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Sierra Resorts Simply Buried in Snow

by Dan Giesin | January 26, 2017

Call it what you want — Snowpocalypse, Stormaggedon, Snowzilla, Janubury, whatever — the Sierra, sitting right in the crosshairs of a series of atmospheric rivers, has seen a month like no other in recorded history.
Through the first 23 days of January, mountain resorts up and down the range have been pummeled by fierce winter storms and have been blanketed by up to 300 inches — that’s 25 feet, folks — of snow. In the five day period of Jan. 19-23, when the latest (and perhaps last of the month) wave came through, more than 8 feet of snow fell in some places.
As a result, every resort has seen long-time monthly snow-total records for January surpassed, and in most cases the ski hills are approaching their average snowfall for the season.
The following is a breakdown of who got what at selected Sierra resorts:
Alpine Meadows: Received 94 inches in the latest storm, 276 inches so far in January and 381 inches since late October, which is 85 percent of their seasonal average.
Bear Valley: Received 67 inches in the latest storm, 206 inches so far in January and 245 inches since late October, which is 68 percent of their seasonal average.
Boreal: Received 93 inches in the latest storm, 288 inches so far in January and 397 inches since late October, which is 99 percent of their seasonal average.
Diamond Peak: Received 67 inches in the latest storm, 219 inches so far in January and 275 inches since late October, which is 92 percent of their seasonal average.
Dodge Ridge: Received 116 inches in the latest storm, 225 inches so far in January and 268 inches since late October, which is 67 percent of their seasonal average.
Heavenly: Received 88 inches in the latest storm, 298 inches so far in January and 376 inches since late October, which is 104 percent of their seasonal average.
Homewood: Received 106 inches in the latest storm, 285 inches so far in January and 341 inches since late October, which is 76 percent of their seasonal average.
Kirkwood: Received 97 inches in the latest storm, 286 inches so far in January and 381 inches since late October, which is 72 percent of their seasonal average.
Mammoth: Received 101 inches in the latest storm, 243 inches so far in January and 337 inches since late October, which is 84 percent of their seasonal average.
Mt. Rose: Received 82 inches in the latest storm, 294 inches so far in January and 460 inches since late October, which is 131 percent of their seasonal average.
Northstar: Received 94 inches in the latest storm, 284 inches so far in January and 371 inches since late October, which is 106 percent of their seasonal average.
Sierra-at-Tahoe: Received 99 inches in the latest storm, 251 inches so far in January and 326 inches since late October, which is 68 percent of their seasonal average.
Squaw Valley: Received 92 inches in the latest storm, 272 inches so far in January and 373 inches since late October, which is 83 percent of their seasonal average.
Sugar Bowl: Received 101 inches in the latest storm, 297 inches so far in January and 446 inches since late October, which is 89 percent of their seasonal average.
With two months or so left of winter weather, it’s shaping up to be an epically historical — and probably long — ski and snowboard season.

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