The following major weather patterns affected the 2018-19 ski season.
October to early November: Colorado had some October snow to assist early openings. Early November storms tracked from interior Canada through the northern Rockies but intensified with up to 4 feet in Front Range Colorado.
Late November, early December: Two storms dropped up to 4 feet in California, Utah and the northern Rockies and about half as much in other regions.
Mid-December: The Pacific Northwest got 6+ feet of snow. 3-5 feet fell in interior northern regions with amounts decreasing moving farther south.
Late December: Light snowfall with only Washington and Oregon getting more than a foot.
First half of January: There were two storm tracks, the stronger northern one snowing 3-6 feet in western Canada and the southern one 3-4 feet in California with lesser amounts farther inland.
Second half of January: Storms settled into a pattern of hitting California and Utah hard, 4-6 feet during this time, with 3-5 feet in the Tetons and Colorado. Northern regions were much drier than normal.
First half of February: This was the most intense storm period for California (9-12 feet) and Utah (5-8 feet). These storms drifted north, dumping at least 4 feet as far north as the Canadian border. The Southwest had 2-3 feet but the Front Range less than half as much.
Second half of February: Another 9-12 feet of snow fell in California and 6-7 feet in Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming. It snowed 3+ feet in Utah and the Southwest but much less in the far northern states and Canada.
First half of March: Storms began with 3-4 feet in California but intensified moving inland, dumping 5-8 feet in Utah and Colorado. Northern regions remained much drier than normal.
Late March: Snowfall was average in California, Utah and Colorado but much drier farther north.
April, early May: Spring conditions were mostly widespread, with winter persisting mainly in Utah where it snowed 3-4 feet during the first half of April. Front Range Colorado had average snowfall but other regions were mainly dry and warm.
Second half of May: It snowed up to 3 feet in California and up to 4 feet in Utah and Colorado.
2018-19 through mid-January had variable storm tracks, overall slightly favoring western Canada, the northern Rockies and Front Range Colorado but with no seriously deficient regions. From mid-January onwards the storm track was stronger and consistently through California, Utah and the Southwest, with weather being progressively drier farther north. For more detail on snow incidence by month and region, see 2018-19 Ski Season Analysis.
|2018-19 SKI SEASON SNOWFALL SUMMARY|
|RECORD HIGH (10 Years Minimum)||6+ Powder||RECORD HIGH (10 Years Minimum)||6+ Powder|
|Bear Valley, Calif. 7,750||494||26%|
|Mammoth Mtn, Calif. 9,600 or 8,900||494||22%|
|Alpine Meadows, Calif. 7,000||536||27%|
|Big Sky, Mont. 8,920||359||10%|
|Squaw Valley, Calif. 6,200||402||20%|
|Arizona Snowbowl 2, Ariz. 10,800||346||18%|
|Breckenridge 2, Colo. 12,000||428||15%|
|Snow Basin, Utah 7,700||421||18%|
|Squaw Valley, Calif. 8,000||719||34%|
