- Average yearly snow: 175.5"
- Population (2000 census): 9816
- Snowiest month: January (41.8")
- Snowiest day: 30" (3/2/1929)
- Record depth: 61" (1/12/1997)
They call it "champagne powder".
A typical storm arriving from the Pacific Ocean in the winter months dumps its first round of heavy snow in either the Sierra or Cascades. By the time the snow reaches the mountains of Colorado, the water content is less, so the snow that falls here is, well, fluffier and lighter.
There's plenty of snow, too. At least 10" of snow cover can be expected 97 days of the year. Here at 6636 feet above sea level, snow falls from mid-October to mid-May.