Squaw Valley breaks February snowfall record with massive storm

Squaw Valley
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It’s been a big snowfall total month in California and Squaw Valley mountain resort just broke their February snowfall record. Did we mention there’s still another 12 days till the end of the month?

The previous snowfall record was back in 2017 when the resort scored over 196 inches (4.97 metres) of snow for the month. 

Squaw is currently calling over 205 inches (5.2 metres) for February with more on the way. That’s a lot of snow as Tahoe locals already well know. The resort closed for extreme avalanche danger after the snow storm before this one.  

The average season total is usually 462 inches (11.73 metres) with Squaw Valley already receiving 450 (11.43 metres) thus far this season.

They’re not the only California resorts killing it this season. Mammoth Mountain has already announced a July 4 closing date with rumours of staying open even longer. 

Tahoe resorts Northstar, Heavenly and Boreal all scored over 100 inches (2.5 metres) in the last seven days. 

The area is in current high avalanche danger with a winter storm warning and up to 40 centimetres forecast for the next five days.

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Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.


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