2018-19 Ski Season Summary

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
None              
               
HIGH       HIGH      
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%          
Monarch, Colo. 277 12%          
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%          
               
LOW       LOW      
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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