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Pacific Northwest: The early storm caused Crystal and Stevens to open for one day each in early October. November snowfall was below average and there was about 2 feet in early December. There was average only a foot the rest of the month, so the region had a poor holiday season. A solid base was finally established with 4+ feet during the second week of January, thouigh surfaces were variable with a fluctuating rain/snow line. Early February storms dumped 7 feet in Oregon, 5 feet in Washington but less than 3 feet at Whistler. Later February storms dumped 5+ feet at Whistler, 4 feet in Oregon and 6-8 feet in Washington.
Canadian Rockies and Interior B.C.: November snow was well above average in most of this region. The Okanagan and Kootenay areas had over 4 feet in December and most had excellent holiday skiing. Base depths are 6+ feet at the upper elevations at Revelstoke, Fernie and Whitewater. Silver Star and Sun Peaks were 90+% open by mid-December. Farther east was sketchier through most of December, with bases 3 feet or less, but conditions improved with 2+ feet of snow in late December. Most areas got 4 feet of snow in the first half of January, but only a few inches during the second half. There was 1-2 feet in early February as the major storm track was farther south. Late February snowfall was 1.5 to 3+ feet.
U. S. Northern Rockies:Targhee opened 3/4 of terrain the weekend before Thanksgiving and Whitefish shared the early storms in Canada. Elsewhere in the region November was about average. December snow ranged from 6 feet in much of Montana to only 2.5 feet at most Idaho areas. Base depths were 5 feet at Whitefish, Bridger and Targhee for the best holiday skiing. First half of January snow was 4 feet in Montana and Wyoming and 3 feet in Idaho. Second half of January snow was less than a foot. The early February storms dumped 5+ feet in the Tetons and 3+ feet in central Idaho but less than 2 feet elsewhere in the region. Later in February it snowed another 5 feet in the Tetons and 2-3 feet elsewhere in the region.
Utah: The Wasatch got the early October storm but it melted out. November snowfall was half of normal, and first half of December storms were 2-3 feet. A mid-December storm of almost 2 feet brought Cottonwood Canyon base depths close to 4 feet. Advanced skiing was limited elsewhere during the holidays with base depths no more than 3 feet. Conditions greatly improved with 3-4 feet during the first half of January. After a dry 2 weeks there was a foot at the end of January and 4-5 feet in the first half of February. 1-2+ feet fell in the second half of February.
Northern and Central Colorado: A-Basin and Loveland opened their first snowmaking runs on October 13 and 14. Early snowfall was above average and December slightly below average. Steamboat and Winter Park had most terrain open in mid-December, while most other areas passed the half open mark just before Christmas. A-Basin is 90% open. Most base depths were in the 4+ foot range after an excellent first half of January with 3-5 feet of snow. There was up to a foot during the second half of January and over 5 feet of snow from late January into mid-February. There has been 1-2 feet since then. Some areas are reporting snow totals including early October snow that I exclude below.
Southern and Western Colorado: Early October snow melted out, but late October snow was built upon in November. A strong southern storm came through during the week before Thanksgiving, followed by another 2 feet in early December and up to a foot mid-December, so base depths are well above average at 3.5 feet, and 5.5 feet at Wolf Creek. Taos had its best opening since 1996-97, but had only 8 inches in next 6 weeks with other southern areas getting only somewhat more. Aspen and Crested Butte fared better, with 3 feet of snow during the first half of January. The late January to mid-February storms dumped 7 feet at Wolf Creek, 6 feet at Crested Butte, 4-5 feet elsewhere in Colorado and 3 feet at Taos. About 1.5 feet fell in the second half of February except only 6 inches at Taos.
Northeast: Killington and Sunday River opened at the end of October on snowmaking. November and early December were above average for snowmaking though mostly below average for snowfall. There were 2-3 feet of snow mid-December but it rained at least to the Canadian border the weekend before Christmas. The holiday week was been cold with up to a foot of snow, with another foot in early January. Trail counts were then reduced by a severe rain/freeze. Conditions improved during the second half of January with 1-2 feet of snow and consistent cold temperatures, and were the best of the season after 3 feet of snow in the first half of February. There has been up to 2 feet of snow in the second half of February but also a warmup and some vatriable surfaces. Percents open: Okemo 97%, Stratton 98%, Hunter 78%, Sunday River 97%, Sugarloaf 90%, Tremblant 98%, Ste. Anne 100%
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