CHASE NORTH AND HIGH IF YOU WANT POWDER IN THE NEXT 7 DAYS
Winter is playing games for February with warm temps impacting all of the western resorts in the next 5-7 days. Colder air is going to linger in BC where several waves of moderate snow will be falling through the weekend and into early next week. Very cold air is trapped north and east of most ski areas. Areas that will benefit this week will be higher elevation resorts such as the peaks of Targhee and Jackson, Steamboat summit, Montana summits north of Bozeman, and Rocky Mountain National Park closest to Fort Collins. Slightly colder air moves into most of the Rockies next week with an uptick of precipitation likely. Utah may get into the game next week as well as most of northern/central Colorado.
Short Term Forecast
Very light snow was falling along and north of I-70 in Colorado with up to 2 inches at Winter Park as of 8AM. Heavier snow was falling north and east of most ski areas. Mt. Baker scored another foot of powder since 3PM Wednesday.
Our chase Tuesday had us booking a flight from Salt Lake to Kona for $250 bucks that allowed us to step off the plane in Seattle (connection). Most of you would cringe at an airfare to Hawaii for $250. This is what we in the travel world call “False connections or hidden city fares.” One caveat, is you can’t check bags! Would you rather sit on a beach knowing you just missed the best day of the season in the southern Cascades or bail on your first flight stopping in Seattle? Some of you would have continued to Kona! Feel free to comment below this post. We grabbed a rental car for $28 bucks (Fox) and caught 2nd chair at Crystal Mountain (20 inches of blower from the previous 24 hours). Terrain that was closed on the previous day opened up and provided heli ski type runs. Here is a pic from yesterday morning with the heli skiing like face in the distancce. We used Frontier last night and returned to Denver for $100 bucks.
Interior BC will land moderate or heavy snow Friday/Saturday with a slight decrease on Sunday. Colder temps will also play in their favor.
Below: Temps at 5,000 feet remain just at or above freezing this weekend with snowfall restricted to upper elevations. Bitter cold air is noted just east of most ski areas. Some of these colder temps will try and push in later this weekend and early next week dropping snow levels slightly. Montana, north of Bozeman will be on the cusp late Sunday/Monday. This warmer pattern in the Rockies has been an issue all winter.
Colder temps will be moving into the northern Rockies next week. Montana stands a good chance of some sneak up powder days towards Bozeman Sunday/Monday. An increase of moisture is noted on models for the Tetons late Sunday night into Monday. Moderate to heavy amounts are possible at the summits of JHMR and Targhee. Colorado sees an uptick of snowfall Monday night and Tuesday. Moisture will still favor northern resorts in Colorado. Utah who may see light snow this weekend could see an increase by late Monday or Tuesday under NW flow (Light to moderate). Aim for a powder day at Jackson Monday and for Colorado Tuesday.
Interior BC will continue to see several light to moderate events in the extended forecast next week with a possible warming trend.
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