Hello skiers and snowboarders,


Short term

During the day on Sunday, some moisture will move in from the southeast bringing some snowfall of 2 to 4 inches for the inland areas of 49 Degrees North and Silver Mountain. Then additional snow of up to 4 inches Sunday night and into early Monday mainly for Mission Ridge and White Pass. Later on Monday and into early Tuesday the West Cascades ski resorts get some light snow of 1 to 3 inches.


The best chance of snow will be Wednesday night and into early Thursday where the West Cascades ski areas should get between 4 to 6 inches by Thursday morning (see map below). White Pass and Mission Ridge will have lower amounts. Thursday looks like a great day.

Friday to the Weekend

For the period of Friday, February 9 through Monday, February 12 forecast models (map below is for 2-8 to 2-12) continue with the cool temperatures for most of Washington. However, the main part of the storm track and associated snowfall is aimed at California. The storm track aimed at California is typical of what we can expect during El Niño. So the bottom line is perhaps light snow on Friday near Crystal Mountain and White Pass, however other areas we are not expecting snow. Finally, over the weekend, a ridge of high pressure builds for dry and cool conditions.

We will update you next on Thursday, February 8.

Thank you,

Meteorologist Michael Fagin.

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Andrea's report: Feb 1 and 2 at Alpental with Rippin Chix ski camp. PNW warm, snowpack not bad with some obstacles. Better conditions than I expected! Springish temps and everything was skiing fine. Not for "the faint of heart" but it was fun!


Armstrong warm up. Eisfallen crunchy. Back up again and into Ingrid's to discover a great line. We followed that line under the chair (Strawberry Hill) for another nice line. Terrain features but nothing alarming. Next run we crossed over for some fun turns on hardpack bumps in Pumpkin Patch. Fun stuff! Like Larry says, "what are you gonna do, stay home and play Jeopardy?"


Chair 2 warmed up thru Schluct, then high traverse, under the chair, into Gunmount, next runs into the bottom bowl. We call it "Al's run" which is skiers left, we did skier's middle.


International: "How's the entrance?" The low entrance was fine. Not too dippy, minimal obstacles. Skied a wide center patch between debris. Adrenaline not open (sad face). Lower International was fun, nice bumps. Different run into Snakedance which skied nicely. Friday runs were crunchy to start, Nash softened up before lunch and we did it a few more times.


Weather: Rumor is that some NW areas have an Easterly flow which can preserve snowpack. Let's see what Larry has to say on Feb 13th Zoom chat.


P.S. Ever done a cool clinic? High value! Thank you Rippin Chix, Freeride coaches, BC based. I heard there are a few spots left for Utah. There's always something to learn.


Zoom Link for Feb 13th

Expect an El Niño recap and other weather info with slides.

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