Weather nerds: school me on where snow comes from

Discussion in 'General Skiing' started by onstar, Feb 6, 2019.

  1. NZRob

    NZRob Skiing the Rock Skier

    Oct 8, 2017
    New Zealand
    Well if Jim Steenburgh, author of this book...

    Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth
    Weather, Climate Change, and Finding Deep Powder in Utah's Wasatch Mountains and around the World

    is a Pugskier, it would be great to hear from him.
    Snowfan likes this.
  2. Ken_R

    Ken_R Living the Dream Skier

    Feb 10, 2016
    Denver, CO
    For Colorado it can be from the SW (Baja/California) and NW (PNW/B.C.) . Bitter cold air can funnel in from the NE.

    Weather is pretty complex for the intermountain region as geography affects snowfall a great deal. Generally speaking you need 3 things, Moisture, Lift and Cold Air.

    Best storms are not super cold because very cold air contains very little moisture (physics). Yes, its a delicate balance.
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