Last weekend was a beautiful weekend for skiing, albeit a bit warm. It was our first taste of spring skiing. Sunday we had our last ski bus trip to Holiday Valley. Conditions were pretty good to start but with the sun and temperatures in the forties, things became pretty soft by the end of the day. Our ski club took off to Beaver Creek (see report below) and I’m looking forward to heading out to Colorado myself this Sunday.
The Great Awesome Weather Computer (GAWC) is teasing me with the forecast. It’s telling me our ski bum club members are having some powder days and this is likely to continue through the weekend. Lake Tahoe is getting snow but the Pacific Northwest is pretty dry right now. There’s a chance for heavy snow for them late this weekend or into next week. It’ll be really cold there as well. New England is going to relatively dry but consistently cold. So let’s get down to it.
Eastern Great Lakes – This should be a pretty good weekend for skiing. There’s going to be a blip in the thermometer to around freezing on Saturday and then sub-freezing on Sunday. Snow flurries are likely to occur throughout the weekend. Ski conditions in Northeast Ohio are “dust on crust” conditions but “adequate.” Holiday Valley NY is 92% open with a 19-45” base and “very good” conditions. Seven Springs PA is 100% open with a 36-48” base and “excellent” conditions.
New England – The resorts in Vermont have been receiving snow this week, particularly those in the northern part of the state. However, New Hampshire and Maine have been pretty dry. Stowe VT is 98% open with a 30-50” base and “very good” conditions. Cannon Mountain NH is 85% open with a 24-48” base and “good” conditions. Sugarloaf ME is 90% open with a 32-50” base and “good” conditions. Conditions should be pretty good this weekend. Temperatures will be around 20 with clouds, some flurries, and some sun.
Catskills – There has been some isolated accumulation but no region-wide snow falls this week. Hunter NY is 75% open and claims to have a 66-130” base and “excellent” conditions. I think the report is hyped. Windham NY reports a 24-80” base (that’s probably more accurate) and claims to be 100% open (that may be hype). Windham is notorious for keeping runs open with bad conditions just to say they have more runs open than Hunter. Perhaps the most accurate report comes from Belleayre. They are 96% open with a 32-82” base and “good” conditions. This weekend will be in the 20’s with some sun, clouds, and snow flurries.
Poconos – The Poconos hasn’t seen any new accumulation in the past week. Blue Mountain PA is 100% open with a 48-72” base and “excellent” conditions. Elk Mountain PA is 100% open with a 42-72” base and “very good” conditions. Camelback PA is 100% open with a 40-60” base and “excellent” conditions. This region will have a similar weather pattern as the rest of the east, only a bit warmer. Temperatures might hit 30 this weekend. Clouds, some sun, and flurries throughout the weekend are expected.
Southern Appalachians – Canaan Valley WV is the only resort in the region to report any significant snowfall this week (9”). They are 77% open with a 15-30” base and “good” conditions. Wintergreen VA reports they are 90% open with a 50-60” base and “excellent” conditions. Sugar Mountain NC reports “excellent” conditions with a 38-88” base and 100% of their runs are open. As is typical in this region, conditions are generally colder in West Virginia and that is going to benefit them this weekend. Highs will be in the upper 30’s and into the mid-40’s this weekend with clouds, a little sun, and plenty of breeze. To the east in Virginia and North Carolina the “r” word is in the forecast for Saturday. Temperatures will range from the mid-40’s to the mid-50’s. A mixture of sun and clouds will prevail. The “r” on Saturday should not be that bad.
Upper Midwest – Stokes the snow cat doesn’t care what Daisy the powder hound thinks. He gives this region his MEOW, telling us he thinks there’s going to be fresh powder here. Daisy points out that if it comes it will probably be mainly in the upper Michigan/UP area. They’ve been getting some snow in upper Michigan and the UP, but not much in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Ski bum buddy Peter called me Saturday as they were pulling in to Boyne Mountain MI. He wanted to tweak me by letting me know he was looking at some fresh powder. In fact they had 15” of fresh snow last weekend. Currently Boyne Mountain is 87% open with a 60-85” base and “excellent” conditions. Wild Mountain MN is 100% open with a 39-75” base and “good” conditions. Wilmont Mountain WI is 88% open with a 45-100” base and “excellent” conditions. Weather conditions are going to vary considerably this weekend according to locality. However, Boyne Mountain is looking at another powder weekend. Snow is expected Friday and some more on Saturday. Mostly sunny of Saturday and more clouds on Sunday. There might be some flurries throughout the weekend around Wilmont. Wild Mountain isn’t expecting any new snow this weekend. It’s going to be really, really cold in this region. Depending on where you are, temperatures could vary from around zero to the upper teens. Dress warmly.
