By Sam Collentine, Meteorologist Posted 6 years ago April 7, 2018

2017-2018 Winter Headlines

The 2017-18 winter featured a slow start for much of the West, the introduction of Alterra Mountain Company and the Ikon Pass, the addition of Telluride, Crested Butte, and others to the Epic Pass, and a "Miracle March" for the resorts of Tahoe. Here's a look back at the top headlines from the 2017-18 season.

La Niña

Typical La Niña patterns during the winter include above-average precipitation and colder-than-average temperatures along the northern tier of the U.S. and below-normal precipitation and drier conditions across the South. NOAA’s 2017-18 Winter Outlook anticipated that a weak La Niña was likely to develop.

OpenSnow Trip Reports

We visited eight mountains across the western United States & Canada and wrote about our experiences below.

Grand Targhee

Jackson Hole

Big Sky

Aspen Highlands

Mammoth Mountain

Winter Park

Kingfisher Heli


The Ikon Pass

The newly formed Alterra Mountain Company introduced its 2018-19 pass product. The Ikon Pass will provide access to 26 destinations. The Ikon Base Pass will provide unlimited access to 10 destinations for $599, while the Ikon Pass will provide unlimited access to 12 destinations for $899.

2018-19 Ikon Pass Partners & Price Details

Snow Forecast & Report: Ikon Pass

The Epic Pass

The Epic Pass continued to dominate the headlines with the addition of resorts in the United States, Canada, and Japan. In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Epic Pass, Vail Resorts will honor the service of the Company's founders from the 10th Mountain Division with the introduction of a $99 Military Epic Pass for active and retired military and their dependents. 

$99 Military Epic Pass

Telluride x Epic Pass

Hakuba Valley, Japan x Epic Pass

Resorts of the Canadian Rockies x Epic Pass

Crested Butte x Epic Pass

Snow Forecast & Report: Epic Pass

Alterra Mountain Company Unveils $555 Million Capital Improvement Plan

Alterra Mountain Company announced plans to invest $555 Million over the next 5 years across 12 mountain destinations, including $130 Million for the 2018-19 season. 

Tahoe's "Miracle March"

A parade of storms targeted California throughout the month of March, with totals of 12-19 feet on the mountains surrounding the Tahoe region. Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado also benefited but Tahoe will always remember 2017-18 as the season of "Miracle March".

Thank you so much for following OpenSnow this season, have a great summer, and we'll see you right back here for the 2018-19 season!


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About The Author

Sam Collentine


Sam Collentine is the Chief Operating Officer of OpenSnow and lives in Basalt, Colorado. Before joining OpenSnow, he studied Atmospheric Science at the University of Colorado, spent time at Channel 7 News in Denver, and at the National Weather Service in Boulder.

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