Lately, it seems like it’s been snowing just about everywhere in the North American High Country, but over the weekend, the biggest storm to date of the 2016-17 ski season swept across British Columbia and the Western U.S. and is still lingering in much of Utah and Colorado. Plus, forecasters have another storm in their sights for later this week. With full confidence, we can say winter has arrived!
Whistler Blackcomb storm totals: 81″ in one week
The newest addition to the EPIC Pass collection is enjoying a remarkable start to ski season. Whistler Blackcomb opened on Thurs., November 24 with 15 inches of new snow. But, Mother Nature wasn’t through. Over the weekend, another 33 inches fell, bringing the week’s total to an incredible 81 inches.
For the winner of our Whistler Freeride Fantasy trip giveaway, conditions are setting up to be especially dreamy for testing out Rossignol powder skis and carving up creamy, untracked heli turns.
Colorado storm totals (so far)
A storm system moved into Colorado on Saturday night, dropping four to 20 inches across the state. An additional three to 10 inches is expected to fall from Monday afternoon through Tuesday, according to OpenSnow Colorado forecaster Joel Gratz. The new snow has prompted Telluride to announce their opening day (Dec. 2), which is just in time for another set of storms expected to roll into the Centennial state Dec. 3–10.
Utah storm totals (so far)
The same storm system which is currently blanketing Colorado in snow is also hanging out over Utah. The extra energy from the Great Salt Lake is making for even deeper snowfall in Utah than in Colorado, which is pretty standard. More snow is expected to fall in the next 24 hours and the Salt Lake City resorts are expected to receive some snow at the end of this week.
- Alta: 22″ since Saturday evening
- Snowbird: 19″ since Saturday evening
- Sundance: 14″ since Saturday evening
- Park City Mountain: 13″ since Saturday evening
Jackson Hole storm totals
Receiving 18 inches overnight, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort just announced they’ll be opening this Thursday, Dec. 1.
Lake Tahoe: up to 15″ over the weekend
Yesterday at Squaw Valley, 15 inches of new snow fell overnight, and Kirkwood received 14-16″. Heavenly was reporting nine to 18 inches yesterday, and Northstar woke up to a foot of new snow on Sunday.
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