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The latest news, deals, and events from ski resorts throughout North America.

Insider's Guide To Heavenly Valley

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Nearly every turn at Heavenly has lake vista. (Heavenly/Facebook)

Heavenly Valley rightfully boasts its best elements: Most skiable terrain (4,800 acres) in Lake Tahoe area. Most vertical feet (3,500) on West Coast. Among highest summit elevations (10,067 feet) in the region.

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Here’s What’s New On Cali’s Day Trippin’ Mountains

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Skiing and riding underway at Mount Rose. (Mount Rose Ski Tahoe/Facebook)

California has two dozen ski and snowboard resorts, and the bulk of them have minimal lodging and rely upon skiers and riders who drive up for the day.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Strong Western Systems, Eastern Lake Effect

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Crystal Mountain in Washington opened Wednesday. (Crystal Mountain/Facebook)

A powerful weather system delivers heavy snow across the West through Friday, then leads to lake effect snow during the weekend for the East.

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Mountain High Resorts Purchased By MHR Investor Group

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Scoring deep pow in the San Gabriel Mountains. (Mountain High)

Southern California’s Mountain High has been sold by Ski Resort Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Oz Real Estate, to Mountain High Reunited, a group that includes current President and CEO, Karl Kapuscinski, the senior management team, and MHR Investors.

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First SoCal Six-Pack Chair At Snow Valley

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First SoCal high-speed goes up at Snow Valley. (Snow Valley)

Being close to the Los Angeles Basin means the lift lines at Snow Valley can be daunting, even for SoCal skiers and riders used to a crowd.

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Five Unskippable California Mountain Bike Trails

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Explore the lush landscapes of California on popular bike trails like the Camp Tamarancho trail in Marin County. (Flickr/Marincvb)

California may be famous for its large Hollywood sign, sandy beaches and larger-than-life movie sets, but it also has ample green space just waiting to be explored. In particular, the City of Angels is home to a number of stunning trails. Surprisingly, the state has tracks for avid as well as novice bikers.

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Mammoth Finally Calls It A Season

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Good times kept rollin' at Mammoth. (Mammoth Mountain/Facebook)

It will take a record 270 days, but Mammoth Mountain will finally put an end to the 2016-2017 ski and snowboard season Aug. 6.

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Ziplines Crisscross The Mountains Of California

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Zipline-ing at Heavenly includes monster lake view. (Heavenly/Facebook)

One of the most prevalent summer activities at ski and snowboard resorts is the high-flying, high-speed zipline. And California is no exception.

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Keep On Keepin' On At Western Resorts

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Hittin' the summer ski scene at Squaw. (Squaw Valley/Facebook)

After one of the best snow season in recent times, a quartet of Western mountains will keep the lifts turning well into what should be the season for sun-bathing and surfing.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Snow Still In The Forecast

SnoCountry SnoCast: Snow Still In The Forecast

Mt Rose Ski Tahoe boasts the deepest overall base depth of any resort in the West with nearly 220" left on the ground, and a season total of nearly 750."  There has been near record amounts of snow for the central Sierra Nevada range for the 2016-17 ski season. (Mt Rose Ski Tahoe/Twitter)

We continue to dig deeper into spring, but ski areas continue to press on. This week, we look to the Northwest U.S. for the best chance of new snow and fresh turns. But, cold enough temperatures at night in the Northeast may allow the ski season to continue for another week or more for some determined ski areas in the Northeast.


Here’s what to expect in the forecast for April 12 -17.

Western U.S.: We have to look to the Northwest part of the country to see fresh snow this week. Parts of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and some of Wyoming are in luck with this next storm system to roll through. Wednesday night through Thursday, expect snow to develop over the Sierra Nevada, Cascades, and northern Rockies. Snow levels will generally be at or over 5500’ for this system. Expect a general 4-8” of new snow at many ski areas, with locally a foot or more for the highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada, and also the higher mountains in Idaho by the end of the week.

On a side note, it has been an incredible year for snow over the Western mountains. The Central Sierra have about twice normal precipitation levels for this time of year, near the record pace of the '82-83 season. This has left current base depths deep enough to keep the season going strong well into spring for many Western resorts.

To see all ski areas open:

In the Rockies, click here  

In the Northwest, click here  

In the Southwest, click here  

 Computer model forecast snowfall through this weekend for the western US and Canada. Model forecasts are meant to be used for forecast guidance, and not absolute values. Actual totals will vary.

Eastern U.S. / Midwest: As I alluded to in last week’s SnoCast, the seasons are choosing sides. The cold is still left in the West, but spring has thoroughly sprung for the east. It’s been an awesome run this year for northeast ski areas with plenty of big dumps, but unfortunately this week is going to make it tough for ski areas to hang on much longer with several resorts targeting their last days. Temperatures will continue to be warm and spring-like by day, but still dip near the freezing mark at night. For those determined ski areas that keep going, snow blowing may be possible a few nights this week in the northeast and New England, but little or no natural snow is expected in the forecast. Hey! The best news of all, for those apres-ski and pond skimming events coming up, the weather looks absolutely perfect!

To see all ski areas open:

In the Northeast, click here 

In the Midwest, click here  

There are no Southeast region ski areas still turning chairs this season. See ya next year .

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Canada:  Much like in the U.S., all the cold air this week will be confined to the western part of the country. Snow will overspread the mountains of British Columbia and Alberta Thursday, and continue periodically into the weekend. Generally 4-8” of new snow can be expected, with locally a foot or more over the higher peaks. Meanwhile, in the East, it’s going to be tough to get much (if any) natural snowfall in the next 3-6 days at least. Temps will be near freezing overnights, but reach into the 40s and 50s by day for Southern Ontario and Quebec for the next several days.

To see all the ski areas open in Canada,  click here  

 Look above at the model snowfall forecast image for a peek at possible snow amounts for Western Canada.

Finally, we'll cap it off with a mid-range forecast. Here’s a look at the temperatures outlook for the 6 -10 day forecast (April 17-21, 2017) from the Climate Prediction Center.  Looks like there will still be cold air left in the Northwest and California, perhaps to bring in more snowfall with each passing system. Also in New England, blue on the image means colder than normal air. Otherwise, spring warmth builds in for next week.

Forecast April 17-21, 2017 from the Climate Prediction Center. (NOAA)

That's all for this week's SnoCountry SnoCast, skiers and riders! Enjoy it while it lasts!

-Meteorologist Kerrin Jeromin

 

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