Our Gold Sponsors

Powder Alert- Sierra, Rockies Thursday -Saturday

Significant snowfall is falling in the Sierra with 24 inches overnight at Mt Shasta. 16 inches are noted on telemetry just 1K above the base area at Mammoth (Higher totals up top). SugarBowl has scored nearly a foot. Moisture will continue on Thursday favoring the Southern Sierra with cooler temps (Quality powder on top of the denser layers). Both Thursday and Friday will offer chases with new openings likely in the latter period. 

Below Mount Shasta is very deep on Thursday morning. 

 

Below: Mammoth telemetry showing 16 inches early Thursday and still snowing at 9K. Higher totals will come in up top. 

The system in the Sierra will push into south/central Idaho favoring the Wood River Valley (Sun Valley). 5-10 inches can be expected by Friday. Unfortunately, less snow is noted further east in the Tetons or Montana. 

Chases?  Sierra Thursday/Friday.  Sun Valley perhaps for Friday or chase into the 4 corners or Wasatch below. 

Utah/Colorado 

The bulk of moisture lands in the southern mountains of Utah and Colorado Friday with southerly winds. This should favor Brian Head (9-15) and areas north of Durango in Colorado. The Wolf might come up with 6-12 with areas north of Durango closer to 9-15. This system is warm and will likely provide dense snow initially with colder temps noted in the San Juan Range by Friday morning. Storm ski Friday and head north for Saturday. 

While the southern mountains are the focus on Friday, enough moisture streams north into the Wasatch for 6-9 inches of storm skiing above 7,000 feet. The Cottonwoods are favored, however southerly wind might be better for BCC versus LCC or even the summit of Sundance or Deer Valley. 

Nevertheless, you will have to ride the higher elevations to get some surfy snow initially Friday followed by medium density by midday. Cooler temps later Friday to Saturday under NW flow will kick off another 3-7 inches for most of Northern Utah, especially the Canyons side of PCMR, and the Cottonwoods (LCC favored). Both Friday and Saturday should offer some fun turns with better quality on Saturday albeit lighter totals. Storm totals are decent at 9-16 inches however split amidst 2 days (Thursday night to Saturday). 

In Colorado, the action in the south shifts north late Friday night or early Saturday morning with moderate totals for 1st chairs along the I-70 corridor. Peak snowfall will likely be from daybreak too early PM Saturday. NW flow will favor spots from Aspen north, along I-70 to Vail Pass. Areas east to Summit County should also fare well. The Divide resorts might come up with slightly lower totals.  We suspect totals by end of day Saturday to be in the 6-12 inch range for many locations. Snow showers will continue Saturday night providing a slight refresh for Sunday morning (Colder) and additional snowfall (Light to moderate). Some areas might exceed 15 inches with enhanced cells that are hard for us to nail down. 

The next AR arrives in CA later this weekend and should take a similar track as the last one. Yet, another AR event is in the models for later next week that appears to take a more southerly track. Its too far out to predict with confidence. The stormy pattern will continue next week and updates will be issued.'

Below: AR #2 entering CA late this weekend and taking a similar track. Perhaps it pushes a bit further north into the Tetons and Montana. 

Below: AR #3 towards the end of next week might dig a bit further south (TBD)

Help us out!

If you want to chase powder with Powderchasers sign up for the concierge package for the deepest resorts to chase to and 1:1 custom forecasting with our staff.  Also, if you have read this far, please donate  to continue receiving these free forecasts. We appreciate the community support. You won't regret chasing with our custom forecasts. We have new swag on the Powderchasers storefront and all larger donations include it at no charge. 

Enjoy the powder, everyone! Remember, your deepest resort is not always the best chase. See you in the first chair somewhere on Monday. 

Enjoy the powder, everyone! 

Powderchaser Steve @powderchasersteve on Instagram

 

 

 

 

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