Originally Posted by mudfoot
Opensnow is good, but this site gives you a bigger picture and longer range forecast, so I use the two together.
If you are going to SLC the best info is the Cottonwoods Canyons site that you can get to from the weatherlinks on the Alta website
1. Long range forecast are useless, what would you need them for? Reading off storm totals from them verbatim a week before is downright ridiculous and laughable. You want a long range forecast, look at the models and guess yourself! You'd probably make out better.
2. Sure supplement with powderchasers, give the guy some site traffic and some money so you can fund his pow trips! He offers and knows nothing about any specific local area dynamics; basically, he just reads off the weather forecast with no insightful information and then asks for a donation at the end and sells add space. Downright disgraceful. But hey, this is America! There are plenty of dumb enough people out there to fall for that, got to hand the guy some cred for cashing in for sure!
Opensnow has CO and UT dialed in and portrays a strong transparent true science approach to their forecasting. For the East coast, Tahoe area I have no clue, never read it. The new UT guy is growing on me, and he is doing a great job. He has the local area on lock.
As for the Cottonwoods, the NWS forecast has nice fancy data for you to see, but again, they publish their models output verbatim, and the mess up huge quite often; again, like powderchasers, they really don't put any actual thought into what they portray for the public to read.