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@philwig, looks peachy!
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Looks like SoCal is a good place to be right now. Storm slammed LA County and the San Gabriels yesterday. Farther out past New Year's the ensembles from the GFS and Euro are showing some activity for Northern PNW and BC. Of course a bit too far out to know for certain the storm track. There's some weak low pressure energy coming in this weekend into Coast Range and Northern Cascades. Might get a few centimeters out of it.

Will have to wait and see a bit on how the models run this weekend to see if the storm tracks a bit North or South. PNW could use some snow though!
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Up here in BC we had more than expected Thursday night... 50cm of fresh in some places. So deep you have to straight-line it and the powder flies up in front of your face as you descend.
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Amazing, something special about north America. Thanks @Toadman, for the updates
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Up here in BC we had more than expected Thursday night... 50cm of fresh in some places. So deep you have to straight-line it and the powder flies up in front of your face as you descend.


Where?

We've been in fernie/Castle since Thursday and only seen a few cms.

Castle was mighty fine though. Top 2/3rds skiing excellent.

Fernie has some nice stuff up high. And a lot of hardpack.

Kimberley tmr. Expectations not high.
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It's big. Here in Blue River we had a few cm fresh overnight, so today was mostly riding the stuff from that old dump:
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ahhh - rich person riding report. is there a separate thread for that? paid subscription required Smile
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Storm coming into Northern BC that will make it's way South into the Whistler area on Tuesday. Whistler looks to do well from this storm and could get 30cm-50cm over the next few days from Tuesday into Thursday. That storm should slowly progress into the interior BC but stay up North in the Panorama and Kimberly, Kicking Horse area. Although amounts won't be that large. Maybe 10cm-15cm? Every little bit helps though!
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At Kimberley now. Quite decent up high, just bottom third is sketchy off groomed. Fun day and near deserted. And cold. -16c at top of triple.

Back to WA and mission ridge for rest of week. Hopefully some snow will freshen stuff up there.
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PNW should see some action later this week. There's an atmospheric river incoming about Tuesday evening. Some of that cold air that's coming down from the Arctic should arrive later on Thursday/Friday and produce some decent accumulation. Depending on how the storm comes in and the timing of colder air moving in from the North could produce some very decent amounts of snow for the WA Cascades. Whistler could also benefit from this as well. GFS seems to indicate a general cooling trend into the weekend. Stevens Pass in WA tends to do well in these types of storms. If things line up they could get a meter plus from Tuesday into Saturday. Crystal could also see 50cm-60cm of snow, which they badly need. Farther South into Oregon is looking at higher snow line but dropping. Bases might see a mix of rain/snow but all snow higher up that will progress to all snow by Wed. morning. Again the models seem to indicate 30cm-40cm Tuesday/Wed. for Mt Hood and Bachelor. Storm skiing for sure on New Years Day! Idaho (Schweitzer) Could do well, so could Mission Ridge in Central WA.

The storm will progress over the Tetons and Big Sky will also get a hit by this storm in the Wed/Thursday time frame. More to follow... Very Happy
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At Kimberley now. Quite decent up high, just bottom third is sketchy off groomed. Fun day and near deserted. And cold. -16c at top of triple.

Back to WA and mission ridge for rest of week. Hopefully some snow will freshen stuff up there.


I think your timing could be very good for Mission Ridge! Especially if you are there for New Years. Make sure and post some pics! wink
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It's big. Here in Blue River we had a few cm fresh overnight, so today was mostly riding the stuff from that old dump:



nice photo, is that using the insta 360 x?
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The storm will progress over the Tetons and Big Sky will also get a hit by this storm in the Wed/Thursday time frame. More to follow... Very Happy

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If you're in BC I find the Avalanche Canada weather forecast to be very informative reading. It's updated daily.

https://www.avalanche.ca/weather/forecast
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...is that using the insta 360 x?
It's the Rylo, same concept though. I was riding with a buddy who was using the GoPro Max so shall be able to compare footage shortly.
I suspect they will be similar as the resolution's the same, although maybe the GoPro will be better as it's a newer design.
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At Kimberley now. Quite decent up high, just bottom third is sketchy off groomed. Fun day and near deserted. And cold. -16c at top of triple.

