Chase Powder Daily Snow
By Powderchaser Steve, Forecaster Posted 2 months ago December 11, 2023
Departing snow is still falling in New England where Whiteface picked up 10 inches! Stowe, Jay, and Sugarbush are reporting around 6 inches. The West dries out until perhaps Xmas Eve with an active pattern setting up on or after the holiday. Alaska continues to get deep.
Short Term Forecast
On Sunday, I chased back to Snowbird where I patiently waited for a rope drop (first of the season) on portions of the upper cirque. The rope drop came around 10:30 AM with the perfect bottomless but well-cushioned rip-it-pow-down Great Scott. I needed those face shots knowing that our chances of seeing any snowfall in the Rockies in the next 10-14 days are slim.
Below: My tracks in Great Scott on Sunday far skiers right. @powderchasersteve
Colorado is grabbing some weak moisture favoring areas along or north of I-70. Steamboat and Breck are at 3 inches as of Monday morning with light snow reported at other front range resorts.
New England scored powder confined to the northern regions. Whiteface is the winner at 10 inches with Sugarbush, Jay Peak, and Stowe around 6 inches.
Below: Feels good to see some snow in New England! 6 inches at Sugarbush.
Below: Areas of northern Colorado including the I-70 corridor in Summit County are grabbing a light tease on Monday of 1-4 inches. This will freshen up the slopes, especially after the deeper snow that fell on Friday/Saturday.
Alaska is going to get deep this week with several waves headed to Alyeska Monday-Thusday. The deepest periods will likely be Monday or Wednesday. Totals for the week will likely exceed 20 inches. Snow levels will be near sea level. Areas towards Valdez and the backcountry heli zones will see much higher snow totals.
Below: Total snowfall through Thursday morning with several waves of snowfall peaking on Wednesday/Thursday. This would be a good chase.
By Thursday, a fast-moving low will track over Arizona and tap into some moisture aimed at NE New Mexico. This will tap into some gulf moisture. This feature appears to have some upslope component that might put the highest totals on the eastern resorts (Angel Fire, Ski Santa Fe). The highest moisture may also fall east of most ski areas. The models are unclear on the exact track of this low. This will be updated.
Below: December 19- A low noted below appears to sit off the CA coast around December 19th. The models are not optimistic about this low moving inland. It may track south along the coast. Keep reading.
Below: December 23-27- Models are signaling an active period for the west beginning around December 23/34. It's possible that
XMAS Eve finally brings us much-needed snowfall to the Sierra that might track over the central and southern Rockies. I think that the last week of December could be a home run, but it's too far out to forecast.
I am headed to Europe believe it or not! Grabbed a cyber sale ticket to Portugal and will be leaving on Wednesday. I will be posting again on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Download Offline Trail Maps
Before losing service on the mountain, add ski resort trail maps to your Favorites screen in the OpenSnow app and download them to view offline.
- Go to Favorites > Trail Maps > Add Trail Maps
- Search for the ski resort and select the trail map
- Go back to Favorites > Trail Maps
- Tap the cloud icon in the lower right
- Blue Cloud Icon = Available Offline
You can also go to Settings > Your Favorites > Trail Maps in the OpenSnow app to edit and/or view any trail map that you have already favored.
Favorites → Trail Maps