Snow Before You Go: The storm track favors the West this week

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Can’t wait to hit the slopes? Wait. Check Meteorologist Chris Tomer’s predictions before you pack the car to find out what the weather will be and how it can affect snow conditions, along with which ski resorts will have the best snow for the weekend.

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by Meteorologist Chris Tomer

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March 30, 2022

Editor’s Note – This forecast is the last Snow Before You Go forecast of the 2021/2022 season. These forecasts will return in the fall. In the meantime, keep an eye on snow reports, snow totals, and conditions here.

The storm track favors the West with 2-3 different fast-moving storm systems through 4/3.  Spring skiing is in full swing.

Colorado & Utah

Colorado, Utah: A fast-moving minor front races through Utah on 3/31 with light snow accumulation.  It slides through Colorado late 3/31 through 4/1 with light snow accumulation.  A second fast-moving minor front moves through Utah on 4/3 with light accumulation.  It moves through Colorado on 4/3 and 4/4 with light accumulation.

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New Mexico

New Mexico: I’m forecasting a small chance for light snow accumulation on 4/1 and between 4/3-4/4.

Wyoming, Idaho, & Montana

Wyoming, Idaho, Montana: A fast-moving minor front races through on 3/31 with light snow accumulation.  A second fast-moving minor front moves through on 4/2 with light snow accumulation.  A larger storm system is possible 4/3-4/4.

California

California: The pattern is mainly dry until early next week.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: An active storm track delivers three different storm systems through 4/3.  The first two are minor. The third storm system is major between 4/3-4/5 with heavy snow accumulation on the high volcanoes and higher Cascades.

Banff

Banff Area: Light snow continues into 3/31 then drier.  Another chance of light snow accumulation on 4/2 and 4/4.

Northeast

Northeast: A warm storm system with rain hits on 3/31 then changes over to light snow on 4/1.  A minor Clipper slides through between 4/3-4/4 with light snow accumulation.

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Odds For Best Snow

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Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Thursday ski Wolf Creek, Silverton, Taos, Angel Fire, Ski Santa Fe, Fernie, or Revelstoke.  On Friday ski Steamboat, Aspen/Snowmass, Vail, Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole, Alta, Snowbird, or Big Sky.  On Saturday ski Fernie, Revelstoke, Schweitzer, or Whitefish.  On Sunday ski the Pacific Northwest or Colorado.

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March 27, 2022

Spring skiing is in full swing.  Snow levels will run high at times.  The hot spot through 4/3 is the Intermountain West with 3-4 different storm systems lined up.

Colorado & Utah

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Colorado, Utah: 3-4 different storm systems are lined-up through 4/3.  Snow hits Utah on 3/29 and tapers off early on 3/30.  I’m forecasting 3-8″ of snow across the Wasatch.  Snow hits Colorado on 3/29 and doesn’t stop until late on 3/30.  I’m forecasting 6-12 inches in all mountain zones.  Snow levels in both states start high then quickly drop.  A second minor storm system brushes the Wasatch on 3/31 with 1-4 inches of snow.  That storm system hits Colorado late on 3/31 into 4/1 with 1-4 inches.

A third minor storm system brushes Colorado late on 4/1 into 4/2 with another 1-4 inches.  A fourth minor storm system races through Utah and Colorado by the afternoon of 4/2 into 4/3 with another 1-4 inches.

In Colorado, the best powder days are 3/29, 3/30, 4/1, and 4/3.  In Utah, the best powder days are 3/29, 3/31, and 4/3.

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New Mexico

New Mexico: Similar to CO and UT, there are a few different storm systems lined up through 4/3.  The first and largest storm system arrives 3/29-3/30 with 4-8 inches of accumulation.  A second minor storm system slides through on 4/1 with 1-3 inches.  A third minor storm system races through on 4/2-4/3 with 1-2 inches.

Wyoming, Idaho, & Montana

Wyoming, Idaho, Montana: A minor storm system moves through 3/28-3/29 with 1-6 inches of accumulation.  Snow levels start high then drop.  A second minor storm system rolls through 3/31-4/1 with another 1-6 inches.  A third minor storm system races through 3/2-3/3 with 1-3 inches.

California

California: Finally, a storm system hits the Sierra on 3/28 with 1-5 inches.  Unfortunately, the storm track shifts quickly and dries up.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: A storm system slides through on 3/28 followed by another on 3/30-3/31.  Another fast-moving minor storm system races through on 3/2.  Snow levels run high at times.  Total accumulation 3-6 inches.

Banff

Banff Area: A minor storm system slides through on 3/28 followed by another on 3/30-3/31.  Total accumulation ranges from 1to 8 inches.

Northeast

Northeast: Light snow continues into early 3/28 then dries up.  Then a larger storm system hits 3/31-4/1 as mostly rain.  It changes to wet snow at the tail end.  One more storm system could brush the area between 4/3-4/4.  Total snow accumulation through the period is light.

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Odds For Best Snow

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Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Monday 3/28 ski Jay Peak, Stowe, Killington, or Sugarbush.  On Tuesday ski Alta, Snowbird, Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, Aspen/Snowmass, Steamboat, Telluride, Purgatory, Silverton or Wolf Creek.  On Wednesday ski Steamboat, Loveland, A-Basin, Winter Park, Taos, Angel Fire, or Ski Santa Fe.  On Thursday ski Fernie, the Wasatch, or the Tetons.


March 23, 2022

The hot spot through 3/28 starts in the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and Banff then moves to the Northeast and then goes back to the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and Banff.

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Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: Snow tapers-off early 3/24 in the Pacific Northwest and moves through British Columbia and Banff.  Then it’s dry until Saturday-Sunday-Monday when the next storm system arrives with moderate to heavy snow accumulation.

Banff

Banff Area: Snow continues on 3/24 with light to moderate accumulation.  Then a dry break Friday-Saturday.  Another storm system hits on Sunday-Monday with moderate to heavy snow accumulation.

Northeast

Northeast: A mix of precipitation is likely on Thursday with the main storm system.  Scattered rain or snow showers on Friday and Saturday.  Then colder air changes it to snow showers on Sunday.  Total accumulation is highest in northern VT, northern NH, and northern ME.  The best day for all snow is Sunday.

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Idaho, Montana, Wyoming

Idaho, Montana, Wyoming: Rain/snow showers brush northern ID and northwest MT early on 3/24 then a dry period until Sunday-Monday when the next storm system arrives.  It starts as rain/snow in northern ID and northwest MT then changes to all snow for the remainder of the region into Monday.  1-4 inches of total accumulation Sunday-Monday.

Utah & Colorado

Utah, Colorado, New Mexico: High pressure dominates through 3/27.  Some precipitation might hit on 3/28 or later.

California

California: High pressure dominates through 3/27.  A new storm system arrives on 3/28 or later.