Back to WA and mission ridge for rest of week. Hopefully some snow will freshen stuff up there.


I think your timing could be very good for Mission Ridge! Especially if you are there for New Years. Make sure and post some pics! wink


NOAA forecast for Mission - could be a mixed blessing Smile Sad

TuesdayA chance of snow before 10am, then rain and snow between 10am and 4pm, then rain after 4pm. High near 37. West wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Tuesday NightRain before 10pm, then snow likely. Low around 31. Windy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph increasing to 33 to 38 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 43 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
New Year's DaySnow likely, mainly before 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 34. Windy, with a west wind 29 to 39 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
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Forecast for the Western Slopes of the Cascades calls for a yo-yo effect with the temps. Starts off warm and then cools into Wed. Snow will be falling at the higher elevations. Base at Stevens could be rain/snow mix with a snow line just around the 4,800' level, and then turn to snow on Wed. with the snow line below 3,000'. Next incoming storm will also start off a bit warmish on Thursday evening into Friday. Snow line could go all the way up to 6,000 feet plus for a brief period on Friday Sad then transition to all snow and lowering freezing levels for Saturday/Sunday.

Mt Bachelor is forecasting 8"-12" on Tuesday night, and another 6"-10" on Wed. Storm will come in warm with snow line at 6,000' feet and steadily drop. So right side up pow riding for New Year's day will be in order!

Silverstar snowcam in BC currently showing 20cm. Whistler cam showing snow and 5cm on the snow stake. Watch for that to keep growing through out the day.

Looks like the best conditions for the PNW will be the weekend as things stay cool.
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so we are currently snowed in at the Regent hotel in revelstoke... nyd has delayed the road clearing. Highway 1 shut on both sides, so no one getting to calgary this am. about 50cm overnight, but warming slightly.
still snowing...
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North of Kamloops 40cm on New Year's Day, so far. Slide activity even on moderate slopes. It's dryer than yesterday's 30cm though.
Here's the view from my window, where the snow falls off the roof into a fairly large pile.
Reports are that the Coquihalla has rain up to the top, so southwards conditions may be less good.


It's actually stopped snowing in the valley and is forecast to clear Thursday with more snow Friday.
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That storm was a fizzer in WA Cascades. As much rain as snow at all resorts. Mission had chair to top closed for 2 days because of wind. Open today so we should ay least score some fun turns this morning before next unpredictable system rolls in
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That storm was a fizzer in WA Cascades. As much rain as snow at all resorts. Mission had chair to top closed for 2 days because of wind. Open today so we should ay least score some fun turns this morning before next unpredictable system rolls in


Nothing like the weather forecasters to get it so badly wrong!
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Yes it was a mess, though the forecasts I saw were pretty accurate. When the wind is blowing that much in the Cascades, its going to be on the warm side. And so it was: Crystal awful, Bachelor unable to groom beyond roads and beginner terrain, Snoqualmie closed entirely. I'll be at Mt B for the next week or so, and I expect the Gore-tex to be tested. Bringing the rock skis, only! Shame they didn't make their money on the big week...we'll feel that in ticket prices next season.

A few words about forecasting accuracy: if you are off by a degree or two when its 60, no one notices. But if the same error is made at 32 degrees, the difference can be very noticeable. I think they do a decent job these days. I look at NOAA and NWAC and then apply the sniff test. Works reasonably well.
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Top 1/3rd of Mission today was sweet. There were 2 protected ways down to lift lower down, rest were solid. We had fun! Started snowing lightly at 2pm when we went down, so #fingerscrossed!!

