Snow Before You Go: Big powder days ahead for the Northeast

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by Meteorologist Chris Tomer

January 16, 2022

The hot spot this week is the Northeast with two storm systems and an Alberta Clipper through 1/23.

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Northeast

Northeast: Big powder day on Monday and Tuesday post Nor` Easter across most ski areas.  Expect strong wind on Monday with low wind chills.  Grand totals across VT, NH, and ME range from 1-2 feet.  An Alberta Clipper races through on Wednesday with lake-effect snow to follow.  Then, potentially another large storm system develops Saturday-Sunday with heavy snow.  Overall, the best powder days at Killington are Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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Snow Before You Go forecast for the Northeast
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Snow Before You Go Forecast Snow Plume for Killington

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: Snow is likely Monday through Tuesday morning from British Columbia then dropping south into WA and later OR.  Snow totals run 2-6 inches in British Columbia and WA with less in OR.  Then another storm system hits Tuesday night through Thursday with 2-6 inches in British Columbia and WA with less in OR.  Then the pattern turns quite dry through the weekend.  Overall, the best powder days at Whistler/Blackcomb are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Banff

Banff Area:  Snow is likely through Tuesday morning with 2-4 inches of accumulation at Marmot Basin, Revelstoke, Sunshine Village, and Fernie.  Another storm system moves in Wednesday night through Friday with another 2-4 inches.  Overall, the best powder days at Sunshine Village are Tuesday and Friday.

Montana, Wyoming, & Idaho

Montana, Wyoming, Idaho: Two cold fronts will sneak through the high pressure come through 1/23.  Each front delivers 1-3 inches of snow to the ski areas.  The best powder days at Big Sky, Discovery, Grand Targhee, and Jackson Hole are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  I’m not forecasting any snow for Sun Valley.

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Snow Before You Go forecast for the West

Utah & Colorado

Utah, Colorado:  This is not a good pattern for Utah.  I’m forecasting a grand total of 1 inch in the Wasatch through 1/23.  In Colorado, two cold fronts sneak through the high-pressure dome through 1/23.  Both fronts favor the Central and Northern Mountain zones.  The best powder days at Loveland, Eldora, Steamboat, and Vail are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

New Mexico

New Mexico: The best chance for snow occurs on Thursday with a slight chance on Saturday.  I’m forecasting 1-3 inches at Ski Santa Fe, Angel Fire, and Taos by 1/23.

California

California: This is not a good pattern for CA.  I’m not forecasting any new snow through 1/23.

Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Monday ski the Northeast.  On Tuesday ski the Northeast, Whistler/Blackcomb, Revelstoke, Marmot Basin, or Sunshine Village.  On Wednesday ski Montana.  On Thursday ski the Pacific Northwest.  On Friday ski the Tetons.  On Saturday ski Steamboat, Eldora, Cameron Pass, Loveland, Winter Park, or A-Basin.  On Sunday ski the Northeast.

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January 12, 2022

I’m forecasting a rather tranquil period through 1/16 for most Western ski areas.  It’s really a waiting game for a better storm track.  The best odds for new snow through 1/16 is the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.  This tranquil weather pattern for the Intermountain West continues with only one cold front and minor accumulation.  A larger storm system is possible in the Northeast late Sunday into Monday.

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Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: Snow continues on Thursday before tapering off.  Light additional accumulation.  Another storm system is possible Sunday-Monday with light to moderate accumulation.  Overall, the best accumulation appears to run from Whistler/Blackcomb to Revelstoke.

Idaho, Montana, Wyoming

Idaho, Montana, Wyoming: One minor storm system is possible Thursday-Friday with light accumulation at Schweitzer, Big Sky, and Discovery.  Another storm system is possible by Tuesday.

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Colorado, Utah, New Mexico

Colorado, Utah, New Mexico: A minor cold front races through Colorado and New Mexico on Friday-early Saturday.  1-4 inches of total snowfall at the ski areas.  Utah stays dry.  In Colorado, I like Loveland, Eldora, Winter Park, A-Basin on Saturday.  That could be it for another week.

California

California: I’m forecasting zero snowfall through 1/16.  When will this change?  Possibly after 1/21.

Northeast

Northeast: Lingering light snow on Thursday then it’s a waiting game.  A major storm system is possible Sunday night-Monday.  If this storm stays on track then 1-2 feet of snow accumulation is possible at Killington, Stowe, Sugarbush, Mount Washington, and Mount Snow.

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Mid-Mountain Snow Forecast for the Northeast

Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Thursday ski British Columbia from Whistler/Blackcomb to Revelstoke.  On Friday ski Schweitzer, Big Sky or Discovery.  On Saturday ski Loveland, A-Basin, Winter Park, or Eldora.  On Sunday ski British Columbia.  On Monday watch the Northeast carefully for a larger storm system.

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January 9, 2022

I’m forecasting a dramatic pattern change through 1/16 as the jet stream splits over the Pacific and high pressure builds across the West.  The hot spot for best snow is the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and Banff where a weak to moderate intensity atmospheric river sets up.

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Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: The jet stream shifts north through 1/16 and delivers a weak to moderate intensity atmospheric river with a few different storm systems.  Snow levels will run high at times.  The heaviest snow accumulation occurs on the highest volcanoes and Cascades.  I’m forecasting 2-4 feet of total accumulation through 1/16 at Mount Baker, Rainier, and Whistler/Blackcomb.

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Banff

Banff Area: The blow-off from the West Coast atmospheric river delivers moderate to heavy snow accumulation at the higher elevations through 1/16.  I’m forecasting 10-20 inches from Marmot Basin to Revelstoke.  Less from Sunshine Village to Fernie.

Montana, Wyoming, & Idaho

Montana, Wyoming, Idaho: Get ready for a complete reversal of last week’s very snowy pattern.  Some blow-off precipitation from the West Coast atmospheric river could hit northern Idaho and northwest Montana.  Snow levels will run high.  The remainder of the region will have to wait until for a storm system Thursday night-Friday with light snow accumulation.  A cold front could hit Saturday night-Sunday with light snow accumulation.  Unfortunately, the trajectory of both systems could miss Sun Valley, Brundage, and the Tetons.

