Spring 2013 is off to a fantastic start for skiers and boarders bringing new snow to most resorts across the nation. But Washington state really got hammered this past week. TNT made our local NBC TV news last night (clip below) with his report that this last whopper of a “winter” storm dropped 60″ in 6 days on top of Alpental, WA. With a settled snow base of 114″ at the bottom and 189″ at the summit, Alpental now moves up a notch to #2 on our list of deepest snow in the U.S. including Alaska – actually, make that #2 in North America! The 114″ at Alpental’s base elevation of 3.140 ft is deeper than the snow depths at the summit of most ski resorts outside of the Pacific NW (i.e. UT, CO and Atlantic states). Another thing worth celebrating is the Summit at Snoqualmie’s 75th Anniversary tomorrow at Summit West (discounted $19.37 lift tickets for just Summit West). Join us for a full day of activities including a Pond skim, $7.50 bbq lunch special, scavenger hunt, live music and many prizes. Be sure to bring your old season pass for your chance to win the Oldest Season Pass contest.
Mammoth Mountain which sits at an elevation of 7,953 ft and top elevation of 11,053 ft, compared to Alpental’s 3,140 ft and 5420 ft, is #3 with 83″ at their base and 183″ at the summit today. Mt. Baker Ski Area in WA continues to rule as King of Snow with 201″ and 221″ at their Heather Meadows base and top of Pan Dome at 5000 ft. You can read more about Mt. Baker’s famous snowfall in our earlier post about the country’s snowfall leaders.
Below is a short teaser of TNT’s St. Patrick’s Storm edit coming soon…
For those who need reminding of what it gets like on a deep powder day at Alpental, here’s a peek from last year’s monster storm.