Pow Alert: Huge storms set to hit East and West Coasts

After reading this week’s Pow Alert, you’re going to notice that Mountain Collective resorts like Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, Whistler Blackcomb, Snowbird and Jackson Hole are all expecting snow this week. Mountain Collective passes are nearly sold out. If you’re looking to get after some of the best terrain in North America, visit mountaincollective.com to get your hands on a pass. For only $409, you’ll get two days at seven of the best resorts in North America.

Last week, drought stricken (and pow deprived) California received a much needed dumping of snow, with some ski areas seeing over three feet of fresh at higher elevations. That trend is set to continue this week, with a monster storm approaching the Golden State from the Pacific. Farther east, ski areas in New England are also expecting a multiple foot snow storm, which will give ski areas across the region a boost going into the holidays. For the full pow alert, scoop the details below.

The Sierra Nevada

According to OpenSnow’s Bryan Allegretto, a strong storm is set to hit California beginning on Thursday morning. Snow elevation levels will be high in the wee morning hours of Thursday, but will fall below 7,000 feet as the day goes on. The white stuff will continue to fly into the evening on Friday. Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows will both benefit greatly from the squall, as a projected 24 to 26 inches will blanket the resorts on Thursday, with an additional seven to 12 inches forecasted for Friday.

Farther south at Mammoth Mountain, the white stuff will ramp up on Thursday evening, with an expected 16 to 26 inches of snow by Friday evening.

California snow forecast December 2014
Image courtesy of OpenSnow

The Northeast

The storm on track to hit the Northeast should bring heavy snow totals from Tuesday night through Friday afternoon, according to OpenSnow meteorologist Tim Frost. In New York, Snow Ridge can expect to 11 to 24 inches and Whiteface should see anywhere from 16 to a whopping 37 inches of the white, flaky goodness.

In Vermont, higher elevation resorts to the north will benefit the most, as Jay Peak is projecting 10 to 24 inches by Saturday, Stowe is looking at 11 to 24 inches and Smugglers’ Notch is hoping for 12 to 24.

December 9 2014 weather radar for New England
This infrared map shows some intensity over the Northeast. Image courtesy of NOAA

Maine and New Hampshire will also get in on the pow frenzy this week. Higher elevation resorts in New Hampshire should be able to stave off any rain from this storm, and could see up to a foot of snow from Tuesday into Wednesday. In Maine, Sugarloaf and Sunday River are expecting 10 to 16 inches of the white stuff by afternoon on Wednesday.

Utah

OpenSnow snow forecaster Evan Thayer says that, while the next few days may be warm in Utah, a cold front will move in just in time for the weekend warriors to get after some pow. The Little Cottonwood Canyon siblings, Alta and Snowbird, are both expected to receive up to a five inch refresh by Saturday night.

Colorado

Like Utah, Colorado will have a dry rest of the week, but a storm will move into the mountains on Saturday, lasting into Sunday afternoon. OpenSnow’s Joel Gratz believes that Sunday will feature the best snow for much of the state. To the west, Aspen Snowmass is expecting two to four inches by Sunday night. Eastern areas like Winter Park and Loveland will see similar snow totals, as well.

Colorado precipitation forecast
Gratz’s precipitation forecast for Colorado. Image courtesy of OpenSnow

The Northern Rockies

Later in the week, Idaho should receive a nice dump of snow. One to three inches are set to fall on Sun Valley and Brundage, while two to four is forecasted for Silver Mountain.

In Wyoming, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort should be the beneficiary of a solid one to four inches of snow, while things will probably be dry in Montana.

Pacific Northwest

Unfortunately, rain will be prevalent below 7,000 feet for the Northwest through Wednesday. According to Larry Schick, after that, colder air will move in and areas like Mt. Baker, Mt. Bachelor and Whistler (in British Columbia) should see six to 12 inches of snow above 3,000 feet.

You may have noticed that Mountain Collective resorts like Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, Whistler Blackcomb, Snowbird and Jackson Hole are all expecting snow this week. Mountain Collective passes are nearly sold out. If you’re looking to get after some of the best terrain in North America, visit mountaincollective.com to get your hands on a pass. For only $409, you’ll get two days at seven of the best resorts in North America.

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