The famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and effectively predicted six more weeks of winter on Wednesday, Groundhog Day, in west-central Pennsylvania. Though the prognosticating rodent has been known to be wrong sometimes, there’s little doubt many residents and managers of Western mountain resorts are hoping the prophecy rings true, bringing not only cold temperatures, but more snow.

In Sun Valley, after a bountiful December that brought snow by the foot, January was marked by abundant sun and little precipitation, as a strong ridge of high pressure forced storm systems aside.

On Thursday, Sun Valley Resort reported an 86-inch snow base at the summit of Bald Mountain and a 56-inch snowpack at the base of the mountain. The numbers were up slightly from late December, when the resort reported having a 74-inch snowpack at the top of Baldy and 50 inches at the base.

Baldy snowboarding

A snowboarder enjoys groomed terrain on Baldy on Jan. 29.

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