Powder Fever Hits the West

Storms deliver nearly three feet of snow to California and Arizona

Kaya Lampa undergoes treatment for powder fever at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. PHOTO: Ben Arnst
Kaya Lampa undergoes treatment for powder fever at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. PHOTO: Courtesy of Ben Arnst

Skiers across the West Coast were reporting classic symptoms of powder fever this week as a wave of storms delivered nearly three feet of snow in California and Arizona. Arizona Ski Bowl reported the deepest storm totals for the week with 55 inches since January 5. Taos Ski Valley reported 13 inches in the past 72 hours.

China Peak reported the highest storm totals in California with 39" over three days.
China Peak reported the highest storm totals in California with 39 inches over three days. PHOTO: Courtesy of Chine Peak

Resorts in the central Sierra received the heaviest snow fall, celebrating back to back storms with China Peak reporting 39 inches over three days. Mammoth Mountain reported 30 inches over the same period. Meanwhile, Sugar Bowl Resort lead the pack in Tahoe with 33 inches over on the east side Mount Rose Ski Tahoe reported 20 inches and South Lake Tahoe skiers enjoyed surfing through 23 inches of fresh at Kirkwood Mountain Resort and Sierra-at-Tahoe. After several years of drought, recent snowfalls bring some relief to parched areas of California.

Mammoth Mountain Skiers enjoyed 30" and free refills this week.
Mammoth Mountain Skiers enjoyed 30 inches and free refills this week. PHOTO: Courtesy of Mammoth Mountain

And it’s not over yet, folks. Forecasts show more snow moving in through the weekend. These storms should bring a few inches to the mountains in areas of California, Utah, Colorado, and the Pacific Northwest. The Northeast is forecasted to get some much needed snow over the weekend with lake-effect snows producing up to a foot by Monday at Michigan’s resorts. Winter is off to a rough start in the eastern United States, where many areas have reported the latest date for first snowfall of the season on record.

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