California

California: The storm track shifts into the Pacific Northwest and high pressure builds.  This results in drier and warmer than normal conditions.  No snow through 1/16.  When will this change?  Maybe not until after 1/18.

Colorado, Utah, & New Mexico

Colorado, Utah, New Mexico: Get ready for a complete reversal of last week’s very snowy pattern.  The storm track shifts north to the Pacific Northwest leaving the region drier and warmer than normal.  Colorado might benefit from two fast-moving fronts.  One possible Thursday night-Friday, and second possible Saturday night-Sunday.  Both are minor.  Dry in Utah and New Mexico.  When will this change?  Potentially not until after 1/18.

Northeast

Northeast: Monday looks cold with some new powder from Sunday.  Then it’s a waiting game.  The resorts could see some very light snow Wednesday-Thursday.  But, the real storm system in the forecast waits until Saturday night-Sunday.  If this storm system develops and tracks close to the resorts then heavy snow is possible.

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Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: Most of this week ski the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and Banff.  Specifically, look at Baker, Whistler/Blackcomb, Revelstoke, and Marmot Basin.  By next weekend keep an eye on Killington, Okemo, Mount Snow, and Sugarbush.

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January 5, 2022

The hot spot this week and weekend is the West.

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Storm Track

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: A powerful jet stream with two different storm systems are lined-up through 1/7.  I’m forecasting 1-3 feet of total snow accumulation at Whistler/Blackcomb,Baker, Stevens Pass, Rainier, Timberline, and Bachelor.  The biggest accumulation occurs on 1/6 and 1/7.

Banff

Banff Area: 1-2 storm systems deliver heavy snow accumulation to eastern British Columbia and light to moderate accumulation to western Alberta.  I’m forecasting 1-2 feet by 1/8 at Revelstoke and Fernie; 4-8 inches at Marmot Basin and Sunshine Village.  The biggest accumulation occurs on 1/6 and 1/7.

Montana, Wyoming, & Idaho

Montana, Wyoming, Idaho: A powerful jet stream with two storm systems deliver heavy snow accumulation through 1/8.  Then a few dry days with high pressure.  I’m forecasting 1-2 foot grand totals in Idaho and Montana with up to 3 feet across the Tetons.  The biggest accumulation occurs on 1/5, 1/6, and 1/7.

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Mid-Mountain Snow Forecast

Colorado & Utah

Colorado, Utah: A powerful jet stream with two storm systems delivers heavy snow accumulation to northern Utah and the Central and Northern Mountain zones of Colorado through 1/8.  I’m forecasting up to 3 feet in the Wasatch; 1-2 feet in the Central and Northern Mountain zones of Colorado.  The biggest accumulation in the Wasatch occurs on 1/5 and 1/8; in Colorado on 1/5, 1/6, and 1/8.  Less overall accumulation in Southern Colorado.

New Mexico

New Mexico: Unfortunately the storm track is too far north and I’m not forecasting any snow accumulation through this weekend.

California

California: Two storm systems brush the ski areas through 1/8.  I’m only forecasting light accumulation at Mammoth and Tahoe, 1-4 inches total.  About a foot at Shasta.  Then an even drier period might settle in.

Northeast

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Northeast: A clipper might dust the ski areas of VT, NH, and ME between Wednesday night and Thursday.  Then all attention shifts to a potential Nor’Easter Thursday night-Friday.  The track is critical and determines who gets snow.  If the low pressure stays too far east then very little snow reaches the ski areas.  If it tracks further west then heavy snow is possible.  There’s another storm system possible on Sunday with light to moderate snowfall.

Odds For Best Snow

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Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Thursday ski Alta, Snowbird, Jackson Hole, Loveland, Steamboat, Vail, or Winter Park.  On Friday ski Revelstoke, Fernie, Mount Baker, Stevens Pass, Schweitzer, Jackson Hole, or Grand Targhee.  On Saturday ski Timberline, Bachelor, Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, Brighton, or Solitude.  On Sunday ski Vail, Aspen/Snowmass, Steamboat, Loveland, or A-Basin.

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January 2, 2022

The hot spot this week for the best new snow is the Pacific Northwest, then the northern tier interior Rockies.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: Big totals ahead!  The storm track takes direct aim and delivers 3-4 different storm systems through 1/9.  I’m forecast 40-80 inch grand totals by 1/9 on Mount Baker, Rainier, Stevens Pass, Bachelor, Timberline, and Whistler/Blackcomb.  The biggest powder days are Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Banff

Banff Area: The active storm track delivers three different storm systems through 1/9.  I’m forecasting 1-2 feet of total snow accumulation in eastern British Columbia through 1/9.  Western Alberta could see 6-12 inches through 1/9.

Montana, Idaho, & Wyoming

Montana, Idaho, Wyoming: Big powder ahead!  The active storm track delivers three different storm systems through 1/9.  Northern Idaho and Northwest Montana’s best powder days are Monday, Tuesday, and Friday.  I’m forecasting 1-2 feet of total snow accumulation through 1/9 at Schweitzer, Whitefish, Discovery, Bridger Bowl, Big Sky, and possibly more at Brundage.  Across the Tetons, I’m forecasting 2-4 feet of total snow through 1/9 where the biggest powder days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  I think a 50″ grand total is possible high on Rendezvous Mountain.  At Sun Valley, I’m forecasting 1-2 feet of total snow through 1/9.

Colorado & Utah

Colorado, Utah: After a couple of dry days the active flow returns on 1/4-1/9.  This storm track will favor Northern Utah and the Central and Northern Mountain zones of Colorado for the biggest totals.  The best powder days in the Wasatch are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  I’m forecasting 2-3 foot totals through 1/9.  In the Central and Northern Mountain zones of Colorado, the best powder days are also Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  I’m forecasting 1-2 foot totals through 1/9.  Less accumulation in the Southern Mountain zone.

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New Mexico

New Mexico: Unfortunately, the storm track misses the ski areas.

California

California: The storm track brushes Tahoe-North through 1/9.  The best powder days are Tuesday and Friday.  I’m forecasting two-foot totals at Shasta, but only 6-12 inches at Tahoe.  Nothing at Mammoth.

