Seasonal snow accumulation records have been set at some California ski resorts including Squaw Valley USA near the north shore of Lake Tahoe, Heavenly Mountain Resort on the lake’s south side and Mammoth Mountain, the sprawling Eastern Sierra resort that attracts Southern California skiers and snowboarders.
More than 61 feet of snow has fallen in the 400-mile-long Sierra Nevada mountain range this season, second only to the 1950-51 season when a total of 65 feet fell, according to records kept by the California Department of Transportation. And with the month of April still ahead, the record may well be broken this season.
At Squaw Valley, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics, ski patrol guides had to create tunnels just to reach their warming huts and avalanches broke out windows at two lift stations. Nearly 59 feet of snow has fallen there so far this winter, trouncing the old record by 29 inches. Squaw is extending its season through Memorial Day, while Mammoth, with a peak elevation exceeding 11,000 feet, might remain open through Independence Day.
Our mountain snowfall hasn’t been too shabby this season either, yet a handful of Colorado ski areas are closing after this weekend, including: Buttermilk, Crested Butte, Powderhorn, Purgatory, Ski Cooper, SolVista and Telluride.