NOAA is forecasting up to 57″ of new snow at Mt. Baker Ski Resort by Monday evening. That’s a lot of snow in a short time. This is exactly what Mt. Baker ski area needs to get open. Depending on how difficult it is to manage all that snow, we’d expect Mt. Baker ski area to open before Thanksgiving. Winter in Washington starts with a bang! SnowBrains will have weekly conditions report from Mt. Baker this winter. Get ready to hear about more big snow from Baker. …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM PST SATURDAY FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 3500 FEET… […]

Lake Tahoe’s high country picked up up to 9″ inches of snow last night in the 2nd storm of a three storm parade. The third storm was forecast to hit tonight and drop about 18″ of snow. Now, they’re saying more like 2″ of snow. The storm’s energy has been pushed north. Regardless, we go some snow out of this storm and every little bit helps for getting white strips of death open all over Tahoe. Heavenly & Northstar open today. Squaw, Mt. Rose, and Kirkwood are trying to open next week. […]

NOAA is has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Tetons in Wyoming this weekend. They’re saying that up to 22″ of new snow could fall by Saturday night. Game on in the Tetons. Grand Targhee opened today and Jackson Hole opens next week. Another winter storm is expected to move through this weekend. Starting on Saturday, snow will begin in the western mountains and it will continue off and on through potentially mid week as we possibly transition to active northwest flow […]

NOAA just released their updated 2014/15 Winter Weather Outlook for the USA. One cool new thing is that this time they gave us “percentage chances”. This means that in the pie charts in the graphs, we can see what the chances are that what they are forecasting may happen. The graphs are great and the write is extremely wordy. What they’re trying to say in the write up is this: 2014/15 NOAA Winter Weather Outlook Breakdown: – South Alaska and the Southern US have 43% chance of having above average precipitation this winter. This […]

Do you live near the Buffalo Bills Ralph Wilson stadium? Are you done shoveling your own driveway and are bored with nothing else to do? If you answered YES to both questions we recommend that you give the Buffalo Bills a call at 716-636-4840. The stadium is also willing to compensate you for your efforts as well! They […]

If you’re in Utah, get ready to call in sick tomorrow. Both Alta and Snowbird have announced they will be opening for the season on Friday, November 21. Park City will follow suit on Saturday the 22nd.Brighton was the first resort in Utah to open, welcoming guests on Tuesday, November 18th. The resort now has four lifts serving nine runs. Thanks to low temperatures in the Wasatch Range over the last month, snow technicians at Utah’s resorts have been cranking their snow guns to prepare for the upcoming season. But a forecast of new snowfall this weekend may be the push many resorts need to open up their doors.

On November 9th, 2014, I set ski boot on the continent of Antarctica for the first time in my life. Within 5 minutes of being on land, a monstrous (about the size of 3 houses) iceberg began to moan, crack, and then flip over less than 100 yards away from where we stood. Within 6 minutes of being in Antarctica, I found myself running uphill, away from the ocean to avoid a potentially huge wave that the flipping iceberg threatened to send our way. Welcome to Antarctica rookie… 93 skiing clients and 24 mountain guides set sail in the 331-foot Sea Adventurer from Ushuaia, Argentina (furthest south city on Earth) for the Antarctic Peninsula […]

The skiing at Stowe this morning was deep! About 8 inches of fresh on a few inches from the past few days. The snow was light and fluffy. In honesty there was a bit of crust underneath the new snow, but it was still the best turns on the East coast of the season. We fell asleep on Tuesday night with the plan to do a quick dawn patrol at Stowe. The forecast was for 1-3 inches and our hopes were pretty low, but we wanted to get out and see the sunrise and move our legs. We woke up this morning at 5:30 am to 3 inches at the house. We got excited and pulled into the dark and unplowed Stowe parking lot 15 minutes later. […]

Tierra del Fuego is the southernmost provence of Argentina. There is only once civilized location here: Ushuaia. This is where boats to and from Antarctica and beyond moor for resupply and passenger exchange. I just returned to Ushuaia on Monday after an incredible, once in a lifetime trip to ski Antarctica with Ice Axe Expeditions. Yesterday, I got a chance to ski here in the Tierra […]

Grand Targhee ski resort will be opening tomorrow, November 21st, 2014, and they have a Winter Storm Watch in effect for Saturday that is forecast to drop 8-14″ of new snow. A very solid opening weekend is on tap at Targhee. It’s snowing lightly at Targhee right now and they have a 19″ base and they’ve gotten 49″ of snow so far this year. Targhee averages over 500″ of snow per year and there […]

