Mt. Baker ski area. photo: Grant Gunderson
The 5 Deepest Snow Bases in the Pacific North West
#1 – 138” – Mount Baker, Washington (really, who is surprised about this one?)
#2 – 131” – Timberline, Oregon
#3 – 108” – Mount Bachelor, Oregon
#4 – 106” – Mount Hood Meadows, Oregon
#5 – 105” – Stevens Pass, Washington
Timberline, drop by in August for your summer skiing fix. photo: onthesnow.com
While the beginning of the season was somewhat lackluster throughout the West, things are looking up. Admittedly, Washington or Oregon didn’t have it nearly as rough as California, but it was still strange. Big storm totals in February helped push snowfall totals closer to normal levels. Snow totals are looking a little low for the season, but March isn’t over and April can throw some curve balls. With sunny weather and higher temperatures making appearances in the forecast spring skiing season is nearly here! Hucking to slush, soft landings, and blasting corn, the fruits of spring are almost ready for harvest.
With all areas reporting snow bases over 100 inches, spring is looking good in the North West.
Spring doesn’t bad at all when everything is neon. photo: mountainpulse.com
This list was compiled by SnowBrains.com and lists snow depth at the base area
EDIT: White Pass was edited from the list, since base snow depth was being reported.
4 thoughts on “Top 5 Deepest Snowpacks in the Pacific Northwest:”
I was at a resort once, where the base depth was zero inches. You took that one chair up, through the snowline, to some decent snow-covered terrain. And up top, there were other chairlifts.
Using a single measurement to measure snow awesomeness doesn’t quite give an accurate picture.
Just an FYI, you are comparing White Pass’ top depth to everyone elses bottom depth. For example, if you were to do an apples-to-apples comparison, White pass has a 50″ base and Stevens has a 113″ base at the bottom. Up top White Pass has 138″ and Stevens has 155″. I guess what I’m saying is, this is hella deceiving.
Thanks for pointing this out!
106″ inches up top yesterday and it’s still dumping!