What beats Niseko as the snowiest resort in the world?January 1, 2009
Having discussed ski resorts the other day, and having mentioned that Niseko in Japan was the second snowiest resort in the world… it has been bugging me that I didn’t know which one was THE snowiest. So… here it is:
MOUNT BAKER in Washington State.
In 1999, Mount Baker Ski Area set the world record for snowfall in a single season—1,140 inches (95 feet or 2,896 cm).
The Pacific Ocean lies a mere 40 miles west of the Mount Baker Ski Area, which sits on top of the Mount Baker stratovolcano. The clouds are constantly filled with moisture here, contributing to hundreds of inches of snow on the slopes every single year.
And today – 1st January, 2009?
Looking go0d. They have received 10 inches of snow in the last 24 hours. At the base at Heather Meadows there is now 81 inches and at the base of Pan Dome there is 92 inches. Powder on the slopes…
Significant snowfall is forecasted off and on through this week with the possibility of high winds.
Although Mt. Baker broke all its records in the 1998-1999 season, it’s average annual snowfall is 1,638 cm or 647 inches. Again, like Niseko in Japan, the resort is not very high – just 1,310m at Heather Meadows and 1,066m at White Salmon elevation.
* Expert terrain = 31%
* Intermediate terrain = 45%
* Beginner Terrain = 24%
Sounds a lovely place doesn’t it. If you do go there to ski, note that you are advised to be aware of possible tree well formations and deep snow conditions. Always ride with a partner and stay in visual contact, particularly during low visibility and deep snow conditions.
Have fun and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all!