Snow: The Magic Ingredient

The Team November 19th, 2019

Whether you’re in the Rockies, Sierra Nevada, Wasatch, Tetons or the Monashees, or indeed any of the other soaring mountain ranges in North America, you can expect to ski and ride some of the very best powder snow conditions you’ve ever experienced. When it snows in North America it generally snows hard – a snowfall of several feet overnight is not uncommon.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Canada – Image: Ryan Creary

Some of our featured resorts receive almost 40 feet of snow each winter – that’s approximately the height of three London buses stacked on top of each other. But it’s not all about the quantity, it’s also about the quality. A combination of cold, dry polar air mixing with moist ocean air over the continent’s massive mountain ranges plus the high altitude of the resorts, makes for a perfect recipe for snow that is light, dry and plentiful.

Such exceptional powder snow of course, makes North America a top destination for off-piste aficionados, but that’s not to say it doesn’t work just as well on groomed trails too! North American resorts also boast longer, more consistent ski seasons than their European cousins, kicking things off from mid-November right through to mid-April, even late-May in places.

But which resorts are the snowiest? Well that all depends what you’re looking for.

Which resorts get the most snow?

Snowboarding on Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler. Image: Andrew Strain

Any resort that receives close to 40 feet of snow per winter can be regarded as exceptional – these include Whistler and Revelstoke in British Columbia, Snowbird and Solitude in Utah, Squaw Valley and Kirkwood in California, and Jackson Hole in Wyoming.

Which resorts get the best snow?

Skiing in Steamboat, Colorado.

Champagne Powder® is a phrase used to describe the premium snow conditions in Steamboat, Colorado. Think light and fluffy powder. You can also make tracks for the other big Colorado and Utah resorts such as Breckenridge and Park City.

Which resorts have the longest season?

Enjoy powder on Peak 6 in Breckenridge, Colorado. Image: Tom Cohen

With a 6 month ski season that starts in November and cranks all the way through until mid-May, head for Whistler, Banff, Breckenridge, Squaw Valley and Mammoth.

Where’s the ski team’s favourite?

Aspen Mountain on a powder Day – Image: @mattpower

Hit the conditions just right and everywhere is a favourite. On a blue-bird epic powder day you can’t beat Aspen or Vail in Colorado. If steep and deep is your thing, then the team all love Jackson Hole and Whistler, and if cruising the corduroy makes you smile, head to Beaver Creek or Big White.

 

Feeling inspired? Get in touch with one of our Ski Specialists. Call us on 0131 243 8097, use the live chat feature on the website, or submit an enquiry online. 

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