Western resorts continue to reap the benefits of numerous snowstorms from Pacific Northwest and California through Idaho and all of the Rocky Mountains.
They may have waited until February, but Northern California resorts are getting the kind of snow they're used to getting during a bountiful winter and skiers and snowboarders have many great days on the slopes to look forward to during March and April with Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl picking up nearly 4 feet of fresh powder in the last week. Trails and terrain parks are plentiful and the slopes have a strong enough base to last for several weeks and offer quality late season skiing and snowboarding.
Schweitzer and Sun Valley, Idaho kicked off the week with several inches of fresh powder. Utah Mountains like Deer Valley and Alta received 2 feet of snow in the last week. Powder Mountain got 3 feet including 9 inches reported Wednesday this week. Frequent snow and frequent powder days have been the norm in Utah lately and at Colorado resorts like Aspen and Crested Butte and especially big Wyoming Mountains like Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole with well over a foot the last couple days.
Some Midwestern resorts kicked off the week with modest snowfalls. All ski areas are still 100% and still very much in winter's grip to start out March. That means plenty of great spring skiing when temperatures do warm up and a full slate of springtime events and barbecues on tap for later in March at Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands and Crystal Mountain in Michigan to name a few.
Mid Atlantic ski areas are poised to make it through the month of March with complete snow coverage. They started the week with a half foot of fresh snow at Snowshoe, West Virginia and a few inches and Liberty and Roundtop in Pennsylvania. Welcome springtime temperatures will grace those mountains this weekend and soften their snow. Spring parties include Mardi Gras and a barbecue at Roundtop on Saturday and pond skimming at Liberty Sunday as brave skiers and riders try to skim across a man made pond in the snow.
Pats Peak joins the winter fun with a Hawaiian Day in New Hampshire complete with live music and hot tubs on the deck. All New England areas are 100% and looking forward to more comfortable temperatures on the slopes this weekend. They're skiing well groomed corduroy and several modest snowfalls have added up during the past week, especially in Vermont's Green Mountains. Many of the bigger resorts will ski well into April and beyond.