Top 20 Snowiest Resorts - December 2017

22nd December 2017 - Craig Charley
Kicking Horse Dec 2017 © Jesse Oatway

Every year, just before Christmas, we like to take a look at which resorts have had the most snow at the start of the secason.

Not only does it get us excited for planned trips in the New Year, it also gives a good indication of where's likely to have the best skiing in the coming months.

Can you guess which resort has come top with over five metres of snow this year?

20. Kimberley, Canada - 249cm

Just making it into our top 20 ahead of Silver Star, Mt Hood Meadows and Myrkdalen, Kimberley has had 41cm in the past three days and has just opened up the Tamarack Chair.

 

Highlights from today's POWDER extravaganza!! #mykimberley

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19. Big White, Canada - 267cm

Big White is gearing up for Christmas with Big Snow - 75cm in the past week. 20 December was the best powder day of the season after 34cm in 24 hours.

Big White 20 December © Andrew Jay

Big White 20 December © Andrew Jay

18. Furano, Japan - 292cm

Japan is having a fantastic start to the season, especially compared to the past few winters which didn't get going until mid-December. The first of our Japanese resorts to make it onto the list is Furano, the location of the Warren Smith Ski Academy Japan Powder Camps in January and February.

 

Mt.Furano♡

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17. Jay Peak, USA - 283cm

The East Coast is another area having a fantastic start to the season. Jay Peak is the snowiest of the New England resorts, receiving over half a metre in the past week.

 

Deep affection.

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16. Lake Louise, Canada - 317cm

It's not just British Columbia getting the goods this week, Alberta continues to build on a strong start to the season. Lake Louise's already stunning terrain looks even better with a fresh white coat.

 

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15. Banff Sunshine Village - 331cm

The snowiest of the three resorts surrounding Banff, Sunshine Village had an incredible November and is starting to ramp up in December, adding to an excellent early season base.

14. Laax, Switzerland - 332cm

It's hard to ignore the amount of snow in the Alps this year after a few dry Decembers. All lifts in Laax will be open from tomorrow, with plenty of powder to be found.

13. Engelberg, Switzerland - 344cm

Only just beating Laax for snow in Switzerland, the home of freeriding, Engelberg, has enjoyed a powder-filled December - perfect for the free Snow & Safety Days programme which included expert guiding.

12. Castle Mountain, Canada - 344cm

We imagine there have been a few sicks days called in this week in Castle - close to 93cm has fallen and almost all the terrain is now open for the season.

11. Myoko, Japan - 357cm

Possibly the snowiest resort on Japan's main island, Myoko received over a metre of snow in two days last week. The past couple of days have seen sunnier skies, but snow is now forecast through to Christmas Day and beyond.

 

Shaped Half Pipe

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10. Mt Bachelor, USA - 473cm

Mt Bachelor in Oregon was graced with 30cm of fresh snow just in time for the opening of the Cloudchaser lift, with the hope to open Outback next.

9. Fernie, Canada - 381cm

There's a 'Monster Alert' in place in Fernie today after 29cm overnight adding to 88cm this week.

8. Jackson Hole, USA - 386cm

It wouldn't be a snow report without including Jackson Hole! The iconic steep and deep resort continues to build on very good pre-season snowfall. While there's not been a huge amount of recent snow, there's some in the forecast this week so we expect the powder to return in time for Christmas.

Jackson Hole 20 December © Chris Figenshau

Jackson Hole 20 December © Chris Figenshau

7. Grand Targhee, USA - 391cm

While small storms have rolled through all week in Grand Targhee keeping the snow topped up, larger accumulations up to 20cm are expected over Christmas.

6. Whistler, Canada - 440cm

After more than four metres of snow, Whistler has the most open terrain in North America. December hasn't been the snowiest after a big November, but last week saw 37cm fall.

5. Alyeska, USA - 447cm

Another snow report regular, Alyeska is groomer-heaven right now with all main runs open but ungroomed terrain is starting to open up more with Chikoot and High Traverse hopefully opening today.

 

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4. Revelstoke, Canada - 472cm

It's rare that Revelstoke doesn't make it into the top 3, but the resort is still having an above average start to the season. 60cm of snow over the past week means top to bottom skiing from tomorrow - which happens to be the most vertical in North America.

Revelstoke 20 December 2017 © Matt Bansak / SnowBrains

Revelstoke 20 December 2017 © Matt Bansak / SnowBrains

3. Niseko, Japan - 475cm

It’s now snowed 21 out of 22 days in December in Niseko, with the total likely to top five metres by Christmas Day. Kenji joined up with Hanazono Powder Guides on Wednesday for First Tracks - included on any backcountry or cat-ski tour - and I think his grin says it all...

 

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2. Kicking Horse, Canada - 485cm

Canada's deepest resort right now, Kicking Horse has had 47cm this week with more expected. Today, blue skies and dry, soft snow are in store and new terrain is expected to open.

Kicking Horse Dec 2017 © Jesse Oatway

19 December in Kicking Horse. Photo: Jesse Oatway | Rider: Jessica Pyper

1. Timberline, USA - 566cm

Timberline tops the list yet again! 58cm recorded at Timberline Lodge in the past three days, it seems to never stop snowing. Conditions today call for sunny skies, fresh powder and no wind - absolutely perfect. It's not the biggest resort but is well worth a day or two if you're skiing Mt Hood.

 

Pretty darn good out here. #timberlinetruth #timberlinelodge

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Totals sourced from resorts or from onthesnow.co.uk where resort totals not available. Correct as of 22 December 2017.
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One of the handful of non-skiers before joining Ski Safari, I've now skied in North America, Europe and Asia. After my first taste of powder and tree skiing in Japan last winter, I'm looking forward to more off-piste adventures!