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Slideshow: Snow Wonders

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Alta, Utah With 500 inches per year, Alta is known for getting as much or more snow than any of the other Wasatch areas. It's also one of the…

Alta, Utah
With 500 inches per year, Alta is known for getting as much or more snow than any of the other Wasatch areas. It’s also one of the country’s most accessible powder magnets: Within an hour of landing at the Salt Lake City airport, you can be on the lift, headed for Gunsight, High Rustler or Eddie’s. And a new quad makes getting to your favorite stash even easier.

Grand Targhee, Wyo. Jackson Hole gets all the glory, but some say the views of the Tetons are even more spectacular from over here. You be the judge.…

Grand Targhee, Wyo.
Jackson Hole gets all the glory, but some say the views of the Tetons are even more spectacular from over here. You be the judge. Targhee doesn’t have the sustained steeps of its neighbor, which is just fine with the growing number of skiers who are discovering it. And it reports 41 more inches annually for a total of 500. Photographer: Wade McKoy/FPI

Steamboat, Colo. Yes, it's a little harder to get to than other Colorado resorts, but that just means more untracked for those who make the trek.…

Steamboat, Colo.
Yes, it’s a little harder to get to than other Colorado resorts, but that just means more untracked for those who make the trek. Steamboat isn’t known so much for great quantities of snow (337 annual inches) as it is for quality: drier and lighter than anywhere else.

Mt. Baker, Wash. People who haven't visited don't always appreciate just how much snow falls in the Northern Cascades. Starting in 1998-99, when it…

Mt. Baker, Wash.
People who haven’t visited don’t always appreciate just how much snow falls in the Northern Cascades. Starting in 1998-99, when it received a world-record 1,140 inches, Mt. Baker has averaged 726 inches a year. Native Americans gave it a name meaning “steep white mountain,” which, we think, is an entirely apt description.

Squaw Valley, Calif. It's difficult to decide which is more impressive: Squaw's 450 annual inches of snow or its 300 days of sunshine. What's more,…

Squaw Valley, Calif.
It’s difficult to decide which is more impressive: Squaw’s 450 annual inches of snow or its 300 days of sunshine. What’s more, Tahoe’s significantly denser maritime snow sticks to the steepest of faces, making Squaw a mecca for adventurers. Test your mettle on KT-22 and Palisades, or kick back in the California sunshine. It’s all very, very good. Photographer: Hank deVré

Jay Peak, Vt. Doubters may suspect Jay Peak is at least exaggerating its snowfall totals (351 annual inches). But the proof is in the photos. In good…

Jay Peak, Vt.
Doubters may suspect Jay Peak is at least exaggerating its snowfall totals (351 annual inches). But the proof is in the photos. In good years, the Jay Cloud, a peculiar meteoro-logical phenomenon, can deliver half again as much snow as Jay’s neighbors enjoy. Dump all that on Jay’s uncommonly rugged Eastern terrain, and it’s a heady mix indeed. Photographer: David McLain/Aurora