades and find more untracked or mildly cut snow slopes - days after the last snowfall.

As advertised, Silver is 5 hours east of Seattle on I-90 - a straight shot to Kellogg, Idaho. Seattle builder Tryg Fortun, bought the resort last fall and wants to improve Silver Mountain in the years to come. I talked with him about his plans and he is excited, but cautious not to promise too much too soon. One innovation this winter is free cat ski adventures on Sundays. The free cat skiing is to a nearby to Wardner Peak and has been big hit. I am no economist, but free is an excellent price. (see website for details).

One local told me why he likes Silver Mountain: "It's inexpensive...it's not Hollywood - but it's got the goods"

BTW: Expect significant new snow (>5-10") at Silver, late this week and into the weekend - get on the cat program next Sunday - you won't be disappointed.

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