Blue skies, empty slopes, deep powder; perfect spring skiing conditions. After a week of snowstorms dumping up to 150cm in places, many North American resorts are above the 10 metre line for the season, setting the scene for an epic end of season. Words alone don't do it justice, here are the best spring skiing photos and videos from the past week.
You're probably tired of hearing it by now but this really is California's year. After a few seasons of drought, most of the Lake Tahoe resorts have received over 10 metres of snow, with Squaw Valley leading the way with 1081cm. Despite up to one and a half metres of snow falling in the past week, it wasn't all whiteouts - there were a few bluebird days in between. Further south, Mammoth have had so much snow this month they had to dig a hole for the gondolas!
It's a 300+ inch winter at Heavenly
Utah had a strong start to the season with the newly combined Park City and Canyons creating the largest ski resort in the United States. Half a metre of snow in the past week across Park City, Deer Valley and the Cottonwood Canyons resorts means there's plenty of powder to be found across the wide variety of resorts. And there's good news for next season as there will be a new direct flight to Salt Lake City, making Utah ski resorts some of the easiest to access in North America.
After a few weeks of warm weather and sunshine (perfect for deck chair après), the temperature has dropped and the snow has fallen across Colorado (perfect for powder turns) as the weather system that hit California early in the week passed over. The central group of resorts, Keystone, Winter Park, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Vail, have had the most - over one metre in places - but Steamboat remains at the top of the list for season total on 826cm.
Best of the rest
The Wyoming duo of Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee both had a great week - up to one metre of fresh snow for the iconic resorts. Oregon's volcanic mountains, Mt Hood and Mt Bachelor, each received over one metre last week. Finally, a North America snow report wouldn't be complete without a mention of Alyeska. Although the past two weeks haven't seen much fresh snow, the huge 1831cm total means Alyeska is set to receive more snow this season than the last two combined!
Whistler's best season?
Whistler has always been a spring skiing favourite at Ski Safari, with a few of the team set to travel out there over the next two months. They're in for a treat as the resort received over 130cm last week, taking the total snowfall to over 11 metres. That's above the resort's annual average cumulative snowfall and the most snow since 11/12. With another six weeks ahead of consistent snowfall this could be one of Whistler's best seasons on record. We predict great late season conditions as the three and a half metre base is going to last a while...
Perfect powder partners
Kicking Horse and Revelstoke continue to earn their place on the Powder Ski Safari with half a metre each in the past week. Another Ski Safari duo - Red & Whitewater - have had close to a metre. They're not the easiest resorts to get to but it's worth it for the waist deep tracks you'll leave behind.
Revelstoke, 16 March © Royce Sihlis
Banff Lake Louise
The snowfall totals in the Banff & Lake Louise area aren't as high as those in British Columbia, but as you can see below, spring is traditionally a very strong period for snow. Sunshine Village's spring has started with 40cm last week.
After their Okanagan trip earlier this year, Ski Safari team members Andy, Luke and Vicky declared their second day at Big White one the best they've ever had thanks to a lot of fresh snow and blue skies. Those spring-like conditions have continued with 35cm last week. Also in British Columbia, Sun Peaks has been a firm customer favourite this season and the good news for anyone out there this spring is another 41cm of snow last week adding to a two and half metre snow pack.
Experience it yourself next season
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