There have been some significant snowfalls in the USA over the past week, good news with a holiday weekend for Presidents Day in the country. Resorts in California, which has had a particularly challenging winter with snowfall typically a third of the average rate in contrast to the previous record breaking winter, have reported healthy accumulations of up to 25cm (10 inches). Resorts say conditions are now great. The deepest snow in the country is still in the NorthWest with Mt Baker in Alaska living up to its title of the world's snowiest resort with 478cm (16 feet) of snow lying), 2cm (less than an inch) more than its closest rival (Engelberg in Switzerland with 476cm). Eaglecrest in Alaska is second with 401cm (13.3 feet).
Canada remains buried deep in snow but the cold temperatures of January have eased to make the experience of skiing or boarding it all ever more pleasurable. "Warm ski temperatures and impeccable grooming have made for great cruising from top to bottom on all mountain faces while soft snow awaits in the 15 gladed areas around the mountain," said a statement from Revelstoke in BC, "Additional top-ups of snow over the last few days (11cm in 48hrs and 17cm in the last 7 days) over a deep base of 208cm has enhanced the soft snow surface and groomed conditions." The deepest snow in the country is in BC with Powder King deepest with 401cm, however Mont Sainte Anne over in Quebec is not far behind with 368cm.