The best snow over the next five days stays out West. Take a look at the snow graphic: the storm track (jet stream) continues to deliver storm after storm to the West Coast from California, extending north to Washington state. Tahoe ski areas will benefit nicely with new snow late this week.
Each storm then gets guided through Wyoming, Utah and eventually Colorado. Utah and Colorado's ski areas won't see as much snow until Sunday continuing into Monday. The storm track doesn't favor the Northeast as much but some snow will fall. A storm late this week and than another late Sunday may deliver some light accumulations to the ski areas.
Looking further down the road towards Christmas, the storm track shifts towards colder and snowier across both the West and Northeast.
Northeast: After some snow late this week, the pattern turns drier with only light snow late Sunday. Most of the snow late this week will fall at ski areas in Maine such as Sugarloaf, Saddleback and Sunday River. A colder, more active pattern may set up closer to Christmas.
Rockies: The California storm will spin waves of snow towards Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Totals by Monday could be a foot or more. That same storm will clip the ski areas in Utah with snow on Saturday and Sunday. Snow moves into Colorado on Sunday continuing into Monday. Ski areas like Steamboat, Winter Park, Loveland, Breckenridge and Vail will do well. Right now, that looks like a classic "northwest flow" pattern that typically dumps the heaviest snow around Steamboat. Colder weather and a better chance of snow develop closer to Christmas.
California: A storm delivers snow to the Tahoe ski resorts on Friday followed by a dry weekend. This snow doesn't look major, 6" or less at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. Heavier totals will fall in Northern California around Mount Shasta and north in the Cascades.