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Alpine Meadows Snow Report for 22 Feb 2019

Ski USA - California

Alpine Meadows Snow Report for 22 Feb 2019

Our Snow Report for Alpine Meadows brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Alpine Meadows snow report shown below was updated on 22 Feb 2019. 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 Alpine Meadows.

Alpine Meadows Snow Report Issued: 22 Feb 2019

Season opens: 16 November 2018 | Season closes: 27 May 2019

Season open
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Most recent snowfallon 21 Feb 2019
Fresh snow depth:14 cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
475
335
TopNew Snow at Top: –
Good pisteOn pistePowder
PowderOff piste Powder
Resort runsResort runsopen

Resort Ski Report:12 out of 12 Lifts open. 100 of 100 km of pistes open. Today's forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid-20s. Come enjoy access to over 130 runs! Our model predicted that 14cm (6 inches) of snow fell over 24 hours between Tuesday 19 of February at 10PM and Wednesday 20 of February at 10PM PST at the mid mountain level. Compacted depth will be less.

Eyeball snow report
  1. weather radar observationWeather radar observation: Snowing heavily in Alpine Meadows.
  2. Eyeball reporterGreg Paulson We received about 4" of new snow in the last 24 hours to fill in the tracks nicely. Great conditions today with partly cloudy skies, cold temperatures and low winds. For the latest lift and terrain status, go to our website [link] click on " The Mountain" tab. You can also subscribe to operational updates via text message by texting “Heavenly” to 99000.
  3. weather radar observationWeather radar observation: Snow falling heavily in Sierra at Tahoe.
  4. weather station observation Light snow reported from Truckee Tahoe Airport at 5899 feet only 3 miles NW of Northstar at Tahoe Ski Resort
  
*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)
Sat Sun Mon

(2083m — 2632m)

snow report yesterday

0 km away

475
335
Powder
Powder
14 cm
2 days ago
12
70
23
light snow
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 2358 m
1300m 1600m 1750m

(1874m — 2743m)

snow report yesterday

4 km away

498
325
Powder
Powder
14 cm
2 days ago
10
67
21
light snow
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 2308 m
1300m 1600m 1700m

(1923m — 2015m)

snow report yesterday

7 km away

13 cm
yesterday
6
43
14
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1969 m
1350m 1650m 1800m

(1899m — 2402m)

snow report yesterday

11 km away

384
155
Powder 13 cm
yesterday
10
55
18
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2150 m
1350m 1700m 1800m

(1941m — 2624m)

snow report yesterday

17 km away

Northstar at Tahoe webcam
381
130
Packed powder or groomed snow 15 cm
yesterday
4
31
13
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2282 m
1350m 1650m 1850m

Notes on the Alpine Meadows Snow Report

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

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

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

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