Top 20 Snowiest Resorts - December 2018

28th December 2018 - Craig Charley
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As 2018 draws to close, it's time to find out which resorts have had the most snow heading into the new year. 19 resorts in our top 20 have had over three metres of snow, can you guess which one sits at the top with a huge 556cm?

While you don't need quite so much to have perfect conditions on the slopes, it does mean more powder days - and these resorts are a safe bet for season-long skiing as they've all built up deep bases.

The list is looking a bit different to last year, especially with Colorado having one of its best seasons for early snow in recent years, but still features plenty of regulars.

20. Beaver Creek, USA - 292cm

The first Colorado resort of many on the list, Beaver Creek enjoyed over 30 cm of snow during the Christmas week but hasn't quite hit the three metre mark.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Picture perfect day in The Extraordinary. #BeaverCreek

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19. Banff Sunshine Village, Canada - 293cm

An early Christmas present of 78cm of snowfall in mid-December earned Banff Sunshine Village the first Canada spot in our list. A fresh dusting over Christmas kept conditions in check ready for a few days of sunshine.

18. Mammoth, USA - 307cm

There's been so much snow in Mammoth recently that all sorts of characters have been getting their fix...

17. Copper Mountain, USA - 323cm

A few stats from Copper Mountain on 21 December: 81% more trails open than last year, 83% more acres, 47% more lifts, 58% more snow in December and 39% more snow to date.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

We’ve just hit 100 inches on the season! : @curtisdevore #CopperMountain #RaisedOnColorado #iwill

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16. Jay Peak, USA - 330cm

Our favourite East Coast resort for powder (as confirmed by Kat, Emily and Victoria earlier in December), Jay Peak continues to get the good stuff. It's been snowing almost daily all month, with lovely views when the clouds break.

15. Fernie, Canada - 333cm

The first of many BC resorts on our list, Fernie opened Polar Peak on Boxing Day, providing access to a whole lot of incredible expert terrain in the resort's most advanced bowl.

14. Mt Bachelor, USA - 333cm

Over 30cm in the days before Christmas allowed Mt Bachelor to open Summit Express on Christmas Day. We couldn't think of a better way to spend the day than blue skies and fresh powder on over 3,300ft of vertical!

13. Mt Hood, USA - 333cm

It wouldn't be a snow report without Oregon's Mt Hood making an appearance. Claiming last year's top spot, the three resort mountain just misses out on the top 10 in 2018. The biggest snow is to be found at Timberline where more terrain is opening with every fresh storm.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The perfect Christmas Morning.

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12. Vail, USA - 340cm

As of yesterday, Vail is now 100% open thanks to all the early season snow. Look at that view!

11. Solitude, USA - 351cm

25cm from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day brought a lot of festive fun to Solitude, the first Utah resort to make our list.

10. Niseko, Japan - 357cm

Andrea spent Christmas in Niseko and managed to fit in a couple of ski days in Niseko, but sadly just missed the 56cm that has fallen since Christmas Day. The main season gets underway in January, so we're excited to see if the resort beats last season's 305cm total.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Staff videographer and team rider @akroenert has been making the most of the latest storm cycle here in Niseko. #smashpow

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9. Kicking Horse, Canada - 391cm

Another top 20 regular, Kicking Horse has dropped a bit from last year's number two spot, but just shy of four metres is not a bad total! Purcell Heli-Skiing started flying yesterday, which is always a good sign.

8. Grand Targhee, USA - 396cm

Grand Targhee celebrated its 50th birthday on Boxing Day and received 20cm of fresh snow as a combined Christmas and birthday gift!

7. Snowbird, USA - 399cm

Another Utah resort and the highest placed on our list, Snowbird's powder has to be skied to be believed - and there's been ample opportunity for that this winter so far.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pow, right in the kisser! : @chris_segal : @caligirlzzz127 #snowbird #rightinthekisser #skiutah

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6. Jackson Hole, USA - 401cm

Heaps of Christmas snow meant even Santa enjoyed some steep powder turns. The skies have since cleared for everyone to enjoy some leftovers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A limitless playground. from today on the Headwall. #jhdreaming #jacksonhole

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5. Whitewater, Canada - 411cm

Whitewater is one of the least-well-known resort on our list, but if you're looking for deep snow and an authentic local vibe then look no further. This winter doesn't disappoint on the former and the resort only opened mid-December!

4. Breckenridge, USA - 432cm

Breckenridge is having one of its best seasons for years with classic bluebird powder days all throughout December and the most snow in Colorado!

3. Alyeska, USA - 460cm

51cm in 24 hours last week shot Alyeska up the snow table and meant top to bottom skiing from 20 December. More expert terrain is opening each week, with Tram Pocket open since Christmas Eve.

2. Whistler, Canada - 474cm

Our team didn't have a lot of fresh snow when they visited Whistler in early December but (unfortunately for some of them who prefer powder!) it has been dumping since. 157cm in the past week and freezing temps in the village set the resort up perfectly for Christmas and the New Year.

1. Revelstoke, Canada - 556cm

Third place in 2016 and fourth place in 2017, Revelstoke's phenomenal 556cm of snowfall is more than enough to earn the top spot this winter. The resort's 'Gnorm the Powder Gnome' snow stake has been buried constantly throughout December, this is going to be a season to remember.

Experience it Yourself

There is still time to book your 18/19 ski holiday for a fantastic price. 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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Totals sourced from resorts or from onthesnow.co.uk where resort totals not available. Correct as of 28 December 2018.

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