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wind and predicting powder stashes

post #1 of 7
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i see the wind and i see it blowing powder...and i think it must be blowing it somewhere how do i plan for this to get some extra deep pow outa smaller dumps. i am pretty good with geography and judging wind direction...but i cannot summon a mental picture of if the wind is blowing east where will the snow be blown too...i think its a cool concept that alot of us would be interested in.
post #2 of 7
buy a fence.
post #3 of 7
Get to know your particular mountain. Experiment a bit, exploring different aspects during wind coming from differet directions.

This is a phenomenon that happens quite frequently up at Jay Peak. Big storms are almost always followed by big winds, which will blow all that fresh snow off the open trails and into the woods. Depending on which direction the wind is coming from, we know which side of the mountain will have the most snow, and which will be blown off.

I think the key is just getting out there during and just after these big wind events and seeing where the snow ended up. Then it becomes a matter of remembering, OK... the last time we had 50mph winds from the south east A, B, and C were blown off, but D and E had waist deep drifts.

You could probabl keep a log book with whatever info you observe if that's your thing...

Good luck!

post #4 of 7
The wind becomes a vary local effect with turbulence and rotor effects caused by terrain and vegitation changes. Watch for places where the wind is slowing. Thats where the snow will drop. It's also where slabs form in an uncontroled environment. You can learn to tell by the way the snow is lieing on the ground.
post #5 of 7
at wildcat in NH we just head for the woods or off the side of the mountain if it has been blow off the trails...
post #6 of 7
Being mostly above treeline, we always pray for no wind after a storm. Wind does a number on the powder, crustifying it fast.

On the other hand, during dry seasons like last year, wind seems to blow snow in (maybe from Switzerland, eg, we're stealing their snow?). I've had passable powder days at Made just from that wind effect.
post #7 of 7
Snow loads anywhere the flakes get a little topspin or slows down. That happens on the lee side of a hill, treeline, shrubs, rocks, etc. Eg. East-west ridge with snow blowing out of the north, snow will load on the south side of that ridge because the flakes get topspin blowing off the ridge. One of the best places to look for powder is on the lee side of a thin tree line running down the fall line right at tree line. The snow blows into those trees, slows down and loads just on the other side.
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