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Powder Alert

February is going out with a bang!
Matt Zaffino, Guest Author
February 22, 2020

Snow Snow Snow

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 to be aware of).

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UPDATED February 22, 2021:

Hello skiers and snowboarders, hope you got some turns in this weekend and have the pump primed for more.

Mother Nature will keep coming at us with a steady supply of snow this week. Once the snow level drops down to about 1,500 to 2,000 feet it stays there through the weekend. The colder air arrives tonight and Tuesday, Feb. 23 is a powder pick.

Expect 6-to-10 inches across Northern Oregon Monday night and Tuesday, 3-to-8 inches from Hoodoo and Mt. Bachelor on south. We’re looking at free refills in strong snow showers Tuesday, with pretty strong winds. Be prepared for storm skiing and think about sticking near the trees for better visibility.

If that’s not your jam, head up for some bluebird Wednesday, as the Snow Gods and Goddesses have a moment and give us a breather. There should be bluebird until the clouds roll in Wednesday night.

By the time you hit the lifts Thursday, it’s snowing again. It’ll be snowing all day. That’s pure skiing goodness in my book, especially since the lowish snow level will ensure great quality snow. We’re looking at another 6-to-10 inches Thursday night into Friday and it keeps snowing Friday for another 6-to-10 inches for pretty much all areas in Oregon. The snow level will dip as low as 1,000 feet, so expect snowy roads for the drive up. And the snow quality will continue to be excellent all week.

The weekend brings more bluebird, and the cold temperatures continue, so great leftovers all weekend.

Hmmm, that comes out to 3 powder days and 3 bluebird days Tuesday through Sunday.

That’s good livin’!

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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