Here's a quote from our afternoon forecast by our weather service:
"UPDATE: No changes through the weekend. I just wanted to send an update with regards to the morning forecast models. The latest models show the changes in the pattern showing up at the end of next week, so this model run is back in the camp of seeing something moving through on the 9th. We'll keep you updated on the change in the pattern, as the models are having a difficult time locking into one solution. The trend is good, and I continue positive with the changes."
but i seriously dont understand why resorts in co can be open in early october while places in ca just kinda sit around waiting for it to snow while wasting perfectly good snowmaking opportunities??? i mean come on do resorts really not care?!?! b-real had like 9 or 15 inches of powder a few weeks ago and here we all are not skiing... still... wtf?
I seriously doubt the resorts don't wanna open. That's how they survive. It's just that none of the snow anyone has received was enough to do anything with. Colorado has much colder weather to hold the snow they've gotten and made. Everything here just disappears w/ rain and warm temps. Surely everyone is doing their best. Keep your fingers crossed for this next possible system.
we made snow every cold night since oct 5th. to my knowledge no other
resort in California has tried to make snow yet other than us. you
guys have to understand that in the sierras this time of year we get
temp inversions due to high pressure. while it might be in the low to
mid 20's in truckee or near by valleys overnight, it can be in the 40's
up at elevation. we had a nearly two hour discusion last monday about
opening on wed(we had the snow) but everyday since last tuesday we've
seen daytime highs anywhere from 55 to 73 degrees. Our best low was
31.9 last friday night at 3am...that doesn't allow you to make much if
any snow in the 4 hours left before sunrise.
trust me..we are trying..I've got the sleepless nights watching the temps drop to hit the go button to prove it!
We can answer some of these questions by ourselves. If you look at the weather for soda springs, ca (which is much closer to boreal) you will see that the next few nights lows are 32 degrees. Truckee will have lows in the teens. This means that this inversion that eric speaks of is still affecting the region, and will most likely prevent them from making snow.