Top 10 Snowiest Ski Resorts in North America:

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

It’s no secret that the West gets the most snow in North America. 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. Alyeska and Baker average over 600″ of snow per year. Alyeska has already gotten 268″ of snowfall this season…

Sometimes, we don’t realize how lucky we are. This year, we do know how lucky we are.

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

LARGEST SNOWFALL AVERAGES IN NORTH AMERICA:

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

Mt. Baker sidecountry = Mt. Herman with flutes of snow. photo: lee rentz
Mt. Baker sidecountry = Mt. Herman with flutes of snow. Baker dominates. photo: lee rentz

 

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

Alyeska, AK in December 2015. photo:
Alyeska, AK in December 2015. photo: ralph kristopher

 

#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”

 

Brighton ski resort. photo: Dr. Stephen Mascaro
Brighton ski resort. photo: Dr. Stephen Mascaro

#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 – 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 15 ski resorts listed.}


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  1. Love #5–Grand Targhee!! We had amazing powder just before Christmas–27″ in a day and knee deep powder everywhere! We are now skiing under blue skies and the groomers have done a great job of making the best of our earlier big dumps of snow. And of course, no crowds!

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