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DEEP & DEEPER - Katie Bamber, Senior News Reporter
Friday January 18, 2019 - Email this article to a friend

The powder is back after a brief lull in the snow and storms in US ski resorts. PlanetSKI reports on the snow stateside.


The story is deep & deeper in the North America ski resorts.

Check out Jackson Hole powder, the resort's had 45cm in 24 hours, 61cm in 48, 72cm in 72 hours.

The grand total is 6.5m.

Squaw Valley has announced it'll be opening its iconic Silverado lift today, Friday, January 25th.

It's thanks to 4 metres of snow in the past month alone.

Check out the terrain it opens with this footage from seasons past:

"Paradise doesn't have to be tropical."

Too right, Copper Mountain.

The Colorado resort woke up to 10cm of powder yesterday as the new storm rolled in.

Copper Mountain COCopper Mountain CO

There's been 1.30m in Deer Valley these past seven days.

The skiing looks tremendous, as does the landscape.

Deer ValleyDeer Valley


Deer Valley posted this powder shot at the tail end of the storm cycle that's delivered 1.25m.

Deer ValleyDeer Valley 23rd Jan

Another foot of snow is expected today for Snowbird.

That's on top of the 190cm that's fallen in the lasy 7 days.

It's not unlikely that another 5ocm will fall.

Snowbird on Wednesday 23rd. Chris Segal imageSnowbird on Wednesday 23rd. Chris Segal image

Winter Park had 20cm a few days ago and is expecting 20cm more overnight.

Winter ParkWinter Park

Squaw Valley is waiting, enjoying the blue, since the 50cm fall on Monday.

Squaw Valley Wednesday23rdSquaw Valley Wednesday23rd

What's to come?

Another snow cycle is rolling in to Colorado.

It will begin snowing in the mountains Thursday afternoon, with another 10-30cm by Thursday, the weather service says.

"Wind gusts to 60 mph combined with the snow should result in areas of blowing snow, reduced visibility and hazardous travel conditions, especially over mountain passes," the NWS says.

The snow will start falling in Denver late Wednesday into Thursday.

It's early morning in CO at the moment as we here at PlanetSKI wait eagerly to see more - check back in later.


Winter delivers in North America:

It hasn't stopped snowing in Utah with 60cm falling in 48 hrs in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Utah resorts Alta and Snowbird closed early due to heavy snow.

Up to 12cm of snow fell per hour in the Wasatch Range earlier in the week.

"We are all a passionate tribe of skiers because the mountains recharge our souls and the simple pleasure of a powder turn rivals any of life's gifts," Alta wrote in the face of a short snow defeat.

"Occasionally, too much of a good thing can fall from above.

"Today was one of those days when we had to take a bow to the unrelenting forces of the mountains."

An avalanche in Little Cottonwood Canyon meant a road closure as workers removed debris and skiers and riders stayed up and inside until the road was cleared at 6pm.

Battling with snow at AltaBattling with snow at Alta

A warning was issued in bordering Snowbird telling all to head to the nearest lodge and to not stay in your vehicle.

At the close of Tuesday these were posted, 'the calm after the storm'.

Riding after the snowstormRiding after the snowstorm

Avalanche risk remains high.

There has been a spate of avalanche fatalities and accidents across the USA.

A man was killed in an avalanche near Aspen, Colorado on Monday.

The Colorado Avalanche Institute has recorded more than 280 avalanches since January 11th

Also on Monday it was confirmed that a second person had died in an earlier avalanche in New Mexico.

A skier and snowboarder were carried up to 150 yards and buried by an avalanche on Bald Mountain in Sun Valley, Idaho.

The pair were skiing on out-of-bounds terrain near the ski area Sunday when the avalanche occurred.

They managed to dig themselves out.

Clear & powder, lots of itClear & powder, lots of it

The view from Mammoth Mountain in the Sierras where there's been nearly 40cm in 24 hours:

Aspen has reported 38cm in 24 hours - we're sourcing more pics to show this off best.

There's nothing better than powder pics.

Check back.


Winter delivered in the Sierras, big skis Utah & Colorado got theirs & another storm is rolling in.

The East Coast is also getting the goods.

Powder flakes have been falling as the snow storms rip on and through USA.

And the goods are to keep on coming...

The Sierra, Teton and Wasatch mountains have started accumulating whats forecast to be between 25cm - 50cm early this week.

Grand Targhee scored 20cm of fresh pow:

Jackson Hole has totalled more than 5.6m this winter, with just shy of 20 cm in the past 24 hours.

