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Download this official WhistlerBlackcomb.com 19 page PDF 2013-2014 Winter Vacation Guide. It has everything you need to plan and book the perfect ski trip. Including information on accommodations, lodging prices, descriptions and pictures. Also included are a trail map, village map, calendar of events, activity info, transportation info, and much more.
 


2014-15 Ski Season Snowfall Progress Report as of 01/19/15.

The snow report below is offered by Tony Crocker of BestSnow.net. His reports are completely independent and are a methodically competent analysis of an enormous database of snow statistics. His reports will tell you:

  • Who gets the most snow?
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  • And so on.

2014-15 Ski Season Progress Report as of January 15, 2015

In most ski regions this was a warmer and drier than normal October and early November. However, there was substantial snowfall in the northern and central Rockies in the rest of November to put the season on a normal track in many regions. Open terrain for Thanksgiving was mostly on snowmaking but with some natural base at many areas. The first half of December was mostly dry in the Rockies, leaving most areas below average as of mid-December. The weekend before Christmas there was a strong storm of unusually dense snow in parts of Utah and much of Colorado just in time for the holiday season. Snowfall during the holiday season was heaviest in Utah and the US Northern Rockies. There wer significant storms during the first week of January in western Canada and the US Northern Rockies, and dueing the second week in Utah and southern Colorado. Otherwise the first half of January has been mostly dry and less than 20% of areas I track are above average in season snowfall.

California: The first Sierra winter storm hit November 1-2. Tahoe ski areas got 3-8 inches. The storm track was centered farther south so Mammoth got 12 inches. Unfortunately the next week was record warm, and the next storm missed Mammoth and was mostly rain at Tahoe. There were three December storms before Christmas in the 1-2 foot range plus a couple smaller events. Snowfall was concentrated near the Sierra Crest west of Lake Tahoe, with much lesser amounts at the resorts near and east of the lake, as noted in the tables below. Advanced terrain is still sketchy or closed, as base depths are no more than 3 feet at high elevation and in many cases less than 2 feet lower down. Squaw has had only 1/3 as much snow at its 6,200 foot base as higher up. There was up to a foot of light snow during the holidays, but none at all so far in January. Sierra resorts should be avoided until there is a substantial dump of snow.

Area

Season Snow

Pct. of Normal

Pct. of Area Open

Squaw 8,000

106

59%

32%

Northstar

39

32%

70%

Mt. Rose

83

61%

62%

Sierra-at-Tahoe

65.5

42%

69%

Heavenly

43

28%

14%

Kirkwood

109

58%

80%

Mammoth

61

43%

70%

Southern Cal

26

66%

0-90%

Pacific Northwest: The entire early season has been characterized by storms with a high rain/snow line. Thus the Whistler alpine has a below average but manageable 49-inch base. Mt. Bachelor's Summit opened Dec. 13 and has a 6-7 foot base, but the pre-Christmas storm iced the Summit lift and closed it for awhile. Other Northwest areas had excessive early season rain and only opened just before Christmas on a limited basis with base depths less than 3 feet. Conditions improved in Washington and Oregon with 2+ feet of snow during the holidays, but only Whistler has had more than a foot of snow so for in January.

Area

Season Snow

Pct. of Normal

Pct. of Area Open

Whistler

137

69%

81%

Crystal Mt.

124

67%

100%

Stevens Pass

102

46%

41%

Mt. Bachelor

125

71%

70%

Canadian Rockies and Interior B.C.: There is quite a bit of terrain open in this region though most of the snow came in November. The Okanagan areas had the most snow in December. January snowfall has been 1-2 feet with the Okanagan areas again getting the most. Base depths are 5 feet at Revelstoke and Whitewater and 3-4 feet eslewhere. Lower areas near the US border had some of the rain from the early season Northwest storms but had over a foot of snow during the holidays. Silver Star is 100% open and Sun Peaks is 99% open. Revelstoke, Sun Peaks and the Okanagan have the best current conditions.

Area

Season Snow

Pct. of Normal

Pct. of Area Open

Big White

128

94%

100%

Lake Louise

76

94%

90%

Sunshine

93

81%

96%

Revelstoke

165

95%

100%

Kicking Horse

118

96%

100%

Whitewater

136

76%

100%

Red Mt.

94

75%

95%

Fernie

126

73%

95%

Castle Mt.

