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There are some places on this earth that get more snow than you can shake a shitty stick at. We're talking a ludicrous amount of the the white stuff, year in, year out without fail.
Now many resorts may claim to have the record for the highest snowfall, but this list is all about averages. Consistent fluffy stuff makes for epic conditions and turn your average town into a powder paradise.
These places might not always be in or near a resort, but that doesn't stop some powder-junkies from pushing themselves to the limits to experience it. For the ultimate fresh line, you may want to put some of these places on your bucket list and get yourself there. It will almost definitely be the trip of a lifetime.
[part title="Whistler, British Columbia"]
Most of the resorts on this list are situated in North America. Nothing we can do about that I'm afraid, Europe just doesn't quite cut it when it comes to gargantuan dumps.
Coming in at a respectable number 10 on the list is the Canadian resort of Whistler, with an average annual snowfall of 407". For the metrically orientated among us, that's nearly 10 and a half metres!
One of the cool features of Whistler is the fact it receives a massive percentage of it's snow right at the beginning and right at the end of the season. Weird we know, but it makes for one of the longest seasons in North America.
[part title="Mt Hood, Oregon"]
Up next, the popular resort of Mt Hood Meadows in Oregon, with a pretty incredible 430" a year.
Timberline Lodge is where the powder junkies converge for the winter and some of America's biggest dumps attract pro's from all around the world to ride the dry, light white stuff.
It's also one of the few American resorts to stay open all summer too, with a few freestyle camps on offer for when the powder just isn't around.
[part title="Røldal, Norway"]
The first European resort has made the list, and it definitely deserves it's place.
The entire resort of Røldal is situated above the tree line, so whilst there may not be anywhere to cower on down days, there's a wide expanse of land to sample the Norwegian resort's 440" of annual snow.
[part title="Snowbird, Utah"]
Ok so there's clearly a trend happening here with North American resorts dicking all over the rest of the world but surely that's just a sign to us powder hounds to get ourselves over there?
Snowbird in Utah gets an epic 461" ( though their website claims more, obviously) per year and also has a season in excess of 200 days. The terrain itself is generally steep and deep so it's definitely a resort worth putting on your list, if only they built a few more lifts to accommodate for the vast area available.
[part title="Grand Targhee, Wyoming"]
Hello, America calling, again. This time we're taking a trip to Grand Targhee to sample some of the 463" of snow the Wyoming resort gets each year.
The resort might not have the same extent of extreme terrain neighbouring Jackson Hole has, but it sure does have more snow! It's also well known for being light and fluffy as it sits on the western side of the Teton mountains, trapping the huge influx of snow that travels in from the Pacific. Perfect.
[part title="Sugar Bowl, California"]
We've never truly understood the American resort names, but Sugar Bowl really takes the biscuit. Nevertheless, the resort gets laden with 464" of snow annually which makes for some great riding in the small resort.
Given California's reputation as being on the sunnier side of life, you'll need to start early in the morning as there's a tendency for the snow to go to pot pretty quickly given the amount of bluebird days. Still, that's a decent amount of snow to make your trip worthwhile.
[part title="Stevens Pass, Washington"]
Given that Stevens Pass isn't a designated stay-in destination, the resort boasts a lot of day-trippers travelling from Seattle and surrounding towns. This means one thing and one thing only: untouched powder stashes in the 471" of snow!
Unless you're a local who knows the area like the back of your leather-textured and sunburnt hand, it's well known as a resort bursting with fresh lines for days. The resort is small but it's the off-piste that you'd make the effort for here, ideal for a two-three day stop over on the way to a bigger area.
[part title="Andermatt, Switzerland"]
Europe's second entry to the list is the small Swiss resort of Andermatt, with an impressive 511" of snow annually. It might not have the excessive lift system or an outrageous amount of pistes, but what is does have is accessible backcountry and a lot of north facing slopes, so it almost guarantees itself as one of Europe's best powder destinations.
For now, at least, it's relatively under the radar due to bigger and generally better resorts nearby being the pick of the bunch. Quick, get in there before the crowds do!
[part title="Alyeska, Alaska"]
This list would't be complete without Alaska making an appearance, and the honour goes to the small resort of Alyseka, near Anchorage.
They receive an average of 513" yearly, though the 2000/01 season saw an astonishing 939" of snow fall. That's frankly a little bit insane. We wish we were there to ride the insane amount of snow but in hindsight, that much powder just sounds dangerous. Bring your snorkel.
[part title="Niseko, Japan"]
Widely regarded as the powder capital of the world, Japan gets bombarded with cold winds from Siberia picking up moisture from the Sea of Japan and the result is one of the steadiest, most intense snowfalls in the world. Consistency here is key.
The resort of Niseko on Japan's northern island sits in the flightpath of the easterly wind that slams the Japanese Alps each year. It's not uncommon to have a foot of snow fall every day for a fortnight and that makes Niseko one of the powder meccas of the world.
It gets an average of 595" each year and is insanely cold, allowing the snow to stick around long after it's dumped. Luckily though, it snows nearly all the time and rarely gets any proper sun, so you can find fresh lines for days!
[part title="Mt Baker, Washington"]
Surprise surprise an American resort tops the list, but with a 15 year average of 701", Mt Baker destroys the rest of the field to take the top spot.
The resort itself is small and not the most modern around - though the rustic charm is appealing to a certain breed of powder hound - but the unbeatable backcountry and the simply insane amount of fresh powder make it a haven for freeride fanatics around the world. It is a barebones mountain with nothing to offer but untracked lines and one of the most legendary events of the year, the Mt Baker Banked Slalom.
It's worth noting that during the 1998/99 season, Mt Baker had a colossal 1,140" of snow land on it's blissfully quiet terrain. That's just ridiculous!