How to Read Our Snow Data Above
Snowfall amounts for 12hr (overnight), 24hr, and 48hr timeframes are based on measurements taken at 5am daily. 24hr and 48hr snow totals are cumulative, so whatever fell in the last 24 is built into the 48. Between 5pm and 5am our weather data is automatically updated based on telemetry data from Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center and represents our overnight totals. The "Since 5am" snowfall amount is based on manual measurements taken periodically throughout the day.
Wind speeds for the base of Alpental and Base of Summit West courtesy of Yahoo! Weather.
December 14, 2017: Alpental is back open! It's partly cloudy up top with plenty of sunshine breaking through. Temps are colder up there than they've been in a while since we are shifting away from the high pressure of the last 10 days. As a result, the warm snow of last week has been locked up, which introduces challenging conditions. With limited sun exposure and no chance of softening, ski patrol had to close International today. Edelweiss Bowl is open with firm snow that has slowly softened as the day has progressed. It is edge-able, and even fun if you have the right mindset, but it's a challenge. And once you reach the inversion layer (near Tower 4 of Chair 2), low visibility introduces a challenge of its own. The snow doesn't get softer either. I was able to find softer snow and better visibility in the trees off Cascade Traverse. Fortunately, we are expecting to get more snow soon. With a touch more snow and improved visibility, Alpental looks promising for this weekend. For now, I recommend sticking to the lower half of the mountain, the groomed stuff is still enjoyable.
Expect conditions similar to yesterday at Summit Central. Low visibility and low base depth make for challenging riding in spots, but the snow on hill has been sheltered by the inversion and is still as light as it was the day it fell! That means chalky corduroy where there is grooming, edgy snow where there isn’t, and high quality powder pockets off-piste for the more adventurous to seek out. The runs off Central Express promise smooth, fast rides down the mountain, so come on up and get your laps in without the lines!
Early Season Conditions Exist: Snow depth is low, so please look ahead and watch for both marked and unmarked hazards, especially at the bottom of the Silver Fir area. If you don't want the challenge of obstacles on the lower portions of Silver Fir, we recommend cutting back to Central Express via Tanner's Pass. Conditions and coverage will be best on the main runs. Our Mountain Operations crews have worked extremely hard to maintain our runs at West and Central. Please ski and ride with caution -- it's still early and we all want to enjoy a long and fun season!
This week: Summit Central is open all week and through the weekend. Night skiing starts Friday at Central only. Alpental is open Thursday through Sunday. Summit West will be closed until Saturday. Looks like there's the potential for new snow this weekend and next week. Keep checking our website and social media for updates on conditions and new terrain openings, including Nordic and Snow Tubing. We're on the tail end of this high pressure system, the return of snow is just around the corner!
The roadway is bare and dry