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Current Snow Levels March 2015

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Saw this ranking of snow fall totals for the year. Just goes to show, more is not necessarily better.

 

Having been to Jackson and Grand Targhee with many others last week for the Gathering, I don't know anyone who would rank Jackson's conditions better than Targhee. It's not even close. I believe it may be due to rain Jackson received earlier in the year? The Hobacks area at Jackson still = @SkiNurse 's nightmare. @mdf and I skied them and would rank it on the @Bob Peters scale as "interesting" to "variable" with short sections as "ok". (translation: horrible refrozen, glare ice, white crustiness, to sections that are actually chalkyish ok. Still, we had a good time.)

 

 

#1. Alyeska, AK = 298″

 

#2. Jackson Hole, WY = 295″

#3. Jay Peak, VT = 292″

#4. Revelstoke, BC = 291″

#5. Grand Targhee, WY = 278″

#6. Breckenridge, CO = 275″

#7. Wolf Creek, CO = 271″

#8. Brighton, UT = 255″

#9. Alta, UT = 252″

#10. Vail, CO = 250″

 

http://unofficialnetworks.com/2015/03/top-10-north-american-ski-resorts-with-the-most-snow

post #2 of 16
I skied the Hobacks two more times. The day after the new snow they were actually worse than when you and I skied them. On Thursday, the last day for me and several others, some people wanted to see them so we did them again. That was the best conditions of the three tries.

Totally a digression, but that was my first time in the North Woods, which ends at the traverse into the lower entrance to the Hobacks. Really nice snow in those woods. The far right side is way, way easier than the left.
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post #4 of 16
It is pretty crazy that Wolf Creek had almost half of their total in the last few weeks alone. Weird winter for just about everywhere.
post #5 of 16

The Jay Cloud....ole reliable. Seems like they just always get about 300 every year regardless of what is going on anywhere else. 

post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by core2 View Post

It is pretty crazy that Wolf Creek had almost half of their total in the last few weeks alone. Weird winter for just about everywhere.

 

It is even more crazy that despite the generally lackluster year down here, 270" (IN MID MARCH) vaults us squarely into the top ten list for snowfall.

 

What a year.

 

Especially notable is that I don't think anybody on that top ten list really has wonderful conditions right now. Jackson and Targhee basically stalled out in Feb, we got hit pretty good the past few weeks (probably pretty good spring right now though given that we now have an actual base) but the fresh snow is skied off and things are merely almost typical instead of bad...

 

Is there anywhere on that list going off right now?  If you had to book a flight, where would you go?

post #7 of 16
No major dumps anywhere in the west for at least the next week. March may go out with a fizzle but hopefully I am wrong. I'll be at Purg this weekend most likely and ski whatever falls Fri/Sat.

I am kind of bummed about my prospects of getting some decent June/July days at Timberline this year. I'll be surprised if they get in a full summer season.
post #8 of 16

Most of that top ten list is well-below instead of above normal.

 

Who is above (or closest to) normal? Is it Jay? Breck? Revelstoke?

post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
Well Jay is close to or above normal. Vt has had some very snowy March and Aprils in the past. They do need another 6 feet or so to be in the good normal range by end of year.
I was there closing wkend back when they beat the record and were over 570 inches i think. 2000/01. It was also a bit of a dive then.
There's little chance they'll get some 200 more inches before closing.

http://www.jaypeakresort.com/skiing-riding/the-mountain/snowfall-charts/
post #10 of 16

Copper has to be at least close to normal, at 240 in. and "normal" is 280 in. ALthough I feel like "normal" is closer to 300, just that really weird 10/11 winter skewed it. (And yes, I realize one doesn't "feel" about "statistics.")

post #11 of 16
Although the water content for the Flathead Basin is just shy of normal, snow fall and current snow depth for the mountain is running roughly 60% of the last ten years. I've been saying what we have is solid as concrete..

post #12 of 16

Depends if you're trying to cover 12" or 12' rocks. :)

post #13 of 16
Most of the rocks are four inches. However, at Flower Point, they've got some slash from the trail cutting that is getting uncovered. @Fuller tweaked his knee a bit on a barely covered log and I picked up a ski at the last instant to avoid its twin on another trail. Huckleberry bushes are showing on many of the lower slopes. Barring a miracle storm, we probably will close early, but WHEN depends on what this rain does.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by anachronism View Post

Most of that top ten list is well-below instead of above normal.

Who is above (or closest to) normal? Is it Jay? Breck? Revelstoke?

East Coast is mostly slightly above normal. What's been making the year stellar is the absence of rain and freeze thaw events. Yesterday was the first day for most of ski country with temps above freezing since the middle of Jan.

That 370" number that Jay puts out is highly contested. I've heard anywhere from 300"-350" is more likely.
post #15 of 16
Alyeska may be on the top for snowfall total, but they only have 1/3 of the mountain open and the North Face hasn't even opened this season.

I had just came from Alyeska to the Gathering. Skied/trained 3 days in the rain/sleet. Here's a pic from the base.

HB



post #16 of 16
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East Coast is mostly slightly above normal. What's been making the year stellar is the absence of rain and freeze thaw events.

 

Exactly. Extremely unusual. (He said, trying not to jinx anything.)

 

Another unusual thing about this season is that all of the storms that came between mid-January and late February were very cold fine-snow type storms, even near the coast. Normally at least some of our biggest storms drop high-water-content snow that compacts into ice as soon as it gets skier traffic.

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