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Jan. 31 Storm Totals: which resorts scored the best powder days?

This week’s snow storm was one for the record books, dishing out powder days across the West. Tahoe ski resorts finally received some serious snowfall; Utah, Montana and Wyoming  resorts racked up a foot or more; and several Colorado resorts reported more than two feet of snowfall in 24 hours. In an effort to share the stoke, we’ve collected some of the best photos and videos from this storm and cataloged them below.

Colorado Storm Totals

The Aspen/Snowmass micro-climate typically attracts steady storms that stack up totals over several days with four to six inches falling in each 24-hour period. Thanks to light crowds, protected aspects and dry snow, these small accumulations usually last much longer than you’d expect. However, this storm was not one of those slow and steady systems…

The snow started Wednesday night and intensified during the day on Thursday. This morning, we awoke to a report of 24 inches in 24 hours, which set a record for the most snow recorded in a 24-hour period! As you might expect, today was the best powder day in memory, and tonight’s forecast calls for another four to eight inches. It’s going to be a great weekend!

Breckenridge was the big winner in Colorado with 26 inches reported in the last 24 hours and 32 inches from this storm so far. Check out this video of a Breck snow forecaster cashing in on the perks of his job… a great powder day!

Elsewhere in Colorado, Beaver Creek reported 23 inches, and Crested Butte was close behind with 22 inches in the last 24 hours. Vail’s Back Bowls must have provided plenty of faceshots this morning with 21 inches of new fluff. Winter Park received 12 inches overnight and 11 inches the day before, setting up two powder days in a row. Steamboat reported 15 inches in the last 48 hours, finishing off their snowiest January in the last five seasons. As this storm circles south, Telluride is starting to see the snowflakes fall. They’ve received eight inches already and tonight’s forecast calls for 7 to 10 more inches. To see which other Colorado resorts hit it big in this storm, check out our Snow Reports page.

Tahoe Storm Totals

We’re so happy to see some big snowfall totals reported at Tahoe ski resorts. Kirkwood topped the storm-total list with 13 inches tallied this morning and 6 inches yesterday. Northstar posted solid numbers with 14 inches in the last 48 hours, and Squaw Valley is looking great with 10 inches of new snow from this storm. The sun came out today, and these Tahoe resorts opened tons of new terrain for a perfect bluebird powder day.

Utah, Wyoming and Montana Storm Totals

The brunt of this storm hit Utah on Wednesday night, setting up a 15-inch powder day at Alta and Snowbird on Thursday. Park City, Canyons and Deer Valley shored up their base depths with between 9 and 11 inches of new snow from this storm. Jackson Hole scored as usual, racking up 19 inches of blower powder. Big Sky/Moonlight Basin got a solid 11 inches from this storm, and that much snow gives Montana skiers powder days for days.

If you’re white with envy, stop brooding and start booking. There are three months left in North America’s ski season (maybe more if this storm pattern keeps up!), so call one of our Mountain Vacation Specialists at 800-610-8911 or chat now to start planning your ski trip today.

 

Alex Boyd

Director of Online Marketing at Ski.com
When I’m not crunching campaign reports or waxing poetic about recent storms, you can find me skiing on Aspen Mountain, lunching at Bonnie’s or hiking with my dog.

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About Author: Alex Boyd
When I’m not crunching campaign reports or waxing poetic about recent storms, you can find me skiing on Aspen Mountain, lunching at Bonnie’s or hiking with my dog.

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