1/11/2017: Where is it snowing in the U.S.?

Over the past week, winter storms have been pounding the Western U.S., resulting in snorkel-worthy powder for lucky skiers and snowboarders and even a few resort closures.

California came out as the winner, receiving as much as 46 inches in 48 hours in some areas! According to Joel Gratz at OpenSnow, most areas in Colorado received 10 to 20 inches on Monday and can expect moderate-to-intense snowfall from Wednesday to Thursday.  Northern Utah resorts received 11 to 27 inches from the first storm, and can expect an additional one to three feet during the final push of this next wave of storms, which will affect the Western U.S. through Thursday.

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Photo: Open Snow

Snowmageddon hammers California

The past week of snow brought California the kind of accumulation they’ve desperately needed in wake of a long drought.  However, the heavy snow and 100 mph winds have made travel to the Sierra Nevadas almost impossible. Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows closed their lifts on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday due to weather conditions and safety concerns. Once the storm passes, some resorts are expected to make out with as much as 51 inches of new snow.

California Forecasts
Kirkwood: 46” by Wednesday
Sugar Bowl: 46” by Wednesday
Mammoth: 45” by Wednesday
Squaw Valley: 45” by Wednesday
Northstar: 35” by Wednesday
Heavenly: 28” by Wednesday

Utah continues to receive impressive snowfall

Wednesday signifies the end of this storm series, dropping several feet across Northern Utah resorts. Some days brought dense, wet snow in place of Utah’s normal light and fluffy powder.

Utah Forecasts

Alta: 40” by Thursday
Snowbird: 40” by Thursday
Solitude: 31” by Thursday
Deer Valley: 26” by Thursday
Park City: 26” by Thursday

A Power-Filled Weekend Is Imminent in Colorado

Many resorts in Colorado received more than a foot of snow in the past 24 hours, and there is only more to come! According to Joel Gratz, many mountains saw an incredible 4-inch-per-hour snowfall, making Tuesday an exceptional powder day for most ski resorts. Crested Butte, who received 73 inches in the past seven days, closed Tuesday for safety concerns. The winter storm is expected to pick up again on Wednesday, dropping as much as 24 inch more inches in some areas.

Colorado Forecasts
Aspen Snowmass: 28” by Thursday
Steamboat: 24” by Thursday
Crested Butte: 22” by Thursday
Beaver Creek: 17” by Thursday
Vail: 17” by Thursday

Copper Mountain: 11” by Thursday
Breckenridge: 9” by Thursday
Winter Park: 9” by Thursday
Keystone: 7” by Thursday
Telluride: 6” by Thursday

Multiple feet fall on Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole has already received almost two feet of snow, and they’re forecasted to see even more feet fall by the end of this winter storm—31 inches, in fact, by Thursday morning! Jackson Hole Mountain Resort had a delayed opening on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning, proving there is such a thing as “too much snow.”  Moderate snow is expected to fall through tonight and then it will pick up again on Wednesday. Sunny skies will greet skiers for a weekend full of deep powder skiing.


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About Author: Kelly OBrien
With encouragement from my family and friends, I decided to move from Virginia to the Roaring Fork Valley in May of 2015. Since then, I've worked at Ski.com and have happily transitioned into the Co-op & Promotions Manager position. Living in the Aspen area is a dream come true, with so much to do and explore. I am truly blessed to have found a community that shares in my love for the outdoors.

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