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Many US ski resorts already surpassed their peak total snowpack for last season

Mammoth Mountain, CA, has the most recorded snowfall out of any ski area on Earth right now.
© Patrick Griley/Mammoth Lakes Tourism
Mammoth Mountain, CA, has the most recorded snowfall out of any ski area on Earth right now.
The top three resorts in this list have the most recorded snowfall in the world. Let that sit for a second.

Many of the resorts on this list have already surpassed their peak total snowpack for last season and it's only mid-January. Where will the rest of the winter take us? Could it be a record-breaking year? Time will tell but for now you can revel at these massive snowfall numbers and pinch yourself that there's still an entire half of a season left to go.

Open ski resorts with the most snowfall this season to date...

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Motorist drives between walls of snow in Soda Springs, California

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Californians navigated piles of snow in Nevada County on Thursday, January 12, as the National Weather Service (NWS) warned more precipitation was on the way.

Jenelle Potvin said she recorded this footage in a residential area of Soda Springs on Thursday night as she brought a friend home.

The University of California Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab said more than 6 feet of snow had accumulated in Soda Springs since January 4.

The region was warned to expect heavy snow through the weekend and into Monday. NWS forecasts predicted that another six feet of snow could accumulate during the storm. Credit: Jenelle Potvin via Storyful


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Heavy snowfall in South Korea - 22 inches in 24 hours

A car stopped near Misiryeong Tunnel near Sokcho, Gangwon Province, is covered with snow, Sunday.
© Yonhap
A car stopped near Misiryeong Tunnel near Sokcho, Gangwon Province, is covered with snow, Sunday.
Over 100 traffic accidents have been reported amid heavy snowfall in South Korea's Gangwon province on Sunday, officials said.

Many parts of Gangwon province had heavy snow from Saturday to Sunday, including 55.9 centimeters of snowfall in the Misiryeong mountain ridge and 52.3 cm of snow in the Hyangrobong hill, Yonhap News Agency reported.

Heavy snow blanketed a section of highway in the coastal county of Goseong around noon, stranding about 10 vehicles in the area.


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Truckee-Tahoe ski resorts report another 2 feet of snow (in 24 hours) with much more on way - Nevada County declares emergency

Snow drifts at Palisades Tahoe in Olympic Valley in the early morning hours Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023.
© Blake Kessler
Snow drifts at Palisades Tahoe in Olympic Valley in the early morning hours Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023.
The latest snowstorm to hit the Truckee-Tahoe region dropped about 2 feet of snow in the last 24 hours which led to an emergency declaration and the closure of highways and schools on Tuesday and much more snow may be on the way.

Tahoe ski resorts are reporting up to 2 feet of snow, some a little more, some a little less, and the National Weather Service in Reno has a winter weather advisory in place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday for more accumulation, including 2 to 5 inches at lake level and 5 to 10 inches above 7,000 feet. The evening work commute may be impacted. Strong winds are expected to gust as high as 70 mph which the service said could lead to extensive tree damage.

According to the Tahoe Snow app, Heavenly Mountain Resort has received 26 inches of snow in the past 24 hours with Palisades Tahoe reporting 21 inches, Kirkwood Mountain Resort 19, Sierra-at-Tahoe 16 and Northstar California reported the most at 27 inches.


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Skier killed in avalanche on mountain near Las Vegas, Nevada

Mount Charleston, NV.
© Quincy Koetz
Mount Charleston, NV.
A man skiing in the backcountry in the Mount Charleston area near Las Vegas died Monday in an avalanche, local law enforcement authorities announced Tuesday.

The skier, identified as Las Vegas resident Punan Zhou, was swept about 500 feet (152 meters) down Mummy Mountain before friends found him using a location-tracking device, said Sgt. Matt Marlow of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's search and rescue team.

Authorities on Monday initially described the man as an injured hiker.


