Bluebird Snow Report: 1/20/21

Here’s the latest from the mountain!

Base Depth: 29″
Past 7-Day Snow Total: 7″
Current Conditions: Powder, Wind Drift
Terrain Open: West Bowl, Meat Hill, Lost in the Woodwards (new!)

This week was a mixed bag of cold temps, new snow and (yup) wind. While the wind storm on Wednesday mostly stripped wide-open terrain, the aspens collected fresh snow and helped pack some of the downed trees, creating fun riding.

Bluebird saw about 7 ” of new snow spread out over the course of the week, allowing us to open the Lost in the Woodwards skin track and the adjacent 100 Acre Woods. Our base stake has been hovering just under 30″ and is very much wanting to climb to new heights.
The Northern mountains are forecasted to get some significant snowfall over the coming weekend. Southwest winds will bring warmer temps to the ski area and it looks like the lifting jet will wring out some much-needed moisture over the coming weekend. High temps could reach as high as 30 degrees.

See you out there!

 

Bluebird Snow Report: 1/13/21

Here’s the latest from the mountain!

Base Depth: 22″
Past 7-Day Snow Total: 6″
Current Conditions: Powder and wind drift
Terrain Open: West Bowl, Meat Hill
Reminder: We reopen starting this Thursday, January 14!

Six inches of new snow fell in the past week at Bluebird, with below-zero temperatures keeping conditions light and fluffy. Due to our closure last week, fresh tracks will be abundant this Thursday.

Terrain has not changed dramatically since our last opening. Skier compaction and improved snowpack cohesion have reduced signs of instability such as persistent “whumpfing” and shooting cracks. With the long-range forecast calling for a shifting jet stream and a stormier second half of January, we have our fingers crossed and will open new zones as soon as possible.

The short-range forecast calls for blustery conditions Wednesday night into Thursday. Westerly winds could push the thermometer to 7 below on Wednesday night. Thursday will be partly sunny and windy, with a high around 15. Another storm rolling through the Northern mountains Saturday into Sunday could toss us a 3-6” refill. Prepare for the cold this week at Bluebird by layering wisely.

See you out there!

Bluebird Snow Report: 1/6/21

We got a glorious 5+” refill on Tuesday:

Base Depth: 29″
Past 7-Day Snow Total: 20″
Current Conditions: Powder and wind drift
Terrain Open: West Bowl, Meat Hill
Reminder: We are not open this weekend but expect to reopen Thursday, January 14.

With 20” of new snow over the last week, snow conditions are improving rapidly. Last Tuesday’s storm came in warm and ended cold, which is a good scenario for snow stability as well as covering sub-snow hazards. This means we’re getting closer to opening new terrain!

Strong winds and new snowfall have created drifts 2–3 feet deep on leeward aspects. We are actively mitigating avalanche concern areas. With limited terrain and low snow conditions in the woods, slow skiing and cautious route finding is recommended.

Low pressure continues to wash over Northern Colorado this weekend, bringing lows in the single digits and highs near 23F. Light snowfall is expected from Thursday–Saturday with high-side totals around 2”. Winds from the south and west will come at 6mph, in the afternoons gusting to 15mph.

 

The Bluebird Snow Report: 12/27

It’s ski season, baby! Bear Mountain just got 6 inches of snow, and we’re looking at 7 more coming in this week. Get the full download by checking out our latest snow report, hosted by none other than Bluebird Backcountry co-founder Jeff Woodward.

 

We’ve been keeping an eye on the avalanche conditions, using compaction techniques to help mitigate the danger, and test-driving the new snow on some of our lower-angle terrain.

 

a stick measures six inches of fresh snow at Bluebird

Six inches of fresh at Bluebird!

backcountry ski turns in fresh snow

Just look at those powder turns.

The Bluebird Snow Report: 12/17

Here at Bear Mountain, it’s starting to look like winter. Our base is between 30 and 60 centimeters deep in most places, which is providing enough coverage to skin, but not quite enough to downhill ski everywhere. Fortunately, we’re expecting a few inches in the next week.

Get the full analysis from Bluebird Backcountry co-founder Jeff Woodward and seasoned patroller Bob Tierney: