Powder skiing today @Snowshoe | Photo: Snowshoe Resort

To put the lackluster season in the southwest into perspective, one ski area in West Virginia is sporting a bigger season snowfall total than one of Colorado’s premiere ski resorts.

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Located just 4 hours from the DC metro area, Snowshoe Resort in West Virgina (summit elevation – 4,848′) is reporting 159″ so far this season while Colorado’s Telluride Ski Resort (summit elevation – 13,150′) falls behind with just 157″. Snowshoe also beat out Purgatory (111″) and Crested Butte (136″).

Right now the San Juan and Gunnison watersheds are measuring between 54-60% of the average snowpack for this time of year– a fact that doesn’t bode well for spring runoff.

West Virginia on the other hand has benefitted from several nor’easters and the snowpack is deep and the river running on the New River and other popular east coast whitewater spots should be all-time this spring.

Season Snowfall Totals:

  • Snowshoe, WV — 159″
  • Telluride, CO — 157″
  • Crested Butte, CO — 136″
  • Purgatory, CO — 118″

Photo Tour [Snowshoe]

Photo Tour [Telluride]