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Powderchaser: Heavy Snow Hitting Colorado, Utah, California

Powderchaser: Heavy Snow Hitting Colorado, Utah, California

[ February 23, 2010 - 9:47pm ]
Here's today's snow report from Silverton Mountain, Colorado: Mid Mountain Base: 125” New Snow 24 Hour: 20” New Snow 48 Hour: 20” New Snow 72 Hour: 24” Unguided skiing at Silverton starts April 2, so head there for spring powder.
Dek: 
Our storm forecaster is calling for up to a foot or snow in southern Colorado, the Sierra, and the Wasatch. Here are details of this week's weather.

Active week ahead will bring moderate snow to the Northern Rockies on Wednesday and Thursday and perhaps heavier snow this weekend favoring south where over three feet accumulated last weekend. Aspen, Wolf Creek, Silverton, Crested Butte all saw the best freshies of the year with over 40 inches of deep over a three-day period. Face shots were plentiful. My chase took me to Aspen Highlands where they saw three powder days in a row and storm totals in the 30 inch range.

Overview:  Snow will break out in the Sierra late Tuesday night and continue into Wednesday (8-11 inches). The Wasatch will see heavy snow after 11 am on Wednesday continuing into Thursday morning (9-12 inches) in a classic Northwest flow which will finally give the Cottonwoods something to smile about. The Tetons and adjacent Idaho resorts will see moderate snow by Wednesday afternoon.  Most of the Colorado mountains will see snow Wednesday night into Thursday with areas along and north of I-70 seeing the best accumulations however only in the 6-10 inch range by Thursday morning.
 
More snow is expected this weekend with a storm taking the southern route similar to last weekend however I would not expect accumulations to be as robust. There is a good bet that Silverton, Wolf Creek, and the southern Sierra end up with decent dumpage by late in the weekend as well as perhaps the Wasatch who can do well under Southwest flow.
 
The Chase?  This weeks chase would include the Sierra on Wednesday,The Wasatch of Utah Wednesday PM (storm ski day) or Thursday morning. Colorado will have the best day on Thursday with resorts along or north of I-70  (Vail, Steamboat, Winter Park). Next weekend's chase will again inlcude resorts in the southern Rockies so stay tuned to any future updates as a powder alert might get issued.  —Powderchaser Steve

For more weather forecasts from the Powderchaser, check out www.powderchasers.com.

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