JanuBURIED - Record Snowfall in North America

3rd February 2017 - Craig Charley
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Mammoth Sign Buried January 2017  © Jayson Smith

January was a record-breaking month for snow, with some resorts receiving over seven metres. While Canada didn't have as many powder days as the USA last month, over a metre of fresh snow is forecast before Tuesday in British Columbia.

Read our January snow report for all the best photos and videos from last month plus a look ahead to what's in store for February.

USA

Following on from our mid-January snow report, California has continued its epic, record-breaking season. All the resorts in the area received over six metres in January, with Heavenly (753 cm) and Northstar (729 cm) receiving over seven metres. Mammoth (623 cm) announced that it was their snowiest month ever. Recent storms have been more spaced out so there's been a lot more time on the slopes to enjoy the neck-deep powder and California sunshine. An early February storm could be adding another 90 cm to the total this week.

Bluebird Mammoth - 25 January 2017

Blue skies after fresh snow in Mammoth, 25 January 2017

Tree runs in Heavenly

There were a few jealous looks in the office this week as Managing Director Matt Pavitt and North America Sales Consultant Jade Pritchard set off for Utah. Neighbouring resorts Park City (365 cm) and Deer Valley (410 cm) have continued their excellent snowfall this season after a late start while the Cottonwood Canyons resorts Solitude and Snowbird received metres in days in mid-January, adding to around four metres each for the month.

122 cm in one week in Park City

Powder day at Deer Valley

25" in 24 hours in Snowbird

In close proximity, Colorado tends to share storms with Utah, so it's no surprise that Crested Butte, Aspen Snowmass, Winter Park, Steamboat, Telluride, Breckenridge, Keystone and Beaver Creek all received over two metres of snow in January. Colorado had a relatively quiet month for snow in December so it's great to see a decent amount of new snow to start 2017.

 

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MacKenzie Hanna took her snorkel to the Back Bowls in Vail

Resorts in Montana, Oregon and Idaho continued to fare well with up to two and half metres of snow, and both states are expecting up to half a metre this weekend.

Two feet in two days in Jay Peak

Epic powder in Mt Hood

Meanwhile, in Alyeska the famous North Face is now open as 266 cm of January snow takes the resort's total over six metres for the season.

Angel Collinson Skiing Northface in Alyeksa © Ralph Kristopher

Angel Collinson skiing Northface in Alyeska 17 January 2017 © Ralph Kristopher

Canada

After a very strong start to the season in November and December, Canadian resorts haven't been able to match the huge snow totals in the USA, but Whistler still received 140 cm while the east coast continued one of the best seasons for a few years with Tremblant (180 cm), Stoneham and Mont-Sainte-Anne all gaining over a metre.

Skip straight to one minute in and make sure to watch with sound!

There's over a metre of snow forecast in British Columbia between now and Tuesday, while cold temperatures have kept the snow in excellent condition in Alberta with 24-74 cm also forecast.

Tremblant Fresh Snow in the Glades - 30 Jan 17 © @lucolivier

Fresh snow in the glades in Tremblant. Photo: @lucolivier 30 January 2017

Japan

It's not just called 'Japanuary' because the words go together - Myoko received 629 cm, Niseko 428 cm and Nozawa Onsen & Kiroro each over three metres. Asia Product Manager Andrea and Founder & Chairman Richard have both been out in Japan recently hunting for powder - read about their trips on our blog.

 

Out in the #backcountry #japow #powder #snowboarding #skisafarimoment @skisafariholidays

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Scandinavia

Voss and Myrkdalen in Norway have had heaps of new year snow, with Myrkdalen recording nearly two metres. Scandinavia Sales Consultant Joe has just returned from a visit to both resorts - including sampling Myrkdalen's vast off-piste.

Joe in Myrkdalen, January 2017

Joe in Myrkdalen, January 2017

Switzerland

The low snowfall in December seems far behind us after 124 cm fell in Laax and 105 cm in Engelberg. Zermatt is expecting significant snowfall this weekend - although due to its high altitude and impressive mountain team, the resort only needs occasional snow flurries to stay in great shape.

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Snow stats sourced from resorts, onthesnow.co.uk and snowjapan.com

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