How Much Snow Fell this Winter at Southeastern Ski Resorts

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Here’s How Much Natural Snow Fell at Each Ski Resort in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic for the 2019-2020 ski and snowboarding season.

Resort  ’19-’20 Snow Normal Annually – OFF Worst season
Canaan Valley 88.7″ 180″ -91.3″ Lowest in 20 yrs
Snowshoe Mtn 86″ 180″
Lowest in 20 yrs
Wisp Resort 57″ 
133″ -76″ Lowest in 20 yrs
Beech Mountain 49.5″ 80″ 
40″ in ’06-07
Sugar Mountain * 43.5″
78″ -34.5″  35″ in ’07-08
Cataloochee Ski 30.2″ 40″
17″ in ’16-17
Winterplace 27″
100″ -73″  Lowest in 20 yrs
Wolf Ridge Resort 23″ 60″
13.5″ in ’11-12
Ober Gatlinburg  19″
35″ -16″ 9″ in ’11-12
Bryce Resort 14″ 30″
5″ in ’11-12
Wintergreen 11″
34″  -23″  7.6″ in ’07-08
Appalachian Ski 8.4″  50″
Lowest in 20 yrs
Sapphire Valley 6.2″
30″ -23.8″ 4″ in ’07-08
Omni Homestead  5.7″ 50″
Lowest in 20 yrs
Massanutten 5″
35″ -30″ Lowest in 20 yrs


* Sugar Mountain Resort over reported snowfall all season long as they reported 64.2″ on the season. Over reporting by 20.5″ on the season.

As you can see, seven of the fifteen ski resorts in our region had the lowest snowfall totals of the last twenty years. Had Timberline Resort been open, you could say that half of our ski resorts experienced the worst natural snowfall season of the last two decades.

It should be noted that this season might have been the least snowfall in a season on record for many ski areas as we’ve only been keeping annual snowfall numbers here for twenty seasons.

As you can also see by the numbers above, the usually snowiest portion of our region is always West Virginia and Maryland and that held true for this winter as well. However, they were off by 76″-94″ from normal snows this winter. Wisp was 58% below normal, Snowshoe 53% below normal and Canaan Valley off by 51% of normal.

Winterplace Resort had the largest snow-deficit this winter with only 27% of their normal snowfall, off by 73% of their annual 100″ with only 27″ this winter.

Two of the Virginia resorts had the least amount of measurable snowfall this winter with 5.7″ falling at Omni Homestead and 5″ at Massanutten all winter long.

Obviously, pre-season prognosticators were all wrong as most all forecast a volatile season, but one with “near-normal” snowfall totals.

Let’s hope for a nice “make-up season” for the 2020-2021 ski and snowboarding season here in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic.

In the case of Sugar –
Sugar Mountain Snowfall 2019-2020
Reported Snow this winter 64.2″
Actual Snowfall this winter 43.5″




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