Northeast

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Northeast: A clipper delivers light snow accumulation between Wednesday night-Thursday.  The main storm system on the horizon arrives on Friday with moderate to heavy snow accumulation.  If this storm system holds together with a good track then 1-2 feet of snow accumulation is possible at the major ski areas.  That would make Friday and Saturday the best powder days.

Odds For Best Snow

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Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Thursday ski Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, Alta, or Snowbird.  On Friday ski Steamboat, Aspen/Snowmass, Loveland, Vail, or the Tetons.  On Saturday ski Schweitzer, the PNW, or the Tetons.  On Sunday ski Alta, Snowbird, Steamboat, or Jackson Hole.


December 29, 2021

The hot spot this week and New Year’s weekend is the West.  A major storm cycle ends on Saturday with big powder in Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico.

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Utah, Colorado

Utah, Colorado: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are all powder days.  Two storm systems could merge over the 4-Corners creating a larger storm system between Thursday night and Saturday morning.  I’m forecasting 1-2 feet of accumulation by Saturday morning in Utah‘s Wasatch, Brian Head, and Colorado‘s Western Slope and San Juan ski areas.  Much colder air moves in on Saturday.  Turning drier Saturday night through Sunday.

New Mexico

New Mexico: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are all powder days.  If the two storm systems merge over the 4-Corners then we’re talking 1-2 feet of total snow accumulation by Saturday midday.

California

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California: Snow on Wednesday creates a powder day on Thursday.  Then the storm track shifts as this storm cycle concludes.  Dry Thursday-Sunday.  Snow could return early next week.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: Thursday and Friday are powder days.  A fast-moving storm system slides through on Thursday with moderate to heavy snow accumulation.  I’m forecasting 6-12 inches at Stevens Pass, Whistler/Blackcomb, Baker, Timberline, and Bachelor.  A stronger storm system moves in Saturday night-Tuesday with heavy accumulation.

Wyoming, Idaho, & Montana

Wyoming, Idaho, Montana: Thursday and Friday are powder days.  A storm system races through with light to moderate snow accumulation, 2-8 inches.  Heavier accumulation across the Tetons, 1-2 feet.  Drier Saturday-Sunday marking the end of this storm cycle.  Then snow returns Monday-Wednesday with the next dip in the jet stream.

Banff Area

Banff Area: A fast-moving minor storm system races through Wednesday night-Thursday morning with light snow accumulation, 1-3 inches.  Light snow returns on Saturday and maybe Sunday.  A larger storm system is possible Monday-Wednesday.

Northeast

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Northeast: A large storm system delivers mainly rain on Saturday.  Precipitation could end as brief snow on Sunday/Sunday night.  Overall accumulation is light and confined to northern VT, NH, and ME.

Odds For Best Snow

Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Thursday ski Mammoth, Tahoe, Jackson Hole, Crested Butte, Aspen/Snowmass, Silverton, or Wolf Creek.  On New Year’s Eve ski Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, Aspen/Snowmass, Crested Butte, Silverton, or Wolf Creek.  On New Year’s Day ski Taos, Ski Santa Fe, Wolf Creek, Loveland, Vail, or Aspen/Snowmass.

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December 26, 2021

The hot spot this week for new snow is the West.  A major storm cycle continues through 1/2/2022 with feet of new snow accumulation.

California

California: Major snow accumulation continues through Monday with two different storm systems moving through the Sierra.  A 3rd storm system hits Wednesday night-Thursday.  Total snow accumulation 12/26-1/2 between 20-50 inches at Shasta, Tahoe, and Mammoth.  The biggest powder days are Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: Moderate snow continues into Monday then a break before another storm brushes Oregon with moderate snow.  Another storm hits Wednesday night-Thursday with moderate snow accumulation.  A potential 4th storm system arrives 1/1-1/2 with heavy snow accumulation.  Total snow accumulation 12/26-1/2 between 25-30 inches at Whistler/Blackcomb, Baker, Stevens Pass, Timberline, and Bachelor.

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Utah, Colorado

Utah, Colorado: Major storm cycle continues through 1/2 with feet of new snow accumulation in the Wasatch and most Colorado mountain zones (especially Western Slope and Southern Mountains).  Moderate to heavy snow continues into Monday with another storm system quickly moving in and reintensifying the snowfall.  Moderate to heavy snowfall tapers-off into Tuesday but could linger much longer in Colorado – especially the Southern Mountains.   A 3rd storm system hits Wednesday night-Thursday with moderate to heavy accumulation.  A 4th storm system (or potential merger with 3rd storm system) arrives Thursday night through 1/1.  If a merger occurs then this storm system could be the biggest of the series.  Total snow accumulation 12/26-1/2 between 1 and 4 feet with isolated pockets of 5 feet in Western and Southwest Colorado.  Major avalanche cycle in the backcountry.

New Mexico

New Mexico: Light snow into Monday morning.  But, three larger storm systems arrive Tuesday-Saturday with 1-3 feet of total accumulation by 1/2.  The most snow falls at Taos.

Montana, Wyoming, & Idaho

Montana, Wyoming, Idaho: Major storm cycle continues through 1/2 with feet of new snow accumulation.  Moderate to heavy snow accumulation continues into Monday with another storm system quickly moving in and reintensifying the snowfall.  A 3rd storm system arrives Wednesday with moderate snow accumulation and a 4th storm system on Thursday-Friday with moderate to heavy accumulation.  A 5th storm system potentially arrives Sunday-Monday.  Total snow 12/26-1/2 in the Tetons ranging from 1-3 feet.  Less accumulation at Sun Valley, Bridger Bowl, Big Sky, Whitefish, and Discovery.  1-2 feet at Schweitzer.

Banff

Banff Area: Light snow into Monday and possibly Tuesday-Wednesday.  But, a larger storm system is possible Wednesday night-Thursday and again on 1/1-1/2.  Total snowfall 12/26-1/2 between 2-14″ with the most at Revelstoke and Eastern British Columbia.

Northeast

Northeast: Only small, fast-moving storm systems through 1/1 with minor snow accumulation.  A larger storm system is possible on 1/1-1/2 with light to moderate accumulation in northern VT, NH, and ME.

