The Lake Effect: “The Greatest Snow On Earth®” Is In Utah

You might have heard that Utah has “The Greatest Snow on Earth®.” You might have also seen it written on the state’s license plates. It is even copyrighted by the state. But does Utah have a substantial claim to that title?

If the amount of annual snowfall is the basis, Utah certainly does not have the “best snow” as they are well behind in that category, which is led by Washington State; Mt. Rainier is considered the snowiest place on Earth. Utah does not get the most short-term snowfall either, as the Niseki ski resorts on Japan’s Hokkaido Island holds that honor.

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Even if Utah is not the best by these measures, the snow that falls on the state has a “unique blend of consistency and abundance” – it is the complete package.

It receives 500 inches of snowfall every year and experiences an average of 250 days of winter, which is, experts say, just the right amount of snow.

The state’s snow density is also the “perfect mix of powder with salt content.” At 8.5 percent average snow density, it provides just enough body for skiers, snowboarders, and other recreational activities in the snow.

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And we have the Great Salt Lake to thank for that. Pacific Ocean storms that had passed through the Sierra Nevada Mountains and had been dried out by the clouds crosses the lake. This causes the storm to get colder and drier, and the snowfall has a dense base and fluffy snow on the top.

Hi, my name is Jonathan Schrag, and I’m a BYU student majoring in art. In my free time, I enjoy snowboarding. I have also been involved in a few amateur snowboard competitions in Utah. Visit this website for more about my life.


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