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Powder Alert

Fresh snow for the weekend and more going into next week!
Matt Zaffino, Guest Author
March 5, 2021

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Note: This page will be updated frequently throughout the ski season to alert you of approaching storm systems and powder.

Please be sure to also check the Conditions Report for info on ski area operations (including closures due to storms and weather, as well as notices on current  avalanche forecasts).


UPDATED March 5, 2021:

After a mild start to March, Winter reminds us it’s not over and it’s not giving up easily.

Oregon’s ski slopes get a weekend refresher, but there are no major snowfalls on the way. But the snow level keeps getting lower all weekend, so the snow that falls will be excellent quality powder. By Monday, the snow level is down around 1,000 feet.

Mt. Hood

Mt. Hood is looking at 3-to-6 inches of new snow by the time the lifts open Saturday. A couple more inches Saturday night should provide smooth skiing Sunday morning, too. Another wave of snow moves in on Sunday for a few more inches, so you’ll be skiing in snow Sunday morning, but conditions should be really fine.

Northeastern Oregon

For NE Oregon, there will be a little less snow than what falls on Mt. Hood, but again, a great weekend with cold temperatures. Expect 4-to-8 inches to fall here Monday, so mid-week skiing should be excellent.

Central Oregon

For Mt. Bachelor and Hoodoo, the snowfall Friday night into Saturday will be similar to Mt. Hood, with 3-to-6 inches of new snow into Saturday. There will be sunbreaks Saturday, followed by steady snow again early Sunday for a few more inches. Again, good quality snow and cold temperatures.

Southern Oregon

Farther south, there will be a little less snow Friday night and through the weekend. But the snow level drops to 2,000 feet, so even a couple of inches new will be really fun. Southern Oregon stands to get more snow than Northern Oregon Monday and Tuesday, so conditions will improve there early in the week.

Next Week

Looking ahead into next week, we stay cold but mainly dry. A good time to get your bluebird on. But make sure you get your sunscreen on. The sun is climbing rapidly higher in the sky each day as we sail through March, so sun exposure gets more extreme each day.

See you on the snow.

Matt Zaffino

KGW Chief Meteorologist

Know before you go: What To Expect At Oregon Ski Areas During COVID-19. Be sure to also check the Conditions Report for info on planned ski area openings and current season pass sales.

Ski and Snowboard Safety

Those skiing in steep and ungroomed terrain should be familiar with Deep Snow Safety and become informed on traveling and recreating in avalanche terrain. Find more tips on skiing and snowboarding safety here. Avalanche forecasts are available through the Northwest Avalanche Center (Mt. Hood), Central Oregon Avalanche Center, and Wallowa Avalanche Center in Eastern Oregon.

Skiers and snowboarders should always follow the Skier’s Responsibility Code, which exists to raise awareness that there are elements of risk in snow sports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce:

  1. Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
  4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.


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