Northern Rockies – Daisy says “now we’re talking powder” HOOWLL! Stokes give his MEOW too. Up to a foot is expected in Wyoming and Montana on Friday, with more snow expected over the weekend. Temperatures could get into the 30’s and lower 40’s at the base over the weekend. It will be significantly colder further north in Banff AB, with temperatures in the single digits. Jackson Hole WY is 97% open with a 96-112” base and “good” conditions. Big Sky MO is 100% open with a 64-95” base and “excellent” conditions. Sun Valley ID is 93% open with a 43-48” base and “good” conditions. Sunshine Village AB is 91% open with a 50-55” base and “good” conditions.
Central Rockies – After looking at the forecast Stokes gives this region his MEOW for this weekend and next week. As usual Daisy is taking a wait-and-see attitude. I’m particularly interested in how things are going to shape up in this region in the coming week. I’m going to be out there next week and some of the Metro clubs will be going to Steamboat as well. It looks like it’s going to be a great week. Snow and flurries are expected throughout the week. Temperatures will be in the upper 30’s during the day. There’s a chance of some “r” in the lower elevations late in the week. Sounds like anything could happen. We could get an inch or a foot. Whatever, sounds like we’re going to have good conditions. Some passing “r” is expected this weekend in Park City UT. Highs at the base will be in the upper 40’s the entire weekend. One of the places we’ll be going back to is Copper Mountain. Currently they are 97% open with a 71-89” base and “good” conditions. A little further west on I70 at Vail they are 100% open with a 60” base and “excellent” conditions. Utah hasn’t received any fresh snow this week. The Canyons UT is 92% open with a 55-77” base and “very good” conditions. Deer Valley UT is 100% open with a 72” base and “very good” conditions.
Southern Rockies – There has been no new snow in this region this week. Ski Santa Fe NM is 92% open with a 34” base and “good” conditions. Arizona Snowbowl is 77% open with a 33” base and “very good” conditions. “R” is in the forecast this weekend, especially on Saturday afternoon. This might turn to snow on Sunday. Temperatures will be in the 40’s to about 50.
Pacific Northwest – Both Daisy and Stokes give this region their HOWL and MEOW. Washington and British Columbia received some snow this week, but the Oregon resorts have not. Mt. Bachelor OR is 100% open with a 107-137” base and “very good” conditions. Crystal Mountain WA is 98% open with a 78-126” base and “very good” conditions. Whistler/Blackcomb BC is 100% open with a 90” base and “excellent” conditions. Washington will be the place to be this weekend. Snow’s expected Friday and Saturday. Sunday may be a picture perfect powder day. Oregon will be getting snow as well but not quite as much. No snow is in the forecast for Whistler this weekend. Temperatures throughout the weekend will be around 40 at the base.
Sierras – Say hello to March and all the snow it brings. HOOWL! MEEOW! That’s right. Let them know Daisy and Stokes. There’s been a break in the drought. While the resorts in the Sierras haven’t received any fresh snow this week that’s going to change this weekend. Presently Mammoth CA is 100% open with a 40-70” base and “good” conditions. Sierra-at-Tahoe CA is 98% open with a 30-65” base and “good” conditions. Heavenly CA reports they are 72% open with a 43-57” base and “very good” conditions. Northstar CA is 70% open with a 19-55” base and “good” conditions. The GAWC tells me Squaw Valley is going to have snow “much of the time” on Friday and into Saturday. It’s the same forecast over the mountains at Mammoth too. Highs will reach into the upper thirties. After it finishes snowing Sunday should be a picture perfect powder day with lots of sun and some clouds.
Southern California – I’m sad to say the first casualty of spring has occurred. Mountain High CA has closed for the season. We were just starting to get to know you too. See you next season. The lil-Lake Tahoe resorts at Big Bear Lake are still open though. Bear Mountain has about 65% of its runs open with an 8-18” base. They claim to have “very good” conditions. Yeah, I might agree. I bet when you’re skiing around the bare spots the conditions are pretty good. “R” is expected to and into tomorrow. However, it’s not as bad as it sounds. The “r” turns to snow Friday and into Saturday. Stokes is feeling generous so he gives this region his MEOW. Daisy doesn’t see what all the excitement is about. But Daisy, the GAWC says they could get a foot of snow. Temperatures will range from the mid-30’s to the mid-40’s this weekend.
So there you have it ski bums. It looks like just about any place out west is going to be good this weekend. It’s kind of hard to decide where to go.