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NASA Photos FINALLY Show Healthy Sierra Snowpack

After several years of drought and low snow levels throughout the state, California’s Sierra Nevada have finally made a triumphant return to winter. Let’s look at the numbers. According to NASA, Mammoth Mountain received 11 feet of snow in February, and has reported upwards of 37 feet so far this season. Currently, their snow water equivalent sits at 146 percent of normal, compared to 21 percent of normal this time last year. That's a LOT of snow.

RELATED: Celebrating the Sierra Snowmaggedon at Squaw Valley

Big storms have been walloping the Sierra since January, courtesy of our favorite weather term – atmospheric rivers. That’s when massive amounts of moisture are pumped from the Pacific on to land through narrow low-level plumes that bury mountain towns and ski areas across the West. Great news for skiers and snowboarders, but the far-reaching consequences are equally beneficial to anyone who relies on a steady water supply.

Nasa’s report sums it up: “The condition of Sierra Nevada snowpack has consequences that go well beyond ski season. Spring and summer melt from the Sierra Nevada plays a crucial role in recharging California’s reservoirs. Though conditions could change, California drought watchers are cautiously optimistic that the boost to the snowpack will insulate the state from drought this summer.”

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Jackson Backcountry Violator Shares Perspective in Open Letter
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On February 28th, 2019, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's backcountry gates were closed. Several feet of snow had fallen over the past few days, and avalanche danger was "High" at all elevations. In conjunction with the Park Service and Teton County Search and Rescue, JHMR briefly prohibited backcountry access via resort exit points.  That afternoon, a group of four ducked a rope off the Teton lift in search of fresh tracks in Granite Canyon. Two of the skiers successfully exited the

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Man Dies in Rafting Accident Near Jackson Hole
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Man Dies in Rafting Accident Near Jackson Hole

A man died on Wyoming's Snake River on Tuesday afternoon after his raft became tangled on a log. The 44-year-old man, identified as Brian Allen by the JH News and Guide, was on a scenic float training trip with the Grand Teton Lodge Company. RELATED: Strong Late-Season Storm to Affect CO  Grand Teton National Park rangers responded to the scene near the historic Bar BC Dude Ranch with multiple rescue boats and medical personnel. A helicopter was dispatched to aid in the search. According to

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Kami Rita Sherpa Once Again Breaks Everest Summit Record
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Kami Rita Sherpa Once Again Breaks Everest Summit Record

Simply reaching Mount Everest’s 29,035-foot summit once is a lifetime achievement - Kami Rita Sherpa just did it twice in a week. According to NPR, the 49-year-old’s most recent ascent brings his total Everest tally up to 24. That breaks the current world record that he set himself on May 15th. Now he’s looking to give it a go one more time before retiring from a long career on the mountain. RELATED: Rajesh Magar's Quest to Put Nepal on the Map for Mountain Biking A mere three days