Go Deep: Toolbox for Powder Chasers

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>The Weather Channel

runs a weekly planner twice hourly that allows skiers to see storms forming; weather.com.

>Snow-forecast.com

offers snowfall prediction maps for North America and the world. A three-month subscription is $9.

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Eastern skiers should check forecasts at

skiingweatherman.com.

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For links to avalanche centers nationwide, which include regional forecasts, go to

geosurvey.state.co.us/avalanche/link.html.

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Meteorologists monitor

www.rap.ucar.edu/weather/model/.

Click on "Eta," check the "loop all times" box and click on 300 mb winds in the Aloft Plots column to see which way the jet stream is blowing, a good indicator of where snow will fall.

DECEMBER 2004