Odds for Best Snow

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Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Thursday ski Sunshine Village, Fernie, Marmot Basin, or Revelstoke.  On Friday ski Sunday River or Sugarloaf.  On Saturday ski Whistler/Blackcomb or Revelstoke.  On Sunday ski Jay Peak, Whistler/Blackcomb, Stevens Pass, or Mount Baker.  On Monday ski Fernie, Sunshine, Mount Baker, or Maine.


March 20, 2022

The hot spots early this week are Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, and New Mexico then it shifts into the Pacific Northwest and Banff.  The Northeast stays active but precipitation could be a mix.

Colorado & Utah

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Colorado, Utah: Snow continues in Colorado on 3/21 with a developing low pressure.  Snow tapers off early 3/22 in Southern Colorado.  I’m forecasting 4-10 inches of total snow accumulation.  Snow ends in UT late 3/20 making 3/21 a powder day.  A small trailing cold front races through Colorado on 3/22 with another inch of accumulation.  This front largely misses UT.  Then high pressure rebuilds through 3/27.

New Mexico

New Mexico: Snow continues on 3/21 with a developing low pressure.  I’m forecasting 1-3 inches of total accumulation.  A trailing cold front races through late 3/22 into early 3/23 with another dusting possible.  Then high pressure rebuilds through 3/27.

Montana, Idaho, & Wyoming

Montana, Idaho, Wyoming: Snow ends early 3/21 in Wyoming making it a powder day.  Total snow accumulation across the Tetons 5-10 inches.  A new Pacific storm system delivers light snow to northern ID and northwest MT on 3/21-3/22.  That wave of snow races through the remainder of MT and WY on 3/22 with an additional dusting of accumulation.  The next minor storm system rolls through ID, WY, MT on 3/24 with light snow accumulation.  Snow levels could be higher.  Then high pressure rebuilds until late 3/27.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: Snow continues through 3/21 and early 3/22.  Higher snow levels.  4-10 inches of accumulation.  A minor storm system races through on 3/23 with light accumulation.  The next storm system arrives late 3/26 through 3/27 with light to moderate snow accumulation and high snow levels.

Banff

Banff Area: It’s a quiet week until snow hits on 3/24 and 3/27-3/28.  Total snow accumulation 6-10 inches.

California

California: Unfortunately the storm track is too far north to deliver snow to CA.  The pattern might change on 3/28.

Northeast

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Northeast: A few leftover rain/snow showers on early 3/21.  Then a larger storm system hits late 3/23 through early 3/25, but it looks warmer with a mix of precipitation.  The best snow will occur at higher elevations and in northern VT, northern NH, and northern ME.  Total accumulation 2-13″.  Another storm system might develop off the east coast on 3/26-3/27.

Odds For Best Snow

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Tomer’s  Take

Tomer’s Take: On 3/21 ski Winter Park, Loveland, Vail, Aspen/Snowmass, Monarch, Breckenridge, Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, Alta, or Snowbird.  On 3/22 ski Taos, Ski Santa Fe, Angel Fire, Big Sky, Whitefish, Schweitzer, Baker, or Whistler/Blackcomb.  On 3/23 ski Steamboat, Loveland, Winter Park, or A-Basin.  On 3/24 ski Marmot Basin, Sunshine Village, or Fernie.  On 3/25 ski Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Jay Peak, or Sugarbush.


March 16, 2022

The hot spot through 3/20 is the West with two different storm systems.

Utah & Colorado

Utah, Colorado: Drier weather moves into Utah on 3/17 but the snow keeps going in Colorado through 3/17 into early 3/18.  I’m forecasting 8-14″ at Winter Park, Loveland, A-Basin, Eldora, and Cameron Pass.  4-8 inches at most other resorts.  The next storm system hits Utah late on 3/19 through 3/20 with moderate to heavy accumulation.  In Colorado, this storm system arrives on 3/20 and continues into 3/21 with heavy snow accumulation.

New Mexico

New Mexico: A few inches of snow occurs on 3/17 then a dry break until the next storm system arrives 3/21-3/22 with moderate to heavy snow accumulation.

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Wyoming, Montana, & Idaho

Wyoming, Montana, Idaho: The next storm system arrives 3/19-3/20 with moderate snow accumulation of 2-8 inches.  A larger storm system might roll through on 3/23-3/24.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: Two storm systems are lined-up through 3/20.  The first storm system is minor with light to moderate snow accumulation 3/17-3/18.  The second storm system is larger on 3/19 with moderate to heavy accumulation.  Grand totals by 3/20 range from 8-18″ from Whistler/Blackcomb, Baker, Stevens Pass, and Timberline.

Banff

Banff Area: Two minor storm systems are lined-up through 3/20.  Very light snow accumulation on 3/18.  Light to moderate accumulation on 3/19-3/20.  A larger storm system arrives on 3/22-3/23.

California

California: A storm system on 3/19 delivers 1-3 inches to Tahoe, Mammoth, and Shasta.

Northeast

Northeast: It now looks like a storm system on 3/19-3/20 is too warm with mainly a rain/snow mix or just rain.  The highest elevations around Mount Washington and northern Maine could see 3-7 inches.

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Odds For Best Snow

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Tomer’s  Take

Tomer’s Take: On Thursday ski Winter Park, Eldora, Loveland, A-Basin, Breckenridge, Keystone, or Jackson Hole.  On Friday ski Wolf Creek, Monarch, Taos, Angel Fire, or Ski Santa Fe.  On Saturday ski Whistler/Blackcomb, Baker, Rainier, Stevens Pass, or Timberline.  On Sunday ski Alta, Snowbird, Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, or Big Sky.


March 13, 2022

The hot spot this week is the West where 2-3 different storm systems are lined-up.

Utah & Colorado

Utah, Colorado: A sleeper snow leaves Monday 3/14 as a powder day with 2-8″ of new snow.  A second storm system arrives 3/15-3/16.  It moves faster through Utah and has more impact on Colorado where it could stall into 3/17.  Total amounts of snow appear moderate in Utah and heavy in Colorado.  A third storm system around 3/20-3/21.  It also delivers moderate to heavy snow accumulation.

Wyoming, Montana, & Idaho

Wyoming, Montana, Idaho: The rich flow into the PNW continues to send snow into northern ID and northwest MT on 3/14.  The entire storm dislodges and hits all of ID, MT, and WY on 3/15-3/16 with moderate to heavy accumulation.  Another storm system hits on 3/18 through 3/20 with moderate to heavy accumulation.

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Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: 2-3 different storm systems are lined-up through 3/20 with heavy snow accumulation (2-4 feet) for the high volcanoes and Cascades.  The flow is so rich that snow levels could run high.  This includes Baker, Rainier, Stevens Pass, Bachelor, Timberline, and Whistler/Blackcomb. The biggest snow days are 3/13, 3/14, 3/15, and 3/19.

