Alyeska Resort records 524 inches of snowfall since October 1
Skier Sam Cohen at Alyeska Resort.
PHOTO: Simon Evans
February 4, 2012 (Girdwood, Alaska) – Over 40 inches of new snow in the past few days has pushed Alyeska Resort’s snowfall total for the 2011-12 season over 500 inches. Optimal early season conditions resulted in 88 inches of snowfall for the month of October, with an additional 436 inches falling since November 1, giving the resort a total snowfall of 524 inches and a total snow depth of 134 inches at the top of the mountain.
As forecasted by weather specialists, Alaska is experiencing cooler temperatures and heavy amounts of precipitation, resulting in epic mid-season conditions. Snowfall for this time of season is pacing well above the historic annual average snowfall of 645 inches.
Alyeska Resort is having an amazing ski season so far, especially in comparison to other resorts in the Lower 48. Weather patterns have delivered not only plentiful powder days, but stability has allowed the resort to open up some of the mountain’s outer areas, including Max’s Mountain, which opened to the public from the peak for the first time in the resort’s history on January 21.