Our Gold Sponsors


Hello everyone, this is Powderchaser Steve issuing our final 22/23 post for the North America Ski Season.

We will still issue periodic updates with any significant storms, especially for South America this summer. This post will recap some highlights of the most epic season in our books. 

Please donate here for powder forecasts for next season! 

BRIEF POWDER FORECAST and recap of the season. 

The pattern in the next 5 days will bring a cold front into California (Light snow is already falling that will eventually bring some teasing snow to the Rockies and Cascades late this week. We don't see any significant dumps to chase, however, a taste of winter will return with unseasonably cold temps (Snow levels 7-8K) and 3-9 inches of snow spread out over several days. The pattern may stay active into the middle of next week with more systems on the models. Some pass-level snow is possible in California, especially over Donner Summit Friday-Saturday. 

Below: Total snowfall will be persistent with light intensity in the Sierra over the next several days (Cooling trend) with some snow and colder temps noted for the western Cascades, Idaho, Montana, Tetons, Wasatch, and Colorado late this week. 

Below: The coldest air arrives Friday night into Saturday for the west with snow levels dropping to 6K feet in California. Colder air appears to be pushing into Oregon off the coast by Saturday morning. The Rockies generally will see light snow above 8,000 feet (Persistent light waves). This pattern might continue into early next week with some additional snow. 

As our final regular post of the season, we review the highlights and some snow totals from the most epic season in our books.  What happened? 

We forecasted a La Niña season early this year which brought early snowfall to the Northern Rockies (Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho were the earliest recipients). In November with dry and warm conditions In the Sierra locals were saying "Another skunk year" as storms stayed north. In early to mid-December the storm track shifted further south and the firehouse stayed wide open for California and many areas of the west. La Niña continued with storms and colder temps bringing low land snow in many areas that rarely see powder, especially the Oregon coast and much of California (Coastal ranges). 

The firehose stayed open for much of the season with very few breaks for chasing powder. The focus seemed to be on the Cascades (Oregon did best), Sierra, central Idaho, Tetons, Wasatch, southern and central regions of Colorado, Northern Arizona, and New Mexico. Montana stayed a bit north of the deepest totals initially but played catch-up later this season (April was a bonus month). Even Southern California and coastal area mountains scored big time with the epic 3-5 foot dump for Mount Baldy. There were no losers in the West last season.

Below: Here is the total SWE (Water if you melted all the snow) percent of normal as of April 17th. Very impressive 200% plus numbers for the Sierra, Utah, and central Wyoming. Near normal for the northern areas of the Washington Cascades, with well above normal for Oregon and areas of central and southern Idaho. Montana and areas of Colorado along the I-70 corridor had a near-normal season. Higher amounts are noted for the western corridor of I-70 north to Steamboat, Aspen, Crested Butte, and the San Juan ranges including New Mexico and Northern Arizona. There were many stretches where snow reports had few days without reporting snowfall and we can remember endless days in a row of double digits with an occasional sun break. 

Below: December 11 Powder in the Sierra where these cars were buried in just 6 hours with 30-50 inch snow totals at Palisades that did not open the next day. These cars were clear at 7 pm and the photo was at 4 am. The Sierra was fully back in the game. Photo: @powderchasersteve December 11th

Below: Palisades Tahoe was TXXS deep for overnight powder on December 11th. The Ski Area stayed closed that day!  Powder Luke (@lukestone84) and I chased to SugarBowl (chase 2) from Palisades in hopes of an opening of some steep terrain but were shut down at the last minute after waiting for 1st chair (2 letdowns in 1 day for us). There is nothing worse than being 1st chair twice and waist-deep powder with 0 lifts spinning.  

 Below: Incredible chase to Jackson mid-winter with 20-30 inch storm totals over 2 days. @powderchasersteve had a blowout near Alpine (Rock slide) on the chase and ended up driving on a donut for 2 days (There is no turning back). VW Alltrack with 3 Blizzaks and this donut did surprisingly well. We chased to Snowbird on day 3 where I replaced 4 tires at Discount Tire in Idaho Falls on my way back to Utah just barely making the LCC road closure. 

Here is a quick summary of some resorts that broke all-time records

Eagle Point, UT – 367 inches
Cherry Peak, UT – 459 inches
China Peak, CA – 549 inches
Heavenly, CA – 566 inches
Jackson Hole, WY – 595 inches
Deer Valley, UT – 598 inches
Snowbasin, UT – 613 inches
Park City, UT – 636 inches
Bear Valley Resort, CA – 672 inches
Kirkwood, CA – 705 inches
Mammoth Mountain, CA – 705 inches
Palisades Tahoe, CA – 710 inches
Dodge Ridge Mountain Resort, CA – 731 inches
Boreal, CA – 735 inches
Solitude Mountain Resort, UT 809 inches
Snowbird, UT – 831 inches
Brighton, UT – 878 inches
Alta, UT – 903 inches- WOO HOO, and the snowiest March on record with 189 inches.  That number will creep up this week. 

