Skiers and snowboarders in California have waited almost the entire winter so far to get a substantial snowstorm to open more terrain. Fresh snow this week is a big step in the right direction. It will blanket the trails that are already open so they can stay open with powder and packed powder skiing and stronger coverage. We'll wait and see if there is enough snow to open more terrain. This snow also brings a welcome blanket to ski areas in Washington and Oregon. Ski areas on the eastern part of Washington already have strong substantial wall to wall coverage on all of their groomed cruising runs and many Idaho mountains like Schweitzer are at or near 100% with a new coat of fresh snow.
Rocky Mountain ski areas in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming have powder skiing for the rest of the week with their first big snowstorm in a couple weeks. This latest dumping of deep snow makes the base more secure and does a great job to pad some of the steeper terrain. Skiers and riders enjoy shin deep, knee deep and perhaps waist deep powder for at least a few days at Snowbird, Utah and Arapahoe Basin, Colorado.
Midwestern mountains finally get a break from the cold. It still feels like winter but it comes without the arctic blasts of the last couple weeks. Ski areas in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan have enjoyed prime skiing conditions all winter. Big snow's have been a part of the story all along with 18 inches of fresh snow in the past week at Indianhead on Michigan's U.P. and 2 feet over the same time at Nubs Nob on Lower Michigan.
the last couple weeks belonged to Mid-Atlantic mountains like Snowshoe and Canaan Valley, West Virginia and Wisp in Maryland. All 3 ski resorts picked up nearly two feet of snow in the last week. Northeastern mountains had several bursts of blustery snow over the past couple weeks and their snowmaking trails are completely covered and well established. In Vermont, Okemo, Sugarbush and Stowe have more than 35 miles of the best packed powder so far this season. Killington has more than 45 miles. A break in the weather for the rest of the week and into the weekend means comfortable skiing in the Northeast..
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