After a largely quiet February for snowfall in most of North America, March and the start of  meteorological spring, has seen some big snowfalls on both the West and East coasts of the US.

The snow is welcome on both coasts – in Califiornia because they’re still battling from low snowfall totals and warm weather through much of the season to date, in the east because temperatures had been unseasonably warm and some more southerly areas had been forced to close for the season early.  Here precipitation was expected to fall as rain at most areas but has fallen as snow at many resorts in Vermont and New York State, where swain ski centre reported 20 inches/51cm of snow overnight.

Killington, pictured above, had around 18cm and now has over 100 trails open for the weekend.

The huge Californian and Nevada snowfalls provided a big boost to bases.  Squaw Valley reported 81cm in 24 hours (that’s nearly three feet of snow) taking its seven day snowfall total to 1.5m (five feet). It’s good timing for a ski area that usually stays open in to May and sometimes June and July and markets itself as the spring skiing capital of the USA.

Snowfall | 3.2.18

Mother Nature blessed us with over 60" of fresh snow in the last 7 days and there's another 12-25" forecasted in the next 48 hrs. Our mountain teams are working non-stop to prepare the mountain for this weekend so you can get after that DEEP POW. #KirkwoodDeep is back | 📹: 3.2.18 | GoPro #Hero6

Posted by Kirkwood Mountain Resort on Freitag, 2. März 2018


Kirkwood (above, yersterday) and Mt Rose (below) each reported 91cm of snow (just over three feet) in 24 hours, Heavenly 76cm.

With the 2-5 FEET of snow we're expecting in the next few days, we've decided to extend the submission deadline for our first annual Roses are RAD Winter Film Festival! You now have until this Sunday, March 4th to submit your video. We want to see some powder shots!Submissions and more info here: info here: can be purchased here:

Posted by Mt Rose Ski Tahoe on Donnerstag, 1. März 2018


In the short term however, as usual with a lot of snow falling very quickly, the news is not all good.  A snowboarder died on Thursday after getting ‘lost in a blizzard’ as winds reportedly reaching 150mph drove in the snowfall and Squaw Valley shut down at 2pm on Friday after an avalanche near the Olympic Lady chairlift  led to five people needing to be rescued, lone of them reported to needing to be transported to a hospital with serious injuries.

This dramatic video was published showing the rescue.

Squaw Avalanche Rescue

Dramatic video shows the race to rescue survivors after an avalanche at Squaw Valley. Witnesses describe a huge wall of snow slamming into more than a dozen skiers and borders. This group dug out a man buried. At this point it's believed everyone survived.More on the avalanche:

Posted by Tom Miller on Freitag, 2. März 2018