- Photo: Tim Humphreys looking to the heavens for more snow.
Flow Snowboarding is keeping their finger on the pulse of your ski resort and mountain snow base totals. Going into week 2 of January, here are how the top 10 ski resort snow base totals are measuring up. Surprise surprise, Jackson Hole and Mt. Baker are sitting right outside the top ten. Here are the resorts that are reporting better snow depths as of (1-14-15).
10. Mount Bachelor
Mount Bachelor starts our top ten and is reporting a 45″-74″ base depth at resort level. Mount Bachelor is located in central Oregon, approximately 22 miles (35 km) west of Bend, along the Century Drive Highway. The ski runs are on the northern face of Mount Bachelor, a stratovolcano built atop a volcanic shield in the Cascade Range. It is the largest ski resort (by area) by more than 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) in Oregon, the second largest single-mountain ski resort in the U.S. (behind Vail) and the sixth largest of all ski resorts in the nation. Mount Bachelor offers one of the nation’s longest ski seasons, mid-November through the end of May (weather permitting)
13000 SW Century Drive
Bend, Oregon 97702
9. Wild Mountain
Wild Mountain is reporting a 24″-74″ base depth. Wild Mountain is located in Amador Township, Chisago County, near Taylors Falls, Minnesota. It features 26 runs, including 4 terrain parks, which include jumps, rails, boxes, quarter-pipes and half-pipes, which are both man made and natural. The site is also the first ski and snowboard resort in the Midwest to open every year. Wild Mountain is located one hour northeast of the Twin Cities Metropolitan area. It is located 7 miles north of Taylors Falls. From North Branch you can take interstate 35. The resort lies on the eastern bank of the scenic St. Croix River and has many tall bluffs and hills next to its shores, some being 300–400 feet tall.
37200 Wild Mountain Rd
Taylors Falls, Minnesota
8. Sun Valley
Idaho’s Sun Valley with 48″-75″ base depth reported. Opened to the public for the winter of 1936, Sun Valley is a unique combination of old-world European styling mixed with a wild-west heritage. Sun Valley is situated across two mountains; Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain. Baldy offers expert skiers and snowboarders a variety of challenging bowls and glades off the peak, while Dollar Mountain is a beginner’s dream with gentle, perfectly groomed slopes. Sun Valley is serviced by a modern lift infrastructure and a well designed trail system. The resort has terrain for all ability levels and has over 2000 skiable acres.
1 Sun Valley Road
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353
7. Lost Trail Ski Area – Powder Mountain
At 56″-76″ Lost Trail Ski Area – Powder Mountain is in 7th place. Lost Trail Ski Area is located at 7,000 ft on the border of Montana and Idaho. 5 Double Chair Lifts & 3 Rope Tows. Lost Trail Ski Area opened in 1938. It has a summit elevation of 8,200ft with the lodge based at 7,000ft, the base is at 6,400 making a vertical drop of 1,800 ft, 50+ marked trails on 1800 acres across two mountains.
Lost Trail Ski Area – Powder Mountain
Sula, Montana 59871
6. Silverton Mountain
Silverton Mountain just missed the top five, reporting a 40″-79″ base. Avalanche gear is required to ride the lift at all times due to the unpatrolled and ungroomed nature of Silverton. In addition to Silverton Mountain’s 1,819 acres of lift accessed skiing, Silverton also serves as a base area for over 22,000 acres of helicopter accessed skiing.
Silverton Mountain Resort
6226 County Road 110
Silverton, CO 81433
5. Sugar Mountain Resort
Sugar Mountain Resort is currently reporting a 79″ base depth. Sugar Mountain Resort is located in Banner Elk, North Carolina, and is open for day and night skiing and ridin, along with ice skating and tubing. The resort features 125 acres of skiable terrain. The 21 slopes are serviced by 4 double chairs, 1 triple chair, 1 tow (for the terrain park), 2 magic carpets (for 1 beginner area, 1 – tubing). For the ultra motivated, 15 of the slopes are typically lit for night snowboarding.
Sugar Mountain Resort
1009 Sugar Mountain Dr
Banner Elk, North Carolina 28604
4. Grand Targhee Resort
Fourth place is Grand Targhee Resort, reporting 70″ – 80″ at resort level. Grand Targhee is a year round mountain resort situated on the western slope of the Tetons in Alta, Wyoming, accessible only through Teton Valley, Idaho. Located in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, typically they stack up more than 500 inches of snow annually. The lack of lift lines creates a wide open snowboarder and skier paradise. Five lifts access a total acreage of 2602 acres with a vertical drop of 2270 feet.
Grand Targhee Resort
3300 Ski Hill Road
Alta, WY 83414
3. Mont Sainte Anne
Mont Sainte Anne gets the 3rd podium spot this week for snow base depths at 92″ at upper resort level. Mont Sainte Anne is a year-round mountain destination located within the Laurentian mountain chain about 40km northeast of Quebec City. The ski resort is known for providing guest with seven lifts, 2050 vertical feet of spectacular scenery, long groomed trails and family friendly activities. The ski area contains a wide mix of terrain that ranges beginner to advanced.
Mont Sainte Anne
2000 Boulevard du Beau Pré
Beaupré, QC G0A 1E0
2. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort
At a base depth of 96″ of snow up in Idaho, Kelly Canyon Ski Resort gets the Silver medal for resort bases. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort is a family friendly atmosphere for winter enthusiasts of all ages. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort is a 30 minute drive northeast from Idaho Falls. Founded in 1957, the resort has been described by accomplished snowboarders and skiers as the perfect place to learn to snowboard and ski. With 640 skiable acres, 52 runs, 4 double chairs and 1 surface lift, Kelly Canyon Ski Resort offers terrain suited for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort is well known for its night skiing, with most of the hill lit for a unique winter experience.
Kelly Canyon Ski Resort
5488 Kelly Canyon Road
Ririe, Idaho 83443
1. Massif du Sud
Still reigning at #1 Massif du Sud is reports a base of 115″ at resort level. Massif du Sud is a ski mountain about 90 km southeast of Quebec City, Canada. It is part of the park of the same name, the Parc du Massif du Sud. The Massif du Sud is located between the village of Saint-Damien-de-Buckland and the village of Saint-Philémon in Bellechasse, Québec, Canada. Often confounded with Le Massif, the Massif du Sud is renowned for its natural snow and its glades. Although it is the highest ski mountain in the Quebec City region, it doesn’t boast the biggest vertical because of its base already at 515 meters.
Massif du Sud
1989 Route du Massif-du-Sud
St-Philémon, QC G0R 4A0
The snow totals in Quebec, Canada are off the chart. Massif du Sud and Mont Sainte Anne are sandwiching Kelly Canyon Ski Area for the top 3 resort base depths for week 2 in January. There is still plenty of winter left, it will be interesting to see how the resort totals continue to stack up.
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