2007-08 Ski Season Summary

The following major weather patterns affected the ski season.
October: Snowfall was average, resulting in limited backcountry options. Lift service was exclusively on snowmaking runs at Loveland and A-Basin.
November: In the western U.S. this was the driest November since the record drought of 1976-77. All areas in California, Utah and Colorado had less than half normal snow, and several had record lows. Western Canada was below average, but enough fell at Whsitler for a fairly normal opening.
Early December: The first week of December a massive storm from Mexico brought dense, base-building snow to the Southwest, ensuring good holiday coverage throughout Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. Meanwhile a typical La Nina flow of storms commenced, tracking from the Pacific Northwest into the Northern Rockies and Utah.
The rest of December: The La Nina flow continued. Only one of these storms tracked into the Sierra, normal for December but not adequate to make up for prior dry weather. Elsewhere in the West snowfall was so heavy that nearly all areas were in full operation by Christmas on above average bases despite the dry November.
January and early February: This was one of the greatest periods ever in western skiing, averaging probably 150% of normal. No one had below average snow, and many areas in Colorado and California had over 200%.
Mid-to-late February: The storms tapered off, first in Canada, then along the Pacifc Coast, with scattered snow continuing in the Rockies. When stronger storms resumed in late February, the primary track was through California, Utah and Colorado.
Early March: Another lull, again with scattered snow in the Rockies, but some warmer weather and emerging spring conditions elsewhere.
Late March: The storm track reverted to a strong La Nina pattern, pounding the Pacific Northwest and U.S. Northern Rockies. Once inland, most of the snow continued into northern Utah and Colorado rather than farther north into Canada.
Spring: The April snowfall pattern was similar to late March, moving through the Northwest, then stronger in the U.S. Rockies. Spring in the Rockies was unseasonably cool, extending Snowbird's seson to June 22.
For more detail on snow incidence by month and region, see 2007-08 Ski Season Analysis.

2007-08 SKI SEASON SNOWFALL SUMMARY
           
RECORD HIGH (10 Years Minimum)     RECORD HIGH (10 Years Minimum)    
Grand Targhee, Wyo. 8,200 675        
Park City 2, Utah 9,300 406        
Steamboat, Colo. 9,200 509        
Fernie, B. C. 5,400 480        
Mt. Hood Meadows, Ore. 5,400 757        
Bridger Bowl, Mont. 7,100 433        
Aspen Highlands, Colo. 11,100 392        
Big Mountain, Mont. 6,700 410        
Le Massif, Que. 2,600 346        
Beaver Creek, Colo. 11,200 399        
Snowmass, Colo. 11,000 474        
Crested Butte, Colo. 10,150 422        
Aspen Mtn, Colo. 11,190 395        
Telluride, Colo. 11,170 389        
           
HIGH     HIGH    
Mt. Rainier Paradise, Wash. 5,420 878   Crystal Mtn 1, Wash. 4,400 421 Dec.-Mar.
Jackson Hole, Wyo. 8,250 480   Purgatory, Colo. 10,000 283 Dec.-Mar.
Alta, Utah 8,650 649   Crystal Mtn 2, Wash. 6,100 401 Dec.-Mar.
Mt. Bachelor, Ore. 6,350 531   Schweitzer, Idaho 4,700 323 Dec.-Mar.
Gothic, Colo. 9,400 454        
Cannon Mt., N. H. 1,800 248        
Jupiter Bowl, Utah 10,000 500        
Waterville Valley, N. H. 3,000 194        
           
ABOVE AVERAGE     ABOVE AVERAGE    
Killington, Vt. 4,142 282   Berthoud Pass, Colo. 11,315 210 Dec.-Mar.
Stowe, Vt. 3,950 270   Sun Peaks, B. C. 6,100 158 Dec.-Mar.
Crater Lake (Mt. Bailey), Ore. 6,800 504   Red Mt. 2, B. C. 6,650 240 Dec.-Mar.
Sugarloaf, Maine 3,695 212        
Mt. Fidelity (Selkirks), B. C. 6,150 527        
Lake Louise, Alb. 6,700 167        
Whistler Base, B. C. 2,200 193        
Sunshine Village, Alb. 7,028 283        
Taos, N. Mex. 11,200 310        
Snowbird, Utah 10,000 526        
Mary Jane at Winter Park, Colo. 10,800 382        
Jay Peak, Vt. 3,000 379        
Alyeska, Alaska 1,400 636        
Heavenly Valley, Calif. 8,400 274        
Sugarbush, Vt. 3,000 285        
Red Mt. Pass, Colo. 11,090 333        
Squaw Valley, Calif. 6,200 293        
Mt. Baker, Wash. 4,300 764        
Stevens Pass, Wash. 4,061 547        
Smuggler's Notch, Vt. 1,600 364        
Vail, Colo. 11,250 429        
Snow Basin, Utah 7,700 395        
Copper Mtn, Colo. 11,000 309        
Sun Valley, Idaho 8,800 232        
Breckenridge, Colo. 11,100 332        
Keystone, Colo. 11,641 258        
Whiteface (Lake Placid), N. Y. 3,660 225        
Wolf Creek, Colo. 10,642 463        
Castle Mt., Alb. 5,700 336        
Whitewater, B. C. 5,500 438        
           
BELOW AVERAGE     BELOW AVERAGE    
Central Sierra Snow Lab - Boreal, Cal. 7,200 330        
Mt. Washington, N. H. 6,262 235        
Mammoth Mtn, Calif. 9,600 or 8,900 347        
Alpine Meadows, Calif. 7,000 309        
Kirkwood (Carson Pass), Calif. 8,526 441        
Southern California Composite 7,000 - 8,000 111        
Whistler Roundhouse, B. C. 6,000 398        
Loveland, Colo. 11,200 313        
Big White, B. C. 6,200 229        
Snowshoe, W. V. 4,848 132        
Arapahoe Basin, Colo. 10,820 271        
Stratton, Vt. 3,875 191        
Arizona Snowbowl 2, Ariz. 10,800 240        
Okemo, Vt. 3,300 154        
Brian Head, Utah 9,770 318        
Arizona Snowbowl 1, Ariz. 9,500 159        
Squaw Valley, Calif. 8,000 410        
Mt. Rose, Nev. 8,600 252        
Northstar, Calif. 7,800 284        
           
LOW     LOW    
None          
           
RECORD LOW (10 Years Minimum)     RECORD LOW (10 Years Minimum)    
None          

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