|Snow Report - 30 Jan 2015|
Lake Louise & Ski Banff @ Mt Norquay
|Last snowed|| 26-Jan-2015|
|Fresh snow||1 cm|
|Lower slopes||121 cm|
|Upper slopes||122 cm|
|Runs to resort||Excellent|
|Off piste snow||Tracked|
|Comments||Great snow conditions throughout area|
Snow Overview - Canada (snow news updated 31-Jan-2015)
It’s a mixed bag in Canada at present, with the east coast in the midst of a bitterly cold snap, whilst further west mild conditions have brought spring-like conditions.
The Ski Club Leader in Whistler (122cm) reported very soft conditions on the lower slopes thanks to temperatures well above freezing. More snow is needed, especially now the temperature has dropped back slightly, refreezing the base into a hard and icy surface. Spring conditions were also found on the lower slopes of Big White (171cm) and Silver Star (157cm) earlier this week, but with temperatures dropping slightly into the weekend, the pistes will set up hard packed.
Further inland in Alberta, the air remains slightly colder and on Thursday 29th January the mid-mountain temperature was sitting at around -5 at Marmot Basin (100cm). Some light new snow was picked up too, with the three Banff (122cm) resorts seeing between 8 and 19cm of fresh snow in the last week.
Across on the east coast, the bitterly cold weather is continuing. Some decent snowfall is expected prior to the weekend, with Tremblant (100/180cm) and Mont Sainte-Anne (60/120cm) predicted around 20cm of fresh snow. Sunny skies are forecast for Saturday/Sunday, but with mid-mountain temperatures expected to drop as low as -25C, wrap up extremely warm and ensure all exposed flesh is covered.
North American Weather Outlook
Colorado can expect some light snowfall over the next five days, with cloudy skies dominating the weather pattern. A possible 15cm could fall, although there could be some significant local variations, with some seeing more and others less. Utah should remain mostly dry, with some excellent sunny spells for most, although some light snow showers cannot be ruled out. Further north in Montana and Wyoming, some decent falls are expected from Sunday onwards, accompanied by a much needed drop in temperature.
Unfortunately the Californian snow drought is showing no signs of letting up. A significant dump is needed but the present forecasts are looking sunny and mild for at least the next nine days.
Up in western Canada, mostly sunny weather is predicted until Saturday, before a cloudy change arrives on Saturday. Some light snow is expected on and off during next week which should help to freshen up the on-piste conditions and provide some pockets of powder off-piste.
Across on the east coast, the bitterly cold weather is forecast to continue. Up to 20cm of fresh snow can be expected across Quebec before sunny skies return for the weekend. Further south in Vermont, Maine and New England, cloudier skies are forecast throughout the period, bringing snowfall on and off to most resorts. Around a further 20cm of fresh snow can be expected.