Not enough snow at ski areas this winter? The Northwest is making up for that, scary fast. Crystal Mountain picked up two feet of new snow this week, and Mount Baker got 40 inches.
Now, former KING-TV meteorologist Larry Schick, who issues Powder Alerts for the Ski Washington website (and is affectionately known as the Grand Poobah of Powder), has issued an all-points bulletin for skiers to expect TWO TO FIVE FEET OF NEW SNOW in the Cascades between now and Tuesday.
“Plus the snow is not coming all at once, but measured — about 5 to 12 inches per day,” Schick forecasts in his blog post that you can find here.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that avalanches have killed six people across the West in recent days, and heavy snow this holiday weekend isn’t going to reduce the threat. (See Craig Welch’s recent Seattle Times report for more details.)
The Northwest Avalanche Center map on Friday morning showed high avalanche danger throughout the Cascades and Olympics. Best bet for mountain recreation is to stay inbounds in developed ski areas until danger lessens.