Storms last week across much of the Western U.S. and British Columbia made for some awesome powder days and with more storm clouds rolling in, the fun is just beginning. According to OpenSnow, many Western U.S. resorts are expecting daily snowfall throughout rest of the week (30-plus inches for many areas), and British Columbia resorts should see new snow by the end of the week.
Utah is Getting Dumped On
Last week brought 10 to 47 inches of new snow to the biggest resorts in Utah. Another snow storm is expected to hit this week with force. As of today, we see between 20 percent and 100 percent of skiable acres open at resorts throughout the state. By Friday evening, we could see up to 30 inches of fresh powder in some areas. If this forecast is correct, we can presume those lower percentages to rise over the next several days as more of the mountains receive coverage.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming: More Snow Falling Daily
Photo: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Jackson Hole has had a total of 60 new inches of snow in the past 10 days, and it does not appear there is going to be a break in this trend. Forecasts for the Tetons range from three to 12 inches of snow accumulation every day from now through Sunday. The current base is recorded at 70 inches and by Sunday we should see up to 30 inches of fresh powder.
Colorado Is Expecting Up to 35” by Friday
Every resort in Colorado is awaiting another round of snow storms to commence by this evening. Many resorts already began accumulating snow on Monday and are anticipating this to continue into the weekend. There is the potential to see 10 inches fall during the day on Friday in some areas of the state. By the end of this storm resorts could be opening a vast portion of remaining unopened terrain—just in time for the Holidays.
Beaver Creek 25″ by Sunday
Breckenridge 16″ by Sunday
Copper Mountain 20″ by Sunday
Crested Butte 33″ by Sunday
California Anticipating Big Storm Thursday
Last weekend, many resorts had six to 12 inches of new snow and then between two to four inches more on Tuesday. This Thursday, California resorts are awaiting the biggest storm to hit thus far, bringing up to 30 inches in the evening. In a single week, we could see up to 45 inches.
SilverStar, British Columbia: 94% of the Mountain is Open
Photo: Silver Star Resort
If you have not had the chance to visit Silver Star, now is time. This family destination has 124 out of 132 trails open. In the past four days, they have received 14 inches of fresh powder and with an average daytime temperature of 27° F the powder will not be going anywhere. After hitting the slopes, take advantage of Nordic trails, snowshoe trails, fat bike trails, the TubeTown Adventure Park and outdoor skating that are all included with the purchase of your ticket. These are awesome benefits on top of the mountain’s recorded 48 inch base and possibility for more buildup later this week.
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon: 67” in the Past 10 Days
Photo: Mt. Bachelor Resort
Oregon has had plenty of accumulation over the past week, and more is currently falling. Mt. Bachelor is expecting 16 inches during the day with snow continuing to fall into the evening. Thursday morning will be a powder day with as much as 23 inches. This is going to be huge for the resort, potentially opening up more lifts and trails.
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