Banff

Banff Area: The rich flow into the PNW will send snow into British Columbia and Banff 3/13-3/16 with moderate to heavy accumulation in some cases like Fernie, Red Mountain, and Revelstoke.  Sunshine Village accumulation appears lighter.  Another storm system hits 3/18-3/20.  The biggest powder days at Fernie occur on 3/15, 3/18, and 3/19.

California

California: Light snow accumulations on 3/13 end by 3/14 in Tahoe and Shasta.  Another storm system arrives late 3/14 into 3/15 with 2-6 inches of accumulation at Tahoe, Mammoth, and Shasta.  Then a dry stretch takes hold until another storm system arrives 3/19-3/20 with moderate to heavy snow accumulation.

New Mexico

New Mexico: A drier period ahead.  A quick passing snow shower is possible on 3/14.  Slightly better chance for light snow accumulation on 3/17.  A stronger storm system might arrive on 3/21.

Northeast

Northeast: A Clipper brushes the area between 3/15-3/16 with light accumulations.  A stronger storm system is possible 3/19-3/20 but it could be a mix.

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Odds For Best Snow

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Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Monday 3/14 ski Alta, Snowbird, Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole, Steamboat, Aspen/Snowmass, Winter Park, or Loveland.  On Tuesday ski Fernie, Whistler/Blackcomb, Baker, Stevens Pass, Bachelor, or Timberline.  On Wednesday ski Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, Big Sky, Schweitzer, Brundage, Snowbasin, Brighton, or Solitude.  On Thursday-Friday ski Loveland, Monarch, Silverton, Telluride, Purgatory, Crested Butte, or Wolf Creek.

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March 9, 2022

The hot spot this week shifts from the Intermountain West to the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Banff Area, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.

Utah & Colorado

Utah, Colorado: Snow slides into southern Utah and southern Colorado on 3/10.  It’s a powder day.  Snow might trickle into early 3/11.  I’m forecasting 6-12 inches at Telluride, Silverton, Purgatory, and Wolf Creek.  Then a dry break until 3/13 when a fast-moving shot of light snow returns.

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New Mexico

New Mexico: Heavy snow is likely on 3/10.  It trickles into early 3/11.  3/10 and 3/11 are big powder days at Taos, Ski Santa Fe, and Angel Fire with 8-14 inches of total snow.  Then a dry break through the entire weekend.

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Montana, Idaho, & Wyoming

Montana, Idaho, Wyoming: A dry break occurs until 3/13 then moves back in with a shifting storm track.  I’m forecasting 2-6 inches of accumulation.  Snow is also possible on 3/14, 3/15, and 3/16.  It could be heavy.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: A dry break occurs until 3/11.  Then the storm track shifts north and delivers snow for several days, 3/12-3/15 with feet of accumulation possible at Stevens Pass, Baker, Whistler/Blackcomb, and Mount Rainier.  This might be a weak atmospheric river setup.

Banff

Banff Area: A dry break occurs until 3/11.  Light snow returns on 3/12.  Light to moderate snow occurs on 3/13, 3/14, and 3/15.  Those are the best powder days.  I’m forecasting 4-day totals between 8-12 inches.

California

California: Very light snow might brush Tahoe and Mammoth into early 3/10.  Then a dry break until 3/13.  A storm system might brush Shasta on 3/13.  A stronger storm system is possible 3/14-3/15.

Northeast

Northeast: A colder storm system is possible late 3/11 through 3/12.  A rain/snow mix is possible close to the coast cutting down on snow totals.  I’m forecasting the biggest totals (8-16″) in Vermont, northern NH, and northern ME.  Both 3/12 and 3/13 are powder days.

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Snow Before You Go Mid-Mountain Snow Forecast Northeast

Odds For Best Snow

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Odds For Best Snow

Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Thursday ski Steamboat, Aspen/Snowmass, Crested Butte, Telluride, Purgatory, Silverton, or Wolf Creek.  On Friday ski Taos, Ski Santa Fe, Angel Fire, or Wolf Creek.  On Saturday ski Taos, Stowe, Killington, Sugarbush, Mad River, or Jay Peak.  On Sunday ski Whistler/Blackcomb, Stevens Pass, Mount Baker, Revelstoke, Schweitzer, Brundage, Whitefish, Sugarloaf, or Jay Peak.


March 6, 2022

The hot spot this week is the West with a colder storm system 3/8-3/11.

Montana, Wyoming & Idaho

Montana, Wyoming, Idaho: Leftover light snow continues in the Tetons on Monday morning.  It’ll be a powder day.  Then a dry break until 3/8-3/9 when a stronger, colder storm system hits with moderate to heavy snow accumulation.  The heaviest snow will fall in Big Sky, Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, Bridger Bowl, Discovery, and Brundage.  The Tetons could get 1-2 feet.  Then a smaller, faster storm system might hit 3/13-3/14 with another light to a moderate shot of snow accumulation.
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Colorado & Utah

Colorado, Utah: Leftover snow continues on Monday in Colorado.  It’ll be a powder day in Colorado.  Then a dry break until a stronger, colder storm system hits late on 3/8 lasting through early 3/11 with moderate to heavy snow accumulation.  In Utah’s Wasatch, I’m forecasting 8-12 inch totals by early 3/11.  In Colorado, I’m forecasting 6-14 inch totals by early 3/11.  Another weaker storm system might hit 3/13-3/14.
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Snow Before You Go Mid-Mountain Snow Forecast – West

New Mexico

New Mexico: Snow continues on Monday with another 3-6 inches at Taos, Ski Santa Fe, and Angel Fire.  It’ll be a powder day.  Tuesday might also be a powder day.  Then a brief dry break until afternoon 3/10 when a colder storm system arrives.  I’m forecasting another 6-14 inches of accumulation by late 3/11.  Then a dry break until 3/14-3/15.

California

California: Slight chance for light snow on 3/9-3/10 and again on 3/13.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: A colder storm system hits late on 3/8 through 3/9 with moderate to heavy snow accumulation.  Then a dry break until 3/13 when another storm system hits with moderate to heavy snow accumulation.

Banff

Banff Area: I don’t see any major storm systems through 3/14.  Light snow on 3/7-3/8 then a dry break until another storm system delivers light to moderate snow 3/11-3/13.  The best period of snow is on 3/13.  Overall, I’m forecasting 2-6 inches of total snowfall by 3/14.

