|Source: NRCS/Western Regional Climate Center|
In the Wasatch Range, the Snowbird SNOTEL suggests this is a damn good year, but not quite as far out there climatologically as Colorado. We've been hanging in there at about 75" of SWE for the past month and are presently at 414% of average, but 2005 was also a big year, although not as consistently good for skiing as this year. Records for Snowbird only go back to 1990, so keep in mind this is a short record.
In the northern Wasatch, the Ben Lomond snowpack SWE is well above average (357%), but the peak SWE this year did not quite reach that attained in 1984 and we're a presently a bit below the SWE of 1983.
Heading west, one of my favorite SNOTELs is the Squaw Valley Golf Course. Am I the only one who thinks that building a golf course in an area of heavy mountain snows is insane? What comedy. In any event, they won't be teeing it up in Squaw Valley for some time. They reached their peak snowpack SWE (almost 75") in early May, but remain well above the average.
Finally, we turn to the Pacific Northwest. Here, we're not looking at the biggest snow year in recent memory (recall that Mount Baker had 1140" of snow in 1998-99), but the snowpack SWE still reached well above average and is sitting at some sites very close to record levels for so late in the year. For example, check out the Paradise SNOTEL on Mount Rainier (5120 feet).
This is a spring snowpack for the ages. Let the corn harvest and runoff commence.