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Kirkwood Snow Report for 19 Dec 2014

Our Snow Report for Kirkwood brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Kirkwood snow report shown below was updated on 19 Dec 2014. 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 Kirkwood.

Kirkwood Snow Report Issued: 19 Dec 2014

Season opens: 10 December 2014 | Season closes: 26 April 2015

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Season open
Most recent snowfall: on
Fresh snow depth: 0 cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
71
64
Bottom New Snow in Resort: –
Good piste on-piste Packed Powder
Powder Off piste -
Resort runs Resort runs -

Resort Ski Report: 7 out of 14 Lifts open. Resort is open. 14 - 17 inches (43 cm) past 6 days.

  

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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)
Sat Sun Mon

(2023m — 2697m)

snow report today

17 km away

81
51
Machine Groomed
1
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 2360 m
2800m 3350m 3550m

(2012m — 2593m)

snow report today

21 km away

97
97
Machine Groomed
2
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 2302 m
2800m 3350m 3650m

(2002m — 3068m)

snow report 2 days ago

31 km away

61
61

Good
Limited
5 cm
5 days ago
1
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 2535 m
2900m 3350m 3350m

(1899m — 2402m)

snow report today

46 km away

102
18
Variable Conditions
light rain
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 2150 m
2850m 3350m 3450m

(2012m — 2499m)

snow report today

55 km away

53
25
Powder
light rain
clear
clear
Mid station 2256 m
2900m 3500m 3750m

Notes on the Kirkwood Snow Report

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

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

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