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Willamette Pass

Willamette Pass

Overall
Overall PAF Score

Overall
Rank

108

Rank in
Region

15

Rank in
State

6

This resort is often compared with:

Warner Canyon
Timberline Lodge
Mt. Bachelor
Best time for snow at
Willamette Pass
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts
Last 10 Days of Snowfall at Willamette Pass

Powder
Forecast

Powder Forecast
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0"
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True Snow: 375" per year
Snow Quality Rank

95

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

Dump Potential Rank

36

Willamette Pass is ranked No. 36 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Historical Powder Odds
Daily Lottery

% of days with more than 6" of snow

16.0%

Extended Stay

% of months with more than 90" of snow

24.0%

Drought Threat

% of months with less than 30" of snow

17.0%

*Special thanks to Tony Crocker and Bestsnow.net.

Dump Potential Rank

36

Willamette Pass is ranked No. 36 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Snow
Quality
Rank

95

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 Willamette Pass

Core Strengths
Snow Volume
rank
36
score
67.3
Snow Quality
rank
95
score
54.9
Overall
rank
108
score
56.1

Trail Breakdown

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Vertical Drop

1563 ft

6683 ft
Base Elevation: 5120 ft

Slope Aspects

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A few words on the Snow at Willamette Pass

Williamette Pass has no detail snow data, so we estimate 375 inches snowfall, similar to nearby Mt. Bachelor, which is considerably higher but also more leeward of the Cascade mountains. The key risk to snow conditions is not drought but rain. This is a minor issue for the locals, who can sit out the wet weather and wait to ski the next week’s dump. It does, however, make planning a big trip involving air travel here more of a gamble. In terms of quality, storms at Williamette Pass can bring the cold stuff that makes for beautiful turns, or just as often, they can douse you with warmer snow that you weigh by the pound instead of measuring by the inch. Be prepared with the fattest, most rockered skis you can get for the latter conditions.

Accumulation and Preservation

With its ample snowfalls, Williamette Pass is often well covered by mid-December and rates to be in full operation by Christmas most of the time. With moderate altitude and majority southwest exposure snow preservation is not the greatest. Williamette Pass is best skied midwinter or immediately after fresh snowfalls.