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It’s A Western White Christmas; Double Digit Dumps In Northern Cal, Utah's Wasatch, Colorado's I-70 Resorts

Winter Park powderThis past weekend’s storm dropped double-digit snow dumps on northern California mountains and then stayed north with a pre-Christmas gift for the Wasatch in Utah and Colorado resorts along I-70.

Snow is expected to taper off for a couple of days before a Christmas system makes its way across with single-digit drops on northern Utah, into Idaho – much needed there – and the northern tier of Colorado resorts.

Vail 100 percent open“We'll dry out Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday before the Christmas Day storm brings another 4-8 inches to the central and northern (Rocky) mountains with a powder day likely on Thursday,” reported OpenSnow ’s Joel Gratz for Colorado.

Resorts around Tahoe continued to be the top beneficiary of the latest storms, with Sugar Bowl getting 21 inches over the weekend – enough to open 75 percent of terrain. SoCal resorts continue to wait with base depths topping out around 20 inches. Forecasters say things will dry out all over California over the Christmas weekend. 

Base depths at Utah and Colorado mountains are still around 40 inches, but cold temps have given them a chance to hold enough to get the majority of their mountains open.

In Idaho, which has struggled in the early season, Tamarack skiers and riders can now hit the highest slopes because of the snowfall, and the same for Baldy Bowl and Mayday chairlift at Sun Valley.

In Colorado, It pays to be in the northern half of the state. Winter Park got enough to open Parsann Bowl, and Vail now has almost all of its 5,300 acres open. Farther south, Monarch is 100 percent open, but powder-haven Wolf Creek is still waiting for that major dry powder dump that is its signature. Some of the untracked terrain at Silverton has 60 inches on it.

Still not much to shout about in the Northwest, with only four open in Oregon and a half-dozen in Washington. Powderhound stalwarts like The Summit at Snoqualmie are still in prayer mode and yet to drop the ropes.

All in all, it looks like a Merry and Happy Holiday in the West.

Photos: Winter Park has piled on the powder for the holidays (Winter Park/Facebook); Left -- Vail is 100 percent open (Vail/Facebook); Bottom: New powder blankets Sun Valley for the holidays. (Sun Valley/Facebook)

New snow at Sun Valley


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