I hadn't been looking at Mt B reports - sounds grim!! Shocked Shocked

Not like its any good anywhere around here though right now ...
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Good to be reminded of Mission, my Crystal rut is showing. Great little hill, I've got to go soon.
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We hit Mission at weekends Jan/Feb as it is never busy. Crystal is before Xmas/March onwards territory Wink
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https://www.jacksonhole.com/blog/new-years-storm-delivers-big
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Let's just hope THIS forecast is more accurate than the pre New Year's forecast! Should be better conditions for the North Cascades this weekend. Time will tell...
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Stevens had excellent April conditions on the front side today Smile Was fun actually
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Some decent soft turns this morning at Bachelor. More snow on the way. Did two laps on the Cinder Cone and really enjoyed the shin deep powder. Medium density was perfect for shredding and keeping the hard icy base hidden.

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Cold temps and light, blower pow at Bachelor this morning Snow level down to 2,600 feet. Started snowing about 5am. Forecast calling for about 9" by end of day. More over night into Monday as well. PNW getting into a storm cycle for the next week.

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Storm cycle in effect of the PNW and British Columbia. Woke up to a dusting on the vehicle this morning and it's snowing in the Cascades this morning. Will be the usual yo-yo effect with temps as storms come in and cool off with lowering SL's. Should get progressively colder into the weekend.

Storm track should provide Northern Idaho, Montana with decent snow Tuesday/Wed. as well. Jackson Hole should see some snow mid-week (Wed./Thurs.) from the storm troughs coming of the Pacific. JH picked up about 9" on Sunday at the higher elevations.

Colorado resorts should get snow on Wed. and again Friday. Next week is starting to look promising for continued storm activity as well. Stay tuned!
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My friend in Revelstoke says they've had over half their average season snowfall already and it's snowing again now, with more forecast Thursday
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RE: Revelstoke. That's actually pretty normal....

Based on this graph I'd say the season is going well and is slightly above average perhaps but it's not exceptional (yet).....

Source: https://www.revelstokemountainresort.com/conditions/historical-snowfall

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Fair enough... I went in the 14/15 season right around that dead flat line you can see in Feb/March... Was still good snow by my standards but I think the locals were expecting more (and was not what I'd been led to expect!).
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It's not really relevant but still a cool photo. I was at Blanket glacier chalet (so opposite RMR) in 12/13 (so that dark green line) and the water run was quite epic....4m consolidated snowpack.

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Quite a few BC resort snow stakes showing 20cm-30cm from Tuesday's storm. Whistler, Fernie, Big White, Silver Star all getting over 20cm. More on the way tonight with forecast calling for 20cm + for Whistler and Interior BC ski areas.

Cascade Range should see snow in coming Tuesday evening. Starts off warm with SL in the 4,500'-5k range. Drops into Wed. More on the way for Friday into Saturday with colder temps.

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Saw it was snowing all the way down to Whistler village today which is a good thing.
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We are at Whitewater and its looking good. Lots of snow over last 3 weeks. All terrain skiing again, all the stumps covered up Smile more forecast.
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We are at Whitewater and its looking good. Lots of snow over last 3 weeks. All terrain skiing again, all the stumps covered up Smile more forecast.


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Woke up to a light dusting of snow in the driveway this morning and snowing lightly at 4,000'. More on the way for the Cascades. The storm will bring a decent amount of snow to the PNW and British Columbia. Interior of BC will do good with colder air. I heard reports of SL up above 5,000' in the Coastal BC Range. High winds will be coming with the next low pressure. Might be some lift closures at higher elevations. Revelstoke reporting over 30cm this morning.

Central Cascades did well with a convergence zone setting up delivering upwards of 12" to Stevens Pass and Snoqualmie Pass.

The low pressure will stay mainly North and some bands of energy will drop into the Tetons and Northern CO (Steamboat). Wasatch will get a smattering of light precip. too. (2"-5" late Wed into Thursday)
Snowbird is reporting over 230" of snowfall for the season, so conditions are good in the Wasatch.

Tahoe area should also see a bit of snow on Thursday with 7"-10" at higher elevations.

Trend is for colder air to come down out of the Gulf of Alaska into the weekend. Good time to be in BC or the PNW right now. Very Happy
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