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Pacific Northwest: The entire region got 3-5 feet of snow during Thanksgiving week. Late November snow was mostly rain at base elevations and mostly snow above ~5,000 feet. First half of December snow ranged from 3+ feet in Oregon to 5-7 feet in Washington and at Whistler. The pre-Christmas week snow was another 5 feet over the entire region and Mt. Baker's base went over 150 inches. Holiday week snow ranged from less than a foot in Canada to 2 feet in Oregon. In early January there was 1+ foot at Whistler and northern Washington but no more than 6 inches farther south. There was 1+ foot over most of the region in mid-January and 2+ feet in Washington and Oregon late in the month. 1+ foot in the first half of February, with more snow north than south. Second half of February snowfall ranged from 2+ feet south to 4 feet in the north, but the most recent storm rained as high as 6,000 feet.
Canadian Rockies and Interior B.C.: October snow fell over most of these areas, topped by Revelstoke's 69 inches, some of which was in September. November snowfall was at least average through most of the region. Base depths are in the 4-5 foot range and much more terrain than normal is open early. Big White, Silver Star and Sun Peaks were all 93+% open before Christmas. There was 3-5 feet of snow during the first half of December, including to the areas that had low elevation rain the previous week. The pre-Christmas Northwest storm dumped 3 feet in the Okanagan and 4-6 feet in the Kootenays. All of the region was close to full operation for an excellent holiday season. Base depths ranged from 4 feet in Alberta to 8 feet at Whitewater, with less than a foot of new snow during the holiday week. Average 2+ feet during the first half of January and 1-2 feet during the second half. 1+ foot during the first half of February. Second half of February snowfal ranged from a foot at the Banff areas to nearly 4 feet at Revelstoke, Whitewater and Fernie. Lower elevations got the recent Pacific Northwest rain.
U. S. Northern Rockies: Overall November snowfall was average but as in other regions high elevation areas had more snow, less rain and have more open terrain. Most areas had 4-6 feet of snow in December but Schweitzer has had 9 feet from the strong Northwest storm track. Sun Valley had 4 feet in November and 3 feet in early December for one of its best early starts. Big Sky was 75% open by mid-December and 92% for Christmas. Most of the region had a strong holiday season with 1+ foot of snow in the Tetons and lesser amounts further north. In early January the region averaged about 1/2 foot of snow but then 1+ foot last week. In late January snowfall varied from a few inches at Sun Valley to 3 feet at Brundage, Bridger and Targhee. There was a 2+ foot storm during the second week of February in the Tetons and southern Montana, but the rest of the region had less than a foot in the first half of February. Wyoming and Montana areas averaged 3 feet of snow in the second half of February while Idaho areas averaged 2 feet. Lower areas got some of the recent Northwest rain.
Utah: The northern areas in Utah got the most October snow, 45 inches at Powder Mt. and 36 at Snowbasin, but the Cottonwood areas got a 4+ foot mid-November dump. The next 2 weeks Utah was dry but in mid-December there was 3-6 feet of snow and another 2-3+ feet during the holiday week. The Cottonwood areas were close to full operation by mid-December but the Park City group and the Ogden areas reached majority operation around Christmas. Brian Head was limited before Christmas but got nearly 4 feet over the holidays. After about 10 dry days there was 1+ foot in mid-January, topped by 2 feet at Snowbasin. Late January snow was 3 feet in the Cottonwood and Ogden areas and half that at Park City. First half of February snow was 2 feet in the Cottonwoods and Brian Head but less than a foot elsewhere. 2-4 feet in the second half of February.
Northern and Central Colorado: This region had a near record dry November, even worse than last year. Despite 2-3+ feet of snow during mid-December most areas were half or less open during the busy holiday period. Steamboat got a 3+ foot dump at Christmas and has since been close to full operation. Other areas got 1-2 feet during the holiday week. Vail opened some but not all of the back bowls at Christmas. There was less than a foot snowfall during the first 3 weeks of January, and late January snowfall approached 3 feet at Steamboat but about than half as much elsewhere. 2+ feet of snow fell during the first half of February at most areas, with 3+ at Winter Park and Steamboat. 2-4 feet during the second half of February continued to improve conditions. A-Basin is now 70% open.
Southern and Western Colorado: The Gothic Snow Lab between Crested Butte and Aspen (snowier climate than either) had had the driest start in its 39 years of records through early December but got 5 feet in the last 3 weeks of the month. Snowfall leader Wolf Creek was open but sketchy until it got 4 feet in the second week of December. Second half of December snow was 5 feet at Wolf Creek and 2-3 feet elsewhere. There was less than a foot of snow during the first 3 weeks of January with the usual exception of 2 feet at Wolf Creek. The late January storm dumped 2-3+ feet at the southern areas and there was another 3+ feet in the first half of February. The southern areas continued strong with 2-4 feet in the second half of February, but less than half as much farther north. Taos reached full operation in early February and its base is now 5-6 feet. Crested Butte opened some of the North Face in early February.
Northeast: Hurricane Sandy was all rain in New England and eastern Canada so Sunday River missed a Halloween opening for the first time in 5 years. Killington was open 2 days earlier in October but then closed. The snow from Sandy was in the Appalachians, where 2 North Carolina areas opened with snowmaking assistance but none in West Virginia where over 2 feet of snow fell. Northeast snowfall was less than a foot through Thanksgiving, but there was up to a foot of snow in late November. There was minimal snow in the first half of December. The week before Christmas there was 2-3 feet of snow in northern New England, the Laurentians and the Quebec City area, topped by 5+ feet at Le Massif. Christmas week snowfall of 2-4 feet finally opened most terrain. Surface conditions remained excellent for the first 1/3 of January with 1-2 feet new. A mid-January warmup and some rain cut back trail counts. For the rest of January they improved only slighly with very erratic weather despite 1-2 feet of snow. Early February snow was 2+ feet in most of New England with 3+ in northern Vermont. Second half of February skiing has been good with 2-4 feet of snow.
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