The 2022–23 winter season has been record-breaking on many levels for the entire state of Utah. Today (March 20), Brighton crossed over the 700" mark of annual snowfall for the season. This is the earliest in the season that this has occurred since Utah began recording snowfall in 1943.
Base depths are so deep that we have started to see resorts push closing dates. Park City Mountain, Deer Valley Resort, and Snowbasin Resort have all extended dates of operations and are staying open later than previously announced. Meanwhile, Solitude Mountain Resort and Snowbird announced operations through at least May!
"Utah ski resorts hitting 700" of snow in a season is an event that only happens about once in a decade. For this to be happening in the middle of March is an even more astonishing statistic! It puts us in prime position to chase some of our all-time seasonal snowfall records through the rest of the spring." - Evan Thayer / OpenSnow
The cold hard (or should we say snowy) facts:
Utah's statewide season snowfall totals:
- Utah's average annual snowfall is 500"
- 12 of 15 Utah resorts are reporting base depths over 100"
- On March 16, the SWE (snow water equivalent) was reported at an all-time record statewide for the date.
- On March 15, Deer Valley Resort reached a total season snowfall depth of 485”, which surpassed the previously held record of 484” recorded during the 2016–17 season.
- Snowbasin Resort is reporting its snowiest winter since 2007–08 of 433" which could be surpassed any day now. Having kicked off the season with the earliest opening on record, the resort will have 156 skiable days on the calendar, making this the longest season in the resort's 80+ year history!
Brighton - 703"
Alta Ski Area - 686"
Snowbird - 630"
Solitude Mountain Resort - 626"
Deer Valley Resort - 490"
Park City Mountain - 482"
Snowbasin Resort - 423"
Park City Mountain - 414"
Sundance Mountain Resort - 404"
Beaver Mountain - 393"
Cherry Peak - 352"
Brian Head Ski Resort - 339"
Eagle Point - 321"
Woodward Park City - 320"
Nordic Valley - 294"
700" is A LOT of snow. Here are some comparisons to get your mind going about how much we've received this year.
- 9 moose
- 10 Subarus stacked on top of each other
- 10 Ted Ligetys
- 52 High West bottles
- 2.5 9th and 9th whales
- 6.5 new Snowbird Tram cars stacked on top of each other
- 119 Alta Bombs
- 30 avalanche/patrol dogs
- 140 Deer Valley Resort cookies
- 6 Pistenbully E+ snowcats
- 193 12oz beer cans
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