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Compiled by Bill Wallace
December 27, 1954
A late roundup of snow conditions in America from a picked group of local skiers
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December 27, 1954

Snow Patrol

A late roundup of snow conditions in America from a picked group of local skiers

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CO=corn snow; GR=granular; PO=powder; IC=icy condition; HP=hard-packed snow; W=wet; HB=hard base; SB=soft base; NS=new snow; BC=breakable crust; BS=bare spots; CL=trail or slope closed; DC=dangerous condition; UC=unbreakable crust.


Skiing conditions are best in northern New England, northern California and over most of the Rockies. More snow is needed in the southerly areas

FAR WEST: RENO, NEV.: Ski Bowl has had some of best skiing in country so far. 65 packed PO on 12 HP base at top of Slide Mt. with 48 packed PO on 6 HP at nearby Mt. Rose Bowl. Roads are clear, chains not needed. Novice facilities offer excellent skiing.

SQUAW VALLEY, CALIF.: All trails and lifts are open and snow conditions are excellent. 24 packed PO on up to 72 base with weather sunny, temps. 25-45. Best skiing is on upper third of mountain and around Flying Saucer lift. Crowd of around 1,000 showed up last weekend but there were no lift lines. All beds at lodge sold out for this weekend.

MT. BALDY, CALIF.: 2-4 HP on upper runs but still no skiing. Lift is running for sightseers, who numbered 2,200 last Sunday.

SUGAR BOWL, CALIF.: Up to 60 total at base of chair lift with all facilities operating.

NORTHWEST: MT. HOOD, ORE.: At Timberline there is up to 52, but it's windblown with IC. Skiing rates fair. At Govt Camp 15 drifted and IC, fair at summit area only with just two rope tows going. 6-12 NS needed.

MT. BAKER, WASH.: Conditions approaching excellent at last. 10 dry PO on 48 HB with some crust showing on south side. Best skiing is on all northside trails, especially Austin Pass. Crowds have been fairly heavy but no waiting. Access roads have ice and are snow-covered so bring chains.

GROUSE MT., BRITISH COLUMBIA: Recent heavy snowfalls have improved over-all situation. 30-32 NS on 15-17 HB, good skiing. It's still rough on upper areas with 21 total and more needed.

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