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It is Wednesday morning, April 24, 2019, and this will be my final daily post of the 2018-2019 season.
High-elevation snow showers will continue through at least early May, and there’s a chance for a colder storm during the first few days of May. If the colder storm does materialize, I will post an update.
What I loved about this 2018-2019 season was that there was excellent powder skiing to enjoy from start to finish, with no prolonged stretches of dry weather along the way. This means that I was always busy forecasting and that all of us skied a lot of deep snow through the season. It’s hard to ask for anything more than that!
Below are a few of my favorite pictures.
November 5, 2018. Starting the season right by burying the snow stake at Vail.
December 1, 2018. Blower powder at Telluride. What a way to start the month of December!
January 18-19, 2019. When the snow stake platform at Steamboat is buried, you know it’s going to be a fun day!
January 25, 2019. A waist-deep turn at Monarch. Scrumptious!
February 19, 2019. Two feet of blower powder at Wolf Creek. Almost too deep!
February 22, 2019. The deepest day that Sven has ever skied at Purgatory. Wow!
March 3, 2019. The deepness continues at Breckenridge.
March 3, 2019. Waist deep blower at Aspen Highlands. What more can you ask for?!
April 11, 2019. The calendar said "spring", but the atmosphere wasn’t done. Winter Park reported 25 inches in 24-hours (below is just part of the total snowfall since their stake it cleared at 4 pm).
April 5 and April 19, 2019. A day that’s only special for my family, but I had to post it. My son made his first (very short) unassisted ski run:-)
In the graphic below, the blue line shows this season’s snowpack across the state. We started strong, stayed near average through February (with NO extended dry periods where the line would flatten), and then the atmosphere went gangbusters in late February and early March. In early April, our peak snowpack was about 30% above the median peak snowpack.
The map of snowpack across the western United States shows that we weren’t the only region which received a lot of snow this season. The central and southwestern US had the deepest snowpack, and the northern Rockies also had a wonderful season. The northwest, while below average overall, did have some times of greatness.
OpenSnow – Even though this is my final daily post, the hourly and 10-day forecasts for each mountain will continue to be updated every day, so of course, feel free to use our OpenSnow website and app for your spring skiing adventures.
OpenSummit – As we transition into other sports, please check out OpenSummit.com, which is our summer app that has precipitation, lightning, temperature, and wind forecasts for the 1,000 highest and most notable mountains around the country. OpenSummit is only an iPhone app right now and we are working to make it a website and an Android app by late May or early June 2019.
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During this amazing season, thanks so much reading and for your support of me and OpenSnow!
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