Five Metres in Two Weeks - California's Covered

13th January 2017 - Craig Charley
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Heavenly - Stagecoach Lift Buried January 2017

California could not have had a better start to the year. Resorts have received up to 502 cm in less than two weeks, including an unbelievable 213 cm in two days in Mammoth last week.

At the start of last week, those keeping an eye on the forecasts noticed a series of epic storms approaching, predicting up to five metres of snow in places - amazingly their prediction came true! The sheer amount of snow has meant that resorts have struggled to keep terrain open as they battle to dig out lifts (some completely covered) and the avalanche risk has been high. However, the conditions in between storms are incredible and by the end of January, California should have its deepest snowpack for years, plus a lot of new snow records!

Mammoth

California's earliest opening resort, Mammoth has received 367 cm this month, giving the resort the deepest base in the USA at 483 cm. After Mammoth's best December in four years, this will be a season to remember. This is now Mammoth's third snowiest January ever, with just a metre to fall to reach the 462 cm record set in 1994.

 

Mammoth Cars Buried 5 January 2017

Cars buried by the storm, Mammoth 5 January 2017

 

Just like that it's a #bluebirdpowderday @mammothmountain #mammothstories

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How Much?

A 10 night ski holiday in March for two adults staying at the 3* Mammoth Mountain Inn starts from £1335pp.

North Lake Tahoe

Squaw Valley described last week as 'Janu-buried' after receiving 211 cm, they'll need a new pun as this week has added another 234 cm bringing the January total to 445 cm. This is now officially Squaw's highest ever January snowfall - and we're only halfway through! There's a possibility the end of the month could see the highest ever snowfall in Squaw Valley.

Nearby Northstar came out top in the snowfall this week receiving 295 cm, but unfortunately that came with very limited opening and power cuts in the area. A break in the storm last weekend produced pristine conditions and bright blue skies.

Squaw Valley Buried Lifts Jan 2017

The lifts were completely buried in Squaw Valley yesterday

Northstar Pristine Conditions 5 January 2017

Pristine conditions in Northstar, 5 January 2017

How Much?

A 10 night ski holiday in April for four adults staying at the 4* Squaw Valley Lodge starts from £1695pp.

South Lake Tahoe

On the other side of the lake, Heavenly has received the most snow in Tahoe at 732 cm, 356 cm this week alone adding to 502 cm in January. Conditions have been very hard to manage for the resort's operations team with whole lifts and even buildings completely snowed under, but they've managed to keep the California side of the resort open most days.

Bluebird Heavenly 12 Jan 2017

The calm after the storm, blue skies and powder in Heavenly, 12 January

Heavenly, 4 January 2017

Who needs stairs? Heavenly, 4 January 2017

 

Break between storms. #heavenlyorbust #heavenlysnow #tahoesouth #visitca

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How Much?

A 10 night ski holiday in March for two adults staying at the 4* Mont Bleu Resort starts from £1195pp.

California Ski Safari

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There is still time to book your 16/17 ski holiday for a fantastic price. California typically receives the most snowfall in March so if this is what January is like, can you imagine what's in store for spring? Request a quotation or call our friendly team on 01273 224060. Between us we have skied every one of the above resorts.

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