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Matt Zaffino Ski Oregon Powder Alert

Matt Zaffino Powder Alert

Powder Alert - Dec 14, 2012

Greetings, skiers, boarders and lovers of sweet sweet powder.

It’s going to be a really good weekend. In fact, it’s been a good start to the season… gradual increases in the snowpack, no long dry spells even if we’ve not had any huge snowfalls.

We’ve got a weak storm bringing a few inches Friday, so there may be a little new snow to play with Saturday. But a stronger storm brings the goods Saturday night and Sunday, for 4 to 8 inches of fluff. Maybe more. And it keeps coming after that. A strong storm Sunday night and Monday promises more powder Monday into Tuesday. That one may create an outbreak of the “foot new flu”.

Right now, I’d pick Sunday and Tuesday as the best days: deepest new snow and lowest snow levels, about 2,000 feet Sunday and 2,500 feet Tuesday. For that matter, nothing wrong with Monday’s snow, it’ll just be a little windier and stormier.

Check out these photos from the last week of snow storms at Meadows!

Later next week, we see a dry day with light winds and good visibility Wednesday, so that’s as close as we get to a bluebird day in the next week. Then, the coldest air of the season arrives Thursday, dropping the snow level down to 1,000 feet. We’ll probably only see a couple inches of snow that day, as we may be transitioning into a bit if a dry spell. So get those turns in while the snow is fresh!

Happy Holidays,

Matt Zaffino
Chief Meteorologist
KGW Media Group

(Matt Zaffino has been forecasting powder days in Oregon for over 25 years. An avid back-country telemark skier, he’s hit the slopes of Oregon from his previous home near Mt Ashland to secret powder stashes in the Wallowa’s, while logging as many runs as possible at all of the resorts in the Oregon Cascades.)


  1. Steep & Deep

    December 17, 2012

    You've got to be getting close to enough snow to build up the snow bridges to allow HC access to begin. After the crouds this weekend it would be nice to spread us out a little more on the mountain on stormy days.

    Thanks for any updates beyond......."need more snow".

    Meadows: Thanks Steep! We'll evaluate after this storm cycle. We'll work on areas that are protected but will need to wait until after this storm dumps before we can work in the canyon proper. Safety first - but we are motivated to get Heather Canyon opened when we have enough snow and it is safe to do so.

  2. Steep & Deep

    December 20, 2012

    It's feeling like at least JW by Saturday. Is my feeling close?

    Meadows: We'll be pragmatic in our approach - AC, bridge building, lift prep, etc. We are motivated to open the Canyon - it's an attraction!

  3. Steep & Deep

    December 21, 2012

    Thank you for your response to my question but I must add the following. I find HC a lot more important to your ski area than an "attraction", in my mind it is what keeps me coming back. Note if you eliminated HC from your ski area boundries I would be gone along with many other expert skiers and riders.............I hope everyone is save out their clearing the area to open for us expert skiers and don't wish for any undo chances to be taken; which I know won't be taken anyway. Thank you mother nature for bringing the big storm this week to bring the base up over 80" and may the real skiing begin soon.

    Meadows: Thanks Steep! I heard several explosive concussions this morning as part of AC control. We're making great efforts on storm recovery on Vista and Cascade and readying the Canyon. We will get them open as soon as possible!

  4. Steep & Deep

    December 21, 2012

    Can you bring back the camera pointing down Titan towards SS chair?

    Meadows: Will do.

  5. Steep & Deep

    December 23, 2012

    Thank you all VERY much for getting HC open today.....awesome!

    Meadows: We want to thank everyone for being patient. We can get it open much more quickly when we don't have to chase rope duckers out of the Canyon while A.C. is in progress. This is a big win for all of us - and we thank you for your cooperation!

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