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Another foot plus over night in the Southern Cascades. Temps in the single digits. Will be a blower pow fest for those that can get up there. Sadly work is calling, and my knee still needs a few more days to heal up. 5 feet reported over the last 3 days.

Mammoth Mtn, in California also reporting about a foot of snow, and over 3 feet the past 3 days.

Very cold temps in the West from the Arctic air flowing down from the Gulf of Alaska. Temps will continue to stay very unseasonably cold through the week.

Whistler -18 to -24C this morning. About 80cm over the past week.

Forecast calling for clearing and cold temps with potential for more snow toward the end of the week in the PNW and interior Mountain West. It's looking like a banner holiday snowfest for the major ski resorts in Tahoe, Colorado and Utah. Not to mention Jackson Hole.
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3 weeks until I go to Tahoe. And to think, 3 weeks (or so) ago, I was worried about the lack of snow.
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DaddyLouLou wrote:
3 weeks until I go to Tahoe. And to think, 3 weeks (or so) ago, I was worried about the lack of snow.


I don't think you have anything to worry about in regards to snow conditions. It's been a solid storm session in California the past 10 days.
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Now I'm more worried about too much snow - especially on the drive from SFO.

But there's plenty of time for things to change.
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@DaddyLouLou, the cross-Sierra roads in question (I-80 and US 50) are primary arteries kept open if at all possible but its 4 hrs on a good day. If its dumping and slow or closed you could take a commuter flight over the Sierras to Reno. Might be faster and rental cars used to be cheaper there though my info is stale on that. At the risk of stating the obvious: get AWD. Thus far, it has been needed: Mammoth has had 12' at its base and 20' at the summit, its snowiest December in ten years. Your timing is just fine.
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DaddyLouLou wrote:
Now I'm more worried about too much snow - especially on the drive from SFO.

But there's plenty of time for things to change.


Yes, too much snow might be a valid concern.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/lake-tahoe-shatters-50-december-120923865.html

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LAKE TAHOE, Nev. —With four days left to go in the month, Lake Tahoe has already broken the record for December snowfall set 50 years ago.

On Monday, December snow totals at the UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab reached 193.7 inches, blowing a 1970 record of 179 inches out of the water.

The lab, located at Donner Pass, has received roughly 39 inches of snow in the past 24 hours and could break the 200-inch mark today.

The lab was built in 1946 by the U.S. Weather Bureau and Army Corps of Engineers and maintains one of the longest-running manual snow depth records in the world, dating back to 1879.
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Was not expecting to walk out the door this morning to snow. I have lost track of how many days it has snowed here in Central Oregon. I think we are on day 9. And we should hit day 10 with continued snow forecast into Thursday before we see a break on Saturday. It will finally warm up to above 32F after a week of very unseasonably cold temps.

Looking out to 7 days, it looks like the possibility for more snow on Tuesday/Wednesday next week as well.

It goes without saying that there's a plethora of fantastic snow conditions from Mammoth to Whistler, and out into the interior BC/Alberta Canada. The interior Mountain West ski resorts from Big Sky, to the Colorado ski resorts all are shaping up nicely for a solid end to 2021.
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Stormy on the mountain this morning with winds gusting to the high 50's. Most lifts closed. Should be interesting tomorrow. Forecast calling for 7"-12" of accumulation if it doesn't all blow away!

Jackson Hole also storming and blowing with about 7" new reported overnight.

Out into the start of 2022 there's some potential for additional storminess Jan. 4/5/6 for the West Coast.
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Very cold single digits to start the morning. Snowing moderately with 7" reported on the stake. Was very dry and light powder. Perfect way to end 2021.





Warm up for tomorrow and some blue skies to ring in the new year.

Have a safe and Happy New Year everyone!
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Sad news at Mt Bachelor.

https://ktvz.com/news/accidents-crashes/2021/12/31/mt-bachelor-skier-found-unresponsive-in-tree-well-rushed-to-hospital/

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BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – A 28-year-old male skier at Mt. Bachelor was found unresponsive in a tree well Friday afternoon and rushed to St. Charles Bend, a resort spokeswoman said.

Mt. Bachelor Ski Patrol members responded around 1:30 p.m. to a Deschutes County 911 call of a guest in a tree well who was unresponsive, resort Brand and Marketing Director Leigh Capozzi said.
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Tough post to follow. Classic tree well conditions right now.

But we move on.

In other bad news, Crystal has re-implemented reservations for skiing effective Jan 8, for all skiers regardless of pass, even founders.
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Scooter in Seattle wrote:
Tough post to follow. Classic tree well conditions right now.

But we move on.

In other bad news, Crystal has re-implemented reservations for skiing effective Jan 8, for all skiers regardless of pass, even founders.


Wow, due to crowding issues? That's really inconvenient.


In other news, there's more snow coming for Monday through Tuesday to the Cascades. Possibly up to 2'+. Good start to 2022!
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Another storm front out of the Gulf of Alaska is on the march across the Western parts of North America to start the new year week. From Whistler on down to Souther Oregon and a bit of Northern Calif. should be in the mix. Although the main energy will be focused around the Mt Hood region of Northern Oregon. Could see over 3" of snow from Sunday night into Tuesday morning.

