2022-23 Ski Season Summary

The following major weather patterns affected the 2022-23 ski season.
Late October to early November: Late October snowfall was primarily in northern regions at higher elevation. Early November storms were stronger in the Sierra, Tetons and Utah, enough to open much ski terrain.
Mid-November was overall mostly dry for 2+ weeks.
Late November to mid December: This period followed the pattern of a month earlier, first snowing most throughout the northern regions, then hitting California and Utah the hardest. The third week of December was a short calm period.
Late December to mid January: The pattern of intense storms in California and Utah resumed. This time they pushed farther into the Southwest. By mid-January Utah was well ahead of its prior record snowfall pace.
Second half of January: The coastal regions were calmer but storms were strong in the Rockies from the Tetons through New Mexico. January was much drier than normal in western Canada.
First half of February: Snowfall was average in the Pacific Northwest but below average elsewhere.
Third week of February: The NW storm track broadened and strengthened into the Northern Rockies and western Canada.
Last week of February: Another round of intense storms hit California and Utah. This track pushed farther south with unusually high snowfall in Southern California, Arizona and southern Colorado.
First half of March: First half of March snowfall was strong in a broad area from Oregon and California inland to Wyoming, Utah, Arizona and western Colorado.
Second half of March: The recurring seasonal pattern of intense storms contrating upon California, Utah and the Southwest continued. By the end of the month all Utah and some California areas had set season snowfall records.
First week of April: The last major storms of the season hit Oregon and Utah hardest.
The rest of spring was much drier than usual in most regions. Continental Divide regions in Colorado and Alberta were closest to normal.

2022-23 was the first above average season since the pandemic, so it's not surprising that US skier visits exceeded last year's prior record of 60.7 million by 4 million. In retrospect the recent growth in skier visits is due mainly to widespread multiarea season passes plus population growth in the Rocky Mountain states. 2022-23 was the third consecutive moderate La Nina season, but snowfall did not conform to expectations. California and Utah have had big La Nina seasons before, notably in 2010-11, but 2022-23 was the driest ever La Nina in western Canada. See 2022-23 Ski Season Analysis.

2022-23 SKI SEASON SNOWFALL SUMMARY  
             
RECORD HIGH (10 Years Minimum)   6+ Powder RECORD HIGH (10 Years Minimum)    
Central Sierra Snow Lab - Boreal, Cal. 7,200 754 37%        
Bear Valley, Calif. 7,750 674 35%        
Mammoth Mtn, Calif. 9,600 or 8,900 714 36%        
Park City 2, Utah 9,300 518 23%        
Alta, Utah 9,600 903 39%        
Jupiter Bowl, Utah 10,000 583 26%        
Snowbird Mid-Gad, Utah 9,640 785 32%        
Snow Basin, Utah 7,700 617 26%        
Sugar Bowl, Calif. 7,000 797 40%        
Solitude 2, Utah 9,400 809 36%        
Brighton, Utah 9,502 863 38%        
June Mtn, Calif. 8,700 537 28%        
             
HIGH       HIGH    
Crater Lake (Mt. Bailey), Ore. 6,800 560 26%        
Southern California Composite 7,000 - 8,000 248 13%        
Alta Guard, Utah 8,700 664 29%        
Alpine Meadows, Calif. 7,000 607 31%        
Kirkwood (Carson Pass), Calif. 8,526 725 37%        
Grand Targhee, Wyo. 8,200 608 25%        
Snowbird Tram Base, Utah 8,100 684 28%        
Steamboat, Colo. 9,200 454 19%        
Big White, B. C. 6,200 337 14%        
Squaw Valley, Calif. 6,200 397 20%        
Arizona Snowbowl 2, Ariz. 10,800 399 21%        
Squaw Valley, Calif. 8,000 721 36%        
Sierra at Tahoe, Calif. 7,746 684 34%        
Mt. Rose, Nev. 8,600 563 29%        
Beaver Creek, Colo. 11,200 409 14%        
Northstar, Calif. 7,800 516 26%        
Heavenly Valley, Calif. 10,000 591 29%        
Snowmass, Colo. 11,000 385 16%        
Crested Butte, Colo. 10,150 331 15%        
             
