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Where To Go For Snow

Jackson Hole on Jan. 24, 2012 (Courtesy Julie Weinberger/Jackson Hole Mountain Resort)

It may have been a slow start to the ski season with lower than average snowfall on many of the country's slopes, but things are starting to look up for avid skiers and snowboarders.

The big winter storm in the Western states and Canada last week dumped a good deal of snow on the area's ski resorts. Aspen, Colo.-based Ski.com has compiled a list of the resorts that received the biggest snowfall in the past 72 hours.

· Mammoth Mountain, Calif.: 55 inches

· Northstar, Lake Tahoe, Calif.: 53 inches

· Squaw Valley, Idaho: 40 inches

· Heavenly, Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev.: 33 inches

· Park City Mountain Resort, Utah: 24 inches

· Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, Canada: 23 inches

· Mt. Bachelor, Ore.: 16 inches

· Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada: 16 inches

"As far as destinations worldwide with the biggest summit snowpack depths, huge numbers can be found in Europe, most of which also started out slowly," said Dan Sherman of Ski.com. Here are some of the biggest snowpack depths worldwide:

· St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria: 226 inches

· Engelberg, Switzerland: 189 inches

· Lech Zurs, Austria: 175 inches

· Chamonix, France: 173 inches

· Flims - Laax - Falera, Switzerland: 161 inches

· Crans-Montana, Switzerland: 157 inches

· Gstaad - Mountain Rides, Switzerland: 156 inches

· Saas Fee Saastal, Switzerland: 142 inches

The biggest summit depths for North America include:

· Mt. Bachelor, Ore.: 109 inches

· Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, Canada: 96 inches

· Fernie, British Columbia, Canada: 94 inches

· Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada: 85 inches

· Kicking Horse, British Columbia, Canada: 79 inches

· Jackson Hole, Wyo.: 78 inches

· Big Sky, Mont.: 73 inches

· Grand Targhee, Wyo.: 73 inches

· Taos, N.M.: 72 inches

"Keep in mind that, though snow came late in Colorado and Utah and thus resorts there aren't registering at the top of the snowpack list, the recent storms have resulted in some really great conditions there. These others just happen to have a head start," said Sherman.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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