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Skinning off Carson Pass

State of the Tahoe Backcountry 2017: Januburied in the Sierra

The numbers are staggering. 20-25+ feet of snow fell on the Sierra Nevada Mountains during the month of January. It was a record month for snowfall, smashing the old January record by several feet. In fact, January was the snowiest month on record for the Sierra surpassing the old record of 201″ back in March of 1992. To put that in perspective, the Range of Light received more snow in January 2017 than many ski resorts see all winter long. For example, Okemo, VT sees about 200″ annually. Squaw Valley saw that much snow in the first 20 days of the month alone!

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