ABOVE AVERAGE       ABOVE AVERAGE    
Sugarloaf, Maine 3,695 173 9%   Gore, N. Y. 1,500 135 7%
Jackson Hole, Wyo. 8,250 448 19%        
Mt. Bachelor, Ore. 6,350 469 19%        
Mary Jane at Winter Park, Colo. 10,800 373 14%        
Big Sky, Mont. 8,920 329 11%        
Brundage, Idaho 6,000 312 13%        
Mt. Hood Meadows, Ore. 5,400 516 22%        
Brian Head, Utah 9,770 371 17%        
Sun Valley, Idaho 8,800 248 11%        
Keystone, Colo. 11,641 248 10%        
Wolf Creek, Colo. 10,642 495 24%        
Waterville Valley, N. H. 3,000 163 8%        
Bridger Bowl, Mont. 7,100 357 14%        
Aspen Highlands, Colo. 11,100 299 12%        
Le Massif, Que. 2,600 239 11%        
Monarch, Colo. 283 12%        
Aspen Mtn, Colo. 11,190 254 11%        
Telluride, Colo. 11,170 304 14%        
Purgatory, Colo. 10,000 337 18%        
             
BELOW AVERAGE       BELOW AVERAGE    
Mt. Rainier Paradise, Wash. 5,420 618 26%   Red Mt. 2, B. C. 6,650 159 9%
Mt. Washington, N. H. 6,262 247 10%        
Killington, Vt. 4,142 197 10%        
Snoqualmie Pass, Wash. 3,000 374 15%        
Lake Louise, Alb. 6,700 167 5%        
Sunshine Village, Alb. 7,028 229 8%        
Taos, N. Mex. 11,200 245 11%        
Gothic, Colo. 9,400 335 16%        
Cannon Mt., N. H. 1,800 123 6%        
Whistler Roundhouse, B. C. 6,000 371 14%        
Alyeska, Alaska 2,750 593 23%        
Loveland, Colo. 11,200 283 10%        
Jay Peak, Vt. 3,000 290 15%        
Alyeska, Alaska 1,500 394 16%        
Arapahoe Basin, Colo. 10,820 253 9%        
Fernie, B. C. 5,400 294 11%        
Red Mt. Pass, Colo. 11,090 289 12%        
Stratton, Vt. 3,875 156 8%        
Mt. Baker, Wash. 4,300 601 25%        
Smuggler's Notch, Vt. 1,600 223 12%        
Stevens Pass, Wash. 4,061 355 14%        
Breckenridge 2, Colo. 12,000 321 11%        
Vail, Colo. 11,250 337 14%        
Copper Mtn, Colo. 11,000 262 10%        
Crystal Mtn 2, Wash. 6,100 367 14%        
Whiteface (Lake Placid), N. Y. 3,660 160 8%        
Castle Mt., Alb. 5,700 277 9%        
Schweitzer, Idaho 4,700 283 11%        
Crystal Mtn 1, Wash. 4,400 321 13%        
             
LOW       LOW    
Mt. Fidelity (Selkirks), B. C. 6,150 388 16%   Whitewater, B. C. 5,500 211 12%
Berthoud Pass, Colo. 11,315 234 8%        
Sugarbush, Vt. 3,000 200 10%        
Stowe, Vt. 3,041 221 11%        
Sun Peaks, B. C. 6,100 159 7%        
Whitefish, Mont. 6,700 212 9%        
Kicking Horse, B. C. 6,757 183 7%        
Revelstoke, B.C. 6,429 300 13%        
             
RECORD LOW (10 Years Minimum)       RECORD LOW (10 Years Minimum)    
Snowshoe, W. V. 4,848 45 2%        

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