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Buttermilk Snow Report for 22 Jan 2017

  • Weather Forecast for Buttermilk at  m altitude issued: 10 pm22 Jan 2017 (local time)  
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Buttermilk Snow Report for 22 Jan 2017

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Our Snow Report for Buttermilk brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Buttermilk snow report shown below was updated on 22 Jan 2017. Snow Reports are provided regularly throughout the ski season courtesy of our own network of ski resort managers, the Skiclub of Great Britain and Skiresort Service International GmbH. In addition to the current report on ski conditions, we also provide webcams (including a 4 week cam archive), current live observations from nearby weather stations and also historical snow data for Buttermilk.

Buttermilk Snow Report Issued: 22 Jan 2017

Season opens: 10 December 2016 | Season closes: 2 April 2017

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Fresh snow depth
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Snow Depth, cm
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86
BottomNew Snow in Resort: –
Good pisteon-pistePowder
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Resort Ski Report:5 out of 7Lifts open.Resort is open. 8 inches (20 cm) past 6 days.

  
*User Snow Reports: these can only be submitted by registered users. If you would like to submit user snow reports, or become a resort manager to make more in-depth updates to this resort's information, please contact us.

Snow Reports for Nearby Resorts

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Resort Webcam Top
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next 9 days
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(2399m — 3018m)

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0 km away

Buttermilk webcam
86
86
Powder
21
1
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2708 m
1650m 850m 500m

(2450m — 3558m)

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2 km away

Aspen Highlands webcam
185
137
Powder
25
1
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 3004 m
1600m 850m 500m

(2469m — 3812m)

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9 km away

165
107
Powder
30
2
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 3140 m
1600m 900m 650m

(3200m — 3567m)

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44 km away

122
107
Packed Powder
20
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 3384 m
1750m 800m 550m

(2403m — 3015m)

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54 km away

127
114
Powder
30
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2709 m
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Notes on the Buttermilk Snow Report

The snow report describes the piste and off-piste ski conditions at Buttermilk. You can submit an updated snow report here. Piste and off-piste are often different so we ask snow reporters to describe Buttermilk piste and off-piste conditions separately. If these details are missing from the Buttermilk snow report, you can predict off-piste conditions using the snow depth, the date of the most recent snowfall at Buttermilk, the Buttermilk weather report and the forecast.

Members can check the hindcast for a timeline of Buttermilk weather conditions. This detailed weather log makes it easy to predict snow conditions at Buttermilk, even when the snow report is too old to be useful. The hindcast shows when our weather model last predicted snowfall at Buttermilk. It shows how much snow we think fell then, and the way freezing level, wind and weather have varied through time. You will be able to predict whether to expect off-piste powder, slush, spring snow, ice or wind crust.

If you see a report of powder or fresh snow conditions several days after snow last fell, there is usually a good reason. At crowded ski resorts, off-piste new snow will be tracked out within hours of a fresh fall but wherever crowds are light in relation to the accessible terrain, it will be possible to stay fresh much later, perhaps several days later. Alternatively, strong winds sometimes redistribute powder snow enough to cover old tracks, or it may simply be that the ski area was not fully open for some period after the snow fell, so fresh snow that fell a while ago has remained un-tracked until this report.

Whenever weather conditions change, Buttermilk snow conditions will change too, so it is important to check the time and date of the Buttermilk snow report and to guess what effect the weather will have had on snow quality between then and now. For example, the Buttermilk snow report on Friday afternoon may indicate fresh powder but if Friday night is mild and rainy then ski conditions will be very poor on Saturday morning. Conversely, if the weather stays stable and cold, the same snow report can be valid for more than a week. We advise that you check the Buttermilk snow forecast to see if conditions are likely to change before your visit.

Many skiers enjoy moguls and fast icy pistes but for off-piste skiers and free-ride snowboarders, fresh snow starts to deteriorate from the moment it settles. Wind, rain and periods of above-freezing temperature are the primary cause of the evolution from fresh powder to windslab, ice or slush. High altitude slopes that are shaded from the sun and sheltered from the wind preserve powder stashes longer after fresh snowfall. If the snow report mentions pockets of powder at Buttermilk, study the Buttermilk piste map in relation to the wind direction to determine the most likely locations.

We stress the importance of checking the date on the Buttermilk snow report particularly around weekends. For example, the snow report for Buttermilk on Friday may indicate powder after recent snowfall but following a sunny and busy weekend, when the locals hit the mountains en masse, the ski conditions (at any resort) can deteriorate rapidly and late arrivals may see very different ski conditions. Of course some people look for deteriorating conditions in the snow report for the likely development of mogul fields but for powder lovers and particularly snowboarders this can mean tracked out off-piste snow. Of course, this doesn’t always happen quickly after fresh snowfall particularly at quiet North facing resorts at high altitude where genuine powder stashes may be found days or even weeks later. It is worth checking the piste map for Buttermilk (found in menu above) for the location of favourable slopes that may be described in the "Buttermilk Snow Conditions" part of the snow report. In addition to checking the Buttermilk snow report we recommend that you check the snow forecasts found in the menu at the top of the page along with our ski resort guide.