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Shames Mountain Ski Area

Shames Mountain Ski Area

Overall
Overall PAF Score

Overall
Rank

80

Rank in
Region

13

Rank in
State

13

Best time for snow at
Shames Mountain Ski Area
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts

Powder
Forecast

Powder Forecast
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True Snow: 480" per year
Snow Quality Rank

19

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

Dump Potential Rank

7

Shames Mountain Ski Area is ranked No. 7 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Historical Powder Odds
Daily Lottery

% of days with more than 6" of snow

20.0%

Extended Stay

% of months with more than 90" of snow

35.0%

Drought Threat

% of months with less than 30" of snow

7.0%

*Special thanks to Tony Crocker and Bestsnow.net.

Dump Potential Rank

7

Shames Mountain Ski Area is ranked No. 7 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Snow
Quality
Rank

19

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 Shames Mountain Ski Area

Core Strengths
Snow Volume
rank
7
score
84.4
Snow Quality
rank
19
score
75.1
Overall
rank
80
score
61.8

Trail Breakdown

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Vertical Drop

1600 ft

3900 ft
Base Elevation: 2300 ft

Slope Aspects

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A few words on the Snow at Shames Mountain Ski Area

Shames Mountain Ski Area is the highest snowfall area for which we have no corroborating data. However, based upon reputation and a location with exposure to Pacific storms similar to Stevens Pass, we are confident that Shames' snowfall is comparable. As at Stevens, the primary risk is not drought but rain, though Shames is 7 degrees of latitude farther north and thus rain frequency should be lower than in the Washington Cascades. Shames is most attractive to backcountry powder skiers who climb above the lift service into the high alpine terrain.

Accumulation and Preservation

There is no question that early season accumulation is excellent at Shames, assisted also by the 54 degree latitude. Shames' elevation range is 2,300 - 3,900 and primary exposure is southeast, so melt/freeze conditions are likely in from mid-February onwards if it has not snowed recently. There are 2 heliski operators nearby that ski at much higher elevation with powder conditions common well into April.