Thanksgiving weekend looks to be one of the best in recent memory for skiing and riding across much of North America.
The Sierras hit the jackpot heading into Thanksgiving, as cold, snowy, windy conditions descended on the region with a persistent storm that dropped more than 6 feet in some places. Temperatures plunged to the single digits in high country and winds hit gale force.
Read more about that storm and its impact on Sierra ski resorts in the story by Western Editor Becky Lomax: "Huge Snowstorm Hits Sierras."
Utah and Colorado are in the grip of a storm that is projected to last through today, Wednesday Nov. 24, and move out, leaving fresh snow and sunny skies in its wake.
Colorado resorts also have seen considerable early season snow, allowing opening of terrain for Thanksgiving skiers and riders.
Read the report by Ms. Lomax on the Rocky Mountain resorts: "Northern Rockies Resorts Open Thanksgiving Weekend."
Weather across the Upper Midwest is going to be bitter cold, with temperatures in the single digits at night, and teens to low-30s during the days, under mostly sunny skies. Dress warm and hit the slopes.
Resorts in the Pacific Northwest, Midwest, Mid Atlantic, Northeast, and Canada, meanwhile, have had to rely on snowmaking to cover slopes and trails.
Cold and light snow is forecast for the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Read Ms.Lomax's story on prospects for holiday skiing in the region: "Where Can You Find Pacific Northwest Lifts Running?"
New England and the Northeast enjoyed an early season surprise as snow hit the higher elevations in mid-October. Natural snowfall since then has been scarce, but sustained snowmaking weather has allowed for steady coverage of terrain, and opening of resorts across the region.
Skiing and riding is available on limited terrain in the Mid Atlantic region, although some resorts have pushed back opening dates to early December.
Dress warm, ski and ride with care, and enjoy Thanksgiving weekend. It's the traditional start to another season of fun on the slopes.
For up-to-date conditions at all resorts, check out the Snow Reports at OnTheSnow.