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Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: Ski the West this week and weekend.  On Thursday ski Jackson Hole, Alta, Snowbird, Crested Butte, or Wolf Creek.  On Friday ski Schweitzer, Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole, or Mount Baker.  On Saturday ski Aspen/Snowmass, Crested Butte, Wolf Creek, Steamboat, Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, or Park City.  On Sunday ski Loveland, Wolf Creek, Vail, Telluride, Taos, Angel Fire, or Ski Santa Fe.

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December 22, 2021

The hot spot this week and Christmas weekend is the West.  I’m forecasting a major storm cycle through 12/31/2021 with feet of accumulation at many Western ski areas.

California

California: 4-5 different storm systems are lined-up through 12/31/2021.  It might snow almost every single day between 12/23-12/29.  I’m forecasting grand totals of 50-80 inches at Shasta, Tahoe, and Mammoth.  The stormiest days are 12/23, 12/25, 12/27, and 12/28.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: The stormiest period is 12/22-12/26 with 2-4 feet of total accumulation at Baker, Stevens Pass, Timberline, Bachelor, Rainier, and Whistler/Blackcomb.  Then the storm track shifts south into California.  The flow might still favor Timberline and Bachelor after 12/26.

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Banff

Banff Area: Two storm systems through 12/26 deliver heavy snow accumulation of 1-2 feet at Revelstoke, Marmot Basin, and Fernie.  8-12 inches at Sunshine Village.  The storm track shifts away 12/27-12/29.  The flow might shift back around 12/30.

Montana, Wyoming, & Idaho

Montana, Wyoming, Idaho: Major snow accumulation through 12/31 with four different storm systems.  I’m forecasting 1-2 feet through 12/26 at Sun Valley, Schweitzer, Big Sky, Grand Targhee, and Jackson Hole.  An isolated 3 foot total is possible in the Tetons.  Then another 3-12 inches between 12/27-12/31.  It might snow every single day in the Tetons between 12/23-12/29.

Utah & Colorado

Utah, Colorado: Major snow accumulation through 12/31 with 4-5 different storm systems.  I’m forecasting 1-2 feet through 12/26 with isolated 3-foot totals.  Then another 1-2 feet 12/27-12/31.  Expect a high avalanche cycle in the backcountry.  If this forecast holds, then this will be the biggest storm cycle in quite awhile.  It could snow every single day between 12/23-12/30 at Alta, Snowbird, Wolf Creek, Crested Butte, Silverton, and Aspen/Snowmass.

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New Mexico

New Mexico: Taos, Angel Fire, and Ski Santa Fe get brushed by four different storm systems through 12/31.  I’m forecasting heavy total accumulations of 1-2 feet.  The stormiest days are 12/24, 12/26, and 12/30.

Northeast

Northeast: A fast-moving storm on 12/22 could make 12/23 a powder day in NH and ME.  Then a clipper might deliver light snow accumulation 12/23-12/24 and again on 12/25.  Overall, I’m forecasting grand totals by 12/26 of 5-7 inches at most ski areas.

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Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Thursday ski Tahoe, Mammoth, Sun Valley, Schweitzer, or Banff.  On Friday ski Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole, Alta, or Snowbird.  On Christmas ski Aspen/Snowmass, Crested Butte, Silverton, Telluride, or Wolf Creek.  On Sunday ski the Tetons, Snowbasin, Park City, Alta, Snowbird, or Tahoe.


December 19, 2021

The hot spot for new snow this week is the West.  I’m forecasting big snow totals at numerous Western ski areas.

California

California: Major snow accumulation between 12/21-12/26.  2-3 different storm systems will harness a weak to moderate intensity atmospheric river.  I’m forecasting a grand total of 50-90 through 12/26 from Tahoe to Mammoth.  About 40 inches at Shasta.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: 2-3 different storm systems deliver heavy snow accumulation through 12/26.  I’m forecasting 2-4 feet at Stevens Pass, Bachelor, Whistler/Blackcomb, and Mount Baker.  The prime days for snow are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Banff

Banff Area: Two storm systems deliver moderate to heavy snow accumulation through 12/26.  The prime days for snow are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Wyoming, Montana, & Idaho

Wyoming, Montana, Idaho: Northern Idaho and Northwest Montana get moderate snow accumulation Monday and Wednesday followed by heavy snow accumulation Thursday through Saturday.  Grand totals at Schweitzer and Whitefish through 12/26 of 1-2 feet.

The remainder of MT, ID, and WY get a two-storm combination between Wednesday and Sunday.  Grand total snow accumulation in the Tetons of 1-2 feet.

Utah & Colorado

Utah, Colorado: A two-storm combination delivers heavy snow accumulation between 12/23-12/26.  The prime days for snow in both states are Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and 12/26.  I’m forecasting grand totals through 12/26 of two feet or more in Utah’s Wasatch and Colorado’s San Juan Mountains.  I’m forecasting grand totals through 12/26 of 1-2 feet across Colorado’s Western Slope ski areas.

New Mexico

New Mexico: Nothing until Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  I’m forecasting moderate to heavy snow accumulation.  The heaviest accumulation appears to be at Taos.  A second storm system could deliver snow 12/26-12/27.

Northeast

Northeast: A clipper might dust the ski areas in VT, NE, and ME with light snow between Monday night-Tuesday, and again Wednesday night-Thursday.  A larger storm system is possible Friday night-Saturday.

Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Wednesday and Christmas Eve ski Tahoe or Mammoth, on Christmas Day ski the Wasatch, Tetons, or Aspen/Snowmass, Crested Butte, or Wolf Creek.


December 15, 2021

The hot spot this week and weekend for best snow is the West.

California

California: A storm system delivers heavy snow accumulation between Wednesday night and Thursday to Shasta, Tahoe, and Mammoth.  I’m forecasting 1-2 feet of total accumulation above 5,000ft.  A second storm system hits Sunday night-Wednesday with heavy snow accumulation.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: A storm system delivers light to moderate accumulation on Thursday.  A second storm system delivers moderate to heavy accumulation between Friday night and Sunday.  I’m forecasting 1-2 feet at Bachelor, Stevens Pass, Rainier, and Baker.

