Snow Conditions in USA (29 January 2015)
It has been a quiet week across western USA, with mild temperatures and mostly sunny skies dominating the weather patterns.
Some very good piste skiing is still on offer, especially on the upper slopes as lower down some softening followed by a refreeze has led to some packed conditions. A light dusting was picked up at Alta (163cm) and Snowbird (163cm) on Thursday morning and Snowbasin (132cm) caught a surprise 13cm overnight on Wednesday. The Ski Club Leader in Jackson Hole (195cm) reported 5cm of fresh snow on Wednesday, which with a strong wind led to some excellent windblown powder stashes on some favoured aspects.
California has finally seen some snowfall this week, although with a maximum of 10cm recorded at Squaw Valley (86cm) and 8cm at Heavenly (81cm), much more is needed for more terrain to open up. Unfortunately this does not appear to be forthcoming, at least in the next nine days.
The story could not be more different on the east coast, where winter storm Juno that dumped over half a metre on Boston, also dropped some good falls on the Appalachian resorts. Sunday River (76cm) caught the most, recording 45cm during the storm, resulting in some amazing powder conditions across the mountain. Killington (76cm) picked up 13cm and Sugarbush (183cm) added 15cm to its excellent base depth. Some more snow can be expected in the coming days, improving snow conditions even further.
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