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Winter in California – The Snow Can’t Stop; Won’t Stop!

After the Mid-November storm, described in our last newsletter, the 2019 Winter took a pretty slow start. Even an early January storm that dropped 3-6ft last week only brought the snowpack up to average. 

That all changed Monday night with a strong series of storms that looks to last through Thursday night. Early storm totals pushed as high as 30 inches near the Sierra Crest and Squaw Valley. Bear Valley reported more than 14 inches with the first wave and last night there were snowfall rates recorded near Sonora Pass at almost 3″ an hour. This storm should increase in strength and snow quality today and peak sometime Thursday afternoon. Total snowfall for much of the Sierra should be well over 6 feet for much of the range. Some areas could see more.

This should bring nothing but good times ahead as we opened the Bear Valley Powder Cat last week and will begin guiding side country and backcountry skiing in the coming days. It also will make a great ski base for the North Lake Hut Trips in February through March.

Yours In The Spirit of Adventure, Timothy Keating, CEO SWS