Happy New Year! 2018 is here and it’s going to be a fantastic year. Unfortunately, based on the latests SWE numbers, it looks like it’s low tide in many of the mountain regions in the western US. There’s plenty of snow out there if you know where to look, so if you’re tired of mountain biking, hiking, surfing, day drinking, and sun bathing, then it’s time to take a early 2018 skiing road trip. Looks like the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is your best bet to find the goods.
Let’s take a look at the snow data for the western US compared to normal. Below is the Westwide SNOTEL Current Snow Water Equivalent % of Normal as of January 1, 2018. You can link to the most recent data from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service here. It’s updated daily throughout the winter.
See how this SNOTEL data compares to past weeks and months in our past Snotel posts.
SnoTel data is one of the best ways to find out where the coverage is above average. Are you already to plan your next skiing adventure? Enjoy the snow. Be safe out there.