The 2017 – 2018 ski season was feast or famine across North America. Ski resorts in Idaho and Montana has some of the biggest snowfalls on record. To the south, in Southern Colorado and New Mexico it was a different story.
The country’s southernmost ski area, New Mexico’s Ski Apache is known for it’s warm-weather powder skiing. The resort reaches up 11,500 feet, providing enough altitude to average annual snowfall of over 15 feet. However, this season the resort fell far short of their average annual snowfall.
Due to an unfavorable wether pattern Ski Apache received just 27 inches of snow this past season, according to OnTheSnow.com. The lack of snow has plunged the area into an extreme drought.
With NOAA calling for a change to a El Niño conditions for next season Ski Apache could be in for a big rebound winter in 2018 – 2019.