Snow of Donner Party Proportions

So it was the 26′ snow depths near present day Truckee CA that tied up the settlers in 1846 and led to the incidents forever naming Donner Pass. Well we aren’t quite to that depth yet, but it seems that with 16′ and counting, we might. More snow in store this weekend, check the map above. Boreal reports 6′ in three days, and they’re in the cross hairs for another couple this weekend…super deep at Mammoth Mountain as well, they’re on it and hoping to be open to the top sometime today…down in southern Cal, Mountain High reporting that East will open Friday, that takes a lot of natural snow, folks…Snowbird UT reports that snow has been positively dumping up in Little Cottonwood Canyon, but with 14″ overnight and 41″ in the past 48 hours, the road is closed and the bird ain’t open this morning…men on the Super G slope today at the week long events in Åre Sweden, and no real surprise that Italian Dominik Paris is your new Super G World Champion. He was followed on the podium by Frenchman Johan Clary and Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr. No guarantee I spelled that correctly. Highest finishing American was Steven Nyman with a respectable 8th. Ladies ran their first practice for the DH a couple hours earlier; no members of the banged-up US Ski Team participated…precipitation of the wrong kind in much of the midwest today. Cannonsburg MI was planning to open this afternoon but it looks like that’s off…Paoli Peaks IN sez they’re suspending today and tomorrow…Mad River Mountain OH also dark today…Vail Resorts Inc. announced today that Sun Valley ID and Snowbasin UT will be added to the Epic Pass in a multi-year alliance beginning next season. Epic Passholders will get seven days with no restrictions, Epic Local Pass holders will get two days at each with some blackouts. Epic 7-Day and 4-Day pass holders can use any or all of their total days with no restrictions …

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