Big snow has finally returned to the Rockies; that includes Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. Why? The storm track (jet stream) shifted south and west. Why did it shift? The dominoes started to fall as Cyclone Nuri moved into the Bering Sea last weekend. Nuri was such a large storm that it forced the jet stream to drop south into the United States. The current pattern will also favor the Northeast for a shot of snow, but not until next week.
Rockies: My snowfall forecast graphic is just through this weekend, ending Nov. 16. Resorts like Steamboat, Winter Park, Vail, Snowmass, Jackson Hole and ski areas in the Wasatch of Utah will all do well. Several resorts plan to open by Thanksgiving, and with this kind of active storm track, they'll be good to go.
Northeast: I'm not expecting much snow this weekend, maybe 1-2", but early next week 6" or more of new snowfall could hit ski areas thanks to a Nor'easter-like storm. Ski areas like Jiminy Peak, Sugarloaf, Sunday River, Jay Peak, Okemo and Killington will do well.
California: The pattern really doesn't favor California and the Lake Tahoe Resorts. I'm expecting some light snow late this week but then it turns dry this weekend.
Tomer's Take: Stay in the Rockies. I'm forecasting solid snow for Colorado, Utah and Wyoming in the next seven days. My pick this weekend is Loveland Ski Area.