Spring officially sprung this week, which means that the end of the 17/18 ski season is sadly not far away. It also means that it's a good time to take a look at the big winners for snowfall, including 12 resorts in our programme which have topped 10 metres.
Of course, huge snowfall isn't the only thing that makes a ski trip great, but it gives a good indication of where to head next year for the highest chance of powder.
Myoko, Japan - 1356cm
Myoko, on Japan's main island Honshu, tops our list with the biggest snowfall, sitting at close to 14 metres! When our team visited with journalist Abi Butcher (pictured below) in February, locals actually bemoaned how they've considered it a bad snow year - which just shows how much they're used to. While they didn't have a chance to go off-piste (as you're only allowed with a guide), Vicky described the snow conditions as "perfect for carving, soft and grippy with not a patch of ice to be found." It's worth bearing in mind that Japanese resorts measure snowfall at the base, while most North American resorts measure at mid-mountain or peak which makes the figures even more astounding.
Mt Hood, USA - 1275cm
Timberline Lodge's position on Mt Hood just seems to attract snow - to the point that they have to construct a winter entrance each year to get guests through the huge drifts which cover half the hotel. As recently as last week the resort received 25 cm overnight so it's looking likely that the end of season total will surpass the 14 metres average.
Niseko, Japan - 1247cm
"It pretty much did not stop snowing the whole time we were there, and we have never skied powder like it." That just about sums up most people's experience of skiing in Niseko and, like Myoko, this is apparently a bad season for some! If you're not into powder skiing, the huge snowbase means great spring skiing right through to May with awesome views of Mt Yotei from the slopes (rarely visible in January and February).
Alyeska, USA - 1135cm
Spring Break in Alyeska started with 76 cm in 24 hours earlier this month. The remote resort is the ultimate bucket list destination for many of our customers and Nick Herdman ticked it off in March, describing it as "a #onceinalifetime trip that lived up to the billing". Check out some of the highlights from his trip...
Jackson Hole, USA - 1125cm
Spring is looking a lot more like winter in Jackson Hole with over 60 cm falling in the past week. We love this video from Salomon Freeski and Jackson Hole which shows off the resort's vast and varied terrain.
Whistler, Canada - 1093cm
March is typically Whistler's snowiest month but so far we've seen more sunshine this month with the big snow falling in January and February including more than three weeks of non-stop snow. The snowbase is still holding strong with regular top-ups keeping the base at 288 cm - that should last well into late April.
Revelstoke, Canada - 1088cm
"Being new to North American skiing we were blown away by how skiable the whole area was (trees and all!), the incredible length and breadth of some of the runs and all the time in pretty decent to excellent powder. Would recommend to anyone who loves to ski!" Not a resort for beginners, Revelstoke's fantastic snow record make it a fantastic destination for powder-hounds. Formerly a heli-ski area, it's the only place in the world with lift, cat, heli and backcountry skiing all from one base.
Fernie, Canada - 1068cm
They call it the 'Fernie Factor' - find out why Fernie receives so much snow (including over three metres in January alone) on The Weather Network. The five alpine bowls are great for making the most of the deepest snow in the Canadian Rockies.
Grand Targhee, USA - 1052cm
Perfectly twinned with nearby Jackson Hole due to similar amounts of snow, Grand Targhee skiing is all about powder. With only 10% of terrain suitable for beginners, the best snow is reserved for the best skiers and riders.
Whitewater, Canada - 1023cm
"Whitewater is not for everyone, but if your trips are about being on the mountain to ski or board, about riding lines through incredible snow and you want to ride down through bowls filled with pillow after pillow of powder and hardly see another soul then make the trip to Whitewater it won’t disappoint. It snowed every day we were at Whitewater !!! " That was the verdict of Nicky Hudson who visited as part of a Red and Whitewater Ski Safari in January. As Nicky says, it's really a resort for skiing powder and little else, so it's good to know that the snowfall has matched expectations this season!
Castle Mountain, Canada - 1019cm
One of Alberta's least well-known resorts and one of the few remaining independently owned and run in North America, Castle Mountain offers an all-natural skiing experience. They simply don't need to make snow because of how much falls each winter and it's rare to not be able to find fresh tracks at 3:30pm after overnight snowfall.
Mammoth, USA - 1011cm
Just scraping into the 10 metre club thanks to nearly two metres of snow this week, Mammoth is just one of many California resorts that have been absolutely dumped on in March. Unfortunately, such large amounts of snowfall have meant lift closures - first for the storm itself and then for the necessary avalanche control work that follows. However, once the resort is fully open this weekend, conditions should be unreal.