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Monster Dump Blankets the West.

Monster Dump Blankets the West.

[ December 22, 2010 - 11:51am ]
mammoth pre-christmas storm
Dek: 
It’s a Christmas miracle.

La Nina is in full swing for the Northern tier of the West early this season providing epic early snowfalls. A Monster Dump has blessed the southern and central Rockies and Sierra in a pre-Christmas miracle: over 150 inches in the past four days at some resorts.

Ashley Smith at Mammoth Mountain says, “we just surpassed our all time December record for snowfall since 1969.” Mammoth has received over 15 feet of snow since the storm began on December 17th and they’re closely followed by Alpine Meadows where they reported 106 inches in 3 days. “The mountain has chest deep powder in many areas,” Smith says, and another 1-2 feet is expected before Christmas.

Heavy snow also blanketed the Wasatch of Utah dumping up to three feet in many areas. The latest storm bore more of a resemblance to last season’s El Nino where moisture streamed in continuous waves from the Central and Southern Pacific bringing several days of wet deep snow.

Southern Colorado resorts, which have seen below average snow this season, are also getting substantial freshies: over 67 inches at Wolf Creek, 46 inches at Crested Butte, and it’s still dumping in many areas. Even Taos grabbed some of the goodies albeit at a lower pace.

November snow in the Northern Rockies allowed Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, and other resorts to open the earliest in their history.

While the West has been getting hammered the East Coast is still waiting for some epic dumps, which did occur earlier especially in northern Vermont. According to Scott Whittier from the National Weather Service in Burlington, Vermont, “Our resorts have been nickel and dimed with several 5-10 inch days putting northern Vermont just at average and the southern New England mountains slightly below.” The good news for the East is that colder temperatures have kept snowmaking to a maximum and, according to Scott, there is a chance of a Nor’Easter cranking up the New England Coast just after Christmas.

 

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