Premature Puking

Cold Front
Cold Front, Feb 2005

Sierra Nevada, California:

Eighty-two inches before the kids went trick-or-treating. Six more by Election Day. From Mammoth (which fired up lifts on October 21, their earliest opening day in a decade) to Sugar Bowl to Alpine Meadows, the Sierra got pummeled. Then, on November 28 - bang! - a low-pressure system dropped another 14 inches.

Wasatch Mountains, Utah:

Wet weather from the Pacific Northwest buried Big and Little Cottonwood canyons under 70 inches by November 1. (Snowbird opened November 5, a record.) The weekend after Thanksgiving, Little Cottonwood got hit with more than two feet in 24 hours, and by December 10, more than 200 total inches had fallen.

Rocky Mountains, Colorado: Loveland opened on October 15, beating A-Basin by a week. Then all that Sierra and Wasatch moisture came east, leaving 37 inches at Crested Butte, 24 at Copper, and 20 at Silverton - which a lucky six people got to enjoy.