Double that for what's fallen over the past 3 days.

What does J-Hole say?

"Don't hit snooze, because a rip roaring good time is what you're guaranteed to lose.

"7 inches of high grade snow landed overnight, and 5 consecutive days of fresh has transformed Rendezvous Mountain into a skiers delight."

There are warm temperatures in southern Idaho, though there's been a lot of fresh.

Sun ValleySun Valley ID after weekend storms

Sun Valley ID is building its base steadily with 8cm in 24 hours.

Utah's Snowbird recorded 1 metre at the end of last week.

And another storm has rolled in just after the clearup for the last.

40cm has fallen in the past 24 hours.

The access road has been closed due to avalanche danger, but today it's to open and is looking to be a great snow day.

Snowbird UTSnowbird UT

Colorado news:

It's not huge news from the famous ski state. 10cm or so here and there in the past 24 hours or so, but it was a good week. 

Vail has had 50cm in the past week and it's skiing like packed powder.

The rest is looking more or less the same, with no new flakes but plenty this past week.

Steamboat is getting some more powder for a Tuesday funday, and Telluride posts the flakes falling:

Half a metre of snow fell as forecasted in New England.

Stowe Mountain Resort: 23cm in the last 24 hrs, just under 50cm in the last 48 hrs.

Stratton Mountain has had half a metre, too, in the last 2 days.

Killington on Sunday:


California, Colorado and Utah all recorded decent depths last week as the big storm whipped around.

Now its to hit the East, with 75cm-100cm expected in parts of New England.

Arctic blasts travelling down from Canada a surging through the eastern states and re-energising the storm coming out of the Rockies.

It's been bitter in New England. 

"The storm is expected to become quite intense on Sunday as its center passes near or just south of New York City," the National Weather Service says.

"Conditions over interior New England could approach blizzard criteria as the storm brings very strong northerly winds together with heavy snow. "

Around 1 metre is expected in the next week or so,  Killington nearing 122cm and Stowe just shy of a metre.

The temperatures are low, hitting around -10C Saturday.


"Grab your gear, and get up here," Stowe said before the weekend as the storm was coming in.

Winter Storm HarperWinter Storm Harper

Snow conditions remain excellent across most of Colorado.

Vail has seen 28cm of fresh in the last 24 hours, and 50cm over the past 3 days.

The skiing is pretty beaut surrounded by frosted trees:


For more news from Colorado see this earlier PlanetSKI feature:
In the big ski state of Utah, Snowbird has recorded masses.

A mere 24cm in 24 hours compared to the whopping 120cm the previous day and a bit...

Park City has been powder town with 70cm at the end of the week:

Park CityPark City

Park City PowderPark City Powder

Our previous snow report on North America (before we got distracted with the Alps action):
Aspen has had 10cm-20cm across its four mountains, on time for the gay ski week.

Taos in New Mexico has had flurries of snow.

Mid-week an avalanche occured in bounds and several riders were rescued.

However, at least one skier died in the incident.

Squaw Valley - Alpine Meadows is advising the following:

"Ski with a buddy and remember to look at the rest of our Deep Snow Safety Tips before you head out"

A total of 112cm has fallen in 72 hours.

Squaw ValleySquaw Valley

Mt Bachelor in Oregon has had some powder.

Though it seems it's warming up.

The resort posted today:

"It was a last lap, best lap kind of day today with deep, free refills all afternoon!

"If if you're headed up this Saturday, sleep in a little and come up for some afternoon turns instead!

"We could be starting the morning off with some wet weather, so it will be another great day to enjoy late turns."

Mt BachelorMt Bachelor

Heavenly has had a good blast too, with 50cm of fresh snow in 3 days.

Heavenly Resort playing it's role wellHeavenly Resort playing it's role well

How about in Canada?

It's been a steadier week in Whistler, in the west of Canada.

19cm has fallen throughout the past 7 days.

Saturday the wind picked up, or " was showing off bigtime this morning" as written by the snow-thusiast behind the Facebook page.

It's a similar story in Banff - Sunshine village has taken 8cm this past week.

Fernie a little further south has had 19cm in the past 2 days after a storm that delivered.

Tremblant in the very west is expecting flurries and more snow tomorrow.

Park City puff: A feeling as deep as the snow. 26" in 48 hours!

The worry is warmer temperatures in areas that have had their recent snow - rain is forecast in some areas down in the villages of the west and mid-west ski areas in the USA, Whistler as well.

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