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La Nina: Where to Ski This Winter and Why

La Nina, El Nino, ENSO—as skiers we hear these terms all the time