By Sam Collentine, Meteorologist Posted 2 months ago December 5, 2023

Why Alta Receives So Much Snow - The Flakes Podcast

In this week's episode of The Flakes Podcast, BA, Evan, and Powderchaser Steve discuss the nuances of the current weather pattern across North America, why California hasn't received significant snow, the upside-down snow quality during the December 1-3 storm cycle for the West, why Alta gets so much snow, and more.

The Flakes Podcast is sponsored by Alta Ski Area. There are few precious places in the world like Alta, an independently-owned ski area since 1938. Nestled at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon deep in the Wasatch mountains, Alta is a skier’s-only mountain, known around the globe for its powder skiing. With an annual snowfall average of 538 inches, powder days are a way of life here. Visit to learn more.

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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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