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Where's the most snow this year?

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Am planning a 2 week trip for late Feb - could be any region in N. Am. Will be renting a car and want to focus on one major 'zone'. Never been to BC, but is this a good year there? Could do default option - start in SLC and move from there. Am much more interested in powder and good snow conditions than anything else - what's the best bet? Am fairly flexible on locations and dates.

post #2 of 9

Jackson Hole is probably having the best season so far.   SLC would be a good option because you can drive to different zones fairly easily in 5-6 hours. 

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For current snow reports for North America, look here. Click on the links near the top under the title to access reports for USA or Canada. You can use the Snowstats site to keep track of what's going on closer to your departure date. There will almost certainly be major changes by late February.

 

Jackson Hole is doing well, as are Alta and Snowbird.

 

British Columbia is also doing well. Look at Mount Washington on Vancouver Island! Whistler is well covered and has vast terrain.

 

At the moment, BC is experiencing a nasty Pineapple Express, and everybody is getting rained on. That is a temporary condition, and snow is expected to return later this week.

 

Be aware that the powder in Utah and Wyoming usually has a much lower moisture content than powder in the Pacific Northwest and BC. It takes a lot more dry snow to consolidate into good base, but most people find the drier powder easier to ski in. The heavier stuff floats you better, but it will spank you if you're not centered.

post #4 of 9

Two thoughts on this one:  

 

1) Fly into SLC: hit Alta, Snowbird, etc. Then drive up north and hit Targhee and Jackson. Fly out of Jackson

 

2) Fly into DEN: the I-70 resorts, Aspen, Crested Butte, Silverton and T-Ride and fly out of Durango. Might want make a detour up to Steamboat and cut the I-70 resorts a little short depending if the snow is good up in the 'Boat. Or, if the snow is good down south make room for Wolf Creek which averages the highest snowfall in the state.

 

I'd go the SLC route but I live in CO and want to ski something different.

post #5 of 9

 

Pretty sure Mammoth has the most snow in North America today and then I would guess Whistler or places in BC are right there too.
http://www.mammothmountain.com/MyMammoth/#weather
post #6 of 9

While it is not anything like the amount of snow at Mammoth, Big Mountain (Whitefish Mtn Resort) now has over 100" of settled base at the summit as of this morning.  More snow in the forecast. 

post #7 of 9

Jackson has been holding up pretty well during this non-stormy period in the west.  They are quickly catching up to california.

The fly into SLC and go from there option sounds pretty good short of just waiting til its snowing to book something.  Pay attention to the jetstream and its trends.  Notice what happened around the end of december on the PNA index?

 

http://www.accuweather.com/maps-surface.asp

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/precip/CWlink/pna/new.pna_index_ensm.html

post #8 of 9

Do this, but I recommend going to Copper too. So awesome.

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Two thoughts on this one:  

 

1) Fly into SLC: hit Alta, Snowbird, etc. Then drive up north and hit Targhee and Jackson. Fly out of Jackson

 

2) Fly into DEN: the I-70 resorts, Aspen, Crested Butte, Silverton and T-Ride and fly out of Durango. Might want make a detour up to Steamboat and cut the I-70 resorts a little short depending if the snow is good up in the 'Boat. Or, if the snow is good down south make room for Wolf Creek which averages the highest snowfall in the state.

 

I'd go the SLC route but I live in CO and want to ski something different.

post #9 of 9

Breck & Vail rec'd over 4ft last week. JH & Targhee have just been super consistent snow getters since Thanksgiving. California hasn't had snow since the Holidays, but at least it hasn't been raining. Looks like Feb should be good again for California, Utah & Colorado as the high that's been sitting over CA is finally gonna move on.

 

Let us know where you decide.

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