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Upon returning to Salt Lake I was quite disappointed to see that we've made little progress in the snowpack department since I left. In fact, we've been nearly flatlined since the pre-Christmas storms at the Snowbird SNOTEL.
I suspect the skiing over the holidays was pretty good, but I prefer to see the snow depth graph making a stair-like climb upwards this time of year.
Elsewhere, skiers and water managers should generally be happy with the year so far, although the below average numbers in Montana are probably causing some heartburn since there's a pretty good chance that early trends will continue in that region. In contrast, the Pacific Northwest has done very well early season, which might be very important for their ski season as the strong El Nino tightens it's grip on the large-scale circulation during the heart of winter.