Looking for slopes with guaranteed snow? Weathertrends360 ranks 10 ski resorts worldwide with the highest annual snowfall. Grab your skis or your board -- and get ready for some epic powder.
Where can you find the most snow in the world? Snoqualmie National Forest’s Mt. Baker holds the world record for snowfall -- a whopping 1,140 inches during the 1998-1999 ski season. Averaging 647 inches of snow annually, Mt. Baker's ski resort is a top destination for skiers and snowboarders. The largest snowboard race in the world, Legendary Banked Slalom, is held here every year.
About 30 miles outside of Anchorage, AK, Alyeska Resort averages 650 inches of snow at the top of Mount Alyeska -- and saw a record snowfall of 978 inches during the 2011-2012 winter season. Alyeska also boasts “steep and deep” terrain, with 1,500 skiable acres for all levels of skiers and riders.
Japan’s Niseko mountain range offers some of the best powder in the world, with an average of 709 inches of snowfall a year, according to weathertrends360. Skiers and snowboarders from all over the world head here for the incredible snow conditions and backcountry skiing.
The 2012-2013 winter season marks the 75th anniversary of Alta ski area. Known for reliably good snow conditions (an average of 560 inches of snow a year) and its skiing-only mountain (no snowboarders allowed), Alta lures skiers from all over the world to its mountain just outside of Salt Lake City.
A mountain for serious skiers, Revelstoke has the greatest vertical drop in North America -- at 5,620 feet. Averaging 551 inches of snowfall annually, this is the only resort in the world to offer lift, cat, heli and backcountry skiing from one village base.
South of Lake Tahoe, Kirkwood Mountain Resort boasts "the lightest, the driest and the most plentiful snow in the Tahoe region." Indeed, this alpine adventure playground has an average annual snowfall of 473 inches, reports weathertrends360.
It’s all about the powder at Whitewater Ski Resort, located on the famous Powder Highway in British Columbia. <i>Powder</i> magazine even calls Whitewater, "one of the best powder mountains on the continent.” Why? An average of 472 inches of powder fall here annually.
You can imagine that this location for the 2010 Winter Olympics was chosen for its history of epic snowfall. Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia has an average of 469 inches of snowfall a year, but what makes this resort powerful are its 2 impressive sites -- Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Peak.
With an average annual snowfall of 465 inches, Wolf Creek’s ski area receives more snow than any other resort in southwest Colorado. Beginners and “powderhounds” alike are attracted to Wolf Creek for its friendly atmosphere and deep-powder skiing.
Nestled along the Donner Pass in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this ski and snowboard area has an average annual snowfall of 463 inches, according to weathertrends360. Opened in 1939, Sugar Bowl Resort has a long history of offering convenient world-class skiing in Lake Tahoe.