Between a reported avalanche inbounds at Vermont’s Jay Peak, big snow totals across the northern Rockies, and the view from my office window in Vail (where it’s been oscillating between snow, rain, and hail for the last 6 hours) it leaves one to wonder, “What the heck is going on with the weather?” We wondered that, too, so we rounded up the regions with the biggest 24-hour snow totals in the country – and looked to the future in some of the spots that haven’t been quite as lucky.
Chances are that if you happened to be at a ski resort in Vermont today, you had a pretty good day. Killington Ski Resort and Pico Mountain both claimed the most snow out of any other ski areas in the country, with 16 inches of new snow recorded in the last 24 hours. That’s not to say those were the only two hit with some serious snow accumulation from the storm – strong double digital totals were recorded from Mt. Snow to Jay Peak over the last day, and New York’s McCauley Mountain also found itself atop the nation’s list of resorts with the most snow at 14 inches.
Parts of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming all woke up to fresh dustings, but Whitefish, Montana lucked out with the full blown powder day, racking up 12 inches of snow over the last day. Wyoming’s Grand Targhee also fared well over the last day, adding 10 inches of snow to its slopes. And there’s no end in sight – at least for the next few days, as ski areas around Montana and Idaho look to add a few consistent inches a day, with Montana’s Bridger Bowl looking at perhaps a foot of fresh by Wednesday (and even more later in the week).
After recording a nearly 12-feet of new snow last week, Mt. Baker just won’t give it a rest. Nothing too serious in the forecast, but the area should keep seeing consistent (although not enormous) totals of snowfall throughout the week, with Whistler also enjoying a healthy daily dose of snow in the short term.
Sunny skies and warm weather will keep California pow hunters disappointed for the forseeable future, with nothing new to report in Tahoe or Mammoth for at least the next week.
Colorado & Utah
Is there a storm cycle finally in the near future? According to Joel Gratz, Coloradans should find the best snow off the I-70 corridor Tuesday morning, although resorts across the state from Powderhorn to Winter Park will enjoy a fresh dump of snow going into tomorrow. Utah won’t be quite as lucky, but resorts around Salt Lake will still benefit from a few inches throughout the next few days, and Snowbird might even see as much as half a foot come Tuesday.