Too Much Snow? – The Snow Report (S7E10)
A December To Remember
Historic December Snowfall Buries California
With the exception of Mammoth Mountain, California had almost no ski resorts open ad December started. But, for the draught stricken state, oh what a difference a month makes. Thanks to a heavy flowing atmospheric rivers bringing back to back to back monster storms, December has become one for the record books. Snow totals are best viewed in feet not inches and vary from resort to resort up and down California. But, the UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab reports a current official December total of 210 inches. Doing the math that’s 17.5 feet! (And totals could be higher at some peak elevations!) That blow’s past the previous December record of 179 inches, and not only makes it the state’s snowiest December, but the snowiest single month total ever!
Deepcember At A Glance
You can read about these totals but until you see them, its hard to fully grasp. And the best pics are probably yet to come. Many resorts have not even been able to access higher elevation terrain because of 100 mph+ winds, avalanches, and frankly too much snow! Here’s an early look at the goods from our friends at Mammoth Mountain and Palisades Tahoe!
New Year, More New Snow
Feel like you’re missing out? Not to worry. Many highways and roads to resorts have been closed through the holidays, and ski areas are still digging themselves out. So there will be plenty of snow in the Sierras for you when you get there. Almost a whole season’s worth and it’s still 2021! But what does 2022 have in store? Early forecasts from OpenSnow show more of the same with California expected to be hit with another 4-5 Feet midweek in the first days of the new year. Are you socked in and stuck in these sensational Sierra storms? Please share your snowtography and videos with us in our Facebook Group and tag us on Instagram @thesnowreport. See you and ski you next year!