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler/Blackcomb: One storm system delivers light snow accumulation on Thursday.  A stronger storm system with heavy snow accumulation between Friday night-Sunday.  I’m forecasting about 2 feet of accumulation.

Banff Area

Banff Area: A storm system brushes western British Columbia and eastern Alberta with light snow accumulation on Thursday.  A stronger storm system delivers moderate to heavy (6-12 inches) accumulation in western British Columbia between Friday night-Sunday.  3-8 inches across eastern Alberta.

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Wyoming, Idaho, & Montana

Wyoming, Idaho, Montana: Thursday is a powder day behind Wednesday’s storm system in the Tetons.   Another storm system delivers light to moderate accumulation Thursday-Friday at Big Sky, Schweitzer, Whitefish, and Bridger Bowl.  A heavier 4-12 inch accumulation at Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole.  I don’t foresee much accumulation at Sun Valley.

Colorado & Utah

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Colorado, Utah: Thursday is a powder day behind Wednesday’s storm system.  Another storm system delivers light to moderate accumulation Thursday-Friday.  The best bets for snow are in the Central and Northern Mountains of Colorado and Utah’s Wasatch.

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New Mexico

New Mexico: A departing storm system on Wednesday leaves a few inches of new snow for skiers on Thursday.  After that it’s dry.

Northeast

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Northeast: A storm system delivers a rain/snow mix Wednesday-Thursday.  A colder storm system might deliver moderate snow accumulation between Saturday-Sunday.

Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Thursday ski Tahoe, Aspen/Snowmass, Crested Butte, Grand Targhee, or Jackson Hole.  On Friday ski Mammoth, Jackson Hole, or Grand Targhee.  On Saturday ski the Pacific Northwest.  On Sunday ski Banff, western British Columbia, or Whistler/Blackcomb.

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December 12, 2021

The hot spot this week for new snow is the West.  A weak to moderate atmospheric river delivers heavy snow accumulation to California’s High Sierra then hits the Intermountain West.  A great powder week ahead for many ski areas!

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California

California: A weak to moderate atmospheric river delivers 50-90 inches of grand total snow above 5,000ft between 12/12-12/15.  This includes Shasta, Tahoe, and Mammoth.  A second storm system arrives Wednesday night-Thursday with an additional foot of accumulation.  This will be a huge week to pre-position at your favorite ski area before roads close.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: Snow continues 12/12-12/13 with 6-12 inches of accumulation from Bachelor to Rainier to Stevens Pass to Baker.  A second storm system brushes Oregon between Wednesday night-Thursday with moderate to heavy accumulation.  A third storm hits the PNW squarely Friday night-Saturday with 6-12 inches of accumulation.

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler/Blackcomb: Snow continues through Tuesday morning with 6-12 inches of accumulation.  Another storm system hits Friday night-Saturday with 6-12 inches of accumulation.

Banff

Banff Area: Off/on light snow continues into Tuesday with 1-3 inches of accumulation.  A second storm system arrives Friday night-Saturday with 3-8 inches of snow accumulation.  Overall, heavier accumulation is likely in interior BC at Revelstoke and Fernie.

Utah & Colorado

Utah, Colorado:  The storm system delivering heavy snow to California breaks loose and hits Utah and Colorado between 12/14-12/15 with moderate to heavy snow accumulation.  I’m forecasting 1-2 feet in the Wasatch and Brian Head.  In Colorado, this setup favors the Western Slope Ski Areas where a foot (or slightly more) of accumulation is possible.  Target Aspen/Snowmass, Crested Butte, Silverton, Purgatory, and Wolf Creek for the biggest totals.  6-12 inches from Vail east to Summit County to Loveland.  A second storm system blows through Thursday-Friday but loses strength, 1-4 inches possible.

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New Mexico

New Mexico: The Tuesday-Wednesday storm system only brushes Taos and Angel Fire with light snow accumulation, 1-3 inches.

Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana

Wyoming, Idaho, Montana: A great stretch overall with 1-2 feet of grand total snow.  Snow continues in Idaho off/on through Wednesday.  Schweitzer and Sun Valley have their best snow of the season so far.  The main impact for Montana and Wyoming is Tuesday-Wednesday.  A second smaller, faster-moving storm system brushes the area with 1-3 inches Thursday-Friday.  Another storm system is possible Saturday night.

Northeast

Northeast: Initially I’m forecasting a warm week.  Rain showers are possible between Wednesday night-Thursday and on Friday ending as wet snow.  A colder storm system might arrive Saturday.  If this storm materializes then 3-6 inches (or more) is possible in VT, NH, and ME ski areas.

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Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: Ski Tahoe or Mammoth Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  Consider Alta, Snowbird, Aspen/Snowmass, Crested Butte, or Sun Valley Wednesday-Thursday.  Ski the Tetons Thursday-Friday.


December 8, 2021

The hot spot for snow this week and weekend is the West.

Colorado & Utah

Colorado, Utah: I’m forecasting a major storm system with heavy snow accumulation Thursday-Friday.  1-2 feet possible by Friday afternoon at most ski areas in Utah and Colorado.  8-16 inches in Summit County, Loveland, A-Basin, Keystone, Winter Park, and Eldora.  The next storm system on the horizon is the middle of next week.

New Mexico

New Mexico: Snow is likely Thursday night-Friday.  I’m forecasting moderate accumulations of 3-8 inches between Angel Fire and Taos.  Then dry until the middle of next week.

Wyoming, Idaho, & Montana

Wyoming, Idaho, Montana: Light to moderate snow is likely Wednesday-Thursday and could linger into Friday.  Snow will continue in northern Idaho and northwest Montana on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday where major snow accumulation is likely on the higher elevations (mixing at lower elevations).  The best days to ski Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, and Big Sky are Thursday and Friday.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: A weak to moderate intensity atmospheric river is likely Friday night-Saturday.  Major snow accumulation on the higher volcanoes and Cascades.  I’m forecasting 25-60 inch grand totals across Mount Baker, Stevens Pass, Mount Rainier, Timberline, and Bachelor.  Another storm system possible Monday-Tuesday.

