By Sam Collentine, Meteorologist Posted 5 years ago December 14, 2018

December 2018 Snowpack Update

After a slow start to the season, California and Utah gained ground during the second half of November and into early December. Colorado continues to shine thanks to consistent storms, while areas in the Pacific Northwest are poised to jump as we head into the second half of December. 

The map below shows the percent of snowpack compared to the average snowpack for that day. Red is well below-average and blue/purple is well above-average. This based on the weight of the snow on the ground, measured by automated backcountry weather stations called SNOTEL.

The following Base Depth vs. Average graphs are updated daily on OpenSnow and available to All-Access members for nearly every mountain location in the western US and Canada.

Here are three locations with above-average (compared to the 30-year average).

Snow Forecast & Report: Squaw Valley

Snow Forecast & Report: Big Sky

Snow Forecast & Report: Breckenridge

Make sure to download the OpenSnow Mobile App and stay tuned to our local forecasters for the latest update in your region.


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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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