Northeast

Northeast: A warm storm slides through with mainly rain on 3/6.  Then a slightly colder storm system hits on 3/7 into early 3/8.  The rain/snow line appears to set up somewhere close to southern VT, NH, and ME.  That means northern VT, NH, ME get the best snow accumulation where I’m forecasting 3-6 inches by 3/8.  Another storm system hits 3/12 with rain initially then changing over to snow.  Another 1-3 inches of snow accumulation.
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Odds For Best Snow

Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Monday and Tuesday ski Wolf Creek, Taos, Ski Santa Fe, or Angel Fire.  On Wednesday ski Brundage, Big Sky, Discovery, Bridger Bowl, Jackson Hole, or Grand Targhee.  On Thursday ski Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, Steamboat, Aspen/Snowmass, Vail, Loveland, Telluride, Silverton, or Monarch.  On Friday ski Wolf Creek, Taos, Ski Santa Fe, or Angel Fire.

March 2, 2022

The hot spot this weekend is the West as the storm track shifts south out of the Pacific Northwest.

Montana, Idaho, & Wyoming

Montana, Idaho, Wyoming: Snow continues to hit northern Idaho and northwest Montana through 3/3 then it starts shifting south.  Snow levels start high then gradually drop each day.  On 3/4, snow hits the remainder of ID, MT, and WY and continues through 3/5.  It tapers off north to south but might linger across the Tetons into 3/6.  1-2 feet of total accumulation across the Tetons by late 3/6.  About a foot of total accumulation through ID and MT by 3/6.  The biggest powder day at Schweitzer and Whitefish occurs on 3/2 and 3/3.  The biggest powder day at Big Sky, Grand Targhee, and Jackson Hole occur on 3/5 and 3/6.

Utah & Colorado

Utah, Colorado: Snow arrives afternoon 3/4 and continues through 3/6 finally tapering off into early 3/7.  There will be breaks in the snow.  10-20 inches of total accumulation across the Wasatch by early 3/7.  About a foot of total accumulation south of I-70 in Colorado by early 3/7.  An isolated pocket of two feet is not out of the question.  About 3-10 inches along and north of I-70.  The biggest powder day at Alta and Snowbird occurs on 3/5 and 3/6.  The biggest powder day at Aspen/Snowmass, Telluride, Crested Butte, and Wolf Creek occurs on 3/5, 3/6, and 3/7.
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Snow Before You Go Mid-Mountain Forecast – West

New Mexico

New Mexico: A two storm combo delivers 4-8 inches of total snow between 3/5-3/7.  Light snow might linger into early 3/8.  Then the pattern dries out.

California

California: Snow hits the Sierra on 3/4 and 3/5.  I’m forecasting 6-12 inches of total accumulation at Mammoth, Tahoe, and Shasta.  Light snow might linger on 3/6.  Then the pattern dries out.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: Snow continues on 3/2 and 3/3 then the pattern dries out until 3/8.  Expect another 2-8 inches of snow accumulation at Whistler/Blackcomb, Baker, Stevens Pass, Timberline, and Bachelor.  Snow levels remain high early than gradually drop.

Banff

Banff Area: Snow continues on 3/2 and 3/3 then the pattern dries out until 3/8.  Expect another 2-8 inches of snow accumulation.

Northeast

Northeast: A Clipper races through late 3/2 through 3/3 with light snow accumulation.  A larger warmer storm hits on 3/6 with mainly rain or a mix.  Then a colder storm could deliver mainly snow on 3/7.
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Snow Before You Go Mid-Mountain Snow Forecast Northeast

Odds For Best Snow

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Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Thursday ski Sunshine Village, Marmot Basin, Revelstoke, Fernie, Schweitzer, or Whitefish.  On Friday you could ski those same places or hit Tahoe or Mammoth.  On Saturday ski Big Sky, Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole, Aspen/Snowmass, Steamboat, Loveland, A-Basin, Winter Park, or Eldora.  On Sunday ski Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, Aspen/Snowmass, or Vail.

February 27, 2022

The hot spot most of this week is the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, northern Idaho, and northwest Montana.  By late week and weekend, the storm track favors the Intermountain West.

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Snow Before You Go Storm Track

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: Two storm systems and a moist flow are lined up through 3/3.  Then the pattern shifts south.  Snow levels could run high.  I’m forecasting 1-3 feet of total snow by 3/3 mid-mountain and higher at Whistler/Blackcomb, Stevens Pass, and Mount Baker.   Mount Rainier could see 5 feet.  Less accumulation in Oregon with 2-6 inches.  Light, scattered areas of snow slide through on Friday and Sunday.

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Snow Before You Go West Forecast
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Snow Before You Go West Forecast

Banff

Banff Area: Two storm systems are lined-up through 3/3 then the storm track shifts south.  Snow levels could run high.  I’m forecasting a foot of accumulation at Revelstoke and Fernie with 6-12 inches at Red Mountain, Sunshine Village, and Marmot Basin.  Another inch of snow races through on Sunday.

Idaho, Montana, & Wyoming

Idaho, Montana, Wyoming: The storm track initially favors northern Idaho and northwest Montana through 3/3 then it starts to shift south.  Snow levels could run high.  I’m forecasting 6-12 inches at Whitefish and Schweitzer through 3/3.  1-3 inches at Big Sky, Brundage, and Discovery.  After 3/3, snow hits the Tetons and the remainder of ID and MT.  The best snow for Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, and Big Sky doesn’t arrive until 3/4-3/6.

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Utah & Colorado

Utah, Colorado: It’s a waiting game with high pressure in control.  Snow returns 3/4-3/6 in both states.  I’m forecasting 6-14 inches across the Wasatch and most of Colorado’s mountains.  The biggest powder days appear to be 3/5 and 3/6.

New Mexico

New Mexico: It’s a waiting game with high pressure in control.  Snow returns 3/4-3/6.  I’m forecasting 6-14 inches at Taos, Angel Fire, and Ski Santa Fe.

California

California: The best chances for snow at Tahoe and Mammoth occur 3/3-3/5.  We could see high snow levels.  I’m forecasting 3-10 inches of total snowfall.  Then it turns drier.

Northeast

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Northeast: A few different Clippers are lined-up.  One races through on 2/27, another 3/1-3/2, and another on 3/3.  All deliver light snow accumulation.  A stronger storm system might hit the area on 3/6 but it appears warm.  Overall, 1-6 inches through 3/6.

Odds For Best Snow

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Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: Monday-Thursday ski Schweitzer, Whitefish, Whistler/Blackcomb, Stevens Pass, Baker, Revelstoke, Fernie, Sunshine, and Red Mountain.  On Friday ski Tahoe or Mammoth.  On Saturday ski the Tetons, Wasatch, Steamboat, Winter Park, Loveland, Wolf Creek, and Taos.  On Sunday ski Aspen/Snowmass, Crested Butte, Telluride, Purgatory, Silverton, Wolf Creek, Taos, Ski Santa Fe, and Angel Fire.


February 23, 2022

The hot spot late this week is the Intermountain West.  By this weekend the best snow shifts to the Northeast then the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.

