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Snow report glossary

Snow and weather data can vary depending on many factors. The data we provide gives you an indication of the conditions you can expect but, as conditions can vary so widely, the data is not a guarantee of the conditions at this resort. Weather data comes from our detailed weather forecast.
Last snowed
The date of the last snowfall.
Fresh snow
The depth of the last snowfall.
Last 7 days
The total snowfall reported over the last 7 days.
Next 9 days
The total amount of fresh snow predicted at mid-mountain level from our detailed 9 day forecast.
Upper piste depth
An indication of the snow depth on the upper prepared slopes.
Lower piste depth
An indication of the snow depth on the lower prepared slopes.
Piste quality
An indication of the general piste conditions on the open pistes.
Resort runs
An indication of the conditions on the lower, open runs back into the resort base.
Off piste snow
An indication of the general off piste conditions.
Lifts open
An indication of the number of lifts that are open out of the total number of lifts possible in this resort/ski area.
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Snow report
17 Apr 2015 13:06
 
Spring weather taking its toll on the snow
Snowfall:
Last snowed 08 Apr 2015
Fresh snow 13cm
Last 7 days 0cm
Next 9 days 15cm
Depths:
Upper piste depth 99cm
Lower piste depth 99cm
Snow conditions:
Upper pistes Spring snow
Resort runs Closed
Off piste snow Limited
Lifts:
Lifts open 6 out of 28
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Weather forecast glossary

Snow and weather data can vary depending on many factors. The data we provide gives you an indication of the conditions you can expect but, as conditions can vary so widely, the data is not a guarantee of the conditions at this resort. Weather data comes from our detailed weather forecast.
Weather
The predicted weather for the afternoon period at mid-mountain level.
Snow expected
The predicted amount of snow.
Maximum temperature
The predicted maximum temperature for the afternoon period at mid-mountain level.
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Snow & weather forecast
 
Light rain (total 7.0mm), mostly falling on Sun afternoon. Very mild (max 10°C on Sat afternoon, min 5°C on Sat night). Wind will be generally light.
Friday 17 April 2015

Glorious sunny weather, suntan lotion a must

Sunday 19 April 2015
Rain showers

0cm snow expected

9°C max temp

Monday 20 April 2015
Rain showers

0cm snow expected

9°C max temp

Tuesday 21 April 2015
Rain showers

0cm snow expected

6°C max temp

Snow overview for USA
Thursday 16 April 2015

Many resorts are scheduled to close this weekend, despite the fact that snow is falling across the Rockies.

Some huge snowfall totals have been recorded in Utah in the past two days. Park City (66cm) has picked up around 30cm of new snow but was outdone by Alta (241cm) which saw 86cm of new snow and Snowbird (241cm) which clocked a massive 109cm of powder. Some great late season powder is therefore likely and the sun is expected to make an appearance over the weekend.

Snow was also falling at Colorado, but as of Thursday morning only a few centimetres had fallen. Up to 60cm is forecast by the end of the weekend at resorts such as Arapahoe Basin (104cm) and Winter Park (135cm) – so take your powder skis this weekend!

Big Sky (117/170cm) in Montana is set up for an incredible final weekend of the season, with 40cm of new snow recorded on Thursday morning. As the resort is quiet at the moment, expect the fresh tracks to last into the weekend.

It is the final weekend at Squaw Valley (45/78cm) and Heavenly (94cm) in California and the sun is expected to shine. Hopefully next season will bring an end to the run of very poor seasons in the Sierra Nevada.

It is also the final weekend for many east coast resorts, where spring conditions are now dominant following a prolonged spell of mild weather. Expect some spells of rain but also some very decent spells of sunshine. The pick of the conditions remain at Killington (76/102cm) which is hoping to ski into May.

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Kate Batey
Posted: 07/01/08
Heavenly review
Kate Batey

Just got back from 8 days skiing based in Heavenly (but with a pass that covered 8 resorts around Lake Tahoe). Overall the snow was disappointing by US standards. Another poor start to the season around Lake Tahoe, so we were limited to skiing on the pistes. Heavenly by all accounts usually has the worst snow in the region as its right on the edge of the lake.

Only the blue runs were groomed (these in places correspond to reds in the Alps) and there are lots of very flat "linking" runs to get you from one part of the mountain to the other. The black diamond runs seem to just mean "ungroomed" - they are reasonably steep but, unless you are good at moguls, very tricky. The lack of snow meant no tree skiing and no off-piste/bowl skiing, so overall it was quite limited.

On the plus side, even at New Year, there were very few queues and blissfully empty pistes. The resort staff were very friendly and fantastic at filling the lifts, which made a big difference. On the down side, the mountain restaurants were universally awful with very limited indoor seating. You're much better off going down to the bases and eating there!

The lift pass we bought (only available to internationl visitors in advance) allowed us unlimited access to six other resort in the region. Of these, Kirkwood was superb varied and interesting skiing, both on and off piste, with a lovely atmosphere and generally a much higher standard of skiiers/boarders. The snow was much better here too.

Also good was Sierra at Tahoe, with one (finally) decent mountain restaurant (with stunning views) and lots of tree lined runs, so good in poor weather. The same grooming complaints applied at here too i.e. black diamond just means ungroomed (rather than steeper/narrower). Squaw Valley was also fun for a visit too, with more European style skiing.

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