73

60%

90%

U. S. Northern Rockies: There were several storms in November in Wyoming and Montana. There was not much early December snow except for Sun Valley getting snow from the south. Big Sky is 81% open. Idaho skiing improved with pre-Christmas storms except at the panhandle areas which probably had some Northwest rain, while the Tetons got about 3 feet of snow. The entire region got 2+ feet of snow over the holidays, and has also been the most favored western region in the first half of January with 1.5-3 feet of snow.

Area

Season Snow

Pct. of Normal

Pct. of Area Open

Whitefish

152

102%

100%

Bridger

125

98%

100%

Grand Targhee

182

86%

100%

Jackson Hole

175

101%

100%

Schweitzer

96

75%

99%

Brundage

124

90%

100%

Sun Valley

92

102%

100%

Utah: The season started dry but the Cottonwood areas got a mid-November 3 foot dump. Other areas did not get so much and have had very limited skiing mostly on snowmaking. The pre-Christmas storm dumped 2-3 feet of heavy snow in the Cottonwoods, and over a foot of fluff topped that off over Christmas, bringing the base up to 5-6 feet. All 4 areas will be close to full operation once snow is stabilized. The areas outside the Cottonwoods were still quite restricted because some of that pre-Christmas storm was rain up to 8,000 feet. These areas were about half open at Christmas and about 3/4 at New Year's. The second week of January storms dumped up to 2 feet, bringing all areas close to full operation.

Area

Season Snow

Pct. of Normal

Pct. of Area Open

Alta

188

84%

100%

Snowbird

185

92%

95%

Brighton/Solitude

143

68%

95%

Park City group

92

75%

89%

Snowbasin

89

68%

98%

Brian Head

111

89%

100%

Northern and Central Colorado: A-Basin opened one snowmaking run on October 17 and is now 79% open. Most of November was stormy in this region, so much more terrain than usual was open for Thanksgiving. There was little snow the first half of December so base depths settled to the 2 foot range. The pre-Christmas dump of up to 3 feet of dense snow pushed the base depths into the 4 foot range for very good holiday skiing at most areas. There was another 1-2 feet over the holidays. January snowfall has been only about a foot, but most of the region is still above average.

Area

Season Snow

Pct. of Normal

Pct. of Area Open

Beaver Creek

159

114%

93%

Breckenridge

166

118%

95%

Copper Mt.

152

127%

100%

Keystone

102

105%

90%

Loveland

141

104%

77%

Steamboat

136

86%

99%

Vail

165

108%

100%

Winter Park

142

95%

91%

Southern and Western Colorado: November snowfall was above average north but below average south. Snowfall and open terrain have lagged the Front Range areas. The pre-Christmas storm brought 2+ feet to Aspen and Telluride and lesser amounts elsewhere. Holiday week snowfall was about a foot except for 3 feet at Wolf Creek. The second week of Janaury storms dropped 2+ feet at Wolf Creek and 1+ foot in other southern Colorado areas. Base depths are in the 3+ foot range, so some advanced terrain is still sketchy until there is more snow. Taos is 53% open with a 38 inch base.

Area

Season Snow

Pct. of Normal

Pct. of Area Open

Aspen/Snowmass

105

104%

93%

Gothic Snow Lab

128.5

89%

N/A

Crested Butte

103

102%

41%

Telluride

131

121%

83%

Durango

75

71%

97%

Wolf Creek

141

93%

100%

Northeast: October was too warm for any areas to open by the end of the month. November was good for snowmaking but there was intermittent rain along with some snow late in the month. The first half of December was colder with 2-3 feet of snow, so skiing was much better than normal for early season. Unfortunately widespread rain fell just before Christmas, producing icy surfaces and reduced trail counts for the holidays. Conditions have improved with 1.5-3 feet of January snow. Percents open: Okemo 93%, Stratton 85%, Hunter 66%, Sugarloaf 61%, Sunday River 56%, Tremblant 52%, Mt. St. Anne 50%.

Area

Season Snow

Pct. of Normal

Pct. of Area Open

Jay Peak (mid)

119

87%

92%

Stowe

122

87%

96%

Sugarbush

101

87%

100%

Killington

80.5

76%

92%

Cannon Mt.

64

99%

69%

Whiteface

67

81%

68%

Le Massif

97

96%

96%

 

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