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler/Blackcomb: A weak to moderate intensity atmospheric river is likely Friday night-Saturday.  I’m forecasting 2-3 feet of total snow accumulation mid-mountain and higher.  Another storm arrives Monday-Tuesday.

Banff

Banff Area: Light snow continues on Thursday.  Moderate to heavy snow arrives Friday night-Saturday.  I’m forecasting 8-14 inches at Sunshine Village, Fernie, Revelstoke, Panorama, and Marmot Basin.  Lingering light snow on Sunday.  Another storm system arrives Monday-Tuesday.

California

California: Moderate snow accumulation slides through on Thursday.  4-8 inches from Tahoe to Mammoth.  A much larger storm system and atmospheric river possible Sunday-Wednesday.  If this materializes then we could be talking about a few feet (or more) of snow accumulation.

Northeast

Northeast: Light snow could brush the ski areas Thursday night-Friday.  A larger storm system arrives Friday night-Saturday.  It’s warm initially with rain or a rain/snow mix at the ski areas.  Then colder air changes the rain to snow Saturday afternoon/night.  1-6 inches of total snowfall.  Drier Sunday-Monday.

Odds For Best Snow

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Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Thursday ski the Jackson Hole, Alta, or Snowbird, on Friday and Saturday ski Aspen/Snowmass, Telluride, Crested Butte, Wolf Creek, or the Wasatch, and on Sunday ski the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, or Banff Area.

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December 5, 2021

Finally a change in the storm track this week for the Intermountain West.  I’m forecasting 2-3 different storm systems for many ski areas that have been bone dry for two weeks.

Montana, Wyoming, & Idaho

Montana, Wyoming, Idaho: Light snow tapers-off into Monday morning with a small front.  Another 2-3 storm systems are lined-up through 12/11 with consistent snowfall.  The first storm system delivers light to moderate snow on Monday-Tuesday.  A 2nd storm system delivers light to moderate snow Tuesday-Wednesday.  And a 3rd storm system delivers light to moderate snow on Thursday-Friday.  I’m forecasting 1-2 foot grand totals at Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee by 12/11 with less accumulation at all other ski areas (significantly less at Sun Valley).  An additional storm system might roll through late Saturday-Sunday.

Colorado & Utah

Colorado, Utah: I’m forecasting 2-3 different storm systems through 12/11.  Light to moderate snow falls on Monday-Tuesday, light snow between Wednesday night-Thursday, and moderate to heavy accumulation possible between Thursday-Friday.  Grand totals of 1-2 feet possible in Utah’s Wasatch through 12/11.  Grand totals of 1-2 feet possible in most Colorado mountain zones through 12/11.

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Vail Snow Plume

New Mexico

New Mexico: 2-3 storm systems possible through 12/11 with the latter storm systems having best potential.  Grand totals through 12/11 should range from 8-12 inches at Taos and Angel Fire.

California

California: Two storm systems are possible through 12/11.  Both are trending minor with light to moderate accumulation at Shasta, Tahoe, and Mammoth.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: Four different storm systems are possible through 12/11.  Light to moderate snow accumulation on Monday, moderate accumulation on Wednesday, moderate accumulation on Thursday, and heavy accumulation on Saturday.  If the Saturday storm system holds together then i’m forecasting grand totals of 2-4 feet through 12/11 on the high volcanoes and Cascades.  For example, Stevens Pass and Mount Baker could see 40-50 inches.

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler/Blackcomb: Consistent light to moderate snow accumulation is likely most of this week through 12/11 with four different storm systems possible.  The 4th storm system is the largest and if it holds together then grand totals through 12/11 could exceed two feet.

Banff

Banff Area: 2-3 different storm systems are possible through 12/11.  Light snow accumulation Monday, light to moderate accumulation Tuesday-Wednesday, light snow lingers Thursday-Friday, and moderate to heavy snow is possible on Saturday if the storm systems holds together.

Northeast

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Northeast: 3-4 different storm systems are possible through 12/11 but with mixed precipitation.  Rain changes over to snow late on Monday with light snow accumulation, slight chance a storm system brushes New England Wednesday-Thursday, snow over to rain between Thursday night-Friday, a rain/snow mix on Saturday, and a larger, colder storm system possible on Sunday.

Best Odds For Snow

Best Odds For Snow

Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Wednesday ski the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia or Western Alberta, on Thursday ski the Tetons, on Friday ski Alta, Snowbird, Aspen/Snowmass, Crested Butte, or Wolf Creek, and on Saturday ski Loveland, A-Basin, or Utah’s Wasatch.


December 1, 2021

The hot spot this week and weekend for the best new snow is the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, western Alberta, and the Northeast.

I’m watching next week for 1-2 storm systems across the Intermountain West where it’s been incredibly dry for almost two weeks.

 

Northeast

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Mid-Mountain Totals

Northeast: Watch for two Alberta Clippers through Sunday and potentially a larger storm system between Sunday night and Monday.  At the VT, NH, and ME ski areas I’m forecasting two inches on Thursday, one inch on Friday, one inch on Saturday, and then rain over to snow between Sunday night and Monday.  Light to moderate accumulation possible.

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler/Blackcomb/BC: Heavy snow tapers off on Thursday.  Then another storm system arrives between Friday night and Saturday with light accumulation.  A larger storm system arrives Sunday night-Monday heavy accumulation.  With consistent snowfall, the skiing should be good through the weekend.

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Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: Moderate snow tapers-off on Thursday.  Then another storm system arrives Friday night-Saturday with 6-8 inches of accumulation.  A larger storm system arrives Sunday-Monday with heavy snow accumulation.

Banff

Banff Area: Light snow accumulation continues on Thursday.  Then another storm system arrives Friday night-Saturday with light to moderate snow accumulation.  Another storm system arrives Sunday night-Monday with light snow accumulation.

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Mid-Mountain Totals forecast

Wyoming, Montana, & Idaho

Wyoming, Montana, Idaho: Only northern Idaho and Northwest Montana will see precipitation through Sunday and unfortunately air temps look warm with a rain/snow problem at lower elevations.  Best snow potential is mid-mountain and higher.  A better storm track may develop next week for the remainder of the region.  Until then, I’m forecasting a minor storm system with light accumulation on Thursday, moderate snow accumulation on Saturday, then a larger storm system with heavy snow accumulation Sunday night-Monday.

