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A massive amount of snow has been falling in the USA & Canada. This season is already being talked about as the best winter in recent years. PlanetSKI reports. NEW & UPDATED

It started off badly in November with limited snow cover as resorts opened.

But since, many resorts have not looked back with 2017 continuing to bring huge amounts of snow to the USA and Canada.

Snow is now on the ground in 49 of 50 US states.

Only Florida remains free of snow.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, has produced the map below to illustrate the point.

.Snw in the USASnow in the USA















In Colorado Arapahoe Basin was closed on Tuesday because of avalanche danger on nearby Loveland Pass.

Skiers, snowboarders and employees were sent home.

Everything was closed from its chairlifts to the restaurants.

Crested Butte and Monarch Mountain have also been shut

Here on PlanetSKI, as we experience something quite different in Europe and the Alps, we look at the snow in words, pictures and videos from across the pond.

From the snow storms that have tracked across North America from last week onwards...

Crested Butte, Colorado

+7cm of fresh snow in Crested Butte, 8 January+7cm of fresh snow in Crested Butte, 8 January















Mammoth Mountain reported that it had received 1-2m of snow in less than 2-days last week.

And the snow is continuing to fall.

Mammoth Mountain, Sunday 8th JanuaryMammoth Mountain, Sunday 8th January

Mammoth MountainMammoth Mountain















The 'Dump Alert' last week from Mammoth Mountain:


In the clear up operations at Mammoth they even gave a shovel to PlanetSKI's skiing hero, Glen Plake, to shift some snow.


Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows resorts, Lake Tahoe, are set to open again today after two days of closure.

A look at it on 10th January:

The resorts were closed on 8th and 9th January due to heavy rains and strong winds.

Though the good news is that the area received 28cm of snow in 24 hours.

Squaw ValleySquaw Valley













As the snowstorms in California cause havoc with avalanches, mudslides and flooding, this week's forecast suggests several more feet of snow, as well as heavy rain.

It is part of a meteorological phenomenon known as the "Pineapple Express," which brings an atmospheric river of warm moisture north from the tropics.

California Saturday 7th JanState Highway 28 that rings Lake Tahoe is closed by snow, Crystal Bay, Calif.













PHOTO - Bob Strong/Reuters

And in Aspen Snowmass, the four-mountain ski area in Colorado:

Aspen SnowmassAspen Snowmass


The Colorado resort reported on 6th January that it had received over 50cm of new snow and was estimating sustained snowfall through the evening and into next week.

Snow is falling in Beaver Creek:

And 33cm at the end of last week:

Beaver Creek MountainBeaver Creek Mountain

And over in Vail, 5cm of fresh fell on Sunday 8th.

VailVail, 8th January

Two Elk, Vail Two Elk, Vail - Sunday 8th January

Jackson Hole in Wyoming got 10cm in 24 hours at the weekend and has totalled nearly 7m so far this season.

Here's a look at what it's like this week:


Sunday 8th January, Jackson HoleSunday 8th January, Jackson Hole



Jackson Hole broke records in December with the snowfall - referring to the month as 'Deepcember'.

It opened late on Monday morning this week after the intense snowfall.

From the dumping last week - January 4th:

The Whistler Blackcomb tourism office has said "No ifs, ands or buts. You need to get out here!"

Here is Whistler's snow report from Canada this week:


The heavy snow has, though, come at a high price with a number of avalanche deaths and accidents in the USA:

-        A 36-year-old man died in an avalanche at Stanton Mountain

-        In Crystal Mountain in Washington state a 64-year-old woman lost her life

-        Two skiers triggered a slab avalanche near Lake Tahoe in California

There are warnings across Colorado, California, Montana and Wyoming.

Ski Patrol, Mammoth MountainSki patrol keeping the mountain safe at Mammoth Mountain before its reopening
















While we have been suffering on the snow front in Europe, there has been a big increase in Brits booking ski trips to North America.

With the bumper conditions over there, the project and contracting manager for Inghams in North America, Zuber Sameja, has commented on how it has affected sales:

We are showing 15% up on sales overall in North America this winter. In the last two weeks Banff and Whistler have shown many late bookings. The late-booking surge is up on the same time last year.

To my mind, all skiers want to ski in North America, and everyone knows that the snow falls early and usually heavily from November through to the Spring.

The powder, and the easy off-piste skiing, together with tree-lined routes, and the fact that the slopes are so uncrowded, really makes all the difference. Although of course it is more expensive to ski in North America, no-one doubts the fantastic value of going there.

See here for some of Inghams' deals in Whistler and the Big 3 Ski Area.

Mont Tremblant is a popular destination for Brits skiing in North America and has the shortest flight times to Canada - See here for holiday options in Mont Tremblant with Inghams.

UK ski operator Skiworld has reported a 22% rise in enquiries for North America overall.

"Popular resorts have been those in the Rockies like Aspen, Vail and Breckenridge," Skiworld's Sales and Marketing Director Diane Palumbo has said, regarding the recent conditions.

"Our strongest growth has been in our chalet resorts, such as Vail, with some offers and availability still going. Banff and Aspen have also been selling well."

See here for information on chalets available in North America with Skiworld.

Here at PlanetSKI we will be keeping an eye on conditions in North America and updating this article shorlty.

We have a vested interest: the PlanetSKI editor is in the USA and Canada for a whole month starting on February 7th. Smile

In the meantime is there any chance we can have some of the huge amounts of snow over in Europe?


See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the world of snowsports.

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