It was an interesting season in 2012/13 for Squaw Valley. It started out with a ‘bang.’ Squaw opened a week early due to November snow storms, we got 132” of snow in December, & then it kinda stopped. And we mean stopped. Squaw only got 76” of snow in Jan + Feb + Mar + Apr…
Here’s a month by month comparison of the past 3 winters:
SQUAW VALLEY 2012/13:
– 183” of cumulative snow at the base
– 326” of cumulative snow at the top
– 156 days of skiing
– 132″ of snow in December alone
– 76” of snow in January, February, March, & April combined…
The last good powder day of the year. Aaron Fox video
The Squaw season ended with a ‘meh.’ Only 76” of snow fell in January, February, March, & April combined. Thats rough for any powder skier or rider to live through. But live through it we did.
Next season promises to be better if only because it’s hard to get much worse. According to the Central Sierra Snow Lab we only received around 50% of our normal annual snowfall this year. That’s an F by any standard.
If you look at this old Donner snow chart going back to 1879, there are scarcely any instances displaying 3 bad winters in a row… but there are some. There is a period between 1923 and 1931 where this isnt’ one winter that reaches what we consider “average”. There are about 8 instances where there are at least two bad winters in a row. Hopefully we got rid of the two bad winters in a row, and we are on to a good winter.
One thought on “Squaw Valley 2012/13 Season Break Down | 386” of Snow, 156 Ski Days, 132” in Dec.”
Great december, terrible everything else. Makes you realize that snow is everything.