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post #1 of 22
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While us East Coasterners wait for our home resorts to open...

What is the largest amount of snow that a storm has dumped on a mountain that you have been able to ski?

I once skiied 26 inches at Vail, it was like gliding on a cloud.
post #2 of 22
I happened to hit Steamboat a couple of years ago in mid December for a contractor appreciation ski outing. They got 50" in the 48 hours before we arrived (NOT predicted). On mountain lodging (Ski-in Ski-out) and with the exception of some decent coffiee, it was all free! The contractors were all busy plowing, so my Steamboat rep and I ditched everyone left for the most mind-blowing day of powder I have ever experienced!

Mrs. Skicrazy is still pissed that she wasn't there.......
post #3 of 22
2 day storm total of 41" at Snowbird 2 Aprils ago.

36 hour total of 24" at Portillo, with only 300 other people at the resort for the next 2 days.
post #4 of 22
Believe it or not , I think the year was 1996 Seven Springs in Champion, Pa, received 40 some inches of snow to open up their season. Several weeks later another massive snowstorm dumped almost as much again on Seven Springs.

I skied in 29 inches of "Champaign Powder" at Steamboat one morning 9years ago. Coming down Storm Peak the snow would billow above your shoulders. It was the lighest driest powder I ever skied , truly magical. Was at Alta back in the early 80"s with my wife skiing in some pretty deep powder and the bottom of the mountain was being roped off. We went down Schuss Gulley, and my wife Renee fell down and her skis didn't release and I went back up the Gulley to assist her and the snow was well above my waist.
post #5 of 22
the record 24 hr snowfall for buffalo is 38 inches. I can't remember the actual snow reports of the days but I've probably gotten to ski about 24-30" on a couple ocasions. The only good thing about western NY, Lake effect storms.
post #6 of 22
Ahh come on there are alot of good things about Western New York. Great people, great food(beef on weck) , Tim Russert, and the maybe the best for last Private Eyes just over the border. I grew up skiing at Holiday Valley and would still go back every year usually a couple of days before Christmas to pick up my mother and bring her down to Pittsburgh for the holiday. I'm moving my mother down to Pittsburgh this weekend to live and it might be awhile before I ski again in Western New York. The lake effect snow machine can be incredible. I have a tremendous fondness for skiing in Western New York. When I was helping pack my mother's things this weekend she had a box with some of my old things from my room. There was a Grosstal ski patch from Allegany, New York later renamed Wing Hollow. I still remember the vertical drop -813 feet 63 feet more than Holiday Valley.
The lake isn't frozen , soon or later you're due for a huge dump.
post #7 of 22
60" in 24 hours at Squaw Valley in '97, right before xmas (broke the 24 hour record for Truckee). Many, many 36 - 48" dumps in the Wasatch, some so light that the snow just sort of parts away infront of you and you almost wish it was thicker so that you feel more of the powder sensation. It literally feels like skiing through styrofoam.

post #8 of 22
well one day I went up to Ccascade Wis. and a storm was dumping somthing like 4-6 inches while I was there!!!
post #9 of 22
I don't remember the official totals but it was the Saturday after ML King day 2002 at Mt. Baker. It had been cold and snowing like crazy all week. My head says 7 feet of powder, but whatever it was I couldn't find the bottom. It was so dry that it would not pack (unheard of around here) and I skied all day with snow often billowing over my head. The roads were so bad that few people made it up that day. On the way up we passed a sand truck filled with sand and chained up which had slid into the ditch.
post #10 of 22
30 sumthing inches last Dec at the boat. I couldn't see or breathe. It was my first major powder day. The most memorable feeling about it was the snow hitting my face and melting, its a cool feeling that I hope to enjoy again soon
post #11 of 22
Around 1982-83 ? it was almost Christmas week with no snow in Breckenridge---all the Instrs were worried about no $$$$$ for the holiday week----then it started snowing a foot or more a day for 5 days---Stapleton Airport closed and the National Guard worked to clear I-70 for days. Now no-one could get there anyway so still no $$$$ for the holiday week.

Between 5 and 6 feet---had to learn to breath between each turn and we couldn't get back to the bottom.
post #12 of 22
43" at Alyeska...fairly heavy stuff. Struggled at first but by lunch was skiing it OK. Good thing because it was dark by 3PM.

60"+ at Steamboat in 4 days....and kept snowing. This was about 20 years ago but the snow was the best I have ever skied. Was in feather like pow up to my chest at times....before fat skis.

Unknown total at Steamboat about 25 years ago. Skied 6-12" of pow every day for a week. Incredible.

Crested Butte, late 70s. They had 100" in a week. Almost too much but the snow was great. Getting to town and back to our room was a nightmare but the skiing was perfecto. With so much snow nobody could get there so it was not crowded at all. The north face ( I think that is the area that is now lift served) was as good as any steep pow run I have ever had. It was a hike of 800' vertical to get there in those days.
post #13 of 22
The following is from


Echo Summit, California

Second heaviest U.S. 24-hour snowfall record: 67 inches (5.6 feet) January 4-5, 1982.

