Snowpacks Across Western United States For May:

Greg Obernesser | | WeatherWeather
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Western United States snow pack % normal. Credit: NRCS

How is the Western United States doing for snowpack? While most Coloradans are jumping for joy regarding the recent snow fall across the state that left areas east of the continental divide with +15 inches of fresh, lets take a step back and look at the how the whole west is doing as of May.

ABOVE AVERAGE SNOWPACKS:

  • Washington
  • Montana

AVERAGE SNOWPACKS:

  • Idaho
  • Wyoming

BELOW AVERAGE SNOWPACKS:

  • California
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Colorado
  • Arizona
  • New Mexico 
Colorado Snowpack with yearly averages. Credit: Environmental Defense Fund

Looking at Colorado (skiing capital of the west) specifically… The Centennial State has seen a 54% average of normal snow fall this year primarily caused by a plague of dryness at the front end of the ski season. Hopefully next year is one for the books!

Late spring backcountry skiing in Colorado! Credit: RachBoe

Look on the bright side… Sure, there are only a handful of ski lifts still spinning in North America, but up at elevation the snow is still fresh and there are some great lines to be skied. Enjoy it while you can and make the most of it!


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