Colorado & Utah

Colorado, Utah: Storm #2 slides through 2/23-2/24.  In Utah, Brian Head gets 1-2 feet.  The Wasatch can expect 2-6 inches of additional snow accumulation.  In Colorado, my bullseye locations include Aspen/Snowmass, Crested Butte, Silverton Mountain, Purgatory, Telluride, and Wolf Creek where another 1-2 feet is likely through 2/24.  Other zones in Colorado can expect 3-10 inches.  The bottom line: 2/23 and 2/24 are big powder days.  Skies clear by 2/25 with bluebird powder skiing.  Dry Saturday-Sunday.

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New Mexico

New Mexico: After a lull, storm #2 slides through late 2/23 through 2/24 with another 5-10 inches of accumulation at Taos, Ski Santa Fe, and Angel Fire.  The higher-end totals hit Taos.  Then high pressure rebuilds through the weekend.

Wyoming, Montana, & Idaho

Wyoming, Montana, Idaho: Arctic cold with light snow sliding through on Thursday with about an inch of accumulation or less.  Then, high pressure rebuilds until 2/27.  Snow hits Idaho first then Montana followed by Wyoming around 2/28-3/1.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: Light snow slides through late 2/23 into 2/24.  Then, a dry break until the storm track shifts and delivers two storm systems between Saturday and Monday with heavy snow accumulation.  Lower elevations could see precipitation mix on Saturday with the better snow at high elevations.  Colder temperatures will gradually filter in through Monday.

Banff

Banff Area:Light snow slides through late 2/23 into 2/24.  Then, a dry break until the storm track shifts and delivers new snow late 2/27 through 3/1 with moderate to heavy snow accumulation.

Northeast

Northeast: Moderate to heavy snow accumulation is likely between late Thursday and Friday.  I’m forecasting 6-16 inches of snow in VT, MA, NH, and ME.  Friday and Saturday are powder days.  A Clipper with a dusting of snow is possible on Sunday.

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Odds For Best Snow

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Odds For Best Snow

Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Thursday ski Taos, Wolf Creek, Silverton Mountain, Telluride, Purgatory, Crested Butte, or Aspen/Snowmass.  On Friday ski Catamount, Wachusett, Mount Snow, Magic Mountain, Okemo, or Killington.  On Saturday ski sunny skies in the Northeast or Southern Colorado.  On Sunday ski the Pacific Northwest.


February 20, 2022

The hot spot this week is the West.  A two-storm system combo and Arctic front deliver feet of snow to some locations.

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Snow Before You Go – Mid Mountain forecast in the West

Colorado & Utah

Colorado, Utah: In Utah, storm #1 delivers moderate to heavy snow accumulation Sunday night through Monday.  It’s followed by a lull.  Turning much colder.  Then storm #2 delivers another shot of light to moderate snow accumulation Tuesday night through Wednesday (heavy in southern UT).  I’m forecasting about a foot of total snow accumulation in the Wasatch and 1-2 feet around Brian Head.

In Colorado, storm #1 delivers heavy snow accumulation on Monday-Tuesday followed by a lull.  Turning much colder.  Then storm #2 delivers another shot of moderate to heavy snow accumulation Tuesday night-Thursday morning.  I’m forecasting 1-2 feet of total snow accumulation over most of the Central and Northern Mountains, and 2-3 feet for the Southern Mountains.  Another tiny chance for snow develops across I-70 south on Saturday with 1-2 inches. Avalanche danger increases quickly this week in Colorado.

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New Mexico

New Mexico:  Storm #1 delivers moderate snow accumulation on Tuesday followed by a lull.  Turning much colder.  Storm #2 delivers heavy snow accumulation Wednesday afternoon-Thursday morning.  I’m forecasting 1-2 feet at Taos, about a foot at Angel Fire, and 6-12 inches at Ski Santa Fe.

Wyoming, Montana, & Idaho

Wyoming, Montana, Idaho: In Idaho and Montana, light to moderate snow accumulation occurs Sunday-Monday then the pattern dries out.  Turning much colder.  In Wyoming, moderate to heavy snow accumulation occurs Sunday afternoon through Tuesday.  Turning much colder.  I’m forecasting about a foot of total accumulation at Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: Light to moderate snow accumulation occurs on Sunday-Monday then the pattern dries out as the storm track shifts south.

Banff

Banff Area: Light to moderate snow accumulation occurs on Sunday-Monday then the pattern dries out as the storm track shifts south.

California

California: Finally a chance for snow after such a long dry stretch.  I’m forecasting light snow at Shasta, moderate to heavy snow at Tahoe, and moderate snow at Mammoth between Monday-Tuesday.  The pattern turns drier again until Sunday when a small storm system might brush the area.

Northeast

Northeast: The two-storm combo across the West will then slide into the Northeast.  The first storm system arrives as rain on Tuesday afternoon then possibly changing to snow by Wednesday morning.  The second storm system is the one to watch because it will be colder with mostly snow.  It delivers moderate to heavy snow Thursday night-Friday.  The best powder skiing is on Friday and Saturday.  Another storm system is possible by Sunday afternoon-Monday.

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Odds For Best Snow

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Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Monday ski Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, Park City, Brighton, Solitude, Alta, or Snowbird.  On Tuesday ski Alta, Snowbird, Aspen/Snowmass, Crested Butte, Telluride, Purgatory, Silverton, or Wolf Creek.  On Wednesday ski Brian Head, Aspen/Snowmass, Crested Butte, Telluride, Purgatory, Silverton, or Wolf Creek.  On Thursday ski Wolf Creek, Silverton, Crested Butte, Aspen/Snowmass, Taos, Angel Fire, or Ski Santa Fe.  On Friday ski southern Colorado or northern New Mexico.  On Saturday ski VT, NY, ME.


February 16, 2022

The hot spot through 2/20 is the West.  Finally, a long-standing dome of high pressure was dislodged by a large storm system.  A second stronger, colder storm system arrives on Sunday-Monday-Tuesday across the West.

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Montana, Idaho, & Wyoming

Montana, Idaho, Wyoming: Snow ends late Wednesday with clearing skies by Thursday morning.  Then a dry break until a second storm system arrives on Sunday-Monday with colder air, strong winds, and moderate to heavy snow accumulation.  The best powder days are Thursday, Sunday, and Monday.

Colorado & Utah

Colorado, Utah: Snow tapers off early Thursday.  Then a dry break until Sunday night-Monday when storm #2 arrives with moderate to heavy snow accumulation.  In Colorado, this storm system could last through Tuesday.  The biggest accumulations of 1-2 feet occur in the Central and Southern Mountains of Colorado.  In Utah, I’m forecasting 6-12 inches, but those numbers could go up.  The best powder days in the Wasatch are Thursday, Monday, and Tuesday.  The best powder days in Colorado are Thursday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

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Snow Before You Go West Forecast
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New Mexico

New Mexico: Snow tapers off on Thursday making for a good powder day at Ski Santa Fe, Taos, and Angel Fire.  Then a dry break before the next storm system arrives Monday night-Wednesday with moderate snow accumulation.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: Lingering light snow on Thursday-Friday.  A stronger, colder storm system hits Friday night through Sunday with moderate snow accumulation at Whistler/Blackcomb, Baker, and Stevens Pass.

