2008-09 Ski Season Summary

The following major weather patterns affected the ski season.
October to Thankgiving: One major storm starting late October hit the Sierra and Wasatch at high elevation. Elsewhere snowfall was no more than half normal and Thanksgiving skiing was very limited.
late November through mid-December: Starting Thanksgiving weekend localized storms in Colorado caught up the early November shortfall. The middle two weeks of December strong storms hit Oregon, California, Utah and the Southwest with average amounts farther north in Colorado and Wyoming. Farther north skiing was still very restricted going into Christmas.
Christmas to early January: The storm track moved north into the Pacific Northwest and northern Canada. But it was not as strong as the mid-December storms. Oregon, Utah and the Tetons were in an overlapping range of both storm tracks.
Mid-January: The entire West was under high pressure for about 10 days. High altitude areas with above average bases held up well, while some surfaces deteriorated elsewhere.
Late January to mid-February: Storm pattern was very similar to mid-December, strongest in California, Utah and western Colorado, with more moderate amounts in in Oregon, Wyoming and north/central Colorado. Washington, Montana and western Canada had only scattered snow and fell farther behind.
Late February to mid-March: As in December the main storm track moved north and decreased in intensity. It was only at this time than some western Canadian areas attained complete coverage. Other regions were not dry but below average.
Late March and April: The storm track focused and intensified, tracking mainly through Oregon, then spreading into the Rockies, but particularly Utah, which had record snow over a 3+ week period. Intensity decreased in Colorado, but snowfall there was still above average. Spring snowfall was average north of this track and below average to the south.
For more detail on snow incidence by month and region, see 2008-09 Ski Season Analysis.

2008-09 SKI SEASON SNOWFALL SUMMARY
               
RECORD HIGH (10 Years Minimum)   6+ Powder RECORD HIGH (10 Years Minimum)     6+ Powder
None              
               
HIGH       HIGH      
Alta, Utah 8,650 696 28%   Schweitzer, Idaho 4,700 268 Dec.-Mar. 16%
Mammoth Mtn, Calif. 9,600 or 8,900 481 23%          
Mt. Bachelor, Ore. 6,350 527 26%          
Steamboat, Colo. 9,200 469 22%          
Snowshoe, W. V. 4,848 194 7%          
Monarch, Colo. 352 16%          
               
ABOVE AVERAGE       ABOVE AVERAGE      
Killington, Vt. 4,142 283 12%   Crystal Mtn 1, Wash. 4,400 316 Dec.-Mar. 19%
Stowe, Vt. 3,950 238 10%   Purgatory, Colo. 10,000 236 Dec.-Mar. 14%
Mt. Rainier Paradise, Wash. 5,420 660 31%   Crystal Mtn 2, Wash. 6,100 370 Dec.-Mar. 22%
Crater Lake (Mt. Bailey), Ore. 6,800 442 21%   Red Mt. 2, B. C. 6,650 207 Dec.-Mar. 12%
Sugarloaf, Maine 3,695 186 9%   Castle Mt., Alb. 5,700 207 Dec.-Mar. 12%
Jackson Hole, Wyo. 8,250 413 18%          
Bear Valley, Calif. 7,750 413 22%          
Lake Louise, Alb. 6,700 165 6%          
Snowbird, Utah 10,000 522 22%          
Gothic, Colo. 9,400 412 18%          
Southern California Composite 7,000 - 8,000 138 8%          
Mary Jane at Winter Park, Colo. 10,800 377 16%          
Cannon Mt., N. H. 1,800 178 9%          
Grand Targhee, Wyo. 8,200 556 24%          
Park City 2, Utah 9,300 361 15%          
Sugarbush, Vt. 3,000 287 14%          
Jupiter Bowl, Utah 10,000 444 19%          
Mt. Hood Meadows, Ore. 5,400 542 26%          
Squaw Valley, Calif. 6,200 293 16%          
Smuggler's Notch, Vt. 1,600 341 17%          
Vail, Colo. 11,250 429 19%          
Snow Basin, Utah 7,700 403 20%          
Sun Valley, Idaho 8,800 199 9%          
Copper Mtn, Colo. 11,000 320 14%          
Squaw Valley, Calif. 8,000 474 24%          
Waterville Valley, N. H. 3,000 167 8%          
Breckenridge, Colo. 11,100 297 14%          
Bridger Bowl, Mont. 7,100 343 14%          
Whiteface (Lake Placid), N. Y. 3,660 185 10%          
Wolf Creek, Colo. 10,642 411 21%          
Brighton/Solitude, Utah 9,400 539 25%          
Northstar, Calif. 7,800 320 17%          
Le Massif, Que. 2,600 250 11%          
Beaver Creek, Colo. 11,200 392 18%          
Crested Butte, Colo. 10,150 315 17%          
Telluride, Colo. 11,170 330 13%          
Aspen Mtn, Colo. 11,190 269 12%          
Aspen Highlands, Colo. 11,100 308 13%          
Snowmass, Colo. 11,000 329 15%          
Red Mt. Pass, Colo. 11,090 349 13%          
               
BELOW AVERAGE       BELOW AVERAGE      
Central Sierra Snow Lab - Boreal, Cal. 7,200 361 19%          
Mt. Washington, N. H. 6,262 220 8%          
Mt. Fidelity (Selkirks), B. C. 6,150 402 17%          
Alpine Meadows, Calif. 7,000 358 20%          
Whistler Base, B. C. 2,200 147 7%          
Sunshine Village, Alb. 7,028 218 9%          
Taos, N. Mex. 11,200 248 11%          
Kirkwood (Carson Pass), Calif. 8,526 455 25%          
Whistler Roundhouse, B. C. 6,000 350 15%          
Loveland, Colo. 11,200 338 13%          
Jay Peak, Vt. 3,000 302 14%          
Alyeska, Alaska 1,400 467 18%          
Arapahoe Basin, Colo. 10,820 294 9%          
Stratton, Vt. 3,875 185 8%          
Mt. Baker, Wash. 4,300 548 29%          
Okemo, Vt. 3,300 158 8%          
Arizona Snowbowl 2, Ariz. 10,800 203 10%          
Arizona Snowbowl 1, Ariz. 9,500 132 6%          
Brian Head, Utah 9,770 263 11%          
Mt. Rose, Nev. 8,600 284 13%          
Keystone, Colo. 11,641 202 9%          
Big Mountain, Mont. 6,700 294 14%          
Whitewater, B. C. 5,500 352 17%          
               
LOW       LOW      
Big White, B. C. 6,200 184 7%   Sun Peaks, B. C. 6,100 112 Dec.-Mar. 6%
Fernie, B. C. 5,400 256 13%          
               
RECORD LOW (10 Years Minimum)       RECORD LOW (10 Years Minimum)      
None              

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