All About That Base: The deepest snow depths in North America, February 2019

All About That Base: The deepest snow depths in North America, February 2019

Featured Image: Courtesy of Mount Hood Meadows

February might be the shortest month of the year, but oh baby did it pack a punch. From the Sierra to the Tetons, multiple resorts reported record snowfall levels (Jackson experienced its snowiest February on record, and second snowiest month ever) and with a handful of resorts nearing or surpassing the 500-inch mark for the season, 2018-19 is already promising to be one for the record books. So, in the spirit of Mardi Gras–as the French would say–laissez les bon temps rouler, and keep it moving into March. Here are the deepest snowpacks to keep you riding into springtime.

Northeast – NY, VT, ME, NH, MA

Suicide Six, Vermont: 19″-65″ Base Depth

PHOTO: Courtesy of Suicide Six

Just like last month, Suicide Six–one of America’s oldest ski resorts, and a true Vermont hidden gem–claims the deepest summit base in all of the Green Mountain State. Long live the local hill.

Bromley Mountain, Vermont: 70″-64″ Base Depth

PHOTO: Courtesy of Bromley Mountain

Thanks to some delightfully weird Vermont storm patterns, the Sun Mountain currently has a deeper snowpack at the base than at the summit. And a frigid forecast should help that base until next weekend’s storm cycle can add to it.

Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, Massachusetts: 30″-62″

PHOTO: Courtesy of Wachusett Mountain

As if the Pats winning another one wasn’t good enough for the Massachusetts sect, Wachusett just pulled down nearly a foot of fresh snow to close February.

The Sierra – CA

Sugar Bowl Resort, California: 158″-225″

PHOTO: Courtesy of Sugar Bowl

Now we’re getting into the ludicrous numbers. Sugar Bowl pulled down 275 inches in February, setting a new record. That’s not a typo. Again, for the folks in the back: 275 inches in one month.

Mammoth Mountain, California: 155″-225″

PHOTO: Courtesy of Mammoth Mountain

Hey look, another all-time record: Mammoth received 315 inches in the month of February, the largest single-month total ever. Get out there, and please, make sure you tip your bartenders at Clocktower.

Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows, California: 135-225″

PHOTO: Courtesy of Squaw Valley

Squaw set a record with 315 inches in February. They’re expecting as much as another four feet by Thursday. Are you not entertained?

The Rockies – UT, WY, ID, CO, NM, UT

Pomerelle Mountain Resort, Idaho: 146″-154”

If you have never heard of Pomerelle, here’s all you need to know: They have a 154-inch base, $45 lift tickets and night skiing. Again, long live the local hill.

Wolf Creek Ski Area, Colorado: 136″-147″

PHOTO: Courtesy of Wolf Creek Ski Area

The snowiest resort in Colorado has received nearly 40 inches in the past three days, with more coming this week.

Sun Valley, Idaho: 107″-144″

PHOTO: Noah Wetzel / Sun Valley

It’s been a tough few years for one of the country’s truly iconic ski resorts, but Sun Valley bounced back in a big way with a record-breaking 133 inches in February.

Brundage Mountain Resort, Idaho: 90″-137″

PHOTO: Courtesy of Brundage Mountain

Brundage packs tons of laid-back vibes and deep snow. What else could you want?


Mount Baker Ski Area, Washington: 137″-178″

PHOTO: Courtesy of Mount Baker

A nice midweek storm should help replenish this PNW gem.

Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon: 116″-175″

PHOTO: Courtesy of Mount Hood Meadows

A full week of storms has Mount Hood coming into March like a lion.

Alpental, Washington: 73″ – 110″

Get your night skiing in at Alpental while you still can: The resort offers night skiing tickets as low as $32 online, but typically end night skiing operations at the end of March.


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