The state of spring ski play in the northern hemisphere

Squaw in California. Photo: Squaw Alpine Meadows

With a month to go before the end of the northern hemisphere season for many resorts, there is still good snow to be found with mega blizzards forecast.

After a dismal and dry start for many (but not all) USA states, California has been hammered in recent weeks with a mega blizzard at Tahoe and another one heading their way today.  March could be their saving season grace, though will it be a case of too much too late.

The northern part of the state is under a winter storm warning and avalanche risk with multiple feet forecast over the next few days.

Squaw is predicted to have between 16 and 21 inches overnight tonight (up to 60cms) and up to 29 inches on Thursday and Friday. Kirkwood has up to 67 inches (1.6 meters) heading their way over the next 10 days after an 8 foot (2.4 metre) snow storm last week.

Utah welcomed snow in recent weeks after a dismal December and January. Snow is still needed but the team at OpenSnow are predicting new snow in time for the weekend and potentially into next week with up to 15 inches (37cms) of snow forecast over 5 days for Alta and Snowbird and 11 inches for Park city.

Jackson Hole in Wyoming has been quietly killing it all season. The resort has received over 405 inches of snow this season (10 meters)

Canada continues a stellar season. Whistler still has a base of almost 3 meters and SilverStar have had their best snowfall in 68 years.

Over in Europe where the season has seen entire resorts closed for days a time due to seriously over the top snowfalls, Chamonix has 44 centimetres heading their way in the next week in France and Saas Fe and Zermatt in Switzerland have the same.

Japan is, well, Japan. So snow has been big throughout the season. Spring is definitely settling in though with no huge snowfalls forecast outside of Asahidake in Hokkaido that is expecting half a metre over the next week.

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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, a former columnist for Mountainwatch and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.

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