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Poster: A snowHead
Fri 17-03-17 14:27
Replies: 115
It's been mostly warm and wet the past week in the PNW. Not much to write home about, other than lots of rain. Temps cooling a bit and storm coming Friday evening. W SW flow with this one. Going to be accompanied by some moderate winds, and a bit of a warm up as the storm comes through. As it passes, the temps will drop into Saturday. Forecast of around 5mm-10mm of precip. over the 24 hour period. Could equate to about 20cm of snow on the higher slopes. Farther North up into Whistler should fare better with the temps and the snow. But about the same amount of precip forecast. The wind will be a factor. Possible closures in the Alpine. Clearing from Sunday into Monday, with possible next storm coming in mid to late next week.
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Fri 17-03-17 14:22
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Next season (2017/2018) Lift Ticket Priced Signficant increase on 1 & 2 week passes. http://www.stantonamarlberg.com/media/1165/download/Tarifblatt_E_2017-18.pdf?v=1&inline=1 Yup. EUR14 on a one week pass will make the difference between going or not. :roll: Right, Just look at the pass prices here in the USA. Although the ski resorts now have somewhat of a clue and offer heavily discounted of free tickets for kids under 13, if paying adult is included. Won't be long before the whole Arlberg is interconnected.
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Wed 15-03-17 18:11
Replies: 97
Should be improving into the weekend. Warm spell starting to finally run its course. Forecast calling for snow Friday/Saturday. Foot or so with decreasing freezing levels. Leave the snow boots at home. Bring the powder skis though. ;-)
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Wed 15-03-17 18:05
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Man that thing propagated F-A-S-T!!! :shock:
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Wed 15-03-17 17:54
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https://vimeo.com/208367410 Talked with the in-laws in Connecticut last night. 20" of powder in the driveway. Most ski areas in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine saw 2 feet of powder.
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Tue 14-03-17 19:31
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Stella! https://weather.com/storms/winter/news/winter-storm-stella-northeast-blizzard-warning-noreaster-snow-forecast-march-2017 New England States are getting hammered at the moment. Should be good in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Anywhere from 20-50cm of snow for those lucky enough to get it.
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Sat 11-03-17 0:03
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Interesting day... New snow was VERY wet and heavy in Ischgl. Level 4. Avalanches everywhere - natural and triggered - on all aspects. *Very carefully* skied some mellow trees early on in the day. Paavo almost makes it look like powder: Stopped around 10:30/11 and cruised the pistes instead, due to further warming and other people. Seriously on a lv. 4 day: "Is it steep? We just followed your tracks." Crazy. All sorts of other crazy going on too. Fools without any safety kit group skiing steep slopes right between very big and obvious avalanches with deep crowns and terrain traps/pistes below. One example, but it was going on everywhere: https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3820/33321980606_dde6cec673_c.jpg Is this just stupidity, or sheer ignorance? Surely it must be obvious even to total non-skiers that that slope is dangerous? Starting to think we should introduce a fine of €1000 for anyone who skis offpiste without safety kit. At least that might actually make people start thinking. Course it would help if resorts would do a bit more to make people aware - even a simple Facebook post each day would make a big difference. Today Ischgl stated they were 'closed for security work.' Why not just be up front that actually it's super dangerous and we're bombing the poo-poo out of everything so you don't die? As they say, "It's a fine line between stupid and ignorant." Personally I think it's a pretty big gap... In any event, I've seen this in the Arlberg before after a big dump, and the powder frenzy commences. It happens in the States too but maybe not quite as evident with the out of bounds resort boundary situation we have here. Probably better discussed in the Oft-piste forums.
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Fri 10-03-17 23:54
Replies: 4006
Bit of a warm up and drying for the West Coast USA. Still some moisture to wring out in the PNW. Cool and snowy toward New England. Spring like, even though it isn't officially Spring just yet.
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Fri 10-03-17 23:51
Replies: 115
@Ricklovesthepowder, PM Sent. You should be good to go.
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Fri 10-03-17 16:51
Replies: 115
Warming trend starting right about now. FL will go up to about 5,000' later in the weekend. Saturday might be the best early in the morning before snow levels go up. Should see another 6" or so today with another 3"-5" over night. Will be heavy Cascade Concrete, but should still be smooth and creamy to ski on for a few hours. Longer range the storms will be warm with high freezing levels with mostly rain to the tops of the Cascade range. Up North in Canada, they may have slightly lower freezing levels but still rain/snow mix possible on the higher slopes. Longer range, (10+ days) could see some moisture and slightly cooler temps, but too soon to say. Models seem to indicate the HP lurking off the Pacific that's blocking storms over Cali, and thus allowing storms into Utah and Colorado as well may break down. As with any long range forecast, too soon to say. Fingers crossed for a late March snow bonanza though! :D
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Fri 10-03-17 0:19
Replies: 115
@Toadman, as long as it doesn't rain I'll be happy! Are they good at grooming over in Tahoe? Will the warmer temps have much of an impact on the snow? I know they have decent depths so shouldn't be an issue? They do a decent job of grooming. Heavenly, and Alpine Meadows for sure are good with the groomers. Probably will be a freeze thaw scenario on the lower slopes. Up higher might and North facing aspects might stay soft. Depending on the FL in Tahoe you can just follow the sun, and enjoy the sun, as there should be plenty of it. This weekend is the FIS Alpine women's ski races at Squaw Valley.
