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What region in the US/Canada has had the best season so far?

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 

I am planning a trip for mid-Feb and was going to go to Telluride.  I just got back from Aspen and the conditions were really rough out there, as is the case in many areas that just haven't seen much snow this season.  I'm thinking of switching up my trip to Telluride and going someplace else where the conditions might be better.  So where has the snow been falling?

post #2 of 27

Alaska and the PNW.

post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 

Sound like a trip to Whistler might be in order instead.

post #4 of 27

Marmot in Jasper Alberta has had a little over 2 meters of snow to date, with 1 meter of base.  There are only some exposed rocks at the very top if you want to head into the really dangerous stuff.  Other then that it has great coverage.  Last time we went it snowed over 2 feet the night before, then blew in over the mountain to fall on the hill making it even deeper.  I'll be going back this weekend, hopefully it snows. 

 

Kicking Horse in Golden is claiming 5 meters to date, with a good base and all the runs open, I'll be there in Feb for a trip report if need be. 

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post #6 of 27

I heard Taos and Wolf Creek are doing well.

post #7 of 27

Right now, Shames ski area in Northern BC has a 330 cm base at Mid Mountain. 330 cm equals 130 inches. I dont even want to guess what the snowpack is at the peak. Always overlooked is Northern BC.

post #8 of 27

If you check unofficial network you will see that PNW has the most snow (other than Alaska).  Don't know what you like to ski but those 60 in. bases have not had any real significant powder in quite a few weeks.  In the Inland Schweitzer is good and Lookout is good.  Lookout is too small for a trip but Schweitzer is a prestty big place.  Remember though basically groomers only right now. No real snow forecast this coming week.

post #9 of 27

Sun Valley about 90% open. Snowmaking/groomer runs skiing well, others sort of sketchy.

post #10 of 27

Big Sky had been good and is 95% open.

post #11 of 27

Just like mutual funds.  Past performance is no guarantee of future performance.

 

 

 

Schweitzer had some of the best conditions in the country early in the season.   It sucked donkey balls Saturday.

 

If you can possible wait until the last minute to book, do it!

 

post #12 of 27

BC:   Whistler reports 210" accumulated so far, Kicking Horse reports 183" total snowfall so far, Revelstoke 197", Panomara 120" (usually gets about 200" the entire year).  Sun Peaks, Big White and Silver Star also good with snowfalls (don't report accumulated total but have decent bases.

post #13 of 27

Wow. For the first time that I've ever seen, Ski Apache, NM has more snow than Tahoe! Crazy to see it make the list. It's an odd season when there's more snow near El Paso, TX than in the Sierras. 

post #14 of 27
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Just like mutual funds.  Past performance is no guarantee of future performance.

 

 

 

Schweitzer had some of the best conditions in the country early in the season.   It sucked donkey balls Saturday.

 

If you can possible wait until the last minute to book, do it!

 

 

That's true, Saturday did indeed suck the testicles of a donkey.

But, we got 5" of brand-spanking new snow last night, and I've heard tell things are mucho better.  I'll find out myself tomorrow....
 

 

post #15 of 27

I too will be in Kicking Horse this February, I'll give an update about conditions. If it makes any of you feel any better, my home hill doesn't have enough base to cover it. By midday it's down to gravel at the bottom of the towrope and chairlift. Rock skis only.

post #16 of 27

Just got back from Crystal Mountain, they had a couple of inches of fresh last night and there were places with 4-5" of powder on top of the hard pack. Not epic but not bad.

post #17 of 27

Lookout Pass got 6 in last night with a 60 base so will have lst chair tommorrow morning.  Should be good 23 degrees on top.

post #18 of 27

What about Europe? Are they having crappy snowpack too?

post #19 of 27

To my understanding, they have been getting dumped on recentley.

 

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What about Europe? Are they having crappy snowpack too?



 

post #20 of 27

Based on my own personal experience, Beech Mountain NC has had the best season I have seen so far.  But it is the only place I've skied.  I'll try to take a look at Appalachian on Monday.  Why concern myself with anyplace else?th_dunno-1[1].gif

post #21 of 27

Whistler has had great conditions- great terrain/nightlife; however crowded and long traverses out 

Kicking Horse also has had great conditions- epic terrain and uncrowded; however very sparse on the nightlife

post #22 of 27


Hi,

 

I think Japan is the pick this year out of anywhere. Obviously not in North America, but better than europe from the reports I hear

 

Niseko has over 11.7m (38 feet) of falls on the peak and 8.6m (28feet)  in the village, all apparrntly light and dry

 

http://www.skijapan.com/Home/Resorts/Niseko/Snow-Report

 

Robbo

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To my understanding, they have been getting dumped on recentley.

 



 


 

 



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What about Europe? Are they having crappy snowpack too?



 

post #23 of 27

Jackson/Grand Targhee is fairly good right now. Whistler has one of the highest snowfalls this year.

post #24 of 27

Best would have to be whistler and interior BC (sun peaks, kicking horse, fernie etc.). Its just amazing over there right now. 

post #25 of 27

Well, I hit Schweitzer today after a 5-7" dump the night before last onto their 45-70" base.....and it was Fantastic today!

One of the best days of the season so far for me.....heading back tomorrow!

Sunny skies rest of the week, but maybe some more snow this weekend.  Fingers crossed....

post #26 of 27

Isn't my area that's for sure , but reading the threads looks like Bazzers got as mush ski time in as anyone so far so..........It must be MIAMI FL

post #27 of 27
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone.  We decided to bail on Telluride for Feb. and switch to Whistler to chase the snow.  I'm bummed since I haven't ever been to Telluride but that just means I'll likely go there next year.  I just saw that Whistler is forecasting a nice dump for later this week.  I hope it keeps up until mid-Feb. when we get there!

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