Northeastern ski areas got their first big snowstorm to cover every ski area across the board from the Pennsylvania Poconos to Northern New England. It was the second storm this week for ski areas like Camelback, PA, Mountain Creek, NJ, Ski Sundown, CT and Catamount in the Berkshires of MA. Big Northern New England resorts picked up 8 inches to a foot of fresh powder from Wednesday's snowfall. Brand new natural trails opened as a result with additional steeps, chutes and glades for skiing fresh powder between the trees. Bretton Woods, NH and Jay Peak and Smugglers' Notch VT were able to open dozens of rejuvenated gladed trails.
Midwestern mountains remain cold with a deep strong base of PP. It's good skiing and you need to dress warm with good head and face protection. This current cold stretch for MI, WI and MN resorts is not as extreme as the Arctic January weather.
Colorado Mountains have been enjoying their best two weeks of the skiing and riding season with 3-4 feet of fresh snow during that time period. Aspen had more fresh powder skiing as recently as Wednesday with 9 inches of fresh snow and many mountains have deep powdery coverage on their steepest terrain like Monarch's Mirkwood Basin. Utah Mountains like Alta and Snowbird got over two feet of snow the last two weeks. Sun Valley Idaho picked up more than a foot of fresh snow since this time last week.
Fresh powder through last weekend was a welcome sight in Northern California and Squaw Valley was able to double their terrain. The snow was able to provide stronger coverage for the limited trails and terrain parks that are already open but many California resorts have a selection of well covered big mountain slopes for each ability and more snow is coming to make the season a bit more promising.
Mount Bachelor had a snowy stretch in Oregon with 27 inches of fresh snow since this time last week including a half foot Wednesday. Their base has improved and they're skiing more packed powder and ungroomed powder.