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2019- An Enormous Year for California Ski Resorts

by Daphne Thompson, on Feb 18, 2019 3:15:13 PM

What a difference a year makes! Last year, California ski resorts were hurting with the Sierra Nevada range seeing minimal amounts of snow. But this year? It's quite a different story.

Data from Mammoth Mountain show that in February of 2018 the snow total was 28 inches. This month, which is just barely past the halfway point, shows a monthly total of 190 inches. On February 5 alone, they experienced more snow than the whole month last year.  

Storms have been severe enough that ski resorts have had to close to deal with blizzard conditions, high winds and grading multiple feet of snow. While this snow may be great for skiing, roads still need to be cleared, and lifts de-iced in order to be fully operational. 

Snow Depth in California- Feb. 18, 2019

Overall though, the heavy snowfall is good news for California as only 10.6% of the state is in moderate to severe drought compared to last year when that number was 45%. And it's even better news for all those skiers out there; more snow is in the forecast. At this rate, you'll still be skiing well into the summer months!