It's Not Quite Spring Yet
It's been a while since our last snow report, but with the UK looking particularly wintery right now we thought it was about time for an update on conditions in our resorts.
The first report is from the seaside here in Hove, where a couple of centimetres of snow wasn't enough to keep us away from work on Tuesday. Many of our team are used to commuting in the snow after years living in ski resorts but extra credit has to go to Rupert who has continued to cycle 20km to and from Worthing every morning.
While we've sadly not had enough snow to go skiing on the South Downs (as they did in Essex!), some of our resorts have had over a metre of snow this week and one has even tipped above 10 metres for the season! Here are the current top 10, with most expecting even more snow over the weekend...
10. Castle Mountain, Alberta, Canada
One of Alberta's least well-known destinations, Castle Mountain is a no frills resort that's perfect as a two-day add-on to a Rockies Loop Ski Safari. Just making it into our top 10 with 69cm this week, Castle should go over nine metres for the season this weekend.
9. Fernie, British Columbia, Canada
Across the border in British Columbia, but less than two hours from Castle Mountain, Fernie has the third largest snowfall in Canada this season at 941cm. After 73cm this week, the resort is aptly describing conditions as 'heavenly'.
8. Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Whistler may have Canada's biggest snowfall in 2017/18 - currently the only resort with a 10 metre total - but 74cm this week is only enough for 8th place. Most of that came in one dump of 43cm, providing untouched snow all over the two mountains.
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7. Snowbird, Utah, USA
The first of our USA resorts to make it into the top 10 (there are a few more to come!), it's been snowing hard in Snowbird since mid-February. 77cm this week takes the season total over six metres, which is quite something as the resort didn't have the best start to winter.
6. Mt Bachelor, Oregon, USA
Featuring high on a lot of our 'to do' lists, whenever we take a look at Oregon snow reports they seem to have clear skies after big dumps. Monday provided exactly that in Mt Bachelor following a metre of snow. It has snowed even more since, with 82 cm this week and the slopes look empty!
5. Whitefish, Montana, USA
Last weekend marked the earliest point at which Whitefish has reached 300" (762cm) of snow in a decade, helped greatly by 87cm of fresh powder this week. The resort's northern location in Montana makes it a great option for a multi-country ski safari combined with Alberta - especially if you want to add a lesser-known resort to your itinerary.
4. Squaw Valley, California, USA
California had more sunshine than snow in December, but things have really turned around in Squaw Valley with conditions looking more like last season's epic winter. However, despite a big 89cm this week, the sun still made an appearance on a classic Cali bluebird day.
3. Big White, British Columbia, Canada
Back to Canada where 29cm overnight has taken Big White's weekly total to a huge 93cm - we can't wait to see what comes of today's skiing and boarding. What a perfect way to end the second Masters' Week of the season.
2. Mt Hood Meadows, Oregon, USA
Just shy of a metre on 97cm, Oregon's other main resort, Mt Hood, looks a lot of fun right now if the video below is anything to go by. 841cm this season has given the resort one of the deepest snowbases in the USA right now.
1. Powder Mountain, Utah, USA
New to our programme for 2018/19, Powder Mountain didn't quite live up to its name at the start of the season, but 1.4 metres of snow in the past week has taken the snow total over four metres and brought things back to normal. Heavy snowfall is expected over the next two days which may affect operations but fresh lines should be available well into next week.
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Snow stats sourced from resorts and onthesnow.co.uk
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!