SnoCast: March Comes In Like A Lion

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From record cold and heavy snow in the southwest to an incoming whopper in the Northeast, March has come in like a lion—great news for snow lovers and extension of ski season. 

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SnoCast: More Snow Follows Intense Coast to Coast Storm

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Following an epic coast to coast storm that dropped new snow from California to Maine, there's more snow ahead for ski country!

The weather pattern is very active, meaning there will be less lead time and a lot of changes the farther out you go in time due to complex interactions in the atmosphere. One thing is for sure, ski season will be strong for many parts of the country to finish February (and likely into March). 

Here's the forecast breakdown for February 23-30, 2023.

 

 

 

West

Let's start out West this week where a large atmospheric trough continues to bring stormy and cold weather...and it's not stopping anytime soon, skiers and riders. As of Thursday, lingering snow continues across the interior West from the most recent storm that dumped feet of snow. Check out some of the photos from the last few days. 

Meanwhile a new storm system is digging down the Pacific coastline.

This new system will bring renewed heavier snow and high winds to California by Friday and Saturday. And it's not just the Sierras this time! Snow will dig deep reaching to southern California with very low snow levels expected. Blizzard warnings are in effect Friday for the San Gabriels with potential for 2-5+ FEET of snow (locally more!) above 4,000' (yeah! insane!). Deep snow is expected for Mountain High, Bear, Snow Valley, and others in SoCal, not to mention big totals upwards of 2-5 feet northward to the Sierras from China Peak and Mammoth northward to the Tahoe area.

It should be noted, this is *significant* for the southern California peaks, historic even. Make sure if you plan to travel, you have appropriate gear and transportation to do so, and monitor pass closures.

This storm pivots toward the U.S. Southwest by Sunday, delivering new snow to Arizona, New Mexico, and southern Colorado ski areas especially.

Another prolonged period of snow develops across the entire west again Monday through Wednesday of next week as a cold pattern sticks around out west. Just keep the skis handy. 

East

Thursday ad Thursday night, snow continues to fall for Midwest ski areas eastward through southern Ontario, to northern New York's Adirondacks and northern New England. While not quite as much fell as predicted, we still picked up beneficial snow on the slopes with this most recent round.  

Scattered lighter snow showers redevelop for the northern Great Lakes to northern New England later Saturday in an otherwise fairly quiet weekend for the Northeast. Here's the snow forecast for the northeast from midday Thursday through early Sunday, February 26 from the National Weather Service. 

The next storm system for the East presses northward into the Great Lakes by later Monday and Tuesday, bringing a mixed bag to the Midwest (Monday) with milder air pushing into the area. However, in New England, with colder air in place, snow is likely to develop again for parts of upstate New York and New England by Tuesday. While early to pinpoint totals, it appears ski season is being saved (albeit a bit late in the season) here across the far Northeast and New England. 

 

Looking Ahead

The general pattern remains similar through mid and end of next week, with a large trough out West, keeping conditions colder and stormier than average. There is a good chance March will come in like a lion for the Western U.S. 

For the East, we continue to ride a border zone as warm, spring-like air tries to push northward. This will mean periodically milder pushes for the Midwest, solidly warm for the southeast, but still enough cold air in the Northeast that we will hang on to our existing snow, and potentially see more when storms come through. Here's the temperature and precipitation outlook from February 28 through March 4, 2023 from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center

 

 

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SnoCast: A Stormy Finish to 2022

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As we say farewell to 2022, we also say hello to more storms and mountain snow across the West and a warm up in the East. Details on ski conditions ahead in this week's SnoCast. 

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American Meccas Of Cross Country Skiing

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Ask the general public to name an alpine skiing “Mecca” — described as a location where people, who share a common interest, yearn to go — even those who don’t ski can come up with at least Aspen or Vail, if not Killington and Sun Valley.

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From The Catskills To Vermont: Steam Things Up In A Cozy Local Resort

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Mid-winter in the Northeast doesn’t have to be all shivery gloom.

