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Weather for the week - April 14 to April 18, 2014

Excellent conditions are in play across the northern and central Rockies this week as the primary storm track continues to hammer down powder into mid-April. This week will be closing week for numerous ski areas throughout the Rockies and it will not disappoint. This past weekend left many areas looking like mid-winter and after a dry Monday and Tuesday, another system will unload on the Rockies with moderate to heavy snow through Wednesday. Even though most areas in the Upper Midwest are closed for the season, Old Man Winter will once again come out from the shadows to give them a winter surprise. With mid-April conditions this good, how could you even think about putting away your skis and snowboards? 

Total accumulated snowfall, according to the American GFS, through Friday. Source: WeatherBell.com

The primary storm track will once again take aim at the northern and central Rockies this week. Western Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado will be the winners with 4-8" likely throughout the week. Areas along and east of the Continental Divide in Colorado will be enhanced by an upslope flow on Wednesday so higher totals can be expected. Thursday morning will provide the best skiing this week with fresh tracks and clearing skies. Wednesday will be a storm skiing day but expect "crunch" underneith as the sun will bake any remaining fresh snow from this past weekend. Utah will see a few scattered showers on Wednesday but it will only amount to a dusting at best within the highly elevated areas. Take advantage of the fantastic late season conditions because they will not disappoint! Evan and Joel will have the latest in the Utah and Colorado Daily Snow

The temperature anomaly, or the departure from the long-term average, as of Thursday afternoon. Source: WeatherBell.com

Our Upper Midwest and New England Meteorologists are done updating for the season but this does not mean the snow will stop falling! Northern Michigan and Wisconsin will experience on and off snow throughout the week with heavy snow on Wednesday and into Thursday. Rain will be the main type of precip the further south we look but the northern areas of the Upper Midwest will experience a good dose of mid-winter like weather. Another wave of moderate to heavy snow is also possible on Friday. The highly elevated areas of northern New England will receive light snow late Tuesday and into Wednesday as a system passes along the Canadian border. This will not be a big snowmaker but it will certainly add to the already steller late-season conditions across the region. Check to see what ski areas are still open and head to the hills! 

When you're up on the hill this week post pictures and updates using "LiveSnow", one of the features of our FREE iPhone and Android app.

Always check our Powder Finder and the forecasts for each mountain throughout the week for more details.

Sam Collentine | OpenSnow

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Red Bull Double Pipe Highlights

The first ever douple halfpipe competition went off at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado on March 19-23 and was aired on NBC today. "This is definitely setting precident as far as the amount of snow that was moved for one feature and having something of this magnitude" said Frank Wells, Project Manager at Snow Park Technologies. Taylor Gold from Steamboat Springs, Colorado walked away the winner under beautiful bluebird skies. We hope to see Red Bull continue to progress action sports to unimaginable places and I'm sure we will. Here are the highlights thanks to Aspen 82, the local television station in Aspen, Colorado. 

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Sam Collentine | OpenSnow

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Weather for the weekend - April 11 to April 13, 2014

As we move into the middle of April, the majority of the United States begins to look and feel like spring. Ski resorts begin to close and mountain bikes replace skis. Though every spring, Old Man Winter seems to hide in the shadows and make an appearance just when we thought it was okay to put our skis and snowboards away for the summer. After a week of very warm temperatures and dry conditions, Old Man Winter will do just that. The northern and central Rockies will experience moderate to heavy snow on Saturday and Sunday as a mid-winter like system moves through the region. Stellar spring conditions can be found from coast-to-coast but if you are looking to make one last powder chase, head to British Columbia or the Rocky Mountains of the American West. Don't put away your skis and snowboards just yet because like every year, it will be mid-July and you will be dreaming about the return of DEEP powder skiing! 

