Top 10 Snowfall Totals in North America 2016/17

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This image sums up the 2016/ 2017 Season… NUKING at Boreal, Image: Boreal FB page, January 22,2017

The 2016/17 ski season was one of the best in North America history!

The 2016/ 2017 ski season gave us record breaking snowfall totals.  They called it SNOWMAGEDEON, Janu-BURIED, Febru-BURIED, Miracle March, Awesome April, May Madness, and even June & July blew everybody’s minds. Many resorts extended their seasons, with five resorts still open. Squaw Valley, CA (#5) was open past 4th of July for the first time in their history. The biggest total? Over 72 FEET!

**These numbers are directly from each ski resorts website, reflecting snow totals on their upper mountains.

Top 10 Snowfall Totals in North America:

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1. Mt. Baker, WA: 866″

Image: Mt. Baker FB page, March 8, 2017 Photo: Kevin T. McHugh Skier: Tess Golling

2. Sugar Bowl Resort, CA: 795″

Image: Sugarbowl FB page, December 24, 2016 photo: Grant Barta, skier: Kern Barta

3. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe, NV: 768″

Image: Mt .Rose FB page, March 2, 2017

4. Boreal Mountain Resort, CA: 751″

Image: Boreal FB page, January 22, 2017

5. Squaw Valley, CA: 728″

Image: SnowBrains, January 2, 2017

6. Alpine Meadows, CA: 710″

Alpine Meadows, Image: Jeff Engerbretson/ Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

7. Northstar, CA: 709″

Image: Northstar FB page, January 12, 2017

8. Kirkwood, CA: 702″

*** 2nd largest snowfall in recorded history

Kirkwood January 11, 2017 Closed due to 9 FT of snow overnight. Image: Kirkwood FB page

9. Brighton, UT: 674″

Image: Brighton Resort FB page February 13, 2017/ Pat Fenelon

10. Heavenly, CA/NV: 659″

*** Most snow in recorded history

Image: Heavenly FB page

Honorable Mentions:

  • Mt. Hood, OR: 649″

  • Sierra at Tahoe, CA: 625″

  • Mammoth Mountain, CA: 618″

  • Mt Bachelor, OR: 604″

  • Alta, UT: 596.5″

  • Jackson, WY: 593″


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5 thoughts on “Top 10 Snowfall Totals in North America 2016/17

  1. Northstar’s total is bogus – 1 inch less than Alpine?

    Pure non – scientific marketing numbers that continually make their way into the media.

    Geography Science tells us that mountains east of the crest and at lower elevations get less snow.

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  2. Alpine Measures relatively low on the mountain while Northstar measures at the very top.

    Mid-mountain snowfalls 2016-17, Nov. 1 – Apr. 30
    1. Mt. Baker 871
    2 Sugar Bowl 725
    3 Squaw (8,000) 721; Squaw’s base got 419
    4 Brighton 654
    5 Mt. Rainer Paradise (not lift served) 640
    6 Kirkwood 625
    7 Mammoth 620
    8 Alta 594
    9 Mt. Rose 592
    10 Northstar 587
    11 Snowbird 562
    12 Solitude 560
    13 Hood Meadows 556
    14 Alpine Meadows 552
    15 Central Sierra Snow Lab (near Donner summit) 551
    16 Mt. Bachelor 538
    17 Crater Lake (not lift served) 522
    18 Bear Valley 520
    19 Sierra at Tahoe 510
    20 Whistler 501
    Mid-mountain totals were 488 at Heavenly and 447 at Jackson

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