All About That Base: The deepest snow depths in North America, November 2018

All About That Base: The deepest snow depths in North America, November 2018

Featured Image: Rocko Menzyk

The 2018-19 ski season came in like a cheetah on the prowl with the Sierra, Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest and the Northeast all pulling down heavy early season dumps. And if you–a discerning and well-traveled skier–have found yourself frothing over all the early season snow, allow us to add to that stoke with our monthly roundup of the deepest bases across the United States. Regardless of whether you’re in the Northeast or California, we’ll point you to the best coverage the mountains have to offer.

Northeast – CT, ME, MA, NH, NY, RI, VT

Smugglers’ Notch, Vermont: 18”- 48”

Smuggler’s Notch, Vermont. PHOTO: Priscilla Emerling

One of Vermont’s true gems–Smuggs–saw over six feet of precipitation in November, giving it a deeper base than its neighbor Stowe.

Sunday River, Maine: 24” – 48”

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Sunday River took down more than two feet over the final week of November.

Jay Peak – Vermont: 26” – 44”

Jay Peak, Vermont. PHOTO: Courtesy of Jay Peak

From Wednesday to Thursday last week, Jay Peak saw a cool 19” of fresh.

The Sierra — CA

Mammoth Mountain, California: 41” – 65”

Thanks to a series of storms that dumped as much as 53” of fresh pow, Mammoth is now open top-to-bottom.

Sierra-at-Tahoe, California: 38” – 47”

Sierra At Tahoe, CA. PHOTO: Sarah Sherman

A timely storm delivered more than 15” of snow for Sierra-at-Tahoe’s opening day.

Sugar Bowl, California: 22” – 43”

The week prior to opening brought Sugar Bowl a cool 30”.

The Rockies — CO, ID, MT, NM, UT, WY

Grand Targhee, Idaho: 43 – 52”

Grand Targhee, WY. PHOTO: Courtesy of Grand Targhee

Jackson Hole’s sister across the pass–Grand Targhee–has benefitted from consistent snows and a high base elevation.

Brighton, Utah: 46”

Brighton already has the deepest base in Utah and is starting off the first days of December with snow on the horizon.

Crested Butte, Colorado: 44”

Crested Butte’s historic streets are already lined with snow and forecasted to receive moderate snowfall over the first few days of December.

Alta Ski Area, Utah: 43”

Alta Ski Area, UT. PHOTO: Rocko Menzyk

The last day of November gave over a foot of new snow to Alta to send it roaring into December.


Mount Hood Meadows, Oregon – 18”-29”

Most of the PNW has been skunked to start the season, with most resorts yet to even open. Mount Hood, however, has been chugging along like always.


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