2019-20 Ski Season Summary

The following major weather patterns affected the 2019-20 ski season.
October: Northern regions had record cold and scattered snow. Utah and Colorado got up to 3 feet.
First half of November: This period was severely dry so most of the October snow melted out. Only Canada well north of the border got any snow.
Late November, early December: Three storms totaling 6-9 feet tracked through the Southwest, California and Utah, though the one over Thanksgiving was very dry so not good for building a base over bare ground. Much lesser amounts fell in Colorado and the Northern Rockies.
Mid-December: Most areas got about 2 feet with somewhat more in Utah and Colorado.
Late December: There were two storm tracks, one well north of the border in Canada and the other in the far Southwest. Most other areas got less than a foot.
January: The Northwest was pounded with 12-15 feet of snow, continuing on with 10+ feet in favored areas of Canada, the Northern Rockies and Utah. Snowfall was average in northern Colorado, below average farther south and far below average in California.
First week of February: A dense atmospheric river of 5+ feet snow tracked from Washington to the Tetons and northern Utah and Colorado. Adjacent regions got no more than half as much snow while California was bone dry.
The rest of of February: Several smaller storms followed the same track as the first week of February, above average along that track and below average in adjacent regions. It was the driest February on record in California, with no area getting more than 4 inches the entire month.
First half of March: Snowfall was close to average in the northern Rockies but about half normal in other regions. Northern regions preserved snow well with cold temperatures. Nearly all areas closed March 14-15 due to COVID-19, with only a handful of areas staying open another week or so.
Second half of March: It dumped 6-10 feet in California and about half that in Utah. Other regions were well below average.
First half of April: It snowed 2-4 feet in California but was much drier than average elsewhere.
Second half of April: It snowed 4-5 feet in northern Colorado but was much drier than average elsewhere.

2019-20 was most consistent in interior western Canada, which was overall 112% of normal with only April being low on snowfall. Other regions ranged from 86% - 99% due to more acute dry spells, notably the early season in the Northwest and mid-season in California. The other highlight of the season was the massive dumps in the northern regions in January and early February. Only California got a high proportion of its season snowfall after the COVID-19 closure. Other regions were much drier and warmer than normal in spring. See 2019-20 Ski Season Analysis.

2019-20 SKI SEASON SNOWFALL SUMMARY    
               
RECORD HIGH (10 Years Minimum)   6+ Powder RECORD HIGH (10 Years Minimum)     6+ Powder
None              
               
HIGH       HIGH      
Lake Louise, Alb. 6,700 248 10%   Revelstoke, B.C. 6,429 320 Dec.-Mar 18%
Big Sky, Mont. 8,920 347 14%          
               
ABOVE AVERAGE       ABOVE AVERAGE      
Mt. Washington, N. H. 6,262 311 9%          
Southern California Composite 7,000 - 8,000 190 6%          
Jackson Hole, Wyo. 8,250 409 19%          
Mt. Fidelity (Selkirks), B. C. 6,150 549 25%          
Sunshine Village, Alb. 7,028 287 12%          
Mary Jane at Winter Park, Colo. 10,800 359 15%          
Park City 2, Utah 9,300 334 14%          
Big White, B. C. 6,200 323 17%          
Jupiter Bowl, Utah 10,000 424 18%          
Mt. Baker, Wash. 4,300 673 35%          
Arizona Snowbowl 2, Ariz. 10,800 243 8%          
Stevens Pass, Wash. 4,061 483 26%          
Breckenridge 2, Colo. 12,000 378 16%          
Keystone, Colo. 11,641 252 11%          
Sun Peaks, B. C. 6,100 210 9%          
Aspen Highlands, Colo. 11,100 269 11%          
Le Massif, Que. 2,600 241 11%          
Monarch, Colo. 309 11%          
Aspen Mtn, Colo. 11,190 256 10%          
Whitewater, B. C. 5,500 412 19%          
Castle Mt., Alb. 5,700 330 15%          
               
BELOW AVERAGE       BELOW AVERAGE      
Mt. Rainier Paradise, Wash. 5,420 501 27%          
Snoqualmie Pass, Wash. 3,000 336 18%          
Crater Lake (Mt. Bailey), Ore. 6,800 306 15%          
Killington, Vt. 4,142 188 8%          
Sugarloaf, Maine 3,695 171 5%          
Bear Valley, Calif. 7,750 247 10%          
Mammoth Mtn, Calif. 9,600 or 8,900 280 9%          
Alpine Meadows, Calif. 7,000 287 12%          
Taos, N. Mex. 11,200 245 10%          
Mt. Bachelor, Ore. 6,350 378 17%          
Berthoud Pass, Colo. 11,315 282 12%          
Kirkwood (Carson Pass), Calif. 8,526 336 14%          
Grand Targhee, Wyo. 8,200 432 20%          
Whistler Roundhouse, B. C. 6,000 380 20%          
Alta, Utah 9.600 502 22%          
Steamboat, Colo. 9.200 346 14%          
Loveland, Colo. 11,200 336 14%          
Alyeska, Alaska 1,500 326 15%          
Arapahoe Basin, Colo. 10,820 248 10%          
Brundage, Idaho 6,000 256 13%          
Fernie, B. C. 5,400 335 16%          
Mt. Hood Meadows, Ore. 5,400 379 18%          
Snowbird Mid-Gad, Utah 9,640 408 17%          
Red Mt. Pass, Colo. 11,090 295 12%          
Squaw Valley, Calif. 6,200 220 9%          
Brian Head, Utah 9,770 289 10%          
Smuggler's Notch, Vt. 1,600 258 12%          
Vail, Colo. 11,250 321 14%          
Snow Basin, Utah 7,700 304 13%          
Sierra at Tahoe, Calif. 7,746 318 14%          
Sun Valley, Idaho 8,800 136 5%          
Copper Mtn, Colo. 11,000 260 12%          
Squaw Valley, Calif. 8,000 400 18%          
Stowe, Vt. 3,041 253 11%          
Sugar Bowl, Calif. 7,000 342 16%          
Mt. Rose, Nev. 8,600 210 9%          
Waterville Valley, N. H. 3,000 135 6%          
Wolf Creek, Colo. 10,642 329 13%          
Northstar, Calif. 7,800 233 10%          
Heavenly Valley, Calif. 10,000 276 12%          
Bridger Bowl, Mont. 7,100 286 12%          
Beaver Creek, Colo. 11,200 289 12%          
Crystal Mtn 2, Wash. 6,100 334 18%          
Whitefish, Mont. 6,700 276 13%          
Solitude 2, Utah 9,400 407 17%          
Brighton, Utah 9,502 480 21%          
Snowmass, Colo. 11,000 254 10%          
Crested Butte, Colo. 10,150 211 9%          
Schweitzer, Idaho 4,700 250 13%          
Telluride, Colo. 11,170 258 11%          
Crystal Mtn 1, Wash. 4,400 282 15%          
Kicking Horse, B. C. 6,757 227 11%          
               
LOW       LOW      
Gothic, Colo. 9,400 208 9%          
Snowbird Tram Base, Utah 8,100 343 15%          
Alyeska, Alaska 2,750 442 21%          
Purgatory, Colo. 10,000 190 7%          
               
RECORD LOW (10 Years Minimum)       RECORD LOW (10 Years Minimum)      
Snowshoe, W. V. 4,848 96 4%          

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