Banff

Banff Area: Lingering light snow on Thursday-Friday.  A stronger, colder storm system hits Friday night through Sunday with moderate snow accumulation.  The biggest totals occur in British Columbia.

California

California: I’m forecasting a dry period until storm #2 hits sometime between Sunday-Wednesday.  It looks like an indirect hit with only light snow accumulation from Tahoe to Mammoth.

Northeast

Northeast: A storm system delivers rain initially to the ski areas on Thursday changing to snow by early Friday morning.  Light to moderate snow accumulation.  Then an Alberta Clipper hits on Saturday with light snow accumulation.

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Odds For Best Snow

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Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Thursday ski Loveland, Winter Park, A-Basin, Breckenridge, Vail, Aspen/Snowmass, or Eldora.  On Friday ski Taos, Ski Santa Fe, Angel Fire, Killington, Jay Peak, Stowe, Mount Snow, or Okemo.  On Saturday ski Revelstoke, Whistler/Blackcomb, Stevens Pass, or Baker.  On Sunday ski Schweitzer, Brundage, Whitefish, Discovery, Bridger Bowl, or Big Sky.  On Monday ski the Tetons or the Wasatch.


February 13, 2022

I’m finally forecasting a storm system for the West.  And, it will help set the storm track for future storm systems.  For the best snow look to the Intermountain West 2/15-2/17.

Idaho, Wyoming, & Montana

Idaho, Wyoming, Montana: For the last 30 days it’s mainly been fast-moving, minor cold fronts fighting a large dome of high pressure.  Finally, a storm system is lined-up.  It hits Idaho first on 2/14 then Montana and Wyoming on 2/15-2/16.  I’m forecasting 4-10 inches in Idaho, 6-12 inches in Montana and Wyoming.

Utah & Colorado

Utah, Colorado: The same holds true in UT and CO.  For the last 30 days, it’s mainly been fast-moving, minor cold fronts fighting a large dome of high pressure.  Finally, a storm system is lined-up.  It hits Utah late 2/14 through 2/15 and Colorado late 2/15 through early 2/17.  I’m forecasting 6-10 inches in Utah and 3-10 inches in Colorado.

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Snow Before You Go West Forecast

New Mexico

New Mexico: This storm system arrives on 2/16 and ends on 2/17.  I’m forecasting 4-8 inches of total accumulation.

Banff

Banff Area: After a dry weekend, an active storm track is setting up through 2/20.  A storm system arrives early 2/15 through early 2/15.  A minor wave blows through late 2/15 through 2/16.  Another storm system arrives 2/17-2/18.  It’s followed by a strong storm system from 2/19-2/20.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: A storm system arrives 2/14-2/15.  A minor wave moves through on 2/15.  It’s followed by back-to-back storm systems on 2/17-2/20.  Snow levels at Whistler/Blackcomb may run high.

California

California: After a record dry streak with a large dome of high pressure, a storm system is finally in the forecast.  Its effects will be minor but at least it’s something and could set the stage for additional storm systems down the road.  Tahoe and Shasta get brushed by light snow late 2/14-2/15.  Then a dry stretch followed by another more promising storm system on 2/20-2/21.

Northeast

Northeast: The Western storm system hits the Northeast as rain initially then changing over to snow on 2/17-2/18.  It’s followed by a Clipper on 2/19.

Odds For Best Snow

Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Monday ski the Pacific Northwest.

On Tuesday ski Schweitzer, Brundage, Discovery, Revelstoke, Marmot Basin, Sunshine Village, or storm ski at Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, Alta, and Snowbird.

On Wednesday ski Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole, Alta, or Snowbird.

On Thursday ski Aspen/Snowmass, Crested Butte, Steamboat, Telluride, Silverton, or Wolf Creek.

On Friday ski Taos, Angel Fire, Ski Santa Fe, Revelstoke, Marmot Basin, or Sunshine Village.  Next weekend look to the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and Banff Area.

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February 9, 2022

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This is one of the driest forecast periods I can recall.  The hot spot for best snow is the Northeast with two Alberta Clippers lined up.  Accumulations appear light.  A minor cold front races through MT, WY, and CO on Thursday night-Friday.

The pattern turns more active around 2/14-2/16 across the Intermountain West.

Northeast

Northeast: Two Alberta Clippers are lined-up through 2/13.  The first slides through on Thursday with light snow accumulation.  The second Clipper delivers light snow accumulation Friday night-Saturday.  Lake-effect is possible behind both Clippers.

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Montana, Idaho, & Wyoming

Montana, Idaho, Wyoming: One cold front moves south through Montana Thursday night-Friday with light snow accumulation.  It then races through Wyoming on Friday with light snow accumulation.  Most of this snow stays on the east side of the Tetons.  It totally misses Idaho.  It turns dry after this front until Monday night-Tuesday when a larger storm system arrives.

Colorado, Utah, & Wyoming

Colorado, Utah, New Mexico: One cold front races through Colorado on Friday afternoon with light snow accumulation mainly across the Central and Northern Mountains.  It totally misses Utah and dries up before reaching New Mexico.  When will it snow in Utah?  The next storm system arrives Monday night-Tuesday with light to moderate snow potential.

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California

California: The pattern remains dry until Monday when a storm system approaches.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: Residual light snow possible on Thursday before the pattern dries up.  The storm track shifts north and away Friday-Sunday.  It shifts back on Monday with a storm system possible.

Banff

Banff Area: Residual light snow is possible on Thursday before the pattern dries up.  The storm track shifts north and away Friday-Sunday.  It shifts back on Monday with a storm system possible.

Odds For Best Snow

Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Thursday ski Jay Peak, Killington, Stowe, Okemo, Sugarbush, or Mad River.  On Friday ski Big Sky or Jackson Hole, and on Saturday ski Loveland, Winter Park, Eldora, A-Basin, or Steamboat.  On Sunday ski Jay Peak, Stowe, Sunday River, or Sugarloaf.

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February 6, 2022

This is an unusually tranquil 5-7 day stretch with a large dome of high pressure out West.  The hot spot might be the Northeast with three different fast-moving, minor storm systems through 2/13.

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Northeast

Northeast: Three different minor storm systems are lined-up through 2/13.  The first delivers light snow accumulation Monday night-Tuesday mainly to NH, MA, and ME.  The second delivers light snow accumulation Wednesday night-Thursday with some lake-effect as well.  The third delivers light snow accumulation Friday night-Saturday with some lake-effect as well.  Grand totals by 2/13 range from 1-7 inches.

