El Niño is winding down, but that doesn’t mean less snow, according to Onthesnow.com
Warm Pacific water temperatures, indicative of a strong El Niño event, peaked around Christmas, and resulted in above normal snowfall for many Western ski resorts. Now, El Niño is beginning to cool and normal snowfall is expected to return. This means areas that received heavier than average snowfall will gradually shift back to normal this spring.
What does this mean for your spring skiing trip?
Colorado: The southern Rockies have been having an especially awesome ski season. Telluride has already received about 250″, and can expect more normal snowfall this spring. For the central Rockies, a weaker El Nino will also mean a return to normal snowfall, but it’s not bad news. March typically delivers 50 inches to Vail Mountain and other central resorts. The northern mountains, where Steamboat is, can expect above normal snowfall.
Keep in mind, about 75% of average annual snow has already fallen at most Colorado resorts, and there’s still at least 1.5 months left to get your turns in.
Snowbird has already received 324″ this season. See photos>>>
California: The shifting pattern is expected to favor the Lake Tahoe resorts with above normal snowfall.
Several Tahoe resorts have received 300″+ this season. See photos>>>
Mt. Bachelor has already received 368″ this season. See photos>>>
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