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Any where in washington, idaho or nw montana have good snow conditions?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Seems in BC, anywhere west of the rockies has been hit with rain or above freezing up to 2000m on 3 seperate occasions since the season started followed by long, dry cold snaps. The rockies themselves have stayed cool but are getting very little snow. Is there anywhere getting snow that is high enough elevation or managed to escape these damn pineapple expresses?
post #2 of 19

@DesiredUsername, how is your area doing? 

post #3 of 19
70" base. 100% open. Whitefish is part of the Rockies, last I heard. Coverage excellent. Front side, however, is firm, may be better in the trees. Backside great. It depends which way the wind was blowing. (Anything loose got relocated today.) I don't think we've had any rain, certainly no day I've skied. Heck, I've got three feet of snow on my lawn! We've had some warmer days that delivered heavier snow, lots of it, but no rain that I know of.

Snow quality isn't what I look forward to, overall, but we've got quantity.

Backside today:
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The front was brutal winds.
Edited by sibhusky - 1/8/15 at 10:48pm
post #4 of 19

Western Washington is a wash... don't bother to travel here.

post #5 of 19
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@DesiredUsername, how is your area doing? 

 

I'll speak for him, and echo what markojp said.  Not good.  Not good at all.  We're open, barely, and not worth the trip from anywhere.  I'm thinking of taking the mountain bike out on Saturday instead of the skis.  That's where we're at.

post #6 of 19

The WA Cascades are horrendous. I won't go back until they've had at least a foot of new and that doesn't look like it will happen soon.  Stay away!

post #7 of 19

Sun Valley is doing good for an area that is famous for low snowfall. Been a little warm lately and we could use some more snow, but no rain.

post #8 of 19
Bachelor has good coverage.
post #9 of 19

I thought Northern Idaho and Montana was getting some snow :dunno

I thought Desiredusername may have something to say about Schweitzer. 

post #10 of 19
Seems like a good time to post this. Too bad I haven't found the equivalent for Canada.

post #11 of 19
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I thought Northern Idaho and Montana was getting some snow th_dunno-1%5B1%5D.gif
I thought Desiredusername may have something to say about Schweitzer. 
Well, while I love skiing Schweitzer 👍 it's not my home area. I'd check with @Skierish or another local there for current conditions.

I'll be teaching at least the next 6 weekends at Stevens Pass, so will provide some updates.

FWIW Whistler was great over New Years. Ski out all the way down to the village and Creekside, crowds not bad at all, snow was OK. May have changed a bit since then.
post #12 of 19
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I'd check with
@Skierish or another local there for current conditions.

 

Schweitzer has been brutalized by the frequent arrival of the Pineapple Express.  It's about 95% open, but coverage is really low...lotta brush, treetops poking through off-piste and dirt patches on the groomers.  It's better higher up, but I'd suggest rock skis for the down low cruise back to the lifts.  Very firm off-piste at the moment also.  

In fact, I'm not going back up until we get some fresh snow.....but I've grown spoiled over the last few years.

post #13 of 19

I came back from Sun Valley Sunday 1/4, and had a great few days there.  No snow since 12/28 or 12/29, but a very good base for December, the high temps were in the 20's, and it was well below that most of the time, especially at the base due to a wicked inversion.  I think it's been a bit warmer the last few days, but still mid-30's at most and no rain, just some sun.

 

I love skiing SV, but it's not a place for powder, so if that's your interest seek elsewhere.

 

Bob

 

PS:  Enter their "ride the beast" contest if you're there.  I got to do that one evening, and it was a great couple of hours riding one of the big grooming machines, talking to the guys, and learning more about how they prep the mountain. 

post #14 of 19
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Seems like a good time to post this. Too bad I haven't found the equivalent for Canada.


here is some BC snow pillow data - Map access to near-real-time data and graphs --

post #15 of 19
Kept clicking through to some graphs, but either didn't understand them or they didn't tell me what I thought I was looking for. The colors in the maps above tell you something instantly.

Clicking through to one location of these pillow things tells you finally that you are behind the average at that station, but not the broad regional sense of things at the same time.
post #16 of 19
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PS:  Enter their "ride the beast" contest if you're there.  I got to do that one evening, and it was a great couple of hours riding one of the big grooming machines, talking to the guys, and learning more about how they prep the mountain. 

So cool that you won that. We enter every time but haven't won.

 

Quote:
 I love skiing SV, but it's not a place for powder, so if that's your interest seek elsewhere.

FYI I've had numerous powder days there, so if you want that just ask me when I'm going next. :)

post #17 of 19

I was checking out Whitewater's website the other day and it looked quite good. Or was that the website making it look good?

post #18 of 19

A bunch of the interior BC resorts, like Big White also, sounded great this week. Doesn't sound like the OP wants Canada, though. And I don't have any firsthand reports from there.

post #19 of 19
Thread Starter 

Whitewater in addition to most places in the interior was great Mon/Tues with the new snow; then the temperature jumped about 10 degrees celsius, then came rain and/or above freezing temps up to 2000m for two days, and now it's become very cold. Awesome -> Slush -> Crust in the course of 3 days more or less.  Prior to that we had heavy wind slaps and crust for a week.

 

Revy, Kicking Horse and Big White should still be good up high... I'll likely do a trip there as conditions improve at lower elevation... Just wondering how things were doing south/south east in the meantime

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