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Thu 9-03-17 19:56
Replies: 115
Yes, been a crazy good week up here. Wish I could get out of work to enjoy it. Another 25cm-35cm came down again the past 24 hrs. So over a meter and a half in the past 5 days in the Central Cascades, and over 3 meters at Baker in the past week. Warm up is coming this afternoon. FL is going to go up to at least 5,000' and maybe as high as 6,000' briefly as a warm SW flow sets up Thursday in the Cascades. The Tahoe resorts are going to go dry for at least a 5-7 day period, and possibly longer. Temps will be in the 40's up to about 8,000'. Not unusual for this time of year.
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Thu 9-03-17 3:48
Replies: 115
https://vimeo.com/207178069 We're running out of superlatives to describe the conditions at Mt. Baker so we'll let the storm total and forecast do the talking! We have reached over 120 inches of snowfall in the last 8 days and the forecast for the rest of the week is for more snow at cold temperatures. The powder should be light, fluffy and fantastic!
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Wed 8-03-17 21:54
Replies: 28
Ricklovesthepower Forecast is for drying and warm up in the temps. More Spring like. Based on your screen name, you probably aren't going to be loving Tahoe the time frame you are out there. Storms are going to be pushed to the North with a HP building off the Pacific right to the West of California.
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 8-03-17 21:40
Replies: 115
30cm last 24hr on top of the 20-25cm that fell on Tuesday. Another 20-30cm falling today and into tomorrow morning. Slight warming trend on the way from Thursday. Lots of powder out there. Looks like continued waves of moisture into the weekend, with the caveat of rising FL's.
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Tue 7-03-17 21:35
Replies: 1257
What are the conditions off piste like currently? Im out on 12/03 for a week and cant believe a thing snow forecast says. decent today: https://www.facebook.com/gortonator/videos/10154441914516365/?l=89178682495911631 Tomorrow might be equally epic, with added visibility! @gortonator I thought I could see a smile on that vid, but there was too much powder in the way to say for sure!
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Tue 7-03-17 2:50
Replies: 115
PNW looking good for the next 5 days. Oregon, Washington and Southern Idaho will get hit daily & nightly with waves of moisture. Temps will rise somewhat from about Wed. afternoon but should still see about 20cm-30cm a day. Moisture will slide a bit South from Wed. into Friday as the storms come through. Mt Hood, Oregon might be a good place to explore. Could be easily over a meter by the weekend. Upper slopes could see possibly 1.5 meters over the next 5 days. Farther out is also looking promising.
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Mon 6-03-17 19:06
Replies: 97
Anyone coming out to Whistler this week, and BC in general is in for a good week of skiing. That's if you like skiing powder. Basically on and off snow all week with 10cm-20cm coming down each day. Otherwise, maybe cancel your trip if all you want is groomers and sun. :-D
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Mon 6-03-17 18:24
Replies: 20
I was in SLC for work last week. Had a chance to ski for the afternoon at Snowbird. 47F at the summit but the snow was still soft and chalky. Low humidity and low moisture content make a big difference in the conditions. If that had been in Tahoe or PNW, then it would have been mushy.
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Mon 6-03-17 17:55
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Puking in Lech this morning. Looks a good 10cm on cars already. Could be a good day :) Looking forward to your TR. Been really good in the Cascades. But, we don't have the Apre' Ski seen here!
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Mon 6-03-17 17:52
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Longest line I waited in was on this past Saturday when everyone decided to go to the same area. About 15 minutes wait. That can be a buzz kill on a powder day. That's when it's time to go for a hike! I don't ever recall waiting that long in a lift line when skiing in Europe. But we always try and plan ski trips to Europe between holidays and school breaks. The only thing with that approach is you roll the dice with what the conditions will be like. I get the sense with all the new lifts in the Arlberg, maybe it's brought some publicity to the area as well, and folks are checking it out to see what all the fuss is about.
