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4th of July skiing across the West
A result of record snowfall last winter
Interestingly, the article waxed eloquent about all of the sunshine hitting the slopes and late-lingering snowpack, but somehow neglected to mention why that massive snowpack is there. It somehow neglected to mention the record-breaking snowfall last winter - two times, four times, even an incredible seven times normal.
California's Alpine Meadows has offered Independence Day skiing just one other time in its 50-year history, while Mammoth Mountain advertised that you could "ski to your heart's content all day long."
Colorado's Arapahoe Basin Ski Area last offered skiing on Fourth of July weekend
in 1997, as did Washington State's Crystal Mountain Ski Area.
But conditions are proving frustrating — even deadly — for campers and hikers.
At Yosemite National Park in California, several of the park's popular high-country campgrounds, cabins and other amenities remain closed due to snow.
Meanwhile at nearby Stanislaus National Forest, much of the terrain above 8,000 feet remains blanketed in snow, while some lower-elevation areas are blocked by high- and fast-running creeks and overflowing rivers fed by the massive thawing snowpack.
The mighty NY Times: Record snowpack threatens western states
Historic snowpack brings historic flood threat for West
Record Snowfall - Mt. Bachelor open for skiing on 4th of July
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