Sitting on the west side of the divide, Icefall gets a deep consistent snowpack. It normally snows with little wind, making for some of the lightest driest powder you will ever ski. Some of the highest peaks in the range are immediately to the east. This forces storms coming from the west to rise over the height of the divide leaving most of their moisture behind. The snowpack at tree line is normally over 3m by mid season.
On the Diamond Glacier (at 8000 ft) the snowpack is normally over 320cm, as deep as a probe pole, by early January. After that we lose track. Perhaps the best indication of the amount of snow is the glaciers. There is close to 40 square km of glaciated terrain in the icefall area. This means a lot more snow falling in the winter than there is melting in the summer. The lines in the ice indicate how much snow has fallen, been compressed into ice and is left after a summer of melting. Global warming may be coming but the glaciers at Icefall aren’t disappearing any time soon.
The mountains are big. With over 2500m (8400 ft) vertical relief from peaks to valleys, the runs are long. The large elevation range means that you can always find optimal snow conditions. If it gets warm, there are high alpine glacier runs that keep good snow. If there are storms, head over to the tree runs for powder and tree skiing.
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