We love ourselves some powder at Eagle Point.
Guests accustom to skiing untracked pow, with no lift lines…ever, talk a lot about the “Eagle Point vortex”. This phenomena, much like the meteorological oddities of Little Cottonwood Canyon and Grand Targhee in the Tetons, often bury our section of the Tushar Mountains. Storms from the north, and especially the south, dump seemingly endless amounts of snow on our slopes in quick 24-48 hour bursts. What is that vortex exactly? Is it the Beaver River Canyon that produces it? The elevation? We have no idea—we are not that smart. But we know where to go for forecasts from people a lot smarter than us.
And thankfully our slopes at Eagle Point are steep enough to allow for skiing and riding in the deepest snow mother nature throw at us. Bring. It. On.
Oh, and here is a little secret. Eagle Point Resort is usually not open Tuesday-Thursday after the December holidays. So if it snows hard midweek, you know what will be waiting for you Friday morning…untouched? Who’s calling first chair?
Whether you are a true powderhound chasing dreams, or a family looking to create fresh memories while carving fresh tracks, here are helpfuls links to obsess over snow forecasts.
First, this is where Eagle Point is located:
The folks at Open Snow do an amazing job of breaking down the forecasts provided by the National Weather Association, and other meteorological models, to provide detailed daily forecasts and break out the crystal ball to examine the possible storm patterns developing 2-3 weeks on the horizon.
Evan Thayer produces the Utah Daily Snow, and its pretty much a must read.
It is also worth following some of the other Open Snow Forecasters that focus on the Tahoe and Colorado regions. While they won’t often point to and analyze southern Utah specifically, they each offer unique perspectives, intelligible insights into what they are seeing, and additional graphs, charts and other visuals that provide a nice overview for the entire west. Check out the Tahoe Daily Snow and the Colorado Daily Snow to sharpen your own forecasting skills and glean insights into what is coming. Plus, if NorCal is getting snow and Colorado is forecasted to get snow, well, you know what’s right in between the two…Eagle Point in Beaver, Utah.
National Centers for Environmental Prediction
A great, straight forward look ahead at what the next two weeks will bring in terms of precipitation. The forecast is measured in liquid precipitation in inches. A good rule of thumb is that 1” of liquid = 12” of Utah’s Greatest Snow on Earth® for Eagle Point.
White is sad, blue is happiness, green is awesome, and yellow/orange/red means inform your boss that you will be taking a sick day soon.
10-Day GFS Forecast
For a quick look into the future, this is a great website for daily precipitation forecasts 10 days out. Greens and yellows mean our groomers better get ready.
National Weather Service GFS Model
Veteran powderhounds know all about the Global Forecast System (GFS) weather model from the National Centers for Environmental Prediction. More than likely, the GFS is what your own local meteorologists rely on.
The NWS isn’t known for creating the easiest user interfaces for the public, but if you click on this link and then click on either “Loop All” or “Day 16” in the lower right, you will be magically transported into the future where you can track storms and their anticipated precipitation amounts across the country. It is very difficult for even the best in the world to predict the weather 16 days out, but they are usually fairly accurate in at least predicting if things will be quiet or if we should consider waxing up the skis or boards.
You can play around and toggle with the “Precip Params” to change the map so that it will produce total precipitation amounts over given timeframes—from 1 hour to 60 hours. The link below shows anticipated amounts during a 36 hour timeframe. We get excited when we see blues and purples over southern Utah