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Mon 6-03-17 15:24
Replies: 4006
@Maersk You ski enough you will come across days like the high wind, upper mtn closures on a regular basis. What's really the bummer is that the 20-30cm forecasted (or whatever the amount is) snowfall ends up blowing away or leaves a nice hard wind buff that doesn't do anyone any good, especially for the off-piste skiers.
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Mon 6-03-17 15:18
Replies: 1257
I blame this thread for the crowds in the Arlberg. :-D Won't make it to Euro Ski Land this year. Just way too much snow in North America this year to be bothered with the whole hitting Europe thing. Glad to see that there's finally snow coming down for you folks though! But hoping for next season to go back . ;-)
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Sun 5-03-17 22:48
Replies: 115
Rinse and repeat... http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd348/mozartmccoy/IMG_3237_zpskm38p3o7.jpg
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Sun 5-03-17 19:41
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How is Utah looking for the next week or so? Storm coming in tonight for the Cottonwood Canyons. 9"-18" forecast for the 24 hour period once the snow starts falling Sunday late afternoon into Monday. Better conditions for the week of March 6th-10th in PNW and BC as the storms tracking off the Pacific stay to the North. Models past that are starting to show some potential for Utah and CO. As per the usual weekly Cali dump, it is dumping in Tahoe again. About 20-40cm for most Tahoe areas. already from last night, with another storm underway on Sunday for another 20+cm. Cali gets a break while the storms track to the North. I did ski Snowbird on Friday, and it was a balmy 8C on mountain. Snow still stayed relatively chalky and did not turn to mush.
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Sun 5-03-17 16:04
Replies: 115
Another 20cm overnight in the Cascades. Winter just won't quit. More snow all week. Could be another 50cm-60cm through out the week.
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Sat 4-03-17 22:57
Replies: 115
Brilliant day in the PNW. 30cm of fresh in the past 24hrs. Looks like more storminess ahead for the week as well. More of a NW flow, which means will stay relatively cold for this time of year. British Columbia looks to be favored as well. http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd348/mozartmccoy/IMG_3240_zpsofoyxffy.jpghttp://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd348/mozartmccoy/IMG_3219_zpslahgjmpv.jpghttp://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd348/mozartmccoy/IMG_3244_zpsbloel0ly.jpg
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Mon 27-02-17 21:23
Replies: 97
@Rois1980 LL and Banff should see a bit of snow on Thursday and into Friday. Tough to say how much will come down, but Canadian Rockies will be on the edges of the storm fronts. So, 10CM-20CM of snow from Thursday/Friday. Possibly another 10cm-15cm on Saturday as well. Temps will be on the cooler side as well.
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 27-02-17 16:03
Replies: 97
Update on that forecast as things get closer to the OP's dept. date. Forecast is starting to shape up nicely. Cool temps, and storms forecast to start cycling in around Thursday. Could be a good meter of snow fall over the Friday-Sunday time frame. A little bit here and there throughout this week as well.
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Mon 27-02-17 15:44
Replies: 4006
Snowing at my house, and in Seattle proper this morning. Been quite the winter on the West Coast. Talked with a former Tahoe skier on the chair lift yesterday. Some of the locals are getting sick of the snow. Every time it snows, it's not a small event, it's a major blizzard, and then it takes them days to dig out. There's no place to put the snow. Cali. should get a bit of a breather this week, as the storms will becoming out of the North Pacific this week, which means more snow on tap again this week for the PNW. Should give the BC resorts some snow, along with Idaho, and Wyoming later into the week and weekend.
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Sun 26-02-17 23:16
Replies: 115
Surprisingly good day today up at Snoqualmie Pass. About 20cm-25cm of dry and light snow overnight. Snowing moderately until about 10:30AM this morning. Sun poked out around 1PM too. http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd348/mozartmccoy/Hyak%20Feb%2026-2017%202_zpselvedtos.jpg
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Thu 23-02-17 21:40
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Anyone any idea of conditions or forcast for Sierra Nevada? The graphs Im looking at show precipitation and snow forcast have it down as snow but the webcam Ive found looks abit muddy and brown. Supposed to be going end of next week, should we change destination? You should go to the "other' Sierra Nevada range. They have WAY more snow.... https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/02/23/500-inches-and-counting-snow-has-clobbered-california-ski-resorts-this-winter/
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Thu 23-02-17 21:22
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I'd go. I don't think that forecast will hold up. At least not that temp. It may get to a high of 3 or 4C. But it should be colder than that. A ridge may set up next week (March 2 or 3rd.) off the Pacific that will set up a few hundred miles of the Coast. So far weather models are not clear on where and how far East or North/South it will establish itself, or even how strong it will be. It currently looks like Whistler will be far enough North to remain cool enough to have snow from mid-mtn on up. I just came back from Sun Valley where it was +1c to+3c at the base but it was dumping from mid-mtn on up. So, it's not uncommon for that scenario to play out in Whistler. In fact, some would say that's the norm.
