2021-22 Ski Season Summary

The following major weather patterns affected the 2021-22 ski season.
October: A strong West Coast atmospheric river opened Mammoth and Palisades (formerly Squaw) Oct. 29 but only Mammoth remained open into November.
November to early December: Storms tracked through the Northwest, snowing in the Whistler alpine but mostly raining lower down. These storms brought substantial snow to interior Canada, but US regions had less than half normal snowfall.
Mid to Late December: This period was continuously stormy in California, with nearly 3x normal snowfall. The Northwest, Utah and Southwest had twice normal snowfall with interior northern regions above average and only Front Range Colorado close to average.
Early January: Storms hit the Northwest with lots of snow the first week but mostly rain the second week. Interior northern regions got less snow but also less rain. The first week storms brushed northern Utah and Colorado while regions farther south were dry.
Mid-January to mid-February: This was the most severe midwinter drought on record for 5 weeks in most regions: zero snow in California and less than a foot in Utah and northern US areas away from the Canadian border. Colorado and Southwest were about half normal except for an isolated storm at Wolf Creek and in New Mexico. Interior Canada had the most snow but was still below average.
Second half of February: A more normal snowfall pattern emerged during the second half of February, with the heaviest snowfalls being in Washington State and the Southwest.
First half of March: First half of March snowfall was also close to normal with the most in Utah and the Southwest.
Second half of March: The second half of March was warmer and drier than normal, with only Colorado averaging over a foot of new snow. Other regions developed majority spring conditions.
Early to mid-April: This period was continuously stormy in the Northwest with over twice normal snowfall. The first week was mostly dry elsewhere but there was more widespread snowfall over the next two weeks except in the Southwest.
Late April to May: Weather was slightly cooler and wetter than average in northern and central regions of the West.

2021-22 was overall distinctly below average, 86% of normal, due to that extreme midwinter drought. However December was the big snowfall month, allowing record U.S. skier visits along with the emergence from COVID restrictions. 2021-22 was a moderate La Nina season, and snowfall was more favorable in northern regions, notably in November, early January and most of April. See 2021-22 Ski Season Analysis.

2021-22 SKI SEASON SNOWFALL SUMMARY  
             
RECORD HIGH (10 Years Minimum)   6+ Powder RECORD HIGH (10 Years Minimum)    
None            
             
HIGH       HIGH    
Lake Louise, Alb. 6,700 253 9%        
Mt. Fidelity (Selkirks), B. C. 6,150 602 21%        
Sunshine Village, Alb. 7,028 340 11%        
             
ABOVE AVERAGE       ABOVE AVERAGE    
Snoqualmie Pass, Wash. 3,000 442 19%        
Mt. Rainier Paradise, Wash. 5,420 626 24%        
Mt. Bachelor, Ore. 6,350 393 15%        
Alyeska, Alaska 2,750 700 29%        
Whistler Roundhouse, B. C. 6,000 423 14%        
Mt. Hood Meadows, Ore. 5,400 524 20%        
Le Massif, Que. 2,600 268 13%        
Aspen Highlands, Colo. 11,100 264 11%        
Crystal Mtn 2, Wash. 6,100 421 15%        
Whiteface (Lake Placid), N. Y. 3,660 186 8%        
Crested Butte, Colo. 10,150 253 12%        
Castle Mt., Alb. 5,700 322 14%        
Schweitzer, Idaho 4,700 298 13%        
Revelstoke, B.C. 6,429 411 14%        
             
BELOW AVERAGE       BELOW AVERAGE    
Killington, Vt. 4,142 216 9%   Waterville Valley, N. H. 3,000 96 5%
Mt. Washington, N. H. 6,262 256 8%   Whitewater, B. C. 5,500 259 14%
Crater Lake (Mt. Bailey), Ore. 6,800 367 13%   June Mtn, Calif. 8,700 169 9%
Central Sierra Snow Lab - Boreal, Cal. 7,200 349 14%   Gore, N. Y. 1,500 95 5%
Southern California Composite 7,000 - 8,000 75 4%        
Jackson Hole, Wyo. 8,250 310 13%        
Bear Valley, Calif. 7,750 236 10%        
Mammoth Mtn, Calif. 9,600 or 8,900 261 10%        
Alpine Meadows, Calif. 7,000 311 12%        
Taos, N. Mex. 11,200 207 11%        
Kirkwood (Carson Pass), Calif. 8,526 299 19%        
Gothic, Colo. 9,400 249 11%        
Mary Jane at Winter Park, Colo. 10,800 305 11%        
Grand Targhee, Wyo. 8,200 385 14%        
Cannon Mt., N. H. 1,800 139 7%        
Alta, Utah 9.600 403 16%        
Steamboat, Colo. 9,200 286 11%        
Alyeska, Alaska 1,500 457 20%        
Jay Peak, Vt. 3,000 257 11%        
Big White, B. C. 6,200 271 11%        
Snowshoe, W. V. 4,848 117 5%        
Big Sky, Mont. 8,920 278 9%        
Arapahoe Basin, Colo. 10,820 252 7%        
Brundage, Idaho 6,000 239 10%        
Fernie, B. C. 5,400 339 14%        
Squaw Valley, Calif. 6,200 182 8%        
Arizona Snowbowl 2, Ariz. 10,800 191 10%        
Mt. Baker, Wash. 4,300 636 25%        
Smuggler's Notch, Vt. 1,600 255 11%        
Stevens Pass, Wash. 4,061 450 19%        
Snow Basin, Utah 7,700 237 10%        
Sun Valley, Idaho 8,800 154 5%        
Copper Mtn, Colo. 11,000 237 9%        
Squaw Valley, Calif. 8,000 360 14%        
Stowe, Vt. 3,041 242 10%        
Sugar Bowl, Calif. 7,000 327 14%        
Mt. Rose, Nev. 8,600 261 11%        
Keystone, Colo. 11,641 198 7%        
Beaver Creek, Colo. 11,200 278 11%        
Wolf Creek, Colo. 10,642 385 19%        
Northstar, Calif. 7,800 241 11%        
Heavenly Valley, Calif. 10,000 218 10%        
Monarch, Colo. 236 11%        
Whitefish, Mont. 6,700 260 12%        
Snowmass, Colo. 11,000 296 12%        
Aspen Mtn, Colo. 11,190 227 9%        
Telluride, Colo. 11,170 235 11%        
Crystal Mtn 1, Wash. 4,400 296 12%        
Purgatory, Colo. 10,000 207 9%        
Kicking Horse, B. C. 6,757 235 9%        
             
LOW       LOW    
Sugarloaf, Maine 3,695 100 5%   Red Mt. 2, B. C. 6,650 139 8%
Park City 2, Utah 9,300 148 6%        
Snowbird Tram Base, Utah 8,100 283 12%        
Loveland, Colo. 11,200 227 8%        
Sugarbush, Vt. 3,000 173 7%        
Snowbird Mid-Gad, Utah 9,640 348 14%        
Red Mt. Pass, Colo. 11,090 219 10%        
Stratton, Vt. 3,875 92 4%        
Breckenridge 2, Colo. 12,000 259 10%        
Vail, Colo. 11,250 278 11%        
Sun Peaks, B. C. 6,100 157 6%        
Bridger Bowl, Mont. 7,100 215 7%        
Solitude 2, Utah 9,400 343 14%        
Brighton, Utah 9,502 359 14%        
             
RECORD LOW (10 Years Minimum)       RECORD LOW (10 Years Minimum)    
Berthoud Pass, Colo. 11,315 172 7%        
Jupiter Bowl, Utah 10,000 156 6%        

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