Friday, November 28, 2008
Steamboat Springs Steamboat Ski Area managed to report an inch of new snow overnight after rain in the valley turned to white stuff Thursday into Friday morning.
Wolf Creek, in extreme Southern Colorado, picked up a more impressive 13 inches. Mammoth, Calif., received 3 inches on both Wednesday and Thursday. Mount Bachelor, Ore., is trucking snow from its parking lot onto its tubing run so families can play in the snow this holiday weekend.
Things look better in northern New England. Sunday River, Maine, is reporting a base of 24-36 inches - the most recent accumulation being manmade.
However, the big snow dumps are taking place much further east this week. All over the Alps, ski areas are seeing the kind of snowfall that eluded them in the winter of 2007-08.
How much did they get?
Skiinfo.com is reporting that the ski slopes at Panticosa in the Pyrenees mountains, which divide Spain and France, have received nearly 7 feet of snow this week. The story is similar across Austria. The biggest snow accumulation of last week fell at Wildschonau 80 centimeters, or 32 inches.
Germany's Kleinwalsertal region has up to 3.3 feet of snow on its upper slopes. And the Monterosa region of the Italian Alps has 6 to 7 feet of snow on the ground.