These Are the 11 Deepest Snowpacks in North America This Week

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Lake Louise,
Last week at Lake Louise ski area. credit: Resort

It’s been a spotty start to this winter in terms of snowfall and in turn the snowpack. Decent early season snow allowed Colorado resorts to open ahead of everyone else. This was followed by a huge storm that brought over three feet of snow to California, allowing three resorts to open––two of which then closed due to rising temperatures.

Instead of accumulating snow, many resorts have had to postpone opening days due to warm weather and lack of snow.

The resorts that remain open seven days a week have one thing in common––they’ve had enough snow to build a decent base AND temperatures haven’t risen enough to melt it away.

These are the base depths at the resorts open in North America this week: (measurements taken from resorts’ websites at 0430 am PT, 11/29/21).

Banff Sunshine Village, AB – 54″

Angel and Teepee Town open at Banff Sunshine today (11/19/21). Credit: Resort Facebook

Whistler Blackcomb, BC – 50″

Whistler Blackcomb,
Winter is underway at Whistler Blackcomb, BC. Credit: Resort

Sun Peaks Resort, BC – 37″

Credit: Sun Peaks Resort, BC

Lake Louise, AB – 36″

Laying down a slash on the backside at Lake Louise. PC: @philipforsey

Boreal, CA; Big White Ski Resort, BC – 35″

Credit: Boreal


Alta, UT – 31″

Credit: Alta Ski Area

Grand Targhee, WY; Snowshoe, WV – 30″

Lake Louise
Lake Louise Ski Resort. Image: Lake Louise Facebook

Nakiska Ski Area, AB – 28″

Photo: Nakiska Ski Area on Facebook

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, WY; Aspen, CO – 26″

Mountain Operations and Snowmaking have been hard at work and JHMR opened on Thanksgiving Day. Photo 11/23/2021

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5 thoughts on “These Are the 11 Deepest Snowpacks in North America This Week

  1. Woah buddy, hold up there, let’s be civil! I probably agree w/ your “politics”, and Joel may be a commie??, but if he is trying to make a buck, more power to him! Anyway I like the SnowBrains articles, even if we only have a few more years to ski before it all melts. And so far I haven’t paid a dime!

  2. Need SNOW? Visit and find out the goods. I’m not a political fool like the opensnow commie, so don’t patronize his crap. Chris is genuine and isn’t trying to get rich off the snow forecast. I appreciate his candor and he isn’t going to shame you for keeping it pure blood. He also won’t stop posting about the weather if the commies demand another lockdown. When commie Joel stopped his weather predictions, he sold his soul. Never again go there unless to post about how great CHRIS TOMER is. Yea i got a man crush but only want to date his sister, or possibly his mom. Cheers!

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