Tahoe Snowpack Best in US; Resorts Shatter February Snowfall Records

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 25 February 2019


Tahoe Ski Resorts, Western US, get a Record Snowpack Break

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Lake Tahoe snowpack best in western US; resorts shatter February snowfall records,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, February 22, 2019.


Lake Tahoe Snow
"...holds the best snowpack in the western United States and the crowds are flocking to the world-class slopes."

"... has been insane, infuriating and downright miserable at times — all while the snow continues to fly."


Record Feb Snowfalls at:

Diamond Peak


Squaw Valley and Homewood

Heavenly and Kirkwood: massive snow, no idea about records...

"The entire basin sits at about 175 percent of its average snowpack."

Compared to…
“Southern Utah boasts a snowpack 156 percent of average while Idaho and Colorado are mostly above average, according to SNOTEL numbers from the Nevada Resources Conservation Service.”

Most Drought-Free California for Years
“The U.S. Drought Monitor said Thursday that just over 67 percent of California is totally free of any level of dryness.”

“Three months ago, more than three-quarters of the state was in moderate to extreme drought and the remainder was abnormally dry.”


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Current, Averages, & Anomalies



Tracking Seasonal Progress

High Sierra Backpacker’s Calendar
The Month of February


High Sierra Backpacker’s Calendar
Today, the 25th of February


Information & Forecasting


The Goal
The Proper Launch Dates for PCT-JMT of Various Skill Levels

What all this meant to PCT-JMT hiker Start Dates, back on Feb 13


What Big Snow Means Today

Potential early PCT hiker start dates are becoming more and more unlikely, as more and more snow falls, at this point in time, for those PCT hikers wishing to arrive at the earliest point they could possibly find a substantially snow-free High Sierra. That's not looking, "early," this year, so far.

Big View
Right now I would bet that very few PCT hikers complete this year’s quest, if these snow conditions persist into Spring. Those hoping for early starts should be paying very close attention to the remaining trajectory of this year’s Winter.

But don’t lose hope. Conditions can change radically and rapidly in the High Sierra. My hope is that we all can determine start dates that bring us to the Sierra as its snow and runoff conditions reach the level we are prepared to deal with. Right now, that's looking later and later into Summer...




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