8. Record Snowfall in the Western United States

An (almost) endless winter slams Utah and Colorado

2011 was the Year of the Pow.     Photo: Aspen/Snowmass/flickr

With a few exceptions—sadly for us, New Mexico among them—snow pounded the Lower 48 into late spring. At Utah’s Snowbird, skiers were celebrating the Fourth of July in board shorts and bikinis on the last patches of the season’s 783 inches of snowfall, a number that surpassed the old annual record by almost 100 inches. Keeping the snow buzz alive into summer and fall was Sweetgrass Productions’ soulful South American ski film, Solitaire.

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