Where to Ski This Week: 12/5/14

Jackson Hole is set to open 100 percent of its terrain on Friday December 5th
Jackson Hole is set to open 100 percent of its terrain on Friday December 5thKarl Weatherly / Getty Images

A sopping wet tropical system came ashore along the coast of California early in the week, breaking the long drought with inches of rain and feet of snow to the Sierra Mountains. It was a fairly warm storm with the snow level rising to around 7,000 feet in the Tahoe area, so not everyone saw massive snow. Squaw Valley benefitted the most from the storm, reporting almost three-feet on its summit over the last week. It was the first major storm of the season for Tahoe though, so they still need a lot of snow to get anywhere close to fully open (Squaw is reporting 18 acres of open skiing and Heavenly isn't much better with 43 acres, but it's a much needed start for the ski season. 

The best resort skiing this weekend will probably be found in Jackson Hole. The resort is set to open 100 percent of its terrain on Friday December 5th and thanks to that same wet tropical system and a lot colder air they've been getting a fair amount of good quality snow this week. With a 51-inch summit depth, 18 inches from the last storm cycle and the tram running there will definitely be some deep turns on offer at the Hole.

Sun Valley also did really well during this last run of Pineapple Express moisture, with 20 inches during the last 72 hours and more terrain on Bald Mountain opening daily. It looks like it will be dumping in the Cascades throughout the PNW this weekend so if you're sitting in the rain over there in Portland or Seattle, rest easy knowing Bachelor is forecasting solid snow in the next 48 hours and Stevens Pass might open this weekend.


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On the East Coast, Vermont is looking the best with Jay Peak and Smugglers' Notch both reporting around 6 inches of new snow during the last 72 hours. Doesn't look like that much is open yet, but more snow is on the way this weekend so that might help things out.

Trollhaugen, Wisconsin tops the list for summit depth this week with 72 inches and more snow forecast for the weekend so Michigan's upper peninsula is doing alright as well.

In Canada, Whistler is suffering from a lack of elevation but Revelstoke looks good with a 40 inches base and is 100 percent open. A good sized storm is forecast to impact BC over the weekend with snowfall over a foot through much of the province so things will just be getting better there.

Internationally the place to be is Italy. It is dumping at Cortina d'Ampezzo. With close to three feet in the last 72 hours, but it looks like that's their first storm of the season, as well and not much is open.

All in all, it's a good week for the ski season, especially given that the official start of winter is more than two weeks away. 

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