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Thu 23-02-17 21:04
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What an excellent report @Geh. We are thinking of a big trip for our 10th wedding annniversary in 2 years and this has inspired me to get researching - your trip sounds superb, thanks for reporting in such detail. (I'm still rather reeling at the lift pass prices though!) Unfortunately one of the downsides to skiing in the USA. I'm always blown away by how inexpensive the lift pass prices are in Europe, with one or two exceptions. The ski resorts in America seem to be more and more of the corporate mentality. Especially with Vail Resorts, which just keeps buying up more and more ski resorts. Honestly needs to be some kind of anti-competition enforcement from keeping these corporations from buying up all the ski areas. Won't be long before VR starts to push those season pass prices up and up.
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Thu 23-02-17 15:39
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I can't believe I am doing this dance again. Came over from the States in late December -- no snow! It dumped in January just after I left. Now I'm headed back for a second trip and we're doing the snow dance again. Let's hope it snows. With all the snow the USA is getting this year, it doesn't make much sense to go to Europe this season. But, believe me, I get the attraction. Hope you get to experience the Arlberg when they do get snow.
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Thu 23-02-17 5:21
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Themasterpiece Vail has good lift served off-piste in the back bowls that is not too extreme. Snowmass also has good off-piste, and they do a good job or rotating the trails they groom. Less crowded at Snowmass than Vail. Aspen Highlands has some very steep terrain, and Highlands Bowl has some seriously steep 40-45 degree pitches that you have to work for. It's not a big mountain, but it skis big, if you get my meaning. The hike up Highlands Bowl http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd348/mozartmccoy/IMG_1304_zps0lbltqqo.jpg If you know in advance that you are going to come to CO to ski, then getting the Epic Pass is the best way to save money, if skiing the I-70 ski resorts. There's also the Mountain Collective Pass for Aspen/Snowmass and Telluride.
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Thu 23-02-17 4:51
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@Toadman, Jackson Hole closed again yesterday due to high winds and avalanche danger. Teton pass has been closed frequently this season. Yep, the storms have been bringing lots of those pesky winds. I was in Sun Valley for 4 days, and yesterday was my last day. SV was closed in the morning due to high winds as well. They got the lower mountain opend around 11AM. Bummed as there was about 50cm-60cm of untracked in the upper bowls. I bet it was really good today.
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Wed 22-02-17 18:25
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What about queuing up in the morning? Don't really see this phenom in Europe, even on a pow day. You know, like in the USA on a powder day, where powder junkies are lined up at 8AM for a 9AM opening. Or even earlier in Jackson Hole or Alta where they are in line at 7AM on those really big days.. But I've done the 15 minute lift line wait on a pow day. Any longer then it's time to go for a hike. But seems like more and more people are joining me on my hikes! :(
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Wed 22-02-17 18:13
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Some storminess for the West Coast again. The usual suspects. Sierra seems to be a given. Ask the question, Where will it snow this week? Answer, The Sierra's. Most Tahoe resorts are reporting from 100"-156" of snowfall for the month of February. And we all know that Feb still has just under a week left to add to the totals. Mt Rose hit 600" for the season. There's some cold air starting to cycle in from the Gulf of Alaska bringing cold Arctic air from now into the weekend, and possibly a few days beyond. This cold air should intermingle with some warm moisture coming out of the South Pacific, and produce snow for the Tahoe resorts this weekend. This storm will then reach Utah early next week, and bring some light powder to the Wasatch, and reinforce the Utah slogan, "Greatest Snow on Earth". Jackson Hole & CO Northern and Central areas should also share in the wealth with Utah, and have a powder fest beginning of next week. PNW will be a bit on the edge of any moisture, mostly cool and dry into the weekend. GFS models indicate some ridging for beginning of March off the West Coast, that could block storms coming in.
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Mon 20-02-17 22:18
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No pics today. Resort reported 4" overnight but it was snowing very heavily, and IS still snowing heavily. Was storm skiing with moderate visibility. High winds on the upper mountain, forced me to retreat over to the Seattle Ridge Chair, where I had to put up with shin deep untracked powder and zero lift lines. Took an early lunch, while it was nuking over an inch an hour, and then went back out to enjoy the refresh. Ended up back over on the frontside and the Lookout chair, and found untracked in Christmas Bowl, and lapped the same area, all by myself. No one was venturing over that area, so I just did that until my quads seized up. Hoping they get Mayday chair spinning on Tuesday and I can get in a few laps before I have to head back to Seattle. They were forecasting up to 20" by Tuesday night. But they have under forecast the snow totals the past 3 days, so I am not complaining! :D
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