Mammoth Snow Storm Hits California and Colorado – World Snow Wrap

February 3rd, 2016
  


Light, dry, and deep in Aspen yesterday Image:: Aspen

Mountainwatch | World Snow Wrap

As we move into the peak of winter we once again come to you with news of some incredible snow storms across North America. Mammoth Mountain and the Tahoe area are reporting up to 130cm of fresh snow since the storm began. In Colorado, the news is much the same, with 45-60cm falling across the region. Temps have remained cool across North America which has kept the snow pack in fine form. Unfortunately the same cannot be said in Europe, where a warm change sent temps soaring to the peaks.

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TOP 5 FORECAST TOTALS THIS WEEK (7-DAYS)
1. Whistler – Canada – 40cm
2. Niseko – Japan – 35cm
3. Hakuba – Japan – 19cm
4. Breckenridge – USA – 11cm
5. Vail – USA – 10cm
*As at 3/2/16


Snowy snowcats in Whistler on Feb 1st Image:: Whistler Blackcomb

Canada

British Columbia and Alberta have seen a strong week of snowfall across the ranges. Whistler Blackcomb has seen 43cm of new snow over the past seven days, bringing their base to 207cm and a huge 679cm over the season. Revelstoke has them by 1cm, with 680cm total cumulative snow fall. Over in Fernie, they have seen 546cm. I’m sure you get the picture, British Columbia are having one of their best seasons to date. Down in Alberta, the temps have been colder and the totals slightly less, but by no means are they struggling. Banff has seen 30-40cm fall over the past seven days so there has been some great skiing on offer. Over on the East Coast, a significant cold outbreak brought some much needed snow to low levels, causing carnage in New York but bringing some great skiing to the hills.


Pristine Jackson Hole powder on January 31st Image:: Jackson Hole

USA

California and Colorado, what can we say? Finally the drought is broken and the snow is just bucketing down. Our head snow reporter, Reggae Elliss is currently in Mammoth with his family and penned a great blog about the area. The lower states have seen a huge snow storm roll through, with over a metre falling across California and 60-80cm throughout Colorado. Up north, Jackson Hole received another 30cm over the weekend, making for some epic conditions. All this fresh snow is leading to some very complicated snow packs, if you’re heading out of bounds, take a guide.


Winter X Games were one hell of a party in Aspen last weekend Image:: Aspen


Revelstoke, now you’re rubbing it in Image:: Revelstoke

Europe

Unfortunately the good news of a few weeks ago has taken a turn for the worse. A sharp spike in temperatures led to a huge amount of rain falling all the way up to above 2000m across France and Austria and Switzerland – luckily Italy managed to dodge this bullet completely. This occurred just after a 40cm snowfall on Sunday night, meaning that the avalanche danger rose to 4/5, making any off-piste skiing impossible. The good news is that this is just about to change, with a 40-50cm storm currently bearing down on Austria, Switzerland and France. Temperatures look to be cooling significantly so the next few days will offer some great storm skiing.


A very happy skier in Switzerland on Sunday morning – just before the rain arrived Image:: Verbier

Summary

North America continues to enjoy their good fortune, while Europe waits patiently for new snow to arrive.

Where We Would Like To Be This Week

Mammoth mountain, no question!

 

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