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Mammoth Mountain ski resort in California closed due to too much snow - 13 FEET in just 9 DAYS since start of year

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© Patrick Griley/Mammoth Lakes Tourism
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Thanks to continued snowfall, Mammoth Mountain, CA, has reported 40 - 54 inches from this current storm with an expected snow accumulation of 22 -28 inches today.

Mammoth Mountain has surpassed last year's season snowfall total and, with 419″ of fresh snow at the summit, is now officially the snowiest ski area on Earth. 310 inches have dropped at the Main Lodge, including 13 feet since January 1. The resort also has the deepest base in the country.

Mammoth has been closed today due to the intense snowfall conditions and very dangerous travel in the area. Roads have been heavily impacted and are not plowed. The resort will focus on avalanche mitigation work today and protecting our equipment. They plan to reopen tomorrow, January 11.


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Harsh winter weather sweeps across Central Asia - Temperatures in Kazakhstan are slipping to below -30 degrees Celsius

Utility workers in Almaty, Kazakhstan, clearing away snow on the street last week.
© Almaty city hall
Utility workers in Almaty, Kazakhstan, clearing away snow on the street last week.
The harshest phase of winter has descended with a snowy thud across all of Central Asia.

In Kazakhstan, highways are blocked. In Tajikistan, schools have been shuttered. Officials in Kyrgyzstan are pleading with apartment-dwellers to close windows to basements to avoid water pipes freezing. Trees and electricity pylons in Uzbekistan are crashing to the ground under the weight of snow.

Whole swathes of Turkmenistan, typically the warmest country in the region, are blanketed in white.

The movement on highways in Kazakhstan is so bad that Uzbek officials have even warned their own motorists against going there until the weather eases.


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1 snowmobiler killed, 1 missing in Colorado avalanche

One snowmobiler died and another was missing Saturday after becoming buried in an avalanche in unincorporated Grand County, Colorado, officials said.
© Grand County Sheriff's Office
One snowmobiler died and another was missing Saturday after becoming buried in an avalanche in unincorporated Grand County, Colorado, officials said.
A 58-year-old man was killed and another man is missing after they were struck by an avalanche in the north-central Rocky Mountains on Saturday, authorities in Colorado said.

The pair were riding snowmobiles when a wave of snow hit them on the east face of Mount Epworth in Grand County, about 6 miles east of Winter Park, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

The avalanche was reported about 2:15 p.m., and responding sheriff's deputies, search-and-rescue crews, ski patrol members, and local good Samaritans found the 58-year-old from northern Colorado buried in snow, the Grand County Sheriff's Office said.

They couldn't revive him, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, the office said in a statement. The man's identity was expected to be released later by the county coroner, it said.

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Two feet of snow in Rawlins, Wyoming takes days to remove

In some areas the snow banks in the middle
© City Of Rawlins
In some areas the snow banks in the middle of the road are five feet high. Normally, these banks are not much higher than one-foot.
A snow storm that shutdown much of I-80 earlier this week left the south central city of Rawlins with an unusual amount of snow.

About two feet of snow fell in Rawlins between Sunday night and Wednesday morning, and the snow drifts were several feet deep. Even people with four-wheel drive were getting stuck in roadways.

Michael O'Brien, the utilities supervisor for the City of Rawlins, and his crew helped remove much of the snow. He said typically the area gets only a couple inches of snow in a storm.

"With this amount of snow though, it was very difficult," he said. "I mean, we had everybody from all different departments, different vehicles, every department had a vehicle out there, backhoe skid steer somewhat, trying to remove snow in places."


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Snow piles up at Palisades Tahoe Ski resort - 5 feet in 7 days

Palisades Tahoe
© Blake Kessler
Palisades Tahoe
If it's raining in the Bay Area, that usually means in it's snowing in Tahoe.

Palisades Ski Resort just had a record amount of snowfall over the weekend, and it got even more Wednesday.

In the past seven days, nearly 5 feet of snow has piled up in Tahoe.