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[ March 31, 2010 - 11:07pm ]
Jake Sakson
Dek: 
Another late-winter storm is blasting the West right now and our storm forecaster is on a quest to ski powder from the same storm in Washington, Utah, and Colorado. Can he do it?

The pattern continues to evolve into a major winter storm for the Rockies as everything is now coming together for an epic dump for Wednesday-Friday. I set out to achieve the powder trifecta: a three-state powder chase during the same storm. First, I flew to Seattle on Monday night and was blessed with up to 26 inches of dry face shots at Crystal Mountain on Tuesday. Crystal is reminiscent of a smaller scale Snowbird with fewer crowds and a good array of long steeps giving lots of continuous laps of freshies. The snow quality can be excellent as long as snow levels are below 2,500 feet.

[ March 29, 2010 - 1:34pm ]
Loveland March
Dek: 
Our weather forecaster is calling for more big storms this spring, everywhere from the Pacific Northwest to the Wasatch to the Rockies. It's not too late to ski powder—get to Mount Baker or Crested Butte or Snowbird this week.

Spring has sprung where temps are expected to reach the high 70s by Tuesday in Denver however don't put the boards away yet as a powerful storm is going to pound the Northwest Monday and Tuesday with lowering snow levels and 9-15 inches in many spots (Mount Baker could be deep by Tuesday morning). The Sierra will see 8-14 inches by mid-week primarily up north. The low pressure tracks over Wyoming on Tuesday morning with very high winds from the Southwest favoring areas such as Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole with moderate snow likely during the day (3-6) and evening (4-8).

[ March 25, 2010 - 12:47pm ]
Ski The East2
Dek: 
We love watching good ski footage from the East Coast, which is why we're excited that Ski The East has teamed up with Rossignol and Trew Gear to present a series of online webisodes called "Electric Slides with Erme Catino." Erme and friends spent their winter driving around the East Coast looking for good lines (including power lines!) they could access via a bootpack or skin. Here's the first episode.

We love watching good ski footage from the East Coast, which is why we're excited that Ski The East has teamed up with Rossignol and Trew Gear to present a series of online webisodes called "Electric Slides with Erme Catino." Erme and friends spent their winter driving around the East Coast looking for good lines (including power lines!) they could access via a bootpack or skin. Here's the first episode.

[ March 22, 2010 - 2:03pm ]
Powder at Snowmass
Dek: 
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.

[ March 18, 2010 - 12:17pm ]
Eben Mond at Loveland, Colorado
Dek: 
Don't be fooled by the warm weather: A big storm is heading toward Colorado, where it'll slam four to nine inches of snow into the Front Range. Our snow forecaster is predicting powder days at Winter Park, Loveland, Vail, Steamboat, and Aspen.

A fast moving cold front still on track to sweep through the Rockies late on Thursday and last well into Friday night especially over areas near the Continental Divide in Colorado. The front is a bit east of the Wasatch so accumulations there will only be in the 4-9 inch range by Friday. The Tetons will also see light snow on Thursday evening and Friday. The brunt of the storm is going to slam the Front Range of Colorado on Friday night and early on Saturday when the winds shift to the Northeast (Saturday might be deep at Winter Park, Eldora, or perhaps Loveland).

[ March 11, 2010 - 2:29pm ]
Powder Turns at Crystal Mountain
Dek: 
We've waited all winter for these storms, and finally, in March, they have arrived. Washington, Oregon, BC, Utah, Colorado, and California are all getting snow this weekend. Check out powder-day forecasts here.

A sigh of relief for the Northwest after an extensive dry spell comes to an end: A powerful storm will stall over western Washington, Oregon, and BC today through Friday evening bringing snow totals to 12-24 inches by Saturday morning. Mount Baker at 7:30 AM today had picked up five inches in the past four hours and it just started to snow at Crystal Mountain. Snow levels will be very low making for mid winter conditions. I would pick Friday for storm ski pick of the week.
 

[ March 8, 2010 - 2:03pm ]
Winter on Winter: Locals
Dek: 
Our online columnist, Tom Winter, talks about the local ski bums he's met around the world who have shown him their secret stashes. And one, in particular, who didn't.

The other day I was on a chairlift with a “hardcore” local. This individual had all the trappings of “coreness”: The duct tape on the pants, the avalanche gear strapped to the pack, the fattest skis, and the chip on the shoulder. This “local” of course, moved to the ski town in question and the chairlift that we were riding less than 10 years ago. But, man, was he core and cool and wasn’t shy about letting me know how core and cool he was.

[ March 8, 2010 - 1:47pm ]
Snowbird Powder
Dek: 
It may be almost spring, but that doesn't mean winter is over. The Stormchaser is predicting several inches of snow around Colorado and Utah this week.

Our pattern of splitting southern storms continues as 4-6 inches fell today in the southern San Juans, 3 inches at Telluride (as of 3 pm), and 2-3 inches in the northern Utah mountains. The bulk of the moisture is just now approaching the four corners and should see enhanced snowfall tonight into Monday afternoon however limited to areas favored by southerly flow (Durango, Silverton, Wolf Creek, Taos). These areas should see between 8-11 inches by late Monday. Telluride should only see 4-7 inches additional dumpage.

[ March 3, 2010 - 11:22am ]
Dek: 
Last season, skiers Will Wesson and Andy Parry, with the help of Line Skis, set out to document their winter in a way no ski movie had done before: no helicopters, no trips to Alaska, just two guys and a camera driving around the U.S. Here's the latest webisode, where Will and Andy return to the West Coast and plan an 1,800-mile trip that will take them from Utah to Colorado to New Mexico.

Last season, skiers Will Wesson and Andy Parry, with the help of Line Skis, set out to document their winter in a way no ski movie had done before: no helicopters, no trips to Alaska, just two guys and a camera driving around the U.S. The webisodes they've created have received over 200,000 views. Here's the latest one, where Will and Andy return to the West Coast and plan an 1,800-mile trip that'll take them from Utah to Colorado to New Mexico. For the rest of the episodes, check out www.LineTravelingCircus.com.

[ February 27, 2010 - 9:07pm ]
Powder Day at Crested Butte Comp
Dek: 
Our storm forecaster has good news: It's snowing in the Sierra and more snow is heading toward the Rockies. Here's a full report for this week.

The chase for powder is on. I just pulled into the Sierra where it's dumping at upper elevations and raining at lake level. The central and southern Sierra should pick up an additional 7-11 inches by Saturday as snow levels drop. The word on the street is that Squaw never opened the upper mountain on Friday so things should be buff under some freshies from tonight.