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Snow Summit

Snow Summit

Overall
Overall PAF Score

Overall
Rank

145

Rank in
Region

2

Rank in
State

18

Best time for snow at
Snow Summit
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts
Last 10 Days of Snowfall at Snow Summit

Powder
Forecast

Powder Forecast
Tuesday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Wednesday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Thursday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Friday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Saturday
Day
0"
Night
0-1"
True Snow: 83" per year
Snow Quality Rank

137

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Dump Potential Rank

125

Snow Summit is ranked No. 125 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Historical Powder Odds
Daily Lottery

% of days with more than 6" of snow

3.6%

Extended Stay

% of months with more than 90" of snow

0.0%

Drought Threat

% of months with less than 30" of snow

78.8%

*Special thanks to Tony Crocker and Bestsnow.net.

Dump Potential Rank

125

Snow Summit is ranked No. 125 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Snow
Quality
Rank

137

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Total Snow Score

This score accounts for total snow quantity, its moisture content, the resort's latitude, elevation, and its slope aspects, which affect total snow preservation.

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Core Strengths of Snow Summit

Core Strengths
Travel Ease
rank
56
score
72.6
Snow Volume
rank
125
score
45.9
Expert
rank
129
score
31.4

Trail Breakdown

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Vertical Drop

1200 ft

8200 ft
Base Elevation: 7000 ft

Slope Aspects

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A few words on the Snow at Snow Summit

Snow Summit averages about 7 feet of snow per season with extreme volatility. Over half of months get less than a foot of natural snow. The Southern California mountains get occasional rain, but only about 1/4 as often as ski areas in eastern North America. Snow Summit has had world class snowmaking since 1979 including a pipe into Big Bear Lake for nearly unlimited water. Powder skiing is rare and terrain between the developed runs is limited.

Accumulation and Preservation

Snow Summit usually has all of its lifts and about 70% of terrain open by Christmas, and is less than half open by New Year's only in the worst 1/4 of seasons. Terrain is mostly north facing and intermediate pitched. Spring conditions are routine by February in Southern California's warm weather. Snow Summit averages 85% open from mid-January to mid-March and 70+% open from late December to early April.