After an early February drought, multiple days of fresh snow livened up the slopes again across the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rocky Mountains. The sound of snowboards scraping against hard pack gave way to soft swishes through powder.
Here’s a few of the highlights in the snowfall books:
In Alaska, Alyeska Resort may never see spring at the rate it is accumulating snow. The resort has already surpassed last year’s total snowfall and its annual average snowfall at mid-mountain. The forecast heralds even more snow.
In British Columbia, Mount Washington reached a base of 300 centimeters (118 inches). The resort pronounced its season snowfall bountiful enough to extend its season by a week and now plans to operate for skiing and snowboarding until April 22, 2012. At Whistler Blackcomb snowfall for the season hit the 25 feet with more in the forecast.
Face shots, anyone? Last weekend at Whistler Blackcomb featured powder. Photo by Photo by Emmanuel Mendes Dos Santos/www.coastphoto.com. Courtesy of Whistler Blackcomb.
In Washington and Oregon, the Cascade Mountains amassed several feet of snow over the past week. Mt. Baker piled up 50 inches of new snow in 72 hours, pushing its Pan Dome base to within a pinkie finger of the 200-inch depth. Many of the resorts across the region are now on par or near average snowfall for the season.
In Wyoming, heavy snowfall this week pushed Grand Targhee toward 22 feet of snowfall for the season. Jackson Hole trailed a bit behind, but crested the 20-foot mark for the season.
What’s in the forecast for the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies? More snow.