Whistler and Interior BC will have colder temps with potential for a few feet of snow over a 36 hour time frame. (Sunday night into Tuesday morning)

That storm will work its way into Northern Idaho and Montana and drop down into Wyoming and Northern Colorado. Maybe a foot or so?

Then on the tails of that storm comes a 2nd one that has more of a Southerly flow based on GFS models, but should provide another round of snow Thursday/Friday.
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my truck turned into a powder dome and took some serious excavation this morning! snowHead
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Full on blizzard here in town. Storm came in earlier than forecast. I would not be at all surprised if the 30" snowstake at Mt Bachelor almost disappears by the time they clear it at 4pm today. Whole West side of the mountain is shut down.

Looks like most of Mt Hood Meadows is closed due to winds and heavy snow.

Meanwhile up at Crystal, WA....



Batten down the hatches, this storm is going to be a doozy!
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So just a quick update on conditions. There's lots and lots of snow in the Cascades. So much so, that all the Mt Hood ski areas are closed as crews try to clear Hwy 26 so people can actually get up there. I have heard reports of people that were up there yesterday skiing that just got home this morning due to road closures. Similar stories up in Washington State as well.

Also, due to the 30"-40" that have fallen in the past 24 hours, combined with fairly strong winds, there is a high avalanche danger out there. Add to that temps will be increasing over the next few days, and that too can add to the avalanche risks.

When Bachelor cleared the snow stake at 4pm yesterday, it was reading 18". At 9pm last night when I took a peak it was close to 11", so 2"+ per hour snow fall. There's so much snow that needs to be cleared and due to high tree well immersion risk, they are only opening Sunshine base and 3 lifts as they work to clear things out.

As always, stay safe out there!
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FYI Crystal has shelved their lift ticket reservation plan in favor of a parking reservation plan. Sigh, whatever.

Have they fixed Sky yet?
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Scooter in Seattle wrote:
FYI Crystal has shelved their lift ticket reservation plan in favor of a parking reservation plan. Sigh, whatever.

Have they fixed Sky yet?


Too much demand, not enough supply of lift served! Not sure what the answer is to Crystal's issues. It's a little bit of the King/Pierce County love affair with that ski hill. Maybe one day they can put in a few more lifts at a few more acres of parking.

Skyliner is not getting fixed this week. Maybe by end of next week. Would be nice. It would take a lot of pressure off of Pine. And of course if conditions ever get to a point that they can get NWX and Summit running, well then, it's game on! Very Happy

I hopefully will be up on Saturday. Might be milder conditions and some sun.
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A bit of a warm up last night. Bachelor reporting 15" overnight, however there might have been a bit of mixed/rain for an hour or so last night. Mt Hood had freezing rain, and they are trying to break free the lifts. Parking lots and roads are a complete mess. Lots of delayed openings.

WA ski areas fared better with colder temps. and a few inches of fresh snow.

Jackson Hole and Traghee should get about a foot of snow today from the storm that passed through the Cascades. Sun Valley might eek out a few inches on the edges of the storm too.

Utah should also be getting hit on Wednesday as well with a foot or more.

Looking out a week or so appears to be a high pressure ridge developing off the Pacific, which will equate to slightly warmer temps and dry.
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High Avy danger in the Cascades with all the recent snow fall and change in temps. Be careful out there!

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Storm track is moving North of the border this week. Will be mostly dry and moderate in the PNW and Interior Mountain West as a ridge of HP makes camp for the next week or so. Some wigglies out in the FI territory suggest things might change toward the end of next week with the ridge breaking down and getting pushed to the East. For now it's sun and groomers.
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Has anyone travelled recently from UK - USA West Coast ? We've got family out there and thinking an Easter trip might be good fun, they have a house near Northstar so we'd ski there and Sugarbowl & Squaw as well. Entry requirements look OK.
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All being well, flying out to San Francisco on Sunday.

If it goes well, I'll post on here when I get back in a couple of weeks. If not, I'll post something on Monday at the latest.
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Has anyone travelled recently from UK - USA West Coast ? We've got family out there and thinking an Easter trip might be good fun, they have a house near Northstar so we'd ski there and Sugarbowl & Squaw as well. Entry requirements look OK.


Tahoe Epic resorts: Northstar, Heavenly, Kirkwood like all Epic resorts are short staffed and record number of season passes were sold after aggressively discounting last year. Weekdays are better than weekends for lift lines.

Palisades (previously Squaw Alpine) is part of Ikon and didn’t discount so lines are a little better. Next year the Alpine to Squaw gondola will we ready which will great but Highway 89 from Truckee to Palisades is only 2 lane so avoid weekend mornings after 8am.

Sugarbowl is still independent and has the nicest staff in Tahoe but still some very slow lifts and they have raised their prices ($150 on weekends) like everyone else.

Skiing was exceptionally good for the last 3 weeks but has warmed up a lot this week (60 degrees in some places) and will be dry at least until the end of January.
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Spring like conditions in the PNW. Good for doing some exercise and carving drills.



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