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What will the snow be like this ski season? When it comes to the long-range weather forecast for winter 2018/2019, we are currently on "El Niño Watch." The consensus of model data predicts a 70 percent chance of an El Niño developing for the 18/19 ski season. That means warmer than normal water in the south Pacific will drive the overall weather patterns across the United States.

Pseudo El Niño for the 18/19 Ski Season

Here's where my winter outlook differs from the consensus. I believe we're looking at a variation of the traditional El Niño and have adjusted my weather forecast accordingly. I see cooler than normal air temperatures in South America, cooler than normal water temperatures in the southeast Pacific off the coast of South America, cooler than normal water temperatures in the eastern Atlantic and cooler than normal air and water temperatures in India and Indian Ocean. These differences are inconsistent with traditional El Niño patterns.

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Winter weather outlook for the 18/19 ski season in the Western U.S.  - © Meteorologist Chris Tomer

Winter weather outlook for the 18/19 ski season in the Western U.S.

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer

Weather Forecast Precipitation Breakdown

The dominant jet stream pattern favors a warmer than normal west and colder than normal east. Warmer than normal temperatures in the west could force snow levels to run higher than normal at the beginning and end of the ski season. The result is rain or rain/snow mix at some lower elevation ski areas. A mid-winter rain is also possible.

Considering all these variables, the ski areas in best position for cooler temps and consistent snowfall include certain parts of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico (more details below). In the Northeast, we could see a few colder than normal stretches with Nor'easters being more likely than normal. 

Percentage of average snowfall for ski resorts, winter 2018/2019.  - © Meteorologist Chris Tomer

Percentage of average snowfall for ski resorts, winter 2018/2019.

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer

Percentage of Average Snowfall Ski Resorts Will Get This Winter?


Colorado Ski Resorts

  • Wolf Creek: 120%
  • Purgatory: 100%
  • Silverton Mountain: 100%
  • Telluride: 100%
  • Aspen: 90%
  • Crested Butte: 90%
  • Loveland: 100% 
  • Monarch: 90%
  • Steamboat: 90%
  • Vail: 90%
 
Winter snow forecast for Colorado, 2018/2019 ski season.  - © Meteorologist Chris Tomer

Winter snow forecast for Colorado, 2018/2019 ski season.

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer


New Mexico Ski Resorts 

  • Angel Fire: 120%
  • Taos: 120%


Wyoming Ski Resorts

  • Jackson Hole: 90% 


Montana Ski Resorts

  • Big Sky: 90%
  • Bridger Bowl: 90%
  • Whitefish: 90%


California Ski Resorts

  • Big Bear: 90%
  • Mammoth Mountain: 90%
  • Tahoe: 80% 


Utah Ski Resorts

  • Alta: 90%
  • Brian Head: 90%
  • Park City: 90%
  • Snowbird: 90%
  • Snowbasin: 80%
 

Arizona Ski Resorts Ski Resorts 

  • Snowbowl: 90%


Northeast Ski Resorts

  • Jay Peak: 90%
  • Killington: 90%
  • Mount Snow: 90%
  • Sunday River: 90% 

 

Idaho Ski Resorts

  • Schweizter: 80%
  • Sun Valley: 80%


Canada Ski Resorts

  • Banff: 80%
  • Whistler/Blackcomb: 80%
  • Mount Hood: 70%
  • Mount Rainier: 70%

 

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Tomer’s Take: Where to Ski & When This Season 

For the best early season skiing, look to Banff, Big Sky, Jackson Hole, Loveland and Arapahoe Basin. By mid winter, I like Snowbird, Jackson Hole, Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, Steamboat, Winter Park, Loveland, Wolf Creek, Taos, Angel Fire, Jay Peak, Sugarloaf and Wildcat. The wildcard is California. If this forecast plays out, then it could be an abnormally warm winter. However, if a traditional El Niño develops, then California could be back in the game. 

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Ski and snowboard enthusiasts from around the world:

We have been proud to provide you with free access to snow reports, resort guides and more, and we are beyond grateful for your readership and contributions to our community over the years.

Unfortunately given the changing media landscape, Mountain News Corporation has experienced financial declines in recent years. With additional economic challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic now facing our business, it is not financially viable to continue operating.

Mountain News Corporation and our OnTheSnow and Skiinfo websites will be shutting down. We will explore the possibility of selling, partnering, or contributing assets to another media outlet if there is an opportunity to allow for a consistent or enhanced online experience. For inquiries about Mountain News Corporation, please email Feedback_OTS@mountainnews.com.

We want to thank our loyal employees for their tireless work over the years to bring great information to all of you. We take comfort knowing that our collective passion for the sport of skiing and snowboarding will certainly live on.

We’ll see you on the mountain.


– Mountain News Corporation