Kirkwood ski resort in Lake Tahoe, CA will be opening for the 2014/15 winter season tomorrow, December 6th, 2014. They got 36″ of new snow on the summit in the past week. They got 15″ at the base in the past week. Kirkwood will have just chair 5 open, but that’s quite enough to get South Lake fired up. It’s with a massive smile on my face and the #StokeLevel @11 that, I am proud to announce the opening of our mountain as of tomorrow morning @9am! Saturday December 6th […]
After a warm front slammed Mt. Baker with a rainstorm earlier this week, operators had to cancel their initial plans of a Thanksgiving opening. With a 30 inch base at the start of the week, the Mt. Baker crew felt confident in to open Thursday. Starting Monday, the storm caused them to lose about 2 feet of snow over three days. Today’s snow report out of Mt. Baker states they’ve got 9 inches of fresh snow in the last 24 hours. The weather finally turned on Friday, but they’re looking to have between a 24-30 inch base before they can open. Gwyn Howat, Operations Manager at the mountain, reported yesterday from the slopes.
Montana. I mean, it means ‘mountain’ in Spanish, what more can you want. We have a state in the USA named ‘Mountain’. What’s not to love about that. Clearly, the place must have some gorgeous mountains and some great skiing. It does. Last year, Montana had a record year with Big Sky getting 460″ of snow. Blower snow, that is. Montana is kind of a different universe. It’s certainly the our only state that feels a bit like a different country. Maybe not that exotic of a different country. Kinda just feels like Canada, but that’s enough. You can head to Montana and get a truly unique experience and ski some of the best mountains and snow […]
Colorado always has the earliest ski resort openings in the USA. This year will not be an exception. It’ll be either Loveland or Arapahoe Basin within the next week or two. Central Colorado just got 10″ of new snow up high and temperatures have been cool enough for snow making for the past week or so. Colorado ski resorts regularly reach over 12,000-feet and this high elevation and the cold that comes with it is key in creating early season skiing and sometimes great early season skiing. Colorado ski resorts generally average around 300″ of snow. Last year, they had a spectacular winter with a few resorts receiving over 400″ of snow (Loveland […]
Utah is one of the most consistent places on Earth for snowfall. Last year, Alta had what they consider a “rough, below average year.” They still got 432 inches of snow… Which is more than most places ever get and it still put Alta in the 10th spot for most snow in North America in 2013/14. Utah sits in a unique spot for an El Nino year. Utah is far south enough to potentially do great in an El Nino year and North and Central enough to still get winter storms from the North. This is no secret to Utah snow freaks. This is the general pattern that makes Utah’s magic work. They’re someone on the track of both southern and northern storm. We don’t […]
NOAA just released their latest El Nino update on September 4th. They are now saying there is a 60-65% chance of El Nino during the Northern Hemisphere’s Fall & Winter. These are the same numbers we saw in their El Nino update a month ago. If we do have El Nino this winter it will be a weak El Nino. What does a weak El Nino mean for precipitation in North America? “Approximately one-third of the (weak) events featuring above-average precipitation, one-third near-average precipitation, and one-third below-average precipitation” – NOAA NOAA’s latest El Nino update is below: […]