Ski areas across the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies are prepping for February holiday crowds, and the slopes have the snow for it. January snowstorms allowed many resorts to catch up to near normal snow depth while bonus storms sent others into the record books.
The third Monday in February has turned into a long weekend holiday for skiers in the U.S. and Canada. Skiers in the U.S. are readying to hit their favorite resorts for President’s Day. In Canada, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario skiers celebrate Family Day by vacationing on the slopes.
So where can you expect to find the most snow? Check out these resorts.
Cooler temperatures than normal and heavy precipitation has brought abundant snow to Alaska ski areas. Alyeska Resort has already crossed beyond 500 inches for the season, well on its way to a record-breaking year for snowfall. The stability of the snow pack has allowed the resort to open some outer areas, including Max’s Mountain. It opened from the peak on Jan. 21 for the first time in the resort’s history.
Alberta Family Day skiers are in for a treat. Lake Louise had amassed the best year-to-date snowfall of the past 13 years. The advanced line of the terrain park has been installed, and avalanche crews opened up ER 6, Whitehorn 3, Whitehorn 2, and I Gully.
Sunshine Village had enough snow to open Delirium Dive before the end of January, earlier than most years. Check out this footage from the first day:
In British Columbia, Whistler Blackcomb has benefited from the wet winter conditions. By the end of January, the resort tallied up 23 feet of snowfall for the season.
In Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, many resorts have nearly caught up to normal snow pack. The mid-mountain at Mt. Bachelor surpassed a 100 inches in snow base while the total snowfall for the year stood at 230 inches by the end of the first week of February. Jackson Hole reached 200 inches of snowfall for the season.
Mt. Baker holds the world record for snowfall at a resort. Currently, its base is running more than 12-15 feet deep.