Despite what many people think, it did snow a few places during the 2011-12 winter season. Sure, it took some traveling to be in the right place at the right time. But there were definitely deep pow turns to be had.
As we enter the month of April and winter draws to a close, we decided it’s a great time to look back at where we should have been this unpredictable winter.
Mt. Baker, Washington – This northwestern resort is still getting dumped on. Their total snowfall so far is 300 inches. That fact alone is enough reason for us to wish we were there everyday.
Alyeska, Alaska – It’s fair to say that Alaska is always a good place to be during the snow season. The main resort, Alyeska has 650 inches of snow at the summit. However, the AK is more well-known for unforgettable backcountry riding.
Kirkwood, California – Oh, how we love the snowy peaks of Lake Tahoe. Although the gorgeous town didn’t see as much snow as it usually does, Kirkwood, the highest starting point of any major resort in the area ended up with an epic season. With the base depth close to 200 inches, locals say the mountain catches the best snowstorms streaming into the Sierras. The season is a late one at Kirkwood, with March seeing multiple weeks of powder– so there’s still some serious spring riding to be had here.
Mt. Hood, Oregon – The glacier received a lot of love from old man winter this year. Multiple resorts are scattered across Mt. Hood, including Timberline Lodge, which catches over 200 inches at the base. Also, expect more snow in the future months, calling for a pretty amazing summer of shred up there.
If you actually made it to any of these locales this winter, we applaud you for that. And if you didn’t, we aren’t claiming that the season’s over just yet. Go find it.
Photo: Alyeska Resort