After its previous announcement that there was a better than average change of La Niña conditions affecting the western USA this season, NOAA recently confirmed the current presence of La Niña conditions as well as a 75% chance of those conditions remaining in effect through the spring of 2021. If you love skiing in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Northern Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, you know La Niña is great news in terms of deep snow.

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What is La Nina?

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Notice the northern positioning of the jet stream | Photo Credit: NOAA

La Niña, is the general cooling of the Equatorial region of Pacific Ocean, where the temperature must dip more than 0.5°C (or 1°F) below average. When those Pacific waters lose heat content, the jet stream is pushed further north, taking a track that delivers more favorable cold and snowy conditions to areas of the Pacific Northwest, Canada, Alaska, and the Northern Rockies (Montana, Wyoming, Idaho). It also typically delivers warmer than average temps as well as decreased snowfall to states such as Arizona and New Mexico.

Which ski resorts are favored by La Niña?

For the powder hungry, we comprised a list of resorts which typically receive more than normal snowfall during La Niña years. Scroll to learn more.


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