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The Top 10 DEEPEST Snowpacks In North America Right Now:

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Dude, where’s my chairlift?! Credit: Sugar Bowl Resort Facebook

Ski resorts throughout North America have seen almost unprecedented amounts of snow this year, with many resorts breaking longstanding snowfall records. As the season enters its final stages, let’s take a look at where has the deepest snowpacks and help you plan your spring shredding.

Many of these resorts have already announced extended openings, some right into summer, so there’s still plenty of turns to be made. Pretty much California FTW…

**All stats include both man-made and natural snowpack and are taken from resorts’ official homepages (summit totals where available).**

Top 10 DEEPEST Snowpacks In North America:

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Boreal Mountain, CA. Powder Town! Credit: Boreal Facebook

1. Boreal Mountain, CA: 277″

2. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA: 236″

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Dude, where’s my car?! Credit: Peter Morning | Mammoth Mountain

3. Mammoth Mountain, CA: 225″

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Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA is in the midst of its 3rd best snow season EVER! Credit: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

4. Sugar Bowl Resort, CA: 223″

5. Donner Ski Ranch, CA222″

Sugar Bowl Resort, CA. Image: Sugar Bowl Resort Facebook

6. Kirkwood, CA: 210″

7. Sierra-at-Tahoe, CA: 196″

Sierra-at-Tahoe, CA. Credit: SAT Facebook Page

8. Homewood Mountain Resort, CA186″

9. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe, NV: 184″

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POW! Wolf Creek Ski Area, CO. Credit: Facebook

10. Mt. Hood Meadows, OR / Wolf Creek, CO: 171″


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11 thoughts on “The Top 10 DEEPEST Snowpacks In North America Right Now:

  1. Why should we care whether a resort has 194 inches of base or 91? What’s the practical difference? There are countless other variables that affect the quality of skiing, yet you tell us to “use this list as a guide.” This list of one factor, when there are so many others to consider. Do you think we’re going to hit rocks and dirt with a 91-inch base, but not with 194? Please respond.

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    1. Im hitting tons of rocks at Snowbird, I imagine a hundred inches more on that base would help out

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    2. With a lot of snow you have more skiable Acres on the mountain example a month ago I was at Mammoth prior to the 5 to 13 feet there was a lot of double blacks that weren’t skiable now a month later a larger deeper snowpack opens up so much more inbounds Terrain

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  2. Hey who am I? “Um could you please explain to me why more snow is actually more snow? It seems like more snow is already more snow so why do we need more snow? Please respond.”

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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  3. More snow fills in the cliff drops and creek bottoms. Also covers the small trees and brush. Areas that were covered in 10′ of brush you couldn’t walk through with no snow are now pristine glades and bowls. It also means the season will extend out as the snow starts to melt this spring. The deeper the base, the longer the season and even if the season isn’t longer, all the terrain remains covered.
    More snow also allows for some huge terrain parks with pipes, hits, jumps. etc. BIG AIR stuff.

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  4. The ski industry is like farming. They operate on a 10 year cycle knowing there will be snow droughts sprinkled in with years like this that over 10 years even out. With climate change it becomes even more unpredictable. This years snowpack will keep Mammoth open at near 100% well into May and make for a nice bottom line. Sad to say that by 2050 Mammoth may be one of the few ski resorts operating in California.

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    +2 (2 votes)
  5. Typical narcissistic response by skiers and snowboarders. It’s not really about you at all! Groundwater, irrigation and replenishing our lakes and rivers are far more important when considering snowpack, than whether or not one gets an adrenaline rush from hitting the backside or how long you are waiting in a 500 car motorcade on your way to Tahoe for 8 hours.

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  6. This article is dated April 8, 2019. The article says Kirkwood base is 210 inches. The April 10, 2019 Kirkwood snow report says the base is 136 inches. Who should I believe?

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