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Powder Alert

Even more snow is on tap for April!
Matt Zaffino, Guest Author
April 8, 2022

April Powder

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 April 8, 2022:

Greeting skiers and boarders. It’s not often I issue an honest to goodness powder alert in April.  But this is a very unusual weather pattern for this time of year, one that will produce some extraordinary late season skiing.

Both weekend days will be excellent at all operating ski areas in Oregon, which currently includes Timberline, Timberline Summit, Mt. Hood Skibowl, Mt. Hood Meadows and Mt. Bachelor and Hoodoo to the south. The snow level drops to 1,000 to 2,000 feet and stays there into next week. Look for 6-to-8 inches of new snow Saturday and about the same on Sunday. Keep in mind that with any sunbreaks, the strong April sun can turn powder into paste pretty quickly, that is to say, make the snow pretty heavy, especially on south facing slopes. But other than that, we’ve got mid-winter conditions in April.

A strong storm looks like it will barrel somewhere onto the Northwest coast Monday. It’s exact location is still in question, but a key feature with this one will be the strong winds, so be aware if you plan on getting out Monday. This storm will also dump more powder, so the skiing will remain excellent into the middle of next week.

Enjoy the April goodies!

Matt Zaffino

KGW Chief Meteorologist

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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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