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Crystal Mountain Snow Report for 5 Dec 2016

  • Weather Forecast for Crystal Mountain at  m altitude issued: 9 pm05 Dec 2016 (local time)  
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Crystal Mountain Snow Report for 5 Dec 2016

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Our Snow Report for Crystal Mountain brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Crystal Mountain snow report shown below was updated on 5 Dec 2016. 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 Crystal Mountain.

Crystal Mountain Snow Report Issued: 5 Dec 2016

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Most recent snowfallon
Fresh snow depth:0cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
142
99
BottomNew Snow in Resort: –
Good pisteon-pisteMachine Groomed
PowderOff piste-
Resort runsResort runs-

Resort Ski Report:8 out of 11Lifts open.Resort is open. .

  
*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

Bottom Mid Top
Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 3 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Tue Wed Thu

(1192m — 2137m)

snow report today

0 km away

142
99
Machine Groomed
51
153
95
snow showers
partly cloudy
heavy snow
Mid station 1664 m
150m 0m 300m

(1372m — 1829m)

snow report yesterday

41 km away

112
66
Variable Conditions
60
82
30
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
heavy snow
Mid station 1600 m
150m 0m 250m

(976m — 1646m)

71 km away

9
22
14
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1311 m
200m 150m 550m

(1232m — 1781m)

snow report today

81 km away

Stevens Pass webcam
142
127
Packed Powder
27
125
45
clear
partly cloudy
heavy snow
Mid station 1506 m
150m 0m 0m

(1411m — 2097m)

snow report yesterday

91 km away

46
46
Variable Conditions
72
76
30
snow showers
partly cloudy
heavy snow
Mid station 1754 m
100m 0m 0m

Notes on the Crystal Mountain Snow Report

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

Members can check the hindcast for a timeline of Crystal Mountain weather conditions. This detailed weather log makes it easy to predict snow conditions at Crystal Mountain, even when the snow report is too old to be useful. The hindcast shows when our weather model last predicted snowfall at Crystal Mountain. 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, Crystal Mountain snow conditions will change too, so it is important to check the time and date of the Crystal Mountain snow report and to guess what effect the weather will have had on snow quality between then and now. For example, the Crystal Mountain 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 Crystal Mountain 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 Crystal Mountain, study the Crystal Mountain piste map in relation to the wind direction to determine the most likely locations.

We stress the importance of checking the date on the Crystal Mountain snow report particularly around weekends. For example, the snow report for Crystal Mountain 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 Crystal Mountain (found in menu above) for the location of favourable slopes that may be described in the "Crystal Mountain Snow Conditions" part of the snow report. In addition to checking the Crystal Mountain 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.