Colorado, Utah, & New Mexico

Colorado, Utah, New Mexico: Dry with high pressure dominating through Sunday.  A better storm track with snow potential next week.

California

California: High and dry through Sunday.  A better storm track with snow potential next week.

Odds For Best Snow

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Odds For Best Snow, December 1, 2021

Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Friday ski the Northeast, on Saturday ski Whistler/Blackcomb or Washington State, and on Sunday ski the Banff Area or British Columbia.


November 28, 2021

The hot spot this week for best new snow remains the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and western Alberta.  Light to moderate snow is possible for the Northeast, especially late-week.

Pacific Northwest

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Forecast mid-mountain totals. Image via Meteorologist Chris Tomer

Pacific Northwest: 1-2 storm systems are lined-up through 12/4.  The best days for new snow are Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  Freezing levels will be problematic and fluctuate wildly.  The best snow will occur at higher elevations.  I’m forecasting 1-2 feet by 12/4 on Stevens Pass, Mount Baker, Mount Rainier, and north into British Columbia.

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler/Blackcomb: 1-2 storm systems are lined-up through 12/4.  The best days for new snow are Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  Freezing levels will fluctuate with the best snow mid-mountain and higher.  I’m forecasting 1-2 feet by 12/4.

Banff

Banff Area: 1-2 storm systems are lined-up through 12/4.  The best days for new snow are Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  I’m forecasting 1-2 feet by 12/4 at Marmot Basin and Sunshine Village; 5-12 inches at Fernie and Revelstoke.

Northern Idaho and Northwest Montana

Northern Idaho and NW Montana: 2 storm systems are lined-up through 12/4.  The freezing level will fluctuate wildly with the best snow at higher elevations.  Mixing and less accumulation at valley levels.  The best days for new snow are Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday.  At higher elevations, I’m forecasting 3-8 inches by 12/4 with less at lower elevations.

Southern Idaho, Wyoming, and Southwest Montana

Southern Idaho, Wyoming, and SW Montana: A very dry stretch until 12/5-12/6 when the snow returns.

Colorado, Utah, & New Mexico

Colorado, Utah, New Mexico: A very dry stretch until 12/5-12/6 when the snow returns.

California

California: A very dry stretch until 12/5-12/6 when the snow returns.

Northeast

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Forecast mid-mountain totals. Image via Meteorologist Chris Tomer

Northeast: A cold pattern with scattered areas of light snow possible through 12/1.  An Alberta Clipper is possible Thursday-Friday with rain to snow.  That could set up Friday and Saturday as good ski days.  I’m forecasting 2-6 inches total by 12/4.

Odds For Best Snow

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Odds for best snow over the next 5 days

Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Monday-Thursday ski the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and western Alberta.  Then look to the Northeast between Friday-Saturday.


November 24, 2021

The hot spot for the most consistent new snow through this weekend is the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and western Alberta.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: Two storm systems are lined-up through this weekend.  Consistent snow is likely each day with the heaviest snow falling on Thursday and Saturday.  Snow levels will fluctuate with only the higher volcanoes and Cascades staying all snow.  I’m forecasting grand totals of 1-3 feet on the highest volcanoes and Cascades.  Stevens Pass could stay mostly rain.

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb: Two storm systems are lined-up through this weekend with additional heavy precipitation next week.  Consistent snow is likely each day with the heaviest snow falling on Thursday and Saturday.  The best snow occurs mid-mountain and higher with mixing below.  I’m forecasting grand totals of 2-4 feet.

 

Banff

Banff Area: Two storm systems are lined-up through this weekend with additional snow likely next week.  The best snow occurs mid-mountain and higher with mixing below.  The heaviest snowfalls on Thursday and Saturday.  I’m forecasting 6-15 inches of grand total accumulation at Sunshine Village, Marmot Basin, Panorama, and Revelstoke.

Montana, Idaho, & Wyoming

Montana, Idaho, Wyoming: The storm track is not optimal through the weekend.  One minor storm system blows through between Friday-Saturday morning.  However, northern Idaho and northwest Montana will see additional snow chances but warm temps could create rain/snow problems.  Overall, I’m forecasting only light snow accumulations.

Colorado, Utah, & New Mexico

Colorado, Utah, New Mexico:  After a storm system departs Colorado on Wednesday I’m not forecasting any new snowfall between Thursday-Sunday.  Will this change?  I don’t see a change in the storm track until after December 2.

California

California: I’m not forecasting any new snowfall between Thursday and Sunday.  Will this change?  It might take 10 days.

Northeast

Northeast: There is one cold front lined-up Thursday night-Friday with possibly a second front Sunday-Monday.  I’m forecasting moderate snow accumulation (3-8 inches) Thursday night-Friday across the ski areas of northern New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine.  I think we could see a pocket of heavy snow accumulation (6-14″) around Jay Peak and Mount Washington.

Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Thanksgiving ski opening day at Whistler/Blackcomb or elsewhere in British Columbia, on Friday ski eastern British Columbia or western Alberta and Banff, on Saturday ski the Northeast, and on Sunday ski the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, or Banff area.

Odds For Best Snow

 


November 21, 2021

The hot spot for the best new snow this Thanksgiving week is the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and Western Alberta.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: There are 2-3 different storm systems lined up through Saturday.  The best days for new snow are Monday-Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday-Sunday.  I’m forecasting light to moderate snow amounts Monday, moderate to heavy accumulation Wednesday night-Thursday, and heavy accumulation Saturday-Sunday.  Grand totals by Sunday will range from 1-2 feet on the higher volcanoes and Cascades.

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb: There are 2-3 different storm systems lined up through Saturday.  The best days for new snow are Monday, Thursday, and Saturday-Sunday.  I’m forecasting light snow accumulation on Monday, moderate to heavy accumulation on Thursday, and heavy accumulation Saturday-Sunday.  Grand totals by Sunday will push two feet mid-mountain and higher.

