Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Possible Goldilocks storm on tap

In the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Goldilocks shuns the porridge that is too hot, and the porridge that is too cold, for the porridge that is just right.

In a Goldilocks storm, the powder is just right.  It snows enough and with the right profile of snow density for bottomless skiing, but not so much that you are wallowing in snow and cowering in the low-angle trees to avoid avalanche-prone slopes.

Tonight and tomorrows storm has some potential to be a Goldilocks storm.  A cold front will pass through the area and the forecast models are suggesting a snowfall of perhaps 10-18 inches.  Further, the density of the snow should decrease with time, producing a great right-side up snowfall that is great for ski floatation.

NAM Forecast for Alta-Collins and Mt. Baldy
Courtesy: Trevor Alcott
That should also be enough snow to bury the multitude of crusts that exist out there.  Let's hope that Goldilocks delivers.


  1. Boo. How dare you suggest that there's a such thing as too much snow! :) BTW, why in the picture at the top does it say "Tree Bears" rather than "Three Bears"?

  2. Not sure what that Tree Bears is about. I think it would have been funnier if they went with "Three Beers."

    There most definitely is too much of a good thing when it comes to **safely** skiing the steep and the deep. Even at the areas, it's no fun when they are shut down for control work. I like a good Goldilocks storm, although this storm might fall a bit on the low side for true Goldilocks status.