Mother Nature Delivers Big in North America and Japan

Vicky Bamford

Our inboxes have been a delight this week, filled with email after email of big, fluffy snow chronicles from our far-flung partners, both west and east.

There are two record breakers in the recent snowfall stakes plus nine resorts with over a metre of snow in the first 10 days of 2019. Take a look below to see 10 resorts where it's been snowing hard this year.

Whistler Blackcomb...

...set a new snowfall record for the month of December. Daily statistics show 384 cm of fresh snow fell last month, beating the all-time record for a December month, set in 1994, by four centimetres, and the snow hasn’t stopped falling! 187cm in 2019 so far for Whistler.


...has been treating more than just the skiers to fresh tracks. "Conditions are unreal" was the report on 3 January and it doesn't seem to have stopped in Fernie - 174cm in 10 days.

Squaw Valley... top of the charts in Lake Tahoe this season. 152cm in little over a week is keeping it there. Lots more snow is expected next week in Squaw Valley - up to 129cm.


...has been too deep to go off-piste recently. But that's okay when 141cm has turned the slopes into a powder paradise. Myoko is top of the charts for snowfall in Japan.

Nozawa Onsen...

...asked the question "Is there such a thing as too much powder on a black run?" while showing skiers and snowboarders struggling to pick up speed due to the depth of the snow. We don't think so, as the highlights below sho. 138cm this year for Nozawa Onsen.


...took a while to get going this winter but 66cm in 24 hours helped toward's January's 135cm total. Northstar hasn't quite kept up with Squaw Valley's total but isn't far off!


Digging out after 26” of fresh snow in 24 hours.

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...has clocked 9 snow days out of 10 so far in January, averaging nearly 13cm per day. Niseko's biggest storms started at the end of December and Kenji couldn't resist the prime conditions.


...has had non-stop snow this year. 110cm in total, leading to"buttery soft turns" as described the Mammoth team.

Lake Louise...

...has also broken records with 102cm in the past 8 days - that's some serious snowfall. The only downside is not being able to see Lake Louise's stunning scenery during the storms!

Lake Louise Ski Resort 5 Jan 19 © WJL Photo

Lake Louise looking good last Saturday


...has received 99cm - just missing the metre mark but taking the resort's season total comfortably over five metres. Here are some of the highlights from an excellent season in Snowbird so far.

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