Big Sky Resort Celebrates Big La Niña Snowfall2/02/11
BIG SKY, Mont. — With La Niña weather patterns sweeping the Northwest, Big sky has had an exceptionally large snowfall this year with 190” inches to date. This puts Big Sky up 37% from last year’s total snowfall at this time, and the resort is preparing for more throughout the 2010-11 extended season.
“We knew La Niña typically brings in more snow for us, but we didn’t want to jinx it,” says Chad Jones, Big Sky Resort’s Public Relations Manager. “Now we can see this weather pattern is really pulling through for the resort, and we’re excited! The snow out there is absolutely phenomenal.”
Opening with double the average base and the most snow in a decade, Big Sky’s season began on Thanksgiving with 35-45” and what felt like mid-season conditions. Several snowstorms bringing in over a foot in 24 hours throughout December and January made for some amazing powder days, and consistent smaller storms have helped keep conditions fresh.
Snowfall is up 11% from Big Sky’s average snowfall at this time of year, and forecasts are predicting more big snowfall within the next few weeks. With an additional two weeks included in Big Sky’s season this year, skiers will have more time to enjoy these great conditions before the resort closes on April 24th.
“Almost every morning I wake up there’s a fresh layer of powder,” says Jones. “And with the Biggest Skiing in America, the mountain never really gets completely ‘tracked out,’ even in between snowstorms. Skiing at Big Sky really is a skier’s dream right now.”
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Big Sky Resort is home to the Biggest Skiing in America with access to 5,512 acres, 4,350 vertical feet, and an annual average of 400 inches of snow. Big Sky Resort is located 45 miles south of Bozeman Airport, which provides non-stop flights from nine cities including, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Denver, San Francisco, Phoenix, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Detroit and Las Vegas.