Top Ski Resorts With The Most Snowfall

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 4, 2014 2:11 pm

We take a look back over the last couple years to see which top-rated ski resorts accumulated the most annual snowfall in North America.

Last year Mt. Baker, WA won the top spot for most snowfall in the United States with a total average of 701 inches. But Vail Ski Resort and Breckenridge were the most visited ski resorts averaging about 1.6 million annual visits in 2013 (Travel + Leisure).

Mt Baker snowfall

Photo credit: Jeremy Dubs / Mt. Baker Ski Resort powder 

 

According to OnTheSnow, the top ten ski resorts with the most average snowfall in the 2013 winter season goes as follows:

1. Mt. Baker, WA 701″

2. Alyseka, AK 650″

3. Kirkwood, CA 600″

4. Timberline Lodge, OR 550″

5. Alta, UT 500″

6. Sugar Bowl, CA 500″

7. Snowbird, UT 500″

8. Solitude, UT 500″

9. Brighton, UT 500″

10. Powder Mountain, UT 500″

alyeska, alaska snowfall

Photo: Alyeska Ski Resort 

 

The Ski Channel chose our top 5 favorite varietal ski resorts, based on average annual snowfall, best pow and best all-around ski resort. We had to narrow the list down to five which was not easy, but here are some of our favorite resorts with their total annual snowfall since 2008.

(Year : Annual snow fall in inches) – 2008: 251″/ 2009: 335″ / 2010: 293″ / 2011: 339″ / 2012: 487″ / 2013: 157″

Whistler Blackcomb pow

Photo: Coast Mountain Photography

(Year : Annual snow fall in inches) – 2008: 569″ / 2009: 414″ / 2010: 471″ / 2011: 422″ / 2012: 449″ / 2013: 285″

Jackson Hole

Photo: Jackson Hole Ski Resort 

(Year : Annual snow fall in inches) – 2008: 402″ / 2009: 219″ / 2010: 278″ / 2011″: 268″ / 2012: 242″ / 2013: 308″

Aspen Snowmass

Photo:  Tom Zuccareno

(Year : Annual snow fall in inches) – 2008: 388″ / 2009: 245″ / 2010: 140″ / 2011: 360″ / 2012: 465″ / 2013: 109″

Mammoth Mountain

Photo: Mammoth Mountain 

(Year : Annual snow fall in inches) – 2008: 511″ / 2009: 367″ / 2010: 674″ / 2011: 535″ / 2012: 595″ / 2013: 128″

squaw valley alpine meadows

Photo: Jeff Engerbretson

 

Forbes ranked the top ski resorts in U.S. based off their ‘Pure Awesomeness Factor’ (PAF). Forbes paid close attention to snowfall and the resort experience as a whole while ranking the top five ski resorts in the U.S. They are as follows:

1. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyoming – annual average snowfall is 500″

2. Snowbird, Utah – 500″

3. Alta, Utah – 520″

4. Alyeska Resort, Alaska – 600″

5. Squaw Valley, California – 450″

Jackson Hole Ski resort

Photo: Jackson Hole Ski Resort  

Let us know what you think the top ten resorts are in North America, leave your comments below and tag @theskichannel!

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