skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers and snowflake enthusiasts
This is your week. Time to put on your big boy powder pants.
Starting tonight (Monday night) I expect the snow starts piling up again as the first of two storms moves into the Pacific Northwest. One caveat, there are a couple of temporary bumps in the snow levels, but the impacts will be short-lived.
For this week, I expect 1 3 ft of new snow for the Cascades of WA with lesser amounts in Oregon, but Bachelor should do well with 12-15. There will be greater amounts of snow for the week at Whistler and Baker (2-3 plus ft). Ski areas located in the Inland NW, like Silver Mountain and Mission, will receive 10-20 of great quality dry powder for the week.
The snow which starts tonight (Monday) will fall through Tuesday with a 4,000 - 4,500 snow level, so the lower slopes will see a rain snow mix for about six hours after midnight tonight. The cooler air will move in midday Tuesday so expect the SL to lower to 3,500 by afternoon on Tuesday. That will improve quality while the snow keeps falling. The Cascade 24 - 36 hr snowfall will be 10-20 , with more north. It will all fall as snow above most of the base areas.
Snow will ease up but not totally end on Wednesday with 3-8 new and a 2,500 - 3,000 ft SL. I like Wednesday with all the new snow and lower snow level, with improved quality.
Thursday a new storm comes in with a snow level going up to 4,500-5,000 ft for a short time. There will be a rain/snow mix along the middle/lower slopes very early Thursday morning. But the SL will drop to 3,500 ft and keep dropping by lunchtime/afternoon on Thursday with the snow continuing to fall with improving conditions.
Fabulous Friday (SL 1,500 ft) will see a ridge of high-pressure move in with clearing, great groomers and powder stashes to be found. A little new snow will be seen Saturday, with continued low snow levels and fantastic conditions. You can expect more new snow for next Sunday and Monday with a stronger storm.
There it is - Ski it!
Recap and next week:
From zero to hero
In a week, we have gone from a foot or two of snowpack base and partial/ limited openings, to 2 - 6 ft bases with all resorts open and much more terrain is snow covered. After the substantial new snow of this week, we should be set for the holidays. Plus, there is more new snow coming next week. A Christmas powder day is possible.
A big Powder Poobah welcome to new sponsor: Crystal Mountain ski area.
As many of you know I have been skiing Crystal since the last Ice Age, well, actually for more than three decades. I know it well and love it. Crystal has great snow quality, unmatched terrain and absolutely the best views of Mt Rainier. If youve never been there, give it a try. When you are there dont forget to consider a stay at the Crystal Hotels (a powder poobah sponsor) and have a beer and great food at the Snorting Elk.
Your Grand Poobah of Powder
Larry Schick meteorologist
There is wide variation as to what slopes are open or closed, . Please check ski area websites for latest updates.
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