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Powderchaser: March Storms

Powderchaser: March Storms

[ March 22, 2010 - 2:03pm ]
Powder at Snowmass
Our snow forecaster is calling for up to 10 more inches of powder to fall this week in the Northwest and Rockies. Plus, he makes predictions on which resorts will be the ones to hit this weekend.

Precipitation is on tap for the next seve days in the Northwest and Rockies. Most of the best snow will be seen in northern Colorado and areas of Wyoming as a series of cold fronts sets off snow showers Tuesday, Wednesday, and again this weekend. A third and perhaps stronger system is expected early next week.

Snow will break out over the Tetons tonight (4-7 inches) and drop into northern Colorado by Tuesday morning. Winds should favor the Steamboat area early (5-9 inches on Tuesday) and eventually bring moderate snow to the Front Range resorts especially south of Denver by Tuesday night. Winter Park, Eldora, and Loveland should all see snow in the light to moderate amounts, which will primarily fall Tuesday afternoon and night.

Utah’s Wasatch will get brushed with light snow until possibly a slightly stronger system drops in this weekend and early next week. The good news is that this pattern might be a hint at a more typical La Nina versus our strong El Nino that has been the pattern all winter dropping the heaviest snows in the southern Rockies and Tahoe Basin. The Northwest is finally back in the action.

The Chase? I would hit the Tetons on Tuesday morning for the 4-8 inches of fresh, however if you like storm skiing consider Steamboat where snow will be starting to fall early. Wednesday might take me up to Loveland, A-Basin, Echo Mountain, or perhaps Eldora as winds shift to the northeast favoring the resorts closer to Denver.

The last storm had me scrambling for resorts as winds shifted from northwest, to west, veering northeast and finally due east which resulted in a challenging chase landing me in 10 inches of wind-impacted powder in Vail’s back bowls virtually to myself. Aspen edged out the best with over 13 inches last Saturday of which everything fell from 6 am to 1 pm making it one of the best-kept secrets to anyone other than locals. —Powderchaser Steve

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