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Where is the snow?

Hello: skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers, snowplow drivers, snow cone makers and snowflake enthusiasts....

There is snow in the forecast, but its not much. I regret to tell you after this upcoming minor snowfall, we will have a dry spell for more than a couple of days. Yep, its a slow start for the Cascade snow season. However a more robust snow pattern should begin to evolve by the 8th of December.

Friday (Nov 30) will see a weak weather system, brush by Washington and BC. The system will bring a little new snow to the Cascades (1-5). The heaviest snowfall amounts will be in the central and south Cascades and into Oregon (Hood & Bachelor: 10 plus). The good news is this system is coming from the northwest and contains cool air. Snow level will be 2,500 all slopes will get snow just not that much. There is skiing available. Crystal and Whistler have snowmaking and that is helping to keep them open.

Generally speaking, we need another 2-4 feet of new to have widespread opening of most terrain in most ski areas. Most areas have about a foot maybe two right now. Snowfall from Fridays storm will be modest at best, but mainly light.

Unfortunately high pressure will build over us and extend north. That configuration will block storms and cut off our snowfall from Saturday into much of next week. The storm track will move south going into California and Arizona. With the high-pressure next week, there will be lots of sunshine but chilly temperatures good for snowmaking.

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Its a bit early to have much confidence in any details, but computer weather models are showing a shift to a more active snowy pattern by late next Friday (7th) or Saturday (8th). The storm track will move back north to the Pacific NW and well be back in business. And there no business like snow business! Badda, boom. Thanks for checking in, Ill be here all week...dont forget to tip your server.

Your Grand Poobah of Powder
Larry Schick meteorologist

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There is wide variation as to who is open or closed, when and what slopes/chairs are open. Please check ski area websites for latest updates.

Answer to question: Left of upper t-bar, which leads into Backcomb Bowl (early Dec 2016). It was closed, so I hiked it to get those turns - anything for untracked powder. Looks like I was dragging my left pole, bad habit I struggle with - note to self: aim pole grips like flashlights after the turn.


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