Is Sierra Nevada snowsure?

The snowiest week in Sierra Nevada is week 1 of March. There are typically 2.7 snowy days during this week with 30cm of snowfall. Check out the Sierra Nevada Snow History graphs below.Select any week of the year to see the typical Ski Conditions, Snowfall Amount and Temperature based on nowcast weather data over the last 11 years.

Average monthly snow in Sierra Nevada

MonthSnow amount (week)Snow days (week)
December13cm1.5 days
January13cm1.7 days
February17cm2.5 days
March19cm2.4 days
April12cm1.7 days

Average Snow and Weather Conditions in Sierra Nevada during April (week 3):

The average snowfall forecast during week 3 of April for Sierra Nevada is 8 cm. There are typically 1.8 snowy days during this week. Sierra Nevada expected weather and snow conditions during the third week of April at the middle elevation of the ski area at 2701m, based on historical averages over the last 11 years: At this time of year the expected freezing level (3078m) is slightly above the middle elevation of Sierra Nevada. Based on long-term averages, there are two days with snowfall per week in Sierra Nevada in the middle of April but with an average of one wet day during this week every year. Forecast model average snowfall for the week is 8cm. Temperatures generally above freezing both night and day in Sierra Nevada during week three of April with average maximum temperature 3.0°C and minimum temperature 2.0°C at the middle elevation. Expect the sun to shine on three out of seven days. Mainly light winds (average 18km/h) are unlikely to affect lift operations but you can expect the mean wind to reach 30km/h one day per week. Calm, sunny and below freezing ideal weather days that follow fresh snow (bluebird powder days) occur on average one day every second year during this week while powder days that don't coincide with ideal conditions also occur on average one day every second year during this week each year.


Snow History: Compare Resorts


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Snow Depths

Recorded snow depths for the upper and lower slopes in Sierra Nevada and (2007 – 2018).

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Summer

Sierra Nevada

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Lower Slopes
Upper Slopes
Fresh Snow

Average Snow Conditions in

Best ski days per week in Sierra Nevada and (2007 – 2018)

Winter
Summer

Bluebird Powder Day
(Fresh snow, mostly sunny, light wind)
Powder Day
(Fresh snow, limited sun, any wind)
Bluebird Day
(Average snow, mostly sunny, light wind)
Very windy days
(>30km/h)

The most cherished days on the mountain in Sierra Nevada are Bluebird Powder days when it is mostly sunny with light winds following very recent snowfall. Poorer weather conditions may prevail on Powder days when the visibility can be limited but the snow is significantly deep and fresh for keen powder-hounds. Bluebird days can suit many skiers that aren’t necessarily hunting powder but want to enjoy the snowy mountains in sunnier conditions and light winds.


Average Snowfall in

Graph showing the average precipitation (snow/rain) in Sierra Nevada and (2007 – 2018)

Winter
Summer

Snowfall amount
(bar chart)
Days with significant snowfall.
(>5cm)
Days with significant rainfall.
(>5mm)

The snowiest weeks of the year in Sierra Nevada are shown but also bear in mind the number of days that it typically snows each week if you want regular fresh tracks. The risk of a rainy day is shown but be sure to switch between elevations to see if lower lifts are rain affected or higher lifts remain snowy despite any rain further down the mountain.


Average Temperature in

Graph showing the average temperature and freezing level at Sierra Nevada and (2007 – 2018)

Winter
Summer

Average temperature
Maximum
Minimum
Temperatures
Above freezing
Below freezing
Freezing level
Dashed line

The highest and lowest temperatures averaged for each week of the year in Sierra Nevada are shown. Check out the risk of freze-thaw conditions prevailing at different elevations for any given week. We also show the extremes of temperature (blue/red dots) that reveal the chance of unusually warm or cold conditions.