It's been a tough start to the season for skiers in the Rockies and West so far, with little snow and mild temps. The El Niño-driven weather pattern has failed to generate cold and snow across the West. On the other hand, ski resorts in the Northeast have experienced colder temps and a few shots of early season snow.
Don't panic. I'm forecasting a large pattern change next week thanks in part to a meteorological bomb named Nuri in the Bering Sea. Weather is connected around the globe by the jet stream (the storm track). Nuri will help force the storm track to drop south into the U.S., bringing cold and snow back to the parts of the Rockies, mostly Colorado and Wyoming. But overall the pattern will continue to favor ski areas in the Northeast.
Northeast: Expect an active pattern of snow every few days this weekend into all of next week for resorts such as Stowe, Sugarbush, Sunday River and Killington. Add in some very healthy Lake Effect snow for a few resorts. Cold temps continue, which is excellent for snowmaking.
Rocky Mountains: Pattern stays mild and dry until early next week with a series of Arctic-like cold fronts delivering some much needed snow - mostly to Colorado and Wyoming. This is the light at the end of the tunnel that some resorts have been waiting for. Keystone, Loveland, Winter Park, Arapahoe Basin, Steamboat and Jackson Hole will do well.
West: Unfortunately, a mild and dry pattern continues through most of next week. The changing storm track next week will largely miss California's ski areas. In theory, El Niño should be more generous to California but it just hasn't happened yet.
Tomer's Take: If you're itchin' for some early season skiin' then I'd set your sights on the Northeast this weekend and then Colorado's resorts next week, Loveland in particular.