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Is there anyplace that has good skiing this year on the West Coast?

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Whistler is a bust this year, no new snow in 3 weeks with nothing in sight. We're thinking about taking a road trip at the end of Feb and was wondering how conditions are at Bachelor, Utah, and Big Sky in Montana. Trying to figure out which way to head. Don't want to waste the gas and lodging if conditions are bad everywhere.

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If you mean strictly West Coast, it looks like there has been little snow from the Sierras to the Cascades. If you are talking Western US more generally, you have quite a few choices.

 

It was reported on this site that Whitefish (MT) is having a record snow year. The snow (actually, the snow water equivalent) map for the western US seems to indicate that both Steamboat and Big Sky are at or above average. Revelstoke (BC) also reports a record year, which must be quite a bit for them since their average is something like 40 feet. Most of Utah is quite a bite lower than average, though not exactly barren. Most of northern CO seems to be about about average - with some areas like Beaver, having had some very heavy snow recently.

 

Don't rely on my memory though - take a look through the Epic website and check out other web weather history sources.

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Most of the central and northern Rockies have been doing just fine.  Most areas in Colorado picked up 3-4 feet the last week. 

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Latest snow water equivalent map, courtesy of Wasatch Snow Forecast. You's see that all of northern CO looks good, as does MT. The Wasatch is not doing well but has gained some ground recently and is getting more snow this week. Doesn't look like there is much hope for the Sierra's and the northern Cascade range does not look promising either. 

 

 

western_snowpack

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Utah continues to get snow this February!  Just skied the best knee deep snow conditions I've skied all season.

 

This is the latest from Wasatch Snow Forecast and things are looking good.  http://www.wasatchsnowforecast.com/

 

T. - www.wasatchreport.com

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I'm not sure what definition of West Coast that we are using, but I am back to recommending Wolf Creek with no reservations. Heavy early season snow put the base in place, and now the typical Feb storms are rolling in and the skiing is amazing.

 

The maps shows 81/82% snowpack for the area (WC is right on the border). However, I am not sure when the cutoff for that figure was because Wolf creek got 40" of snow over the weekend which should have moved the needle on that figure more than shown.

 

A few things to keep in mind when looking at that map too.

 

1. The snowpack average is based on averages for each individual region. A 69% snowpack in AltaBird is more snow than a lot of ski places at 100%. Wolf Creek is kind of in that boat as the Southern San Juans tends to get more than the rest of Colorado. Wolf Creek has one of the deepest bases in the state despite other places being 100%+ in average snowpack.

 

2. Wolf Creek has a pretty remarkable microclimate and wrings out a lot more snow than most of the surrounding mountains. I live at 7500 feet in the foothills on the southern shoulders of the San Juans. We have had less snow here than normal. However, Wolf Creek is well ahead of last year.

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