Who’s Getting Dumped On?

As we near the end of January, in all hopes thaw as come and gone. A few systems are starting to stack up over the Pacific to provide skiers with more of all that is soft and deep. Tahoe is starting get some larger storms, while Utah and Colorado are starting to getting filled with a few smaller storms. These regions have been starving for snow as skiers are chomping at the bit to get some powder turns. To all of you skiers in the Pacific Northwest, keep your fat skis out and waxed up (as they have been nearly all season), a large storm system will be moving through that area until Monday.

Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, California.

resort report

Snowfall (Last 24 Hours): 12.0”

Snowfall ( Last 7 Days): 25.0”

Temperature Range: 47°/ 15°

Season Total Snowfall: 106.0″

Snow Score: 4/5 Stars

Coming off of an incredible season last year, skiers in Tahoe have been waiting rather impatiently for the big snowfall to start. Hopefully this weekend is going to bring back normal conditions for this time of year. Snow is forecasted to hit Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows through Saturday, with sun on Sunday and most importantly there is more snow on the way next week. Once the snow fills in, locals will be sending it off of the Chimney. If you are brave enough to get up there – go for it! Watching from the bottom of Siberia Bowl is always the safer option. For the mellow skier, cruising the groomers of of the Emigrant Chair or relaxing up at High Camp are always a fun experience.

Jay Peak, Vermont

resort report

Snowfall (Last 24 Hours): 0.0”

Snowfall ( Last 7 Days): 8.0”

Temperature Range: 39°/ 5°

Season Total Snowfall: 198.0”

Snow Score: 3/5 Stars

It’s always an adventure at Jay Peak, and this weekend will be no exception. Jay has a solid base that has held up well through their short January thaw. If you’re seeking some serious vertical and speed, head to the peak or close to the top and start down the Upper Goat Run to the Lower Goat Run. Nearing the bottom make the quick left through the Buck Woods and Half Moon for some bumps. The trees that skirt the boundary lines hold typical Jay Peak powder that will still be skiing great, but do not leave the safety of the ski area unless you absolutely know where you are going or are with a local. It is very easy to get lost and find yourself far away from the resort.

Mt. Bachelor, Oregon

resort report

Snowfall (Last 24 Hours): 6.0”

Snowfall ( Last 7 Days): 34.0”

Temperature Range: 34°/ 18°

Season Total Snowfall: 184.0”

Snow Score: 5/5 Stars!

Continuing snow throughout the weekend has the potential to accumulate feet in this slice of Pacific Northwestern heaven. The winds will be gusting and snow will be flying, but that is no match for a good GORE-TEX Shell, so make sure you’re prepared. You may want to have your snorkel ready also, if the weather keeps up in our favor. Anywhere you want to ride at Bachelor should be fun, just make sure you have the fattest ski in your quiver ready to go! The Northwest side of the mountain will hopefully be open (if the wind and avy conditions hold up) for tree skiing, just be aware of branches and stumps. Groomers off of the Cloudchaser Quad should be smooth and fast, even with all of the fresh snow.

If you are a powder hound, it looks like you should be heading to the Pacific Northwest this weekend, light snow should be heading towards Colorado and Utah to help keep conditions fun and ski-able. Skier’s Back East will have a warm weekend that will help soften things up and get away from the ice.

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