Total accumulated snowfall, according to the American GFS, through Sunday. Source: WeatherBell.com

The West will be under a warm west to northwest flow ahead of Saturday's storm with temperatures in the 40's across many mountain locations. British Columbia will experience heavy snow on Friday and into Saturday before the colder air rushes down into the American West. Beginning on Saturday, a closed low will look to join up with a progressive system dropping southeast out of Canada. Western Montana and Wyoming will begin to see snow showers on Saturday before the heaviest accumulations take aim at Colorado on Sunday. This storm will look to favor the areas along and east of the Continental Divide as a strong upslope flow develops on Sunday. If you are a fan of storm skiing, Sunday will be your day. If not, Monday morning should offer great conditions as well with a few inches likely after the lifts close on Sunday. Joel will have the latest every morning in The Colorado Daily Snow

Above-average temperatures will be found across the West and East Coasts of the United States on Sunday. Below-average temperatures and snow will be found across the northern and central Rockies along with the Upper Midwest. Source: WeatherBell.com

As for the rest of the United States, spring skiing will be out in full force. Temperatures will reach the 50's across the Pacific Northwest and Lake Tahoe region with blue skies overhead. Excellent conditions if you're looking to grab some rays and have a relaxing day of skiing or riding. Brian and Larry will continue to update the Tahoe and Northwest Daily Snow as storms look to return by the middle of next week! All good things must come to end as Andrew in the Upper Midwest and Brian in New England wrap up their forecasting for the season on Friday. The resorts are beginning to close for the season in their regions with liquid precipitation becoming more abundant. Parts of the Upper Midwest will see a slight chance for snow late Sunday but rain will be the main culprit across the region. The far nothern reaches of New England will see a chance for snow on Friday but liquid precip will again dominate. It is sad to see the season end but it has been a great snow year for both the Upper Midwest and New England!

When you're up on the hill this weekend post pictures and updates using "LiveSnow", one of the features of our FREE iPhone and Android app.

Always check our Powder Finder and the forecasts for each mountain throughout the weekend for more details.

Sam Collentine | OpenSnow

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Weather for the week - April 7 to April 11, 2014

As we enter the second week of April, the United States will see a quiet week in terms of fresh snow. The northern and central Rockies will see a few lingering showers on Monday before warm and dry conditions settle in for the week. A weak system will pass over the Northeast on Tuesday with the higher elevated resorts to the north likely being the only locations to receive any snow accumulation. A very weak system could produce a few stray showers for the Northwest early Wednesday and for the northern and central Rockies on Thursday but accumulations will be trace to two inches at best. Load up on the sunscreen and grab your sunglasses because this week will be spring skiing at it's finest! 

Total accumulated snowfall, according to the American GFS, through Friday. Source: WeatherBell.com

British Columbia. That is where you will find the goods this week as a high pressure builds across the western United States. A few lingering showers will be found across the northern and central Rockies on Monday before very warm and dry conditions take hold. Temperatures will reach into the upper 40's and low 50's in the high country on Tuesday and Wednesday. A weak system will slip across the northern Cascades late Tuesday and early Wednesday with a rain/snow mix across the lower elevations. This system will then creep across the Rockies on Thursday with minimal accumulations expected. Spring conditions are excellent all across the West so don't let the lack of fresh snow keep you away. As always, our team of local forecasters will keep you updated every morning in the Tahoe, Northwest, Utah, and Colorado Daily Snow

Temperature anomaly, or the departure from the long-term average, as of Wednesday afternoon. Source: WeatherBell.com

A storm will develop in the southeast on Monday and track north towards New England on Tuesday. This will primarily be a rain maker with any snow accumulation limited to the higher elevated resorts of northern New England. Temperatures will remain slightly below average for the majority of the week as warmer air dominates the West. Again, head north if you are searching for fresh snow as we transition deeper into spring. The Upper Midwest will be in on the warmer temperatures and dry conditions this week with no new snow likely through Friday. After a brutal winter, I'm sure the region won't mind. Andrew and Brian will have the latest details in the Upper Midwest and New England Daily Snow

The latest snowpack analysis for the West. As you can see, the northern and central Rockies are well above-average after a very beneficial northern storm track this winter. Even with all the recent snow, Lake Tahoe and Oregon still sit well below-average. Source: NRCS

When you're up on the hill this week post pictures and updates using "LiveSnow", one of the features of our FREE iPhone and Android app.

Always check our Powder Finder and the forecasts for each mountain throughout the week for more details.

Sam Collentine | OpenSnow

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Flashback Friday: Origins of Freestyle Skiing

From miners strapping long boards to their feet to pass time during the long winters, to the world's first "hot dog" competition in Aspen, Colorado. It's easy to say that freestyle skiing has more than just progressed since the mid-1800's in North America. 

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