Ask anybody around town and they’ll tell you 2019-2020 was a mild winter, but was it? Really?
The truth is, mountain snow moisture is near normal to above normal across western Montana. Statewide, February was a record setting month which made up for dry weather that dominated November and December.
As of March 1 Montana was 137% of normal, compared to just 93% of normal around this time last year. The Natural Resources Conservation Service says snowpack in the Gallatin River headwaters is 120% of normal, while snow feeding the Madison River is 99% of normal. Snowpack for the Upper Yellowstone drainage is 115% of normal. Jefferson River basin snowpack is at 113%.
Closer to home, the Upper Clark Fork is at 119% while the Bitterroot is at 114%.
(Check out the Snow Moisture map below)
So, yes. Maybe the ski season did get off to a slow start, but I certainly remember quite a few Powder Days!