Friday, February 19, 2016

Never have a ski trip ruined by bad conditions again. Read on.

It tracks snowfall in real-time at every U.S. mountain, so you can plan for the deepest stuff.

It's proving to be a banner year for skiers and snowboarders: the mountain conditions have been terrific, the weather has been generally mild, and fears about Zika virus are making many travelers rethink their mid-winter escapes (for better or worse). If you haven't booked a ski trip yet, you still have time—and if you use the newly updated OpenSnow app, you'll basically guarantee yourself a powder day. The app lets you track conditions at specific mountains in the U.S. and Canada, or lets you browse through a "Powder Finder," where snowfall conditions are reported in real time. You can also narrow down the selection by state if you're not willing to go far—or create a snow alert so that you can pack the car as soon as fresh snow is reported at your local spot.

Looking to get away this weekend? Here's where you'll find the best snow already on the ground, according to OpenSnow.

  1. Homewood, west Lake Tahoe – 19 inches of fresh snow
  2. Mammoth Mountain, CA – 19 inches of fresh snow
  3. Jackson Hole, WY – 15 inches of fresh snow
  4. Alpine Meadows, north Lake Tahoe – 14 inches of fresh snow
  5. China Peak, CA – 14 inches of fresh snow

And the spots expecting the biggest snow dump on Saturday:

  1. Mount Hood Meadows, OR – 8 inches forecasted
  2. Mount Baker, WA – 8 inches forecasted
  3. North Cascade Heli, WA – 8 inches forecasted
  4. Timberline, OR – 8 inches forecasted
  5. Cooper Spur, OR – 7 inches forecasted

Other ski areas expecting serious snowfall include Mont Tremblant (6 inches forecasted), Powder Mountain (in Utah, where 6 inches are also forecasted) and the British Columbia resorts, many of which are estimated to get between five and six inches.

Never have a ski trip ruined by bad conditions again. Read on.

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