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Snow Before You Go Northeast Forecast

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: 2-3 different storm systems deliver light snow accumulations along with high snow levels through 2/13.  The storm track is too far north as well with these storm systems only brushing the major ski areas.  Grand totals range from 3-6 inches by 2/13 at Baker, Stevens Pass, and Whistler/Blackcomb.  I’m not forecasting any snowfall in OR.

Banff

Banff Area: Similar setup to the Pacific Northwest.  2-3 different storm systems deliver light snow accumulations along with high snow levels through 2/13.  Grand totals range from 2-6 inches by 2/13.

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Montana, Idaho, & Wyoming

Montana, Idaho, Wyoming: There’s only one organized cold front and that occurs Thursday night-Friday with light snow accumulation.  Most of Idaho stays dry.  Grand totals of 1-2″ by 2/13.  When will this change?  Possible pattern change after 2/15.

Colorado, Utah, & New Mexico

Colorado, Utah, New Mexico: There’s only one organized cold front and that occurs Friday-Saturday with light snow accumulation.  It totally misses Utah.  Grand totals of 1-3 inches by 2/13.  When will this change?  Possible pattern change after 2/15.

California

California: I’m forecasting a totally dry stretch through 2/13.  When will this change?  Possible pattern change after 2/14-2/15.

Odds For Best Snow

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Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: This is a tough stretch for big snow.  Most of this week focuses on the Northeast, specifically NH and ME.  Hit Montana and Wyoming on Friday.  Hit Colorado and New Mexico on Saturday.


February 2, 2022

The hot spot for new snow through 2/6 moves from CO/NM to the Northeast then into the Pacific Northwest.

Colorado, Utah, & New Mexico

Colorado, Utah, New Mexico: Residual snow from an Arctic front in CO/NM dries up on Thursday morning.  Excellent skiing on Thursday at Taos, Angel Fire, Ski Santa Fe, and Wolf Creek.

Looking down the road, high pressure builds back Friday-Sunday with warmer, drier weather.

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Snow Before You Go – West Forecast

Northeast

Northeast: The Arctic front from NM and CO hits the Midwest and then Northeast between Thursday-Friday with ice/rain initially then heavy snow.  I’m forecasting 10-20 inches in VT, NH, and ME.  Great skiing on Friday and Saturday.  Drier weather moves in Saturday-Monday.

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Snow Before You Go Northeast Forecast

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: Light snow continues on Thursday.  A new storm system arrives on Friday with moderate to heavy snow accumulation through Saturday.  Drier Sunday with another storm system on Monday.

Banff

Banff Area: Light snow continues on Thursday.  A new storm system arrives on Friday-Saturday with light to moderate accumulation.  Drier on Sunday with another storm system on Monday-Tuesday.

Montana, Wyoming, & Idaho

Montana, Wyoming, Idaho: Light snow continues in Idaho on Thursday.  A new storm system arrives Friday-Saturday with light to moderate snow accumulation in all three states.  Then drier until Monday night.

California

California: The dry streak continues with high-pressure rebuilding.  Will this change?  Not in the next 10 days.

Odds For Best Snow

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Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Thursday ski Taos, Angel Fire, Ski Santa Fe, or Wolf Creek.  On Friday ski Jay Peak, Killington, Okemo, Mount Snow, Stowe, or Sugarbush.  On Saturday ski the Northeast again, or Baker, Steven’s Pass, or Revelstoke.  On Sunday ski Whitefish, Schweitzer, Discovery, or Big Sky.


January 30, 2022

The hot spot for new snow this week starts in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia then transitions south into the Intermountain West (as an Arctic cold front) and then back to the Pacific Northwest.

One storm system is lined-up for the Northeast late week.

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Snow Before You Go Storm Track

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: Several storm systems are lined-up through 2/6.  Moderate to heavy snow continues into Monday then lingering light snow on Tuesday.  Another storm hits Wednesday-Thursday with light to moderate snow.  Another storm system races through on Friday with moderate snow accumulation.  Another storm system is possible Sunday-Monday with moderate to heavy snow potential.  Total snow accumulation by 2/6 ranges from 2-3 feet at Whistler/Blackcomb, Baker, Stevens Pass, and Timberline.

Banff

Banff Area: Moderate to heavy snow accumulation on Monday with light snow lingering on Tuesday.  Another storm hits Wednesday night-Thursday with light snow accumulation.  This is followed by another storm system on Friday with light snow accumulation.  Another storm system is possible Sunday-Monday with light to moderate snow accumulation.  Total snow accumulation by 2/6 around a foot at Sunshine Village, Fernie, and Marmot Basin.  Closer to two feet at Revelstoke.  Overall the best powder days are Monday and Tuesday.

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Montana, Idaho, & Wyoming

Montana, Idaho, Wyoming: Idaho gets moderate snow accumulation Sunday night-Monday with lingering light snow on Tuesday and maybe Wednesday.  Another storm system hits Idaho on Friday with light snow accumulation.  Wyoming and Montana get light to moderate snow accumulation Monday-Tuesday with an Arctic cold front.  Another storm system hits Friday night-Saturday with light snow accumulation.  Total snow accumulation by 2/6 ranges from 4-10 inches across the Tetons, Big Sky, Discovery, and Schweitzer.  The best powder days are Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday.

Colorado & Utah

Colorado, Utah: The storm track continues to miss Utah with only an inch of total snow accumulation in my forecast by 2/6.  In Colorado, an Arctic cold front delivers light to moderate snow accumulation Tuesday-Wednesday.  A quick shot of light snow is possible in Colorado on Saturday but confidence is low.  Total snow accumulation across the Central and Northern mountain zones of 4-8 inches.  6-14 inches across the Southern Mountains.

New Mexico

New Mexico: An Arctic cold front delivers moderate to heavy snow accumulation Tuesday-Wednesday with 8-18″ possible at Taos, Angel Fire, and Ski Santa Fe.  Then the pattern turns drier.

California

California: The pattern stays dry through 2/6.

Northeast

Northeast: Post-Nor` Easter the pattern turns drier until Wednesday night-Friday morning when a storm system arrives.  The precipitation starts as a mix, ice, or rain then turns over to snow with moderate to heavy accumulation at the major ski areas.  The best powder day is Friday.

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Snow Before You Go – Northeast

Odds For Best Snow

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Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Monday ski the Pacific Northwest or Banff.  On Tuesday ski Discovery, Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, or the Tetons.  On Wednesday ski Loveland, Eldora, Winter Park, A-Basin, or Vail.  On Thursday Wolf Creek, Monarch, or Taos.  On Thursday ski Taos, Ski Santa Fe, or Angel Fire.  On Friday ski the Northeast.  On Saturday the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, or Schweitzer.


January 26, 2022

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Snow Before You Go Storm Track

The hot spot this weekend is the Northeast then the Pacific Northwest.

February is looking more active for the West.

