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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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Sam Collentine | OpenSnow

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Weather for the weekend - April 4 to April 6, 2014

This weekend will feature a significant snowstorm across the Upper Midwest while a broad system moves through the Western United States. Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan will see significant totals through Saturday morning as a powerful storm rips through the region. The Intermountain West can expect to see continuous snow showers Saturday morning through Sunday night with the highest totals taking aim at Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. The month of April may be upon us but don't put your skis and snowboards away just yet! 

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

Northwest & Lake Tahoe

The resorts of the Northwest will see light to moderate snow throughout the weekend. The only issue will be rising snow levels as rain can be expected across much of the lower elevated areas. Washington, Idaho, and western Montana can expect to see 5-10" through Sunday. Our friends to the north will also receive significant totals so head to British Columbia if your looking to make one of your last powder chases of the season. Larry will break down the latest in The Northwest Daily Snow. After a week where almost every location received 4-7 feet, the Lake Tahoe region will move into another drying trend this weekend. Light snow showers could dust the western edge of the basin on Friday morning but totals will be 1-2 inches at most. The best conditions of the season are in place right now so don't miss out! Get the latest details every morning in The Tahoe Daily Snow.

 

The storm over the Upper Midwest will begin to push north into Canada on Saturday as the next storm begins to move across the West. There will be enough energy and moisture to ignite light to moderate snow showers throughout the Pacific Northwest but higher snow levels are expected. Source: Meteostar, analysis by OpenSnow. 

Intermountain West

The system that will move across the West this weekend will not pack a powerful punch but continuous showers through Sunday and into Monday. Dry conditions will be in place on Friday before snow moves back into Utah and Colorado on Saturday morning. Big totals are not expected but on and off snow showers throughout the weekend will create soft and fun conditions for early April. 5-10 inches can be expected through Sunday for Utah with 4-8 inches for Colorado. A jet stream induced northwest flow could may also set up over Colorado on Sunday night bringing a surprise powder day on Monday so that's something to keep an eye on. Warm temperatures and dry conditions will move into the West beginning on Monday and lasting throughout the week so enjoy the fresh snow while you still can! 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 Saturday evening. This weekend will offer cooler temperatures across the United States as two systems move through the country. Source: WeatherBell.com

Upper Midwest and Northeast

The biggest story this weekend will be a major winter storm event in the Upper Midwest. Come Saturday morning, 1-2 FEET will be likely across parts of Minnesota, Wisconson, and northern Michigan. Abundant moisture, energy, and cold air will help fuel this storm and make for quite the snow event. Winter storm warnings will be in effect through late Friday night and I would not be surprised if numerous snowfall records were broken. Andrew will break down the latest details in The Upper Midwest Daily Snow. As for the Northeast, the upper reaches of New England including Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine will see light to moderate snow on Saturday as the strong system tracks north out of the Upper Midwest. It's been a warm and dry week across the region so expect a lot of crunch underneith. A pattern change looks to bring more snow back to the region next week so click over to The New England Daily Snow for the latest updates. 

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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Building ski resorts in China

A look at the changing face of ski areas through the eyes of one of the world's leading ski resort designers.

"One place that is sort of an anomaly right now is China."

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