SnoCast: Ski Season Going Strong with More Snow Ahead

CONUS_Snow

What a ski season it has been! With recent big improvements across the Northeast and a winter to remember out West, we'll glide through late January with new snow in the forecast and plenty of good options to hit the slopes. 

In this week's SnoCast, It's all about a trough digging in across the U.S. which will bring both new snow and a surge of biting cold air by next week for many. Make sure you have the layers ready to roll out.  Here's the breakdown for January 26 through February 1, 2023.

East

We've made incredible improvements across the Northeast this week as a series of three storms added much needed snow to the trails. Natural snow cover across the Northeast has grown from just 48% to nearly 100% coverage since January 1.

In the forecast, lingering scattered snow showers (lake effect and upslope) remain across the Northeast and Great Lakes Thursday as the most recent storm departs. An additional dusting-3" can be expected through Thursday at peaks from Wisconsin to Maine, and down the spine of the Appalachians to West Virginia.

A much weaker, quick moving clipper system scoots across the Great Lakes Friday, delivering another a 1-3" from Minnesota to Wisconsin. This system skims by New York and Vermont peaks Friday night-Saturday with a light coating possible. 

The next system takes shape over the weekend, spreading a thin swath of snow from the lower Great Lakes region to New England. Expect another 2-6" of snow to fall by Monday from southern Michigan to New York's Adirondacks and northern New England. Areas farther south will likely see rain.

This system opens the freezer door for the Midwest especially, with biting cold winter air settling in next week.

Yet another system takes shape around Wednesday next week. Keep an eye on the forecast for this one, since it's still pretty far out in time. 

West

As of Thursday, scattered snow showers continue to pepper the Rockies northward to the Western Canadian slopes. A trough will dig in over the next several days, reinforcing snow (for some, a lot of it!) and also causing cold air to dive southward through the weekend.

Friday, the heaviest snow will focus across the Pacific Northwest Cascades, and the far northern Rockies from Alberta to Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado with a widespread 6-12" for most bases and mid-mountains. Snow persists Saturday for the northern Rockies which allows a total of 1-3 feet to pile up at the higher peaks through the weekend. Watch around Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, Big Sky, and Bridger Bowl and others nearby for big totals.

Here are the National Weather Service snow forecast maps state by state for the northern Rockies.

By Sunday and Monday, the snow slips southward, delivering freshies to the southwest and southern Rockies. In California, enough cold air likely lets snow slip all the way to the far southern peaks, including Big Bear and Snow Valley.  While totals may adjust with time, it looks as though a general 4-8" can be expected. But, if enough moisture can hang on, there is potential for 10" or more for some of the peaks from California to Utah and Colorado.  

Looking Ahead

Much of the country will be colder than average through early February, with temps as much as 20-30 below average for the coldest core over the Midwest and northern Rockies. Get the layers ready for next week! Here's the temperature and precipitation outlook for Jan. 31-Feb. 4.

 

 

We'll see ya next Thursday with another SnoCast! -Meteorologist Kerrin Jeromin

 

  35 Hits

SnoCast: Tricks and Treats in the Forecast

Keystone_Oct23_tw

The weather won't be too scary this Halloween weekend. Tricky weather for the East, while the West eagerly awaits it's next fluffy, white treat. Let's dive into this week's SnoCast forecast. 

Continue reading
  718 Hits

Why Spring Is A Terrific Time To Visit Montana’s Big Sky Resort

Big-Sky

No wonder why skiers flock to Montana’s Big Sky Resort year after year. The snow is downright plentiful, as the resort sees an average annual snowfall of about 400 inches. And since Big Sky opens on Thanksgiving Day and closes the season mid-April, it’s easy to schedule in world-class skiing when your schedule permits.

Continue reading
  803 Hits

SnoCast: A Mixed-Bag Of Snow As March Closes Out

waterville-valley

The calendar says spring, but the weather says “here’s a little of everything!”. In true spring fashion, we’ll see ups and downs in temps, while precipitation type keeps us on the toe of our ski boots. Here’s what to expect in this week’s SnoCast.  

Continue reading
  1738 Hits

Big Sky’s Big Grass Concert Late March And April Lodging Specials

Big-Sky-and-Lone-Peak-website-image

The Big Sky 14th annual Big Grass Concert takes place, March 31-April 3, and includes some of the top blue grass acts in the country; Travelin’ McCoury's, Keller Williams, Drew Emmit Band, Bill Monroe and Blue Grass Boys, Love Canon, Jon Strickley Trio and more.

Continue reading
  1047 Hits

SnoCast: First Big Snow Blankets the Rockies

BeaverCreek_tw_101321

This past week featured the first significant snow of the season. Many ski areas across the Rockies received 4”-10”, with locally near a foot and a half, of fresh snow.

Continue reading
  1114 Hits

SnoCast: Cold, Snow Ahead for the Slopes

JacksonHole2_tw_012921

 

A large pool of bitter cold air seeps into the US from Canada this week, affecting the weather from coast to coast. Here’s what to expect on the slopes.

Continue reading
  2594 Hits

SnoCast: Snow and Wind Target the Midwest, Northeast

WhitefaceMtn_TW_011220

A blizzard and localized upslope snow event will take shape in the East, while the Western peaks squeeze out more fresh snow. This week's SnoCast highlights where to find new snow on the slopes coast to coast.

Continue reading
  3380 Hits

The 11 Best Ski Town Burgers You’ll Ever Eat

ski-town-burger-main

After a hard-fought day schussing the slopes, nothing replenishes the fuel tank like a good ol’ burger, with just the right blend of protein, carbs, and yes, grease. We combed America’s ski towns and adjacent mountain resorts for the tastiest—and weirdest—beef between two buns, bringing you our unequivocal list of where to hang your helmet for the best hamburgers worth your fully salivated après-ski time and attention.