Banff

Banff Area: The bulk of accumulation will stay in British Columbia through Saturday, but consistent light to moderate snow accumulation is possible at Banff ski areas.  Could see a mixing problem at lower elevations early in the week then temps turn colder.  The best day is Tuesday. Revelstoke and Marmot Basin should do well with light to moderate snow accumulation almost every day.  Grand totals there could reach a foot or more by Saturday-Sunday.

Montana, Idaho, & Wyoming

Montana, Idaho, Wyoming: Two fast-moving storm systems are lined-up through Saturday.  Most ski areas get minor snow amounts, but there are a couple of exceptions.  Northern Idaho and southwest Montana could see light to moderate snow accumulation on Tuesday including Schweitzer and Big Sky.  I’m only forecasting light snow accumulation in the Tetons.

Colorado, Utah, & New Mexico

Colorado, Utah, New Mexico:  One storm system is lined-up through Saturday.  This storm system will have a southern component so New Mexico and southern Colorado should benefit with moderate snow accumulation.  I’m forecasting light accumulations in the Wasatch.  The best day for new snow is Wednesday.

California

California: The storm track is not favorable for new snow in the next 5-7 days.

Northeast

Northeast: There are two cold fronts lined up through Saturday.  Colder than normal temps are likely after the passage of both cold fronts.  I’m forecasting moderate snow accumulation with isolated heavy pockets across ski areas in northern Vermont, northern New Hampshire, and northern Maine with both fronts.  The best days for new snow are Monday and Friday-Saturday.  Grand totals by Sunday could range from 5-12 inches.

Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: Ski the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and Banff area this Thanksgiving week.  This weekend, consider skiing in the Northeast.  Specifically, on Wednesday ski Southern Colorado or Northern New Mexico, and on Thanksgiving ski opening day at Whistler Blackcomb or interior British Columbia.

Odds for Best Snow

 


November 18, 2021

A minor storm system will hit the West this weekend.  I’m forecasting light snow amounts at most ski areas except for the Tetons and high volcanoes and Cascades of the Pacific Northwest.


Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: One storm system slides through Thursday-Friday with moderate snow amounts for the high volcanoes and Cascades.  Light lingering snow is possible on Saturday.

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler/Blackcomb: Two storm systems are lined-up through the weekend.  The first storm system is minor on Thursday.  The 2nd storm system is bigger Sunday-Monday with moderate snow accumulation.

Banff Area

Banff Area: Two storm systems are lined-up through the weekend.  The first storm system is minor on Thursday.  The 2nd storm system has a longer duration Saturday-Monday and delivers light accumulations over time.

Montana, Idaho, & Wyoming

Montana, Idaho, Wyoming: One storm system slides through Friday-Saturday.  I’m forecasting light snow accumulation at Idaho and Montana ski areas.  Moderate to heavy snow accumulation in the Tetons.


Colorado & Utah

Colorado, Utah: One storm system slides through between Friday-Saturday.  I’m forecasting light snow accumulation at most ski areas.

California

California: One storm system slides through Thursday-Friday.  It largely misses Tahoe and Mammoth but will deliver light snow accumulation to northern California including Shasta.  Dry for a long stretch after this storm system.

New Mexico

New Mexico: A dry stretch through the weekend.

Northeast

Northeast: I’m forecasting two cold fronts through the weekend into early next week.  The first front slides through on Thursday with rain initially then snow.  Light snow accumulation at the ski areas.  The 2nd front is more substantial between Sunday afternoon and Monday.  But, it’s very warm initially with rain before changing to snow.

Odds For Best Snow


Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Friday ski the Pacific Northwest, on Saturday ski the Tetons, and on Sunday ski Loveland, A-Basin, or Winter Park.

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November 14, 2021

The hot spot this week for the heaviest snowfall is the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and western Alberta.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: Two storm systems are lined-up through Friday.  The first delivers heavy snowfall and strong wind through Monday on the higher volcanoes and peaks above 5,000ft.  12-24 inch grand totals.  Then turning drier until Thursday night-Friday when the next storm system arrives.  Right now that storm appears to deliver moderate snow amounts.

Whistler Blackcomb and Banff

Whistler/Blackcomb and Banff: Two storm systems are lined-up through Friday.  The first delivers heavy snowfall through Monday then drier.  I’m forecasting 12-24 inch grand totals (72-hour totals) between Sunday-Tuesday mid-mountain and higher.  The second storm system arrives Thursday night-Friday with another potential storm system over the weekend.

Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho

Wyoming, Montana, Idaho: There are two storm systems lined up through Friday.  The first one occurs Monday-Tuesday.  They both appear minor and fast-moving.  We’re still looking at a rain/snow problem in parts of Idaho until colder air filters in Monday afternoon/night.  Light snow accumulation.  The second storm system arrives Thursday night and continues through Friday.  In Wyoming and Montana, both storm systems brush the ski areas with light snow accumulations.  I’m forecasting 1-2 inches with the first, and 1-4 inches with the second.

Colorado and Utah

Colorado, Utah: There are two minor, fast-moving, windy storm systems lined up through Friday.  The first occurs Tuesday-Wednesday, and the second occurs Friday-Saturday.  I’m forecasting light snow accumulation with both.

New Mexico

New Mexico: I’m forecasting a dry week ahead with the storm track too far north.

California

California: An initial storm system misses the ski areas on Monday night.  There is a second storm system between Thursday night-Friday that mainly impacts Tahoe with light snow accumulation.

Northeast

Northeast: Colder than normal through Monday with light snow accumulation.  A second storm system arrives Thursday afternoon-Friday with warmer temperatures initially then turning colder behind the cold front.  Precipitation starts as rain then turns over to snow.  Light snow accumulation.

Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: Ski Whistler/Blackcomb Monday, Banff area Tuesday and Wednesday.  By the end of the week and weekend, stay in those same areas or look at Wyoming.

Odds For Best Snow

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October 5, 2021

Meteorologist Chris Tomer provides a preview of what to expect from his weekly Snow Before You Go forecasts this season. Be sure to check them out before you pack the car to find out what the weather will be and how it can affect snow conditions, along with what ski resorts will have the best snow for the weekend.

Look for the first Snow Before You Go of the 2021-22 season in November. In the meantime, catch up on Tomer’s Winter 2021/22 Long-Range Weather Forecast, and watch the following preview of what to expect this season.

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