Here we go again! The second strong, early-winter storm has moved across the Rocky Mountain range in the western United States and Canada.
As of this writing, snow has already piled up across Canada, Montana, and Wyoming and will include Colorado, the Dakotas and Minnesota before it’s done. This will give resorts a natural snow covering and base to help open trails soon. Resorts we like are Red Lodge, Sun Valley, Grand Targhee and Eldora which will get 6-12 inches.
Bitter cold will arrive across the western/central U.S. states and Canada through Saturday. Snow making opportunities will open up in these chilly areas!
A weaker, smaller winter weather system will bring light snow to British Columbia and Alberta Saturday and Sunday. What are the opening dates? Keep an eye out! Visit SnoCountry’s Snow Reports by Region to see when your nearby mountain plans to open.
Meanwhile in the eastern U.S. and Canada we have had a couple opportunities for making snow in early October. The next window for snow making will be Sunday, Oct. 13 and the next several days thereafter as the pattern turns cooler. Speaking of patterns, this upcoming winter season will be less clear than usual. That’s because we’re in a “neutral” pattern with no strong La Niña or El Niño in the Pacific Ocean. In these scenarios, winter can more easily swing one way or another. What may occur, is wildly-swinging week-to-week weather of cold/snow followed by brief thaws. For now, areas closer to the Canadian border appear to be in the best position for a good winter.