Brighton enjoys the buttery corduroy of their last few days of the season. Brighton expects to close for the season on Sunday, April 23 after an impressive season total of over 600" of snowfall. (Brighton/Facebook)
And we press on. The ski season is definitely winding down, but that won’t stop you die-hards from seeking out the last turns. If you plan to shred what’s left at the slopes, here’s what to expect weather-wise in this week’s SnoCast.
This outlook and forecast is for the week of April 19-24, 2017.
Across the U.S.:
It’s clear that spring is “springing.” There have been some amazing days of mild temps and sweet, soft turns. There is still some new snow in the forecast, you just have to know where to look. Here’s the forecast for the U.S. snowfall through Saturday evening, April 22, from the National Weather Service:
This time of year, elevation is key. Naturally, the Western U.S. is where we’ll find more snow overall this week because the elevation is overall higher than the East. For the West, look for the next system to push into the Pacific coast through Thursday, with high snow levels. Higher peaks of the Oregon and Washington Cascades will squeeze out several inches of new snow. That system then spreads to the interior Rockies by Friday and Saturday, leaving several inches over the mountains. Maybe a few pockets near a foot for the highest ranges in Colorado and Wyoming.
For the East, you’ll need to watch the weather closely to find dry windows of opportunity for your spring turns. Sugarloaf picked up a bit of fresh snow early Wednesday.
There is a little bit of new snow for the handful of Northeast ski areas still in operation. A light coating of a couple of inches are possible over Northern N.H. and Maine by Thursday morning. But the weather turns damp and warmer for this weekend.
To see all ski areas open:
There are no Southeast region ski areas still turning chairs this season.
Canada: There is still some great spring skiing to be found in Canada, too. Generally the ski areas in the West (British Columbia and Alberta) will do best this week, compared to the Eastern ski areas. 24cm of new snow to report at Whistler Blackcomb as of Wednesday morning, with almost double that on the way. Lake Louise is still enjoying the spring turns, too,, with 14cm of fresh snow early Tuesday.
We'll take one final look at the ski forecast in next week's SnoCast. 'Til then, happy turns, skiers and riders.
-Meteorologist Kerrin Jeromin