All eyes are on a weekend Nor`easter sliding up the East Coast Friday and Saturday. It will miss most of the bigger ski areas of New England, but heavy snow is likely in PA, WV, VA and MA. Two storm systems will follow the jet stream into the West between Thursday and Sunday with snow for most ski areas.
Northeast: The track of the Nor`easter determines where the heaviest snow falls. At this point the biggest ski areas of New England will get missed. This includes Killington, Mount Snow, Sunday River, Sugarloaf and Okemo. Other ski resorts further south will receive heavy snow including Sundown, Mohawk, Ski Butternut, Catamount and most resorts in WV, VA and PA. Timeline: The storm system arrives on Friday and continues on Saturday, exiting on Sunday.
Pacific Northwest: I'm tracking two storm systems between Thursday and Sunday. The first arrives on Thursday and the second arrives on Friday continuing on Saturday. There’s heavy snow potential in the Cascades with up to 3 feet above 4,000 feet of elevation.
California: Two storm systems deliver snow to the Tahoe ski areas Thursday night through Saturday. Sunday looks quieter with snow decreasing quickly in the morning. The first storm system on Friday delivers moderate snow accumulations around Tahoe with lighter amounts south to Mammoth. The second storm system is stronger with heavy snow accumulations on Saturday from Tahoe south to Mammoth. Accumulations may reach 2 feet.
Colorado, Utah and New Mexico: I'm watching one storm system between Saturday and Sunday. It hits Utah first with heavy snow accumulations at the Wasatch ski areas Saturday and Sunday. It's going to be a big powder weekend at Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, Brighton and Park City Mountain Resort. That storm hits Colorado's ski areas on Saturday night continuing on Sunday and Monday with moderate to heavy snow accumulations. That includes Snowmass, Vail, Steamboat, Purgatory and Loveland. This storm only brushes northern New Mexico and Taos with light snow accumulations on Sunday.
Wyoming, Idaho and Montana: Two storm systems impact this area between Friday and Sunday. The first storm system delivers light snow accumulations to northern Idaho and northern Montana only. The rain/snow line may run a little high with this first storm. The second storm system is stronger and colder and delivers moderate to heavy snow starting Saturday night and continuing on Sunday. Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, Schweitzer, Sun Valley, Big Sky and Whitefish are in good position.
Tomer's Take: Ski Steamboat for a powder day on Thursday, Jackson Hole on Friday, Heavenly or Kirkwood on Saturday for powder, and Snowbird or Alta on Sunday for powder. Honorable mention for powder on Monday at Loveland or Vail.