What a season it has been! The 2018-19 season has been one of Utah’s snowiest on record and the state set a new record for skier days at 5.125 million. Nationally, skier visits were up to 59 million, the fourth-best year ever.
Every ski resort in the state recorded above-normal snowfall for the season. When we look at the statewide snowpack numbers, we can see just how far above normal we actually are:
Every watershed basin in the state is at 135% of average or higher. Some areas, such as southwest Utah, are more than double the average snowpack! When we look at these numbers graphically, we can see that Utah statewide mean snowpack is one of the highest we’ve ever seen:
On average, we are 162% of median snowpack for this date. We have received more than double the snowfall of the 2017-18 season. We are even challenging the great 2010-11 winter, in which Utah shattered all previous snowfall records.
While the numbers are impressive, what might be even more remarkable is the consistency of the snowfall. Since resorts opened, we have not gone more than 7 days without snow. This means that if you booked a weeklong trip to Utah, chances are high that you had at least one powder day, if not two or three. Alta Ski Area, which has currently seen 616” of snow on the season, has reported fresh snow on 91 separate days since November 1st. That’s out of a possible 171 days (as of April 20th). That means that Alta has received fresh snow on greater than 53% of ski days since the start of the season!
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