The latest in a nonstop series of winter storms is dumping additional feet of snow on major mountain ranges along the West Coast, breaking records along the way.
In California’s Sierra Nevada, Squaw Valley has notched its snowiest month on record, Mammoth Mountain has seen in its snowiest February, and Homewood Mountain has surpassed 500 inches for the season. Sierra-at-Tahoe has dubbed the onslaught of snow “Februburied.”
When world-renowned ski areas marvel at the massive amount of snow, you know something incredible is happening.
With February totals as high as 300 inches (25 feet!) now reported, this month has gone from epic to unbelievable. It’s great news for the region’s water supply, and there’s little question that skiing is going deep into summer this year.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows reported its astounding 300-inch February snow tally Wednesday morning. This bests its old monthly record of 282 inches set in January 2017.
Situated on the northwest side of the Lake Tahoe region, Squaw was in prime position to receive moisture from the latest atmospheric river that has bombarded Northern California with serious flooding. Squaw Valley has now seen snow on 18 days this month, including an incredible 38 to 40 inches on Feb. 10. Seven days have featured at least a foot and a half of snowfall.
About 30 miles to the south of Squaw Valley, Sierra-at-Tahoe has recorded its snowiest February and it is also knocking on its record for the snowiest month. Through Tuesday, the mountain picked up 237 inches of snow this February. It needs about 18 inches to tie the record for its snowiest month: 255 inches in January 2017.
At Mammoth Mountain, in the south-central Sierra, this latest round of extreme snowfall has focused to the north. That’s not stopping the snow entirely, or the snow records.