(editor’s note: this is an eye witness account from my brother who’s a badass truck driver and Afghanistan war veteran out of Ohio. He was in the big storm in New York that dropped up to 63″ of snow yesterday and this is his account.) Well, last night at about 1730-1800 I noticed a change of color on the road. The road changed from black to whitish, and I couldn’t tell wether it had dried or it was snow, and snow was falling but not quick. At that time I cut my jake break (air brakes on a semi truck) off, because you don’t want to be using that in slippery conditions. […]

NOAA is forecasting three storms this week in Tahoe. The third storm rolls in on Saturday and looks like it has the potential for some big snow up high. We’ll let them do the talking: Dry weather will continue through late tonight as high pressure moves off to the east. A series of 3 weather systems will impact the area Wednesday, Thursday, and again late Friday into Saturday. Saturday looks to feature the wettest system. Precipitation totals for the 3 systems will range from around 0.2 – 0.5” in the Valley to 0.75 – 1.75” in […]

Then stop by Granite Chief Ski & Mountain shop in Truckee this Friday, November 21st at 6PM. They are hosting Beer, Brauts, & Airbags where free beer and brauts will be provided while Sierra Avalanche Center presents “Know Before You Go” and “What’s In My Pack.” This is the perfect opportunity to brush up on those backcountry skills and enjoy some free food, drink, and good company. Sierra Avalanche Center will also be selling raffle tickets to help support their continued snow safety research […]

As ski technology and shape changes – and it’s been changing fast – bindings have to morph and evolve to keep up. Wider skis means wider bindings. Wider bindings leads to more control and more power transfer to your ski. You’ve got to have ski bindings. There’s no other way to attache yourself to skis. Always make sure your bindings are mounted and adjusted correctly. Bindings are the one fundamental piece of ski equipment you have that is truly safety gear. You don’t want them to come off too early and you don’t want to them to stay on too long. Both situations can lead to hard falls and bad injuries. You need a binding you can trust. […]

Washington state gets the most snow in North America and maybe the world. Mt. Baker ski resort holds the world record for most snow with over 1,100 inches of snow in 1997/98. Ski resorts in Washington state open late due to their bulging snowpacks. Crystal Mountain ski resort is known to open for the season before Thanksgiving and stay open into July. Not bad. Crystal Mountain and Stevens Pass both average over 450″ of snow per year. Mt. Baker ski resort averages 655″ of snow per year. If you like snow, you’ll like Washington […]

The Great Lakes Region is getting uber nuked on today via a large Lake-Effect snow event. 3 feet of snow has fallen in spots with 5 to 6 foot deep snow drifts. Some areas are forecasts to receive up to 60 inches of snow by Friday morning. Snowfall rates of 3-inches per hour have been observed… “The coldest air of the season so far will continue to trigger bands of very heavy snow downwind of the Great Lakes into the middle of the week and beyond. The snow will be blinding in some areas, falling at the rate of 3-5 inches per hour, and can be accompanied by gusty winds, thunder and lightning. Travel will be impossible for a time […]

Whistler ski resort in British Columbia, Canada will be opening 5 days early. They were scheduled to open Nov. 27th, but they will now open this saturday, Nov. 22nd. Blackcomb ski resort will be opening on Nov. 27th. They’ve been getting pounded with snow up there and recorded an 82″ snowpack on the upper mountain two weeks ago. Historically, December is the snowiest month […]

Kaj Zackrisson, aka Flying Squirrel, is one of the best freeskiers in the world. He’s easily recognized on the hill by his insanely long, blond dreadlocks. Kaj just cut off those dreadlocks yesterday and he looks like a different person. It must feel wild to have those things gone after all this time. We think he looks great and we can’t wait to see him crushing snow in another ski edit soon. He’ll definitely be faster, right? Kaj is from Sweden and has a bucket full of accolaides to his name including three wins at the Verbier Xtreme comp. The Verbier Xtreme comp is the most extreme comp of the extreme comps. If you win this thing, you’re one of the […]

Mountain Sports International has announced the schedule for the 2015 Subaru Freeride Series. This Freeride World Qualifier will take place from February to April, hosting the world’s best athletes on some of North America’s best terrain, and one venue in South America. At each location, both men’s and women’s ski and snowboard divisions will be offered. Heading into its 18th year, the FWT is unlike anything you’ll see in the Olympics – challenging competitors to navigate ungroomed snow down dangerously steep slopes. The event’s format will be comprised of three days: a qualifying day (with open registration!), semi-finals, and finals.

Boreal Mountain in Lake Tahoe, California will be open today from 12pm – 8pm. Beginning on Friday, they’ll be open from 9am – 9pm everyday until the end of the season. Boreal is the first ski resort open in California this season. They’ll have the Castle Peak Quad running with some park features. They’ve gotten 13″ of snow this season and they have a 12″ base on the runs that are open right now. Boreal did open up over a week […]

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