Northeast

Northeast: I’m watching for a potential Nor’Easter between Friday-Sunday.  The track of the low pressure determines who gets the heaviest snow accumulation.  Right now, I’m forecasting the biggest totals close to the coast in NH, ME, and MA ski areas.  Light to moderate accumulation in parts of VT and NY.  You’ll be storm skiing in blizzard conditions on Saturday into early Sunday then the storm exits.  A foot of accumulation at Sugarloaf, Sunday River, Mount Washington, Wachusett, and Catamount.

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Snow Before You Go Northeast forecast

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: After a dry stretch, snow returns Saturday night-Sunday.  I’m forecasting moderate to heavy accumulation at Whistler/Blackcomb, Baker, and Stevens Pass.

Banff

Banff Area: After a dry stretch, snow returns on Sunday-Monday.  I’m forecasting light to moderate accumulation at Sunshine Village, Fernie, Marmot Basin, and Revelstoke.

Montana, Idaho, & Wyoming

Montana, Idaho, Wyoming: A minor cold front races through MT and WY between Wednesday night and Thursday with a dusting of snow.  Then it’s a dry stretch until Sunday night-Monday when a larger storm system arrives.

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Snow Before You Go – Forecast for West
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Snow Before You Go – Forecast for the West

Colorado & Utah

Colorado, Utah: A minor cold front races through CO on Thursday with 1-3 inches of new snow at the ski areas including Eldora, Loveland, A-Basin, Winter Park, and Steamboat.  Then it’s a dry stretch until Monday night-Tuesday.

New Mexico

New Mexico: A minor cold front races through Thursday night with 1-3 inches of snow.  Hit Taos, Ski Santa Fe, or Angel Fire on Friday for new snow and clearing skies.  Then it’s a dry stretch until Tuesday.

California

California: I’m forecasting a dry stretch until potentially next week.  February is looking more active across the West.

Odds For Best Snow

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Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Thursday ski Loveland, A-Basin, Eldora, Winter Park, or Steamboat.  On Friday ski Taos, Ski Santa Fe, or Angel Fire.  On Saturday ski Massachusetts or New Hampshire.  On Sunday ski New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, or Maine.


January 23, 2022

The hot spot early this week for new snow is MT, WY, CO, NM.  By next weekend it’s the Pacific Northwest and possibly the Northeast.

Looking down the road, I’m forecasting a more active February for most of the West as lower pressures return.

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Snow Before You Go – Storm Track

Montana, Wyoming, & Idaho

Montana, Wyoming, Idaho:  One cold front races through WY and MT (missing ID) between Monday and Tuesday with light snow accumulation of 1-4 inches.  Then it’s a dry pattern until potentially next week.

Colorado & Utah

Colorado, Utah: One cold front races through Colorado on Tuesday with light to moderate snow accumulation of 1-6 inches.  This front only brushes the Wasatch with about 1 inch of accumulation.  Then it’s a dry pattern until potentially next week.

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Snow Before You Go – West Forecast

New Mexico

New Mexico: One cold front races through New Mexico between Tuesday night and Wednesday with light to moderate snow accumulation at Angel Fire, Taos, and Ski Santa Fe.  Then it’s a dry pattern until potentially next week.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: Nothing significant until next weekend when a storm system arrives with moderate snow accumulation.

Banff

Banff Area: A clipper brushes the area Sunday night-Monday with light snow accumulation.  Then it’s a dry pattern until Saturday-Sunday-Monday when a storm system arrives with light to moderate accumulation.

California

California: Dry January continues until next weekend when the pattern starts to shift.  I’m forecasting a more active February for most of the West.

Northeast

Northeast: 2-3 different Alberta Clippers and some lake-effect are on tap this week.  A larger storm system is possible next weekend.  It’s forecast track remains uncertain.  Each Clipper delivers light snow accumulation to the major ski areas.

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Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Monday ski the Banff Area.  On Tuesday ski Big Sky, Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole, Steamboat, Loveland, A-Basin, Eldora, or Winter Park.  On Wednesday ski Taos, Ski Santa Fe, or Angel Fire.

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January 19, 2022

The hot spot through this weekend is the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West.

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Snow Before You Go Storm Track

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: One storm system delivers moderate snow accumulation through Thursday.  Then the pattern turns drier Friday-Sunday.  I’m forecasting 6-8 inches of total snow at Whistler/Blackcomb, Baker, and Stevens Pass.  This is a warm flow so snow levels could run high.

Banff

Banff Area: One storm system delivers light to moderate snow accumulation through Friday morning.  Then the pattern turns drier Saturday-Sunday with light snow possible Monday.  I’m forecasting 1-3 inches of total snow at Sunshine Village, Fernie, and Marmot Basin.  Up to 8 inches at Revelstoke.

Montana, Idaho, & Wyoming

Montana, Idaho, Wyoming: One storm system delivers light to moderate snow accumulation Thursday-Friday.  The biggest totals occur from Big Sky to the Tetons where I’m forecasting 6-12 inches of total snow.  2-6 inches from Bridger Bowl to Whitefish to Schweitzer.  Then the pattern turns drier Saturday-Sunday.  Another cold front with snow is possible Monday-Tuesday.
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Snow Before You Go Mid-Mountain Snow Forecast for the West

Utah & Colorado

Utah, Colorado: One storm system delivers light to moderate snow accumulation Thursday night-Friday.  I’m forecasting 4-10 inches across Utah’s Wasatch, and 3-6 inches in Colorado’s mountains.  Then the pattern turns drier Saturday-Monday.  Another storm system with snow and colder air arrive Tuesday.

New Mexico

New Mexico: One storm system delivers light to moderate snow accumulation Friday-Saturday.  I’m forecasting 3-9 inches of total snow accumulation at Taos, Angel Fire, and Ski Santa Fe.  Then the pattern turns drier Sunday-Monday.  Another storm system arrives Tuesday-Wednesday with snow.

Northeast

Northeast: Cold temperatures remain with chances for spotty light snow accumulation through the weekend.  Lake-effect snow is also possible.  It now looks like a larger storm system will stay far enough off the coast to miss the ski areas on Saturday.  Overall, I’m forecasting 1-4 inches of total snow accumulation through the weekend.
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Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Thursday ski Whistler/Blackcomb, Stevens Pass, Mount Baker, or Revelstoke.  On Friday, ski Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, Alta, or Snowbird.  On Saturday ski Loveland, Winter Park, Vail, Steamboat, Monarch, or Snowmass.
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Best Odds For Snow

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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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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Snow Before You Go – Northeast forecast

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.

Odds For Best Snow

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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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Mid-Mountain Snow Forecast

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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Odds For Best Snow

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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Forecast Snow Plume – Jackson Hole

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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Mid-Mountain Snow Forecast – West

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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Mid-Mountain Snow Forecast – Northeast

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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Odds For Best Snow

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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