It’s been a relatively slow start to the 2016-2017 season, but winter has finally roared to life and it’s puking in many places in North America. Reports of massive storms in the Pacific Northwest, Whistler, California, and Utah have dumped snow, and resorts are reaping the benefits. Most of these mountains have just opened for the season, but already have deep conditions that are ripe for the pillaging.
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Mammoth Mountain, California
A recent storm just produced 15-34” inches of fresh pow all over Mammoth. This refresh was exactly what the mountain needed and now the California resort has a ton of open terrain. They’re running eight lifts with access to 25 trails, two terrain parks and plenty of sweet, slash-worthy pow.
Whistler had a hell of a storm dump close to two feet just in time for their opening day last Thursday. Many are saying this is the best opening day of all time, and conditions feel like mid-season. Whistler is reported to have 52 trails open between Blackcomb Mountain and Whistler. There is plenty of runs open, but it’s very deep and it’s imperative you ride with caution and bring along a buddy.
As of Monday, Snowbird received 31” in 48 hours which created all-time conditions for their opening weekend. The storm is still delivering, so if you’re anywhere near Snowbird, you should get your butt up to the resort and enjoy some of Utah’s best powder. It’s blower.
Mt. Baker, Washington
Over 70 inches have fallen at this renowned Washington resort since last Tuesday. Temperatures have remained cold, which is keeping the snow quality up. Mt. Baker opened last weekend and the lucky ones who made it to the mountain got it good, and this week’s forecast continues to look favorable. If you can make it North, get there.
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon
Despite blustery temperatures, snow at Mt. Bachelor continues to stack up. The resort located outside of Bend, Oregon opened this weekend and reported 23” of snowfall at the base in the last seven days. The resort hopes to pick up another 10 inches of natural snow by Tuesday, and is continuing to blow snow to build out their base.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort, BC
Revelstoke will open for the winter season this coming Saturday, 12/3 and is already leading all the resorts in terms of snowfall. According to SnowSeekers, Revelstoke has a base of 167 inches, which far surpasses any other resort. The next deepest is Whistler, which reports a base of 123 inches. While Revelstoke isn’t open yet, that fresh pow is just waiting to be slaughtered. It might be time to jump in the car and head north, far north.
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