Continue reading
  3312 Hits

SnoCountry SnoCast: Loving The Forecast For Presidents’ Day Weekend

Steamboat-Springs

With Valentine’s Day Friday and (hopefully) an extended holiday weekend for you, there’s a lot to love about the forecast!

Continue reading
  3712 Hits

Montana Resorts Remain Open Into April With Good Spring Conditions

Big-Sky-Facebook-page-image-2

The ski season is winding down across Montana, but the major ski areas are staying open into April. There’s plenty of time for Heartlanders to plan one more western trip to close out the season.

Continue reading
  2990 Hits

Big Sky Snow Should Last Into Spring

Screen-Shot-2019-02-02-at-11.03.26-PM

Montana ski areas have been reveling in the powder lately, with some mountains receiving over 40 inches in a week's span, including Red Lodge Mountain which nabbed nearly four feet.

Continue reading
  3226 Hits

Head To Montana For Early 2019 Lift And Lodging Packages

Red-Lodge-Mountain-web-page-skier

Early winter has been good to Montana skiers and riders, and four of the Treasure State’s top resorts are offering some attractive January lift and lodging packages. It’s an easy drive for many Heartlanders on the western side of the Midwest. Take advantage and enjoy some great snow conditions.

 

Continue reading
  3375 Hits

Mountain Collective Adds Big Sky And Niseko United

Big-Sky-skier-Facebook

Multi-mountain pass options are growing as the Mountain Collective heads into the 2018-19 season welcoming Montana’s Big Sky and Northern Japan-based Niseko United to its roster. Previously a global affiliate, Niseko United will join the Mountain Collective as a full partner for the 2018-19 season, expanding the breadth of the Collective with full partner destinations in five countries, and affiliates in two more.

Continue reading
  3816 Hits

SnoCountry SnoCast: Spring Storm(s) To Bring More Heavy Snow

Aspen-Snowmass

One strong spring storm will pack a powder punch for much of the West for the second full weekend of April. Meanwhile in the East, an incredible temperature contrast will exist near the Canadian border.

Continue reading
  4365 Hits

Montana Resorts Set Season Visit Records; Some Open Mid-April

whitefish-Mountain-Resort-Facebook

Whitefish has received above average snowfall this season.

The ski season is winding down across Montana with the last day taking place at many this weekend, but a few are staying open later through Easter. At least one has extended their season with all the snow that has fallen this winter.

Continue reading
  5519 Hits

Big Sky Plans New Eight-Seat Lift, Base Renovations

Big-Sky-concept-of-8-person-lift-Facebook

A concept of the new eight-seat, high-speed Doppelmayr lift. (Big Sky)

Boyne announced they will install North America’s first eight-seat, high-speed lift at Big Sky Resort over the summer and it will be ready for next winter, and additional improvements will focus on the Mountain Village.

Continue reading
  5842 Hits

SnoCountry SnoCast: Favorable Pattern in the East

Stowe-Header-Picture

Fresh powder can be found across much of the Northeast. (Stowe Mountain Resort)

The Northeast and Great Lakes regions are settled in a weather pattern that allows for more snowfall and cold temperatures. The West sees some snowfall return and possibly a pattern change.

Continue reading
  4442 Hits

Big Sky Improves Slope Access

Big-Sky-Resort-lift-Facebook-page-photos

Heading up to Lone Peak on the tram.

America’s biggest skiing resort, Big Sky with 5800 acres and 300 runs tumbling off four mountain peaks, made several improvements this past summer that improved slope access. They open for the season on Thanksgiving Day, November 23.

Continue reading
  6766 Hits

Montana Ski Resorts Open Into April; Two Through Easter

Montana Ski Resorts Open Into April; Two Through Easter

Big Sky offers big snow and big views. (Big Sky/Facebook)

The ski season is winding down across Montana with the last day taking place at many this weekend, but a few are staying open later through Easter. At least one has extended their season with all the snow that has fallen this winter.


Plenty of snow left on the Whitefish slopes.

Whitefish Mountain Resort has received more than 31 feet of snow so far this season. Conditions are prime spring skiing, but plans on closing after skiing and riding Saturday, April 8. Dummy Derby takes place this coming Saturday, April 1 as competitors compete for a $400 cash purse. The annual season-ending Pond Skim is scheduled for the closing Saturday. Lift and lodging packages start from $98 per person, per night and include breakfast and hot tub access.

Big Sky Resort remains open through April 16 affording a little more time to enjoy those spring conditions. The annual, spectator friendly Pond Skim takes place Saturday, April 15, with live music following at Whiskey Jacks. April lift and lodging packages offer 30 percent off select condos booked through central reservations. Tours of nearby Yellowstone National Park are also available, and this is an excellent time of year to tour the park. It’s a great time to catch the bison before they start moving to higher ground.

Red Lodge Mountain is extending its season with all their snow.

Red Lodge Mountain has extended its season through Easter to April 16 and lift and lodging packages start from $72 per person. It’s some of the best late season skiing and riding in recent years.

Discover the slopes of Discovery.

Discovery Ski Area remains open through April 9 and lift and lodging packages start from $128.

Great Divide offers scenery and snow.

Great Divide plans on remaining open through April 9 and on weekends through the month as long as the snow remains skiable. They’ll pick the best weather day of each weekend, 10am-5pm. Lift tickets are $10 per hour or $30 for the day.



  6702 Hits