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SnoCast: A Fickle Finish to February

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Following big snow in the Southwest and Four Corners, a storm will work across the country and deliver fresh snow to many Northeast ski areas to finish the week. With new powder all around, let’s dig into this week’s SnoCast forecast.

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Loon Mountain Offers A Peek At Innovations Coming To Maine Resorts

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I was about halfway up Loon Mountain, hanging from a cable 50 feet in the air, when I realized I was locked in.

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A Whole New Way for Skiers to "Get Schooled" This Winter

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In an age of continued corporate consolidation in the ski industry, the number of independently owned mountains continues to shrink.  

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13 Of The Best Family Ski Resorts For All Ages And Skill Levels

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Getting kids on skis;as early as possible can be rewarding for a lifetime of skiing. But planning a ski trip — especially with kids in tow — isn’t as easy as just picking up and going. Instead of just “following the snow,” you’ll want to pick a ski mountain that truly caters to kids — one that offers top-notch ski lessons, kid-friendly trails and many off-the-snow activities as well.

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Four New England Cross Country Ski Towns For Your Bucket List

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The top New England ski towns are the topic of annual debate, but which are the top towns for cross country skiing? Some of the favorite New England towns and areas to go on a cross country (XC) ski vacation include Stowe and Woodstock in Vermont, the Mt. Washington Valley in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and Bethel in Maine. Here are more details from XCSkiResorts.com about XC skiing at these fabulous New England ski towns:

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New England’s Family-Owned Ski Resorts Add Local Flavor To Winter Sports

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Not to detract from the bigger chain-owned ski resorts that populate New England’s winter playgrounds now. Indeed, without that big money input, the snow sports industry here couldn’t survive the enticement to visit snowy terrain to the west and north of us.

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SnoCast: Excellent Conditions and Snow for the Christmas Holiday

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Weather is ideal leading into the Christmas holiday stretch with seasonably chilly temps and bursts of snow for the East, and a widespread mountain snow for the West. Let’s dig into the details in this week’s SnoCast.

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Balsams Resort Picks Up Crucial Investor: Could the Ski Resort Finally Reopen?

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Due to its bankruptcy and closure in 2011, the Balsams Resort and the Balsams Wilderness Ski Area have sat dormant for a decade. But could the long-closed resort finally reopen?

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The Five Best New England Ski Towns

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No matter how much you hate the snow, you’ve got to admit that New England knows a thing or two about picturesque ski towns. Whether you’re planning on shredding some pow, cruising the bunny slopes, or just sipping hot drinks in a lodge, here are some of New England’s best ski towns.

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Kancamagus 8, The Most Modern Chairlift In The World Opens At Loon

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The Kancamagus 8, the most technologically advanced chairlift in the eastern United States has debuted at Loon Mountain Resort.

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New Hampshire's Gunstock Eyes Major Expansion

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New Hampshire's Gunstock Resort could be one of the largest ski areas in the state under an expansion and development plan which the county-owned facility is getting ready to unveil in full later this year.

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Summer Winds Down With Traditional Oktoberfest, Brew Fest Events

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At many ski and snowboard resorts, October comes in September -- in the form of the lederhosen, dirndl, clogs, knee socks, and, of course, beer.

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New Hampshire's Gunstock Mountain kicks Off Summer Season Memorial Day Weekend

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Gunstock Mountain Resort will open its award-winning Adventure Park on May 29 for Memorial Day Weekend. The weekend marks the annual opening for Gunstock’s summer adventures, a favorite tourist attraction in the Lakes Region. Brand new this summer is The Patio @ Gunstock offering “brews and views”; a full-service outdoor dining experience at the base area.

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New Hampshire's Waterville Valley Installing New Six-Pack Bubble Lift

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New Hampshire's Waterville Valley Resort will replace the 1988 White Peaks Express Quad with a new six-person detachable bubble lift in partnership with MND Ropeways.

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Spring Nor'Easter Delivers Up To 20 Inches For New England Resorts

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For the handful of resorts throughout the Northeast that are still open, this weekend's Nor'Easter delivered mid-winter conditions with up to 20 inches of snow in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

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