Our Gold Sponsors

EPIC ALERT!  SOUTHERN CAL 2-3 FEET- POWDER ALERT SOUTHERN COLORADO, NORTHERN ARIZONA 12-18.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE! 

Quick XMAS Eve post: Snow is falling lightly over the Wasatch with models showing 4-9 inches likely for many spots from I-80 south.  As of 9 PM Tuesday 3-4 inches had fallen at Park City and roughly similar amounts at Alta. Models show snow continuing through XMAS morning with perhaps another 4-7 inches by the time lifts open at 9 AM.  Heavier amounts might fall south of the Cottonwoods towards Sundance (Provo) as the northern edge of moisture is having a hard time reaching the Salt Lake Valley.   XMAS might end up being a sneak up powder day similar to what today brought with 9 inches at Alta (Creamy up top with only 2-4 inches low).  Meanwhile in the Tetons they scored 8-11 inches Monday night into Tuesday especally at JHMR. 

In Colorado, the models are bullish for 6-11 inches for Wolf Creek and perhaps Purgatory through noon on Wednesday.   The southern mountains will the brunt of snow.  Further north towards Silverton may only see 5-9 inches.  Telluride might see less.   Some snow will be falling on the western side of I-70 towards Aspen, Glenwood (Sopris Ski area) and perhaps Powderhorn near Grand Junction.  Very little snow will fall east of the Eagle County line.  Best ride times will be in the southern mountains Wednesday morning.  Some light to moderate amounts is also likely for New Mexico resorts (Taos in the 3-6 inch range). 

Below: Total snowfall per the HRR short term high-resolution models showing 10 inches or more for Wolf Creek (Southern areas) and less further north.  Some surprises are possible on the western slope from Glenwood to Grand Junction but amounts should not exceed 5-7 inches. 

\"\"

The BIG story this week will be southern California with a significant snow event and cold temperatures.  This may land 20-30 inches outside LA in the San Bernadino Mountain Range (Mount Baldy will be deep).  This may end up being a historic event (Wednesday night to Friday). 

Below: Southern CAL will be DEEP late this week! Rare to see snow levels drop to 3500.  WOO HOO

\"\"

Other good spots to chase will be resorts near Flagstaff Wednesday-Friday where steady light to moderate events will add up to 12-18 inches this week. While no 6 hour period looks to hit double digits, the sum total will be respectable.  Storm ski all week. 

Once the southern CA storm exits by Friday, more moisture will drag south over Arizona and New Mexico.  Taos may score deeper snow by Saturday. 

CHASE?  XMAS:  Southern Colorado, Wasatch wildcard I-80 and south. 

                Thursday-Friday- Arizona, Southern California (CA deepest)

                Saturday- Refresh for southern Colorado (Most moisture skirts south), New Mexico wildcards. 

ANNOUNCEMENT 

* Silverton Mountain opens for the season on December 26th with a 56 inch base*

Enjoy the powder everyone!   Powderchaser Steve 

 

 

 

DONATE TO POWDERCHASERS

Thank you so much, we couldn't do what we do with support from our readers.

Support our work
click here to donate

POWDERCHASERS TRIP CONCIERGE SERVICES

Our expertise gets you direct contact with our weather team to boost your next powder chases. From 2 to 14 chases, pick the concierge package that satisfies your powder hound!

  • Minute-to-minute snow + weather data
  • Tips + hacks on how to score first chair + where to park, stage + eat
  • Direct access to our Powederchasers
  • Sweet merchandise

POWDERCHASERS PASS OPTIONS - Buy + Save 10% on Concierge Trip Planning Packages

SHOP POWDERCHASERS GEAR

View all

ASK A POWDERCHASER

POWDERCHASERS SPONSORS

POWDERCHASERS PARTNERS

eco friendly ski/snowboard wax

Purl Wax

Purl Wax creates eco-friendly ski wax and snowboard wax with superior speed and durability. Biodegradable | No PFC's | No Toxic Chemicals | Made in the USA ...
Skis.com

Skis.com

Skis.com is a family owned company that has been in the ski industry for more than 50 years! Skis.com is a one stop shop online retailer for all your ski equipment and clothing needs!

Alaska Backcountry Guides

Alaska Backcountry Guides

Alaska Backcountry Guides, is a team of dedicated industry veterans. We offer semi-private and private heliski/snowboard trips in the heart of the Chugach mountains. With a maximum of 2 groups per helicopter, we are more nimble to explore the endless terrain that is at our doorstep, and you will never be waiting for the helicopter to take your next run. Alaska is known for its steep terrain, but we have plenty of intermediate terrain as well, and are able to cater to a range of ability levels. These trips are designed with the pandemic era in mind; we have private lodging, a personal chef, regular covid testing for staff/guides/guests, and small group riding to ensure an intimate and safe experience.

Beaver Mountain Ski Area

Beaver Mountain Ski Area

Beaver Mountain Ski Area has been family owned and operated for 81 years. Located in northern Utah we receive that great Utah powder. A great ski and snowboard experience without the prices or crowds of the big resorts.

Unofficial Networks

Unofficial Networks

In 2010, UnofficialNetworks.com was launched to cover the global ski scene with the rollout of local reporters in ski towns across North America. Since that time, the website has recorded hundreds of millions of sessions and has been linked to by numerous publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, and ESPN.

Indy Pass

Indy Pass

Chase powder to over 120 uncrowded, authentic destinations across the globe that offer you two ski days at each destination. 23/24 pass sales currently on hold!

TIRERACK.com

TIRERACK.com

TireRack.com is Powderchasers’ preferred tire supplier and their tires get us to the powder every single time. They’re America’s largest independent tire tester and consumer-direct source for tires, wheels and performance accessories.

This year, they’re making winter tire and wheel shopping even easier with their new Recommended Package feature. All you have to do is tell them a little bit about your vehicle, and they’ll automatically create a winter package for you. Find your Recommended Package.

Selkirk Powder

Selkirk Powder

Selkirk Powder provides cat, self-propelled, and snowmobile-assisted alpine ski excursions and guided snowmobile tours. A verified outfitter of Polaris Adventures, AIARE avalanche education Provider. With license and permits covering over 200,000 acres of the rugged and beautiful Selkirk Mountain range, SPC conveniently operates at Schweitzer in Sandpoint Idaho. Email Selkirk,;Call the Selkirk Reservation Line, and follow them on Instagram

The Mountain Collective

The Mountain Collective

The Mountain Collective™ boasts 24 dream ski destinations across the globe.


The pass includes two days of skiing or riding with no blackout dates at each of the 23 partners (46 total days), 50 percent discount on all additional days.

POWDERCHASERS POWDER CONCIERGE

View all