The North American record is held by Silver Lake, Colorado, which received 76 inches (6.3 feet) in 24 hours on April 14-15, 1921. Montague, New York, located just east of Lake Ontario, reported 77 inches in 24 hours on January 11-12, 1997. The measurement was disallowed, however, after the National Climate Extremes Committee determined that the total of 77 inches was achieved by adding six measurements together, two more than the maximum allowed during any 24-hour period.

Mount Shasta Ski Bowl, California

U. S. single storm snowfall record: 189 inches (15.75 feet) February 13 – 19, 1959

A comparable snow event occurred near Donner Pass in mid-February 1999, when a powerful winter storm dumped 168 inches (14 feet) at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort from February 6 to 9.

Tamarack, California U.S. snowfall record for one month: 390 inches (32.5 feet) January 1911

U.S. seasonal snow depth record: 454 inches (37.8 feet) March 1911

Donner Summit, California

U.S. snowiest April: 298 inches (24.8 feet) April 1880. Measured by Southern Pacific Railroad at Summit Station elevation 7,017 feet.

Tamarack, California

Sierra Nevada record snowfall during one season: 884 inches (73.7 feet) 1906-07.

U.S. seasonal snowfall record currently held by the Mount Baker ski area where 1,140 inches (95 feet) were measured during the 1998-99 winter season. Measurement location was the Heather Meadows day lodge at 4,300 feet in elevation.

Top Three Snowstorms at Donner Summit (USFS Central Sierra Snow Laboratory (CSSL). The Central Sierra Snow Laboratory is situated at 6,950 feet in elevation and located just west of the Sierra Crest near Donner Summit in the Yuba River basin.

March 27 to April 8, 1982 — 15.5 feet

January 20 to 31, 1969 — 13.7 feet

January 10 to 17, 1952 — 12.8 feet

Twelve other snowfall events at the CSSL have each dumped nearly ten feet, with a mean storm-duration of 11.4 days. Snowstorm totals greater than six feet are not uncommon.

Top Three 24-hour Snowstorms at Donner Summit (Central Sierra Snow Laboratory)

February 3, 1989 — 52 inches

October 21, 1967 — 46.5 inches

February 19, 1980 — 46.1 inches

Top Three Maximum Snowdepths at Donner Summit (Central Sierra Snow Laboratory)

March 19, 1952 — 20.57 feet

March 25, 1983 — 15.71 feet

February 24, 1993 — 14.17 feet .

post #14 of 22
Originally Posted by Skicrazy
I happened to hit Steamboat a couple of years ago in mid December for a contractor appreciation ski outing. They got 50" in the 48 hours before we arrived (NOT predicted).
If this was Dec. 2002, this is also my largest. I had to learn to ski powder in a hurry.

I was there for 4 days with the last day being the end of the dump. Went to the top, looked around, thigh deep untouched powder in every direction. And I had a local Bear with me to show me around. Storm Peak Express was ski to the lift all day, no lines. The last run of the day I went down a trail that one other skier had been down all day.

It was the most memorable ski day of my life. Hoping for a repeat at Snowbird this winter.
post #15 of 22
2' of pow on Sunday was not too bad at Alta
post #16 of 22
30 inches at Gore Mountain, NY January 3 or 4th of 2003. 20 inches overnight and 10 more throughout the day at about 14 degrees. Blower pow by east coast standards. Consistently knee to wasit steep everywhere with faceshots in the trees on my fat boards. It was my dad's first day on a pair of demo fat skis, and he was sold, I bought him a pair for his birthday and he's never gone back. Best day of skiing in my life, after trips to Whistler and Steamboat. Faceshots on the east coast is bragging right for sure.
post #17 of 22
Got to ski 32 inches of fresh manmade w/ Ganite Peak's new powder making system- every weekend they blow fresh pow on one run ("the pwder park"), and I just happened to be up there one of the first weeks it was open before people started talking about it

Its still no natural powder, though- I think the deepest natural i've ever gotten was 6"
post #18 of 22
take control how new is this 'powder park' i saw it on their brocher and we were up there last year but there was no powder to be found?
post #19 of 22
Storm of the Century in Colorado. Skied Breck for three days. 24", 24", 14" reported. Much deeper on the mountain.
post #20 of 22
98" in 48 hours at Targhee, '95.
post #21 of 22
Brandon, It WAS December 19th & 20th of 2002 in Steamboat. Thimby, I was in Salt Lake getting ready to come back to Colorado on Sunday A.M. and read the Alta snow report. I almost ditched the family......but didn't.
post #22 of 22
last december 48 inches in 24 hours at sugarloaf. It was fluffy by east coast standards. I got face shots on every turn. Then it rained 4 days later:
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