Where to Ski This Week: 12/19/14

More fresh snow means resorts in California and Oregon will open for the season.

Rocky Mountains
The faucet turned back on for Colorado this week with a series of solid storms impacting the region just in time for the holiday rush. While most of Colorado’s resorts saw decent snowfall, Aspen/Snowmass and Telluride fared the best with 8 inches of fresh snow in the last 24 hours for Telluride and 7 inches over the last few days at Aspen/Snowmass on top of more than a foot at each resort during the beginning of the week. Aspen/Snowmass is currently reporting 30 lifts and 3,233 acres open with a 41-inch base. With more snow in the forecast through Christmas for Colorado, it’s looking like a very white and very happy holiday for Colorado skiers and snowboarders. Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico has also benefited from the recent storms and is reporting a 42-inch base with 5 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours and around two feet in the last week.

California 
In California, Mammoth Mountain, with a summit elevation of 11,053 feet is in the best shape for the holiday season with snow totals upwards of 5 feet at the summit during the month of December. All of Mammoth’s base areas are now open along with 18 lifts and 80 trails. While snow at the base is still pretty thin, the upper regions are filling in nicely with more snow on the way this weekend and colder temperatures so the base areas should get some snow this weekend. Bear Valley is up and running with 10 inches of new snow in the last 72 hours and a 35-inch base, so after a few years of absolutely abysmal snow conditions things are looking up in Southern California.

Northeast 
The Northeast continues to rage, with fresh snow on the ground and another large storm forecasted for the weekend and into next week. Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire tops the list and is reporting 8 inches of fresh snow while Stowe in Vermont is luxuriating on a 48-inch base with 3 inches of fresh snow and lots more on the way if the forecast is correct.

Pacific Northwest 
The Pacific Northwest is also looking really good, with plenty of moisture and colder temperatures forecasted. Mt. Bachelor is reporting 6 inches of new snow today with a large storm barreling down on the PNW this weekend where snow totals over a foot are predicted during the next 48 hours from Bachelor to Baker so hopefully Mt. Baker will open by Sunday or Monday.