2001-02 Ski Season Summary

The following major weather patterns affected the ski season.
October / early November: There was almost no natural snow in the United States. Big White in Canada opened about 20% of its terrain on a 3-foot base October 20. This storm went through Whistler, but with a high snow level of 5,000 feet.
Mid-November through mid-December By Thanksgiving a major storm track was centered upon the Pacific States, then converging with even greater intensity upon Utah. By mid-December all Pacific areas from Whistler south to Mammoth were in full operation, plus Utah and most areas in western Canada, on abundant mid-winter bases. U.S. Northern Rockies areas accumulated snow more gradually and reached full operation about Christmas. The big November storm did not get much farther than Vail/Steamboat in Colorado, and thus the rest of the state was only in partial operation for the holidays.
Late December through most of January Most of the West was dry during the holidays except for the Sierra, which continued to get new snow past New Year's. Then a more narrow storm track formed, centering upon Washington and Oregon and moving northeast into the Rockies along the U.S.-Canada border. Utah and California were dry for 3 weeks, with deep bases but difficult surface conditions after an early January warm spell. Colorado continued gradual accumulation, and most areas were close to full operation by the end of the month on bases of about 4 feet.
February: As in the early season significant snowfall was confined to Canada in February. With cool temperatures and a few small storms Utah, Sierra and Northwest skiing remained good and northern Rockies adequate. In Colorado where the base was marginal conditions started to deteriorate.
March: March was very similar to late November and early December. There were big dumps in the Northwest, Sierra, Utah and Canada, and snow quality was excellent with colder than normal temperatures. The Northern Rockies were also cold but closer to average in snowfall. Nearly all of these storms petered out before reaching Colorado, a bizarre circumstance for that state's historically snowiest month. Most Colorado areas were losing coverage and closing some runs by the end of March.
Spring: Winter lingered a couple more weeks in Canada, but a beginning of April heat wave brought an early spring to most U.S. areas and brought Colorado's spring season to its earliest end ever. The deeper bases in Utah, the Sierra and the Northwest were still there to receive refreshing in some late April and May storms.
For more detail on snow incidence by month and region, see 2001-02 Ski Season Analysis.

RECORD  HIGH  (10 Years Minimum)     RECORD  HIGH  (10 Years Minimum)    
HIGH     HIGH    
 Big Mountain, Mont.   6,700    358    Schweitzer, Idaho  269 Dec.-Mar.
 Mt. Rainier Paradise, Wash.  5,420 781        
 Big White, B. C.  6,200 343        
 Stevens Pass, Wash.   4,061 637        
 Heavenly Valley, Calif.   8,400   339        
 Mt. Washington, N. H.  6,262 320    Sun Valley, Idaho   8,800 161 Dec.-Mar.
 Stowe, Vt.  3,950 231    Steamboat, Colo.   9,200   245 Dec.-Mar.
 Alta, Utah   8,650 535        
 Brighton, Utah   8,740 396        
 Sunshine Village, Alb.  7,028 257        
 Kirkwood (Carson Pass), Calif.  8,526 492        
 Whistler Roundhouse, B. C.   6,000      430        
 Fernie Snow Valley, B. C.  5,400   433        
 Mt. Hood Meadows, Ore.   5,400 537        
 Mt. Baker, Wash.   4,300 736        
 Heavenly Valley, Calif.   10,000   447        
 Park City 1, Utah   7,140 164        
 Northstar, Calif.   7,800 306        
 Central Sierra Snow Lab - Boreal, Cal. 7,200 381    Crested Butte, Colo.   10,150  124 Dec.-Mar.
 Sugarloaf, Maine 3,695 153    Breckenridge, Colo.   11,100 163 Dec.-Mar.
 Jackson Hole, Wyo.   8,250  310    Telluride, Colo.   11,170 141 Dec.-Mar.
 Mammoth Mtn, Calif.   9,600 or 8,900 331    Beaver Creek, Colo.   11,200 195 Dec.-Mar.
 Whistler Base, B. C.   2,200  194    Waterville Valley, N. H. 3,000 99 Dec.-Mar.
 Mt. Fidelity (Selkirks), B. C.  6,150 468    Snowmass, Colo.  11,000 168 Dec.-Mar.
 Alpine Meadows, Calif.   7,000  377        
 Mt. Bachelor, Ore.   6,350 361        
 Snowbird, Utah   10,000  451        
 Grand Targhee, Wyo.   8,200 460        
 Jay Peak, Vt.  3,000 305        
 Alyeska, Alaska   1,400  463        
 Big Sky, Mont.   8,920 218        
 Squaw Valley, Calif.   6,200     224        
 Copper Mtn, Colo.   11,000  247        
 Tod Mt. (Sun Peaks), B. C.  6,100 192        
 Squaw Valley, Calif.   8,000     400        
LOW     LOW    
 Killington, Vt.  4,142 192    Berthoud Pass, Colo.   11,315 159 Dec.-Mar.
 Taos, N. Mex.   11,200 147    Loveland, Colo.   11,200  158 Dec.-Mar.
 Southern California Composite   7,000 - 8,000  39    Monarch, Colo.   107 Dec.-Mar.
 Mary Jane at Winter Park, Colo.   10,800     261    Wolf Creek, Colo.   10,642 164 Dec.-Mar.
 Gothic, Colo. 9,400  215    Aspen Mtn, Colo.   11,190 124 Dec.-Mar.
 Snowshoe, W. V. 4,848 108    Deer Valley, Utah   8,200 168 Dec.-Mar.
 Smuggler's Notch, Vt.   1,600 240    Purgatory, Colo.   10,000 90 Dec.-Mar.
 Vail, Colo.   11,250   266    Silver Star, B. C.  5,200 118 Dec.-Mar.
 Red Mt. Pass, Colo.   11,090 222        
RECORD  LOW (10 Years Minimum)     RECORD  LOW (10 Years Minimum)    
 Sugarbush, Vt.   3,000 185    Aspen Highlands, Colo.   11,100 110 Dec.-Mar.
 Arapahoe Basin, Colo.   10,820 152        
 Stratton, Vt.   3,875 104        
 Okemo, Vt.   3,300 91        
 Arizona Snowbowl 2, Ariz.   10,800 79        
 Brian Head, Utah   9,770 196