Historic snow conditions in North Central Washington

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“Next time you’re bombing down the Bomber Run at Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort, consider that you’re cruising through history,” says this article in the Wenatchee World.

The popular ski run, along with every other inch of the 6,820-foot-high ski facility, has received a near-record snowfall this season.

“We’ve had historic, near-perfect snow conditions,” said Jordan Lindstrom, the Ridge’s marketing and sales director. “Early wet snow gave us a good, solid base, and lots of powder came soon after. It’s one of the best starts since we began keeping records 42 years ago.”

Second best, in fact. Through November and December, 124 inches of snow fell at the Ridge for a 62-inch snowpack at the summit with 41 inches at the base. The only season to beat it was back in 1996-97, when 133 inches blanketed the mountain.

And it just keeps on coming. On Monday, a morning storm dumped another 4 inches on Ridge slopes with more snow forecast for Tuesday, Wednesday and the upcoming weekend.

Last season, it took until around Jan. 21 when the mountain’s snow reached optimal ski conditions, said Lindstrom. This season, February conditions arrived in December.


Meanwhile in Winthrop, James DeSalvo sat in his office last week and marveled as the snow kept coming down.

The executive director of the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association said some storms this winter have brought an inch an hour and, in one wintry week, 2 feet of new snow in four days.

Across North Central Washington, cross-country and downhill ski operations have benefitted from an early-winter weather pattern that funneled a series of storms through the region in November and December.

At Stevens Pass, that weather pattern has brought some of the deepest snow in the last five years. So far, 282 inches have fallen this season, producing a 90-inch snowpack at the summit and 83 inches at the base. Four inches of new snow fell Monday night, 9 inches in the last 24 hours and 16 inches in the last two days, according to the facility’s website.


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