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The weather news for skiers over the past week was of course the big snows in Utah and in parts of Colorado, in which Snowbird picked up an astounding 2-3 feet. Most otherregions in Utah saw around a foot or so, with anywhere from 4-12″ across Colorado. Telluride, Co., which had not seen any significant snow for three weeks received about 9inches, with Loveland, Cooper and Snowmass experiencing close to a foot of snow. Conditions continue to improve across Colorado.
Farther north, a return of snow and colder weather is blessing much of Wyoming and Montana after warmer temperatures brought some rain and icy conditions (especially atthe lower-mid elevations) last week. Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole and Big Sky have received a foot or more over the last several days. Parts of the Pacific northwest also sawsome rain at the lower elevations, but snow bases are as high as 108″ at Mt. Baker and Mt. Bachelor but considerably lower elsewhere.
In California and Nevada, snowfall has been below normal the last several weeks even though Heavenly and Squaw Valley witnessed several inches of snow this past week. Squaw has roughly 91% of their season to date snowfall, but much of this occurred over the Christmas-New Year’s holiday and more is needed. Northstar, who received 133″ ofsnow during December was not blessed by Mother Nature in January as they saw their snowfall dive to less than 15″
In New England, the big winner this last week was in northern New Hampshire and Maine. Vermont mostly missed this last Nor’easter with disappointing snow amounts of under3″, while Sugarloaf and Sunday River received 1-2 feet of snow. Skiing in northern New Hampshire and Maine is the best so far this season given the recent snow and upcomingcolder weather for the next ten days.
In Canada, anywhere from 6-12 inches of snow fell at Whistler to Red Mountain and interior B.C. Heavy snowfall a couple weeks ago occurred above 6,000-7,000 feet likelyimproving conditions for heli-sking. However, some of the lower elevations witnessed the Pineapple Express and some rain. In Quebec, conditions are improving some with5-12 inches from Le Massif and Tremblant after several weeks of below normal snowfall.
In Europe, colder weather and snow has improved conditions across many areas, though lower-mid elevations in France are seeing some wet snow conditions. Conditions at thehigher elevations have improved and snow bases are improving all the way to the Italian Alps where colder weather has persisted.
Some of the coldest February weather in recent memory will dominate the eastern half of the United States with lake effect and mountain enhanced snowfall over Vermont, theAdirondacks and Green Mountains with a trace-3″ every several days. The greatest chance for normal snowfall in New England may occur from Jay Peak and Stowe to WhitefaceMt.; regions that typically receive snowfall from Lake Ontario/Lake Erie. Elsewhere, normal to below normal snowfall will occur in New England with a chance for several AlbertaClippers. Skiing conditions will be improving in most areas with the colder weather and chances for some light snow. Ski conditions at Sugarbush/Mad River Glen to Mt. Snowand some other southern New England ski resorts should still benefit from the light snows and colder weather.
The deep south has the chance for an important snow event could occur later in the week for ski resorts in western North Carolina and West Virginia.
Over the Rockies, a northerly flow of air will usher in several weak disturbances over the next few days. Hence, from Montana and Wyoming to Utah and Colorado, coldertemperatures with several chances for light snow will be the rule through mid-late week. With a colder easterly flow of air over Colorado, up to 6-12″ more snow may fall, withamounts of 2-8 inches likely over the Grand Tetons to the Alta/Snowbird/Solitude area in Utah. Some light snow may also occur around Squaw Valley and Tahoe improvingconditiions some from where they have been.
By the weekend, several weak upper level disturbances may bring some snow to the Sierras into Arizona and New Mexico. Taos could be the beneficiary of the colder weatherwith several inches of snow.
For the time being, I see a drier weather pattern returning to much of B.C. though Alberta will see at two chances for 1-4″ of snow through the weekend. Snowfall will also bebelow normal across most of the Cascades this next week.
Longer term, there are some subtle hints that after February 15th, snowfall may begin to increase in the Sierras and Utah region and continue into the end of the month.Signals are mixed for the Whistler region extending down into the Cascades. We will have more details for this region next week.
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