Snowfall Levels Around the World

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 1, 2011 9:41 am

It’s still good to be an American! Well, maybe our economy isn’t doing as well as we’d all hoped, but when it comes to skiing and snowboarding — we are open for business! And business is GOOD!! Some resorts in Europe have decided to push their opening days’ back due to lack of snowfall. St. Anton in Austria, for example, will be delaying its opening for at least a week. We here at The Ski Channel wish that no man, woman or child go snowless this winter but just for fun, lets put our nationalist caps on as we recap the countries with the most snow thus far. Go Team America!!

Coming in at numero uno is a tie between The U.S. and Canada. In the battle for North America, Mt. Baker in Washington has seen 4ft. of snow over the past week. The most snow in one week anywhere. Alyeska Resort in Alaska has also seen heavy snow, and Copper Canyon is the first resort to open a Super Pipe. The East Coast is doing well also, with Cranmore in New Hampshire already seeing 60cm. In Canada Sunshine ski area, one of the three Banff areas has had the most new snow in the country.

This week with 99cm whilst Lake Louise, venue for this week’s World Cup competitions, has had 66cm and further west in BC, Whistler is in the top five for snowfall this week with 75cm in seven days.

 But its not all bad new for Europe, as some resorts in Scandinavia has seen nearly two feet (that’s 55cm for all the backward metric users out there) .

Austria, although with a few delayed openings, has been able to scrape enough snow together for Ischgl to open, with over 18,000 attending their opening day.

Conditions remain very challenging in France with four areas now open, mostly with machine made snow at high altitude, ranging in depth at up to 60cm. The options are Isola 2000, Tignes, Val Thorens and Val d’Isere . They may fart in our general direction (Monty Python – Holy Grail), but at least here in the states we are also getting dumped on—with fresh powder.

Around 15 resorts are now open in Italy which continues to have one of the deepest snow bases in Europe with the Presana Glacier above Passo Tonale reporting a 2m base – deeper than anywhere else.

Finally, skiing in Switzerland remains mostly on glaciers, with Saas Fee, which has been open all summer and autumn, claims the deepest snow depth at 165cm.

Well its too bad that Europe is lacking on the POW at the moment, and we hope you get dumped on soon. Anyways, we will see all of you soon!