|Mt. Rose, Nev. 8,600||497||25%|
|Wolf Creek, Colo. 10,642||508||23%|
|Northstar, Calif. 7,800||473||24%|
|Aspen Highlands, Colo. 11,100||386||16%|
|Telluride, Colo. 11,170||348||17%|
|ABOVE AVERAGE||ABOVE AVERAGE|
|Central Sierra Snow Lab - Boreal, Cal. 7,200||488||24%|
|Crater Lake (Mt. Bailey), Ore. 6,800||431||20%|
|Sugarloaf, Maine 3,695||232||8%|
|Mt. Washington, N. H. 6,262||313||9%|
|Southern California Composite 7,000 - 8,000||156||8%|
|Jackson Hole, Wyo. 8,250||408||18%|
|Lake Louise, Alb. 6,700||184||7%|
|Mt. Bachelor, Ore. 6,350||387||17%|
|Kirkwood (Carson Pass), Calif. 8,526||590||28%|
|Berthoud Pass, Colo. 11,315||326||12%|
|Grand Targhee, Wyo. 8,200||473||21%|
|Cannon Mt., N. H. 1,800||182||7%|
|Park City 2, Utah 9,300||358||15%|
|Alta, Utah 9.600||588||25%|
|Loveland, Colo. 11,200||392||14%|
|Jay Peak, Vt. 3,000||359||15%|
|Arapahoe Basin, Colo. 10,820||331||11%|
|Jupiter Bowl, Utah 10,000||446||20%|
|Brundage, Idaho 6,000||331||16%|
|Snowbird Mid-Gad, Utah 9,640||546||23%|
|Red Mt. Pass, Colo. 11,090||361||16%|
|Smuggler's Notch, Vt. 1,600||373||16%|
|Brian Head, Utah 9,770||361||17%|
|Vail, Colo. 11,250||369||14%|
|Sun Valley, Idaho 8,800||239||11%|
|Sierra at Tahoe, Calif. 7,746||448||22%|
|Copper Mtn, Colo. 11,000||306||12%|
|Stowe, Vt. 3,041||308||12%|
|Sugar Bowl, Calif. 7,000||595||29%|
|Keystone, Colo. 11,641||273||11%|
|Waterville Valley, N. H. 3,000||183||8%|
|Heavenly Valley, Calif. 10,000||474||23%|
|Le Massif, Que. 2,600||250||10%|
|Brighton, Utah 9,502||617||26%|
|Crystal Mtn 2, Wash. 6,100||433||20%|
|Solitude 2, Utah 9,400||495||22%|
|Snowmass, Colo. 11,000||344||15%|
|Whiteface (Lake Placid), N. Y. 3,660||213||9%|
|Aspen Mtn, Colo. 11,190||279||12%|
|Crested Butte, Colo. 10,150||283||12%|
|June Mtn, Calif. 8,700||353||18%|
|Purgatory, Colo. 10,000||313||16%|
|BELOW AVERAGE||BELOW AVERAGE|
|Killington, Vt. 4,142||219||8%|
|Mt. Rainier Paradise, Wash. 5,420||529||24%|
|Snoqualmie Pass, Wash. 3,000||304||15%|
|Mt. Fidelity (Selkirks), B. C. 6,150||423||16%|
|Taos, N. Mex. 11,200||237||10%|
|Gothic, Colo. 9,400||311||13%|
|Mary Jane at Winter Park, Colo. 10,800||336||12%|
|Alyeska, Alaska 2,750||570||26%|
|Snowbird Tram Base, Utah 8,100||460||19%|
|Whistler Roundhouse, B. C. 6,000||377||18%|
|Steamboat, Colo. 9,200||367||15%|
|Big White, B. C. 6,200||244||10%|
|Sugarbush, Vt. 3,000||224||9%|
|Mt. Hood Meadows, Ore. 5,400||409||18%|
|Mt. Baker, Wash. 4,300||528||26%|
|Okemo, Vt. 3,300||150||6%|
|Stevens Pass, Wash. 4,061||370||16%|
|Bridger Bowl, Mont. 7,100||262||9%|
|Beaver Creek, Colo. 11,200||319||13%|
|Whitefish, Mont. 6,700||282||11%|
|Castle Mt., Alb. 5,700||259||11%|
|Schweitzer, Idaho 4,700||242||12%|
|Kicking Horse, B. C. 6,757||212||9%|
|Revelstoke, B.C. 6,429||343||12%|
|Snowshoe, W. V. 4,848||112||5%||Red Mt. 2, B. C. 6,650||140||Dec.-Mar||8%|
|Fernie, B. C. 5,400||279||11%|
|Stratton, Vt. 3,875||130||6%|
|Whitewater, B. C. 5,500||308||11%|
|RECORD LOW (10 Years Minimum)||RECORD LOW (10 Years Minimum)|
|Sunshine Village, Alb. 7,028||158||5%|
|Alyeska, Alaska 1,500||125||6%|
|Sun Peaks, B. C. 6,100||120||5%|
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