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SnoCountry SnoCast: An Incredible 2018-2019 Season

US-Season-Snow A look at the overall seasonal snowfall totals across the U.S. from late September through late April. (NOAA)

No matter if you got out five times, 50 times, or so many times you can’t even count, this season was one to remember. A solid winter for much of North America, with some impressive seasonal snow tallies. Here’s what caught our attention in the final SnoCast of 2018-2019.

Western U.S. & Canada

Squaw Valley

It’s been an incredible season for the western U.S. For most of the Southwest and Rockies ski areas, snow was above average for much of the season. Some of the top season snowfall tallies go to mountains that continue to offer skiing and riding late into the season. The highest total we've found goes to Squaw Valley with an incredible 682” of snow (over 56 feet!) this season! Other high achiever tallies include Snowbird (660”), Alta (624”), Jackson Hole (505”), and Timberline (477”). Also falling in the 400”+ club, Mammoth  (460”), Heavenly (474”), Mt Rose Ski Tahoe (493”), Mount Bachelor (443”), Mt Hood  Meadows(412”) and Breckenridge (405”). Honorable mention goes to Whistler Blackcomb with 377” on the year, despite a drier than usual weather setup for the Pacific Northwest U.S. and western Canada.

For those of you planning to head out to open ski areas in the days ahead, the forecast still features some snow out West. A quick system digs through the northern Rockies Saturday providing a few quick inches for the highest peaks. A more potent storm looks to slide down from Alberta Sunday through the Rockies all the way into Colorado by Tuesday with several inches of snow possible here.

Eastern U.S. & Canada

Jay Peak

In the East, a solid year for many ski areas. This winter really favored the Midwest with several epic, heavy-dumping storms, and cold enough temperatures to keep a solid, consistent season across far northern New England and New York. One of the top season snowfall tallies across the East goes to Jay Peak Resort with an impressive 419”- nearly 70” above the normal seasonal average. Other top spots include Sugarloaf (246”), Bretton Woods (244”), Sugarbush (236”), Mont Sutton (223”), Killington (221”), and Whiteface (213”). In the Midwest, Mount Bohemia (300”) and Ski Brule (224”) had higher than average snowfall for the season, with honorable mention going to Lutsen with 108,” which plans to reopen for the last weekend in April.

Forecast wise – no notable snow in the cards for the Northeast this week, just what’s still available with spring conditions. Get out and take in those final runs of the season with confidence that winter will return again next season.

SnoCast will also return next season! Thanks for reading and watching SnoCast each week through this winter season. We LOVE highlighting the best of the best forecast and weather conditions so you can get out and make turns. One final ‘thanks’ to Northern Vermont University – Lyndon meteorology students James Mundy and Francis Tarasiewicz for their contributions to our weekly SnoCast articles.

‘Til next season!

*all season snow tallies unofficial until the final slopes close*

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