Top 10 Snowiest Ski Resorts in the USA:

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Squaw Valley, CA. January 2017’s 100″ storm. photo: snowbrains

It’s no secret that the West gets the most snow.  Cold fronts come down from the Gulf of Alaska, hit our North-South oriented mountain ranges, and orographic lifting does the rest.  There are 10 ski resort in the west that average over 500” of snow.  Sometimes, we don’t realize how lucky we are.  These snowfall average compete with anywhere in the world…except Japan.

The list below displays the largest annual snowfall averages in USA per ski resort.

LARGEST SNOWFALL AVERAGES IN THE USA:

#1 – Mt. Baker, WA = 655” (1,140” in 1999) 

Mt. Baker, WA. photo: mt. baker

#2 – Alyeska, AK = 650” (978” in 2012)

Alyeska Sunset, AK
Alyeska Sunset, AK.  Alyeska has the snow and the terrain and the views.

 

#3 – Alta, UT = 563″

Devil’s Castle. Alta, UT. photo: MelYW
Devil’s Castle. Alta, UT.   Alta gets plenty of the white fluff.photo: MelYW

 

#4 – Timberline Lodge, OR = 551”

Timberline Lodge, OR
Timberline Lodge, OR.   Buried…again.

 

#5 – Sugar Bowl, CA = 500″

The Palisades at Sugar Bowl, CA. The gnarliest in-bounds terrain in Lake Tahoe.
The Palisades at Sugar Bowl, CA. The gnarliest in-bounds terrain in Lake Tahoe.

 

#5 – Kirkwood, CA = 500″

Kirkwood’s Cirque: the gnarliest out of bounds terrain in Tahoe. photo: actionimagery.com
Kirkwood’s Cirque: the gnarliest out of bounds terrain in Tahoe. photo: actionimagery.com

 

#5 – Snowbird, UT = 500” (record of 743” in 2011)

Snowbird sidecountry. American Fork. photo: mikesandy.net
Snowbird sidecountry is endless and ridiculous. American Fork. photo: mikesandy.net

#5 – Solitude, UT = 500”

fantasy ridge, Solitude, UT
Fantasy ridge, Solitude, UT

#5 – Brighton, UT = 500”

Tuskadora from Brighton ski resort. Sidecountry is unreal here. photo:
Tuskadora from Brighton ski resort. Sidecountry is unreal here. photo: woodward photos

#5 – Grand Targhee, WY = 500”

Grand Targhee, WY
Grand Targhee, WY.  Snow in the face land.

 

#6 – Crystal Mountain, WA = 486″

Crystal Mountain in October. photo: kim kirchner
Crystal Mountain in October.  This place gets snow. photo: kim kirchner

 #7 – Mt. Bachelor, OR = 463″

Mt. Bachelor, OR
Mt. Bachelor, OR.  Old reliable.

#7 – Jackson Hole, WY = 459″

Jackson Hole, WY.
Jackson Hole, WY.  ‘nuff said.

 

#8 – Squaw Valley, CA = 450” (record of 811” in 2011)

Squaw Valley Tram Face. No, no THIS is the gnarliest out of bounds terrain in Tahoe...
Squaw Valley Tram Face. No, no THIS is the gnarliest out of bounds terrain in Tahoe…

 

#8 – Alpine Meadows, CA = 450”

Alpine Meadows protected hiking zones.
Alpine Meadows protected hiking zones.

 

#8 – Stevens Pass, WA = 450″

Stevens Pass hiking. photo: new york times
Stevens Pass hiking. photo: new york times

Note:  All of these snowfall averages were taken from the websites of the ski areas themselves.  There are actually 16 ski resorts listed.


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