Below is @powderchasersteve nabbing 1st chair at Stevens Pass this season. 

There were endless hikes on Baldy this season at Snowbird. Utah had so many deep days that it's a blur to me on which was best. Chases to Snowbird, Powder Mountain, Sundance, Snowbasin, Park City- repeat repeat-repeat. 

Below: Powderchasers (Luke and Steve) were trapped at the Cliff during the 5 day Inter-lodge this season (Snowbird hit their all time record YTD). Where is this guys car? 111 inches in 5 days! 

Below: Powderchaser Steve hiking Baldy at Snowbird with a bit of sun poking. 

If you read this far, please consider supporting us with a donation here or purchase some of our swag from the online store. Each donation of $100 gets you a PC swag bag for free (Tee shirt and bumper sticker). This supports our forecasters (Luke, Steve, Blake) and the new website. 
Let us know if you are interested in becoming a sponsor as we hit a record of over 3.5 Million folks this season (Your company will be spotlighted). Also, special thanks to our Gold Sponsors Tire Rack, Ikon, Selkirk Powder, MT Ski Areas Association, and our supporting members, Mountain Collective, Indy Pass, Alaska Backcountry Heli GuidesZoleo, and Beaver Mountain.

Thanks for reading our last 22/23 post for North America. 
Powderchaser Steve  @powderchasersteve on Instagram (Travel Photos, Snow)




Thank you so much, we couldn't do what we do with support from our readers.

Support our work
click here to donate

Our expertise gets you direct contact with our weather team to boost your next powder chases. From 2 to 14 chases, pick the concierge package that satisfies your powder hound!

  • Minute-to-minute snow + weather data
  • Tips + hacks on how to score first chair + where to park, stage + eat
  • Direct access to our Powederchasers
  • Sweet merchandise

POWDERCHASERS PASS OPTIONS - Buy + Save 10% on Concierge Trip Planning Packages


View all




eco friendly ski/snowboard wax

Purl Wax

Purl Wax creates eco-friendly ski wax and snowboard wax with superior speed and durability. Biodegradable | No PFC's | No Toxic Chemicals | Made in the USA ...


Skis.com is a family owned company that has been in the ski industry for more than 50 years! Skis.com is a one stop shop online retailer for all your ski equipment and clothing needs!

Alaska Backcountry Guides

Alaska Backcountry Guides

Alaska Backcountry Guides, is a team of dedicated industry veterans. We offer semi-private and private heliski/snowboard trips in the heart of the Chugach mountains. With a maximum of 2 groups per helicopter, we are more nimble to explore the endless terrain that is at our doorstep, and you will never be waiting for the helicopter to take your next run. Alaska is known for its steep terrain, but we have plenty of intermediate terrain as well, and are able to cater to a range of ability levels. These trips are designed with the pandemic era in mind; we have private lodging, a personal chef, regular covid testing for staff/guides/guests, and small group riding to ensure an intimate and safe experience.

Beaver Mountain Ski Area

Beaver Mountain Ski Area

Beaver Mountain Ski Area has been family owned and operated for 81 years. Located in northern Utah we receive that great Utah powder. A great ski and snowboard experience without the prices or crowds of the big resorts.

Unofficial Networks

Unofficial Networks

In 2010, UnofficialNetworks.com was launched to cover the global ski scene with the rollout of local reporters in ski towns across North America. Since that time, the website has recorded hundreds of millions of sessions and has been linked to by numerous publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, and ESPN.

Indy Pass

Indy Pass

Chase powder to over 120 uncrowded, authentic destinations across the globe that offer you two ski days at each destination. 23/24 pass sales currently on hold!



TireRack.com is Powderchasers’ preferred tire supplier and their tires get us to the powder every single time. They’re America’s largest independent tire tester and consumer-direct source for tires, wheels and performance accessories.

This year, they’re making winter tire and wheel shopping even easier with their new Recommended Package feature. All you have to do is tell them a little bit about your vehicle, and they’ll automatically create a winter package for you. Find your Recommended Package.

Selkirk Powder

Selkirk Powder

Selkirk Powder provides cat, self-propelled, and snowmobile-assisted alpine ski excursions and guided snowmobile tours. A verified outfitter of Polaris Adventures, AIARE avalanche education Provider. With license and permits covering over 200,000 acres of the rugged and beautiful Selkirk Mountain range, SPC conveniently operates at Schweitzer in Sandpoint Idaho. Email Selkirk,;Call the Selkirk Reservation Line, and follow them on Instagram

The Mountain Collective

The Mountain Collective

The Mountain Collective™ boasts 24 dream ski destinations across the globe.

The pass includes two days of skiing or riding with no blackout dates at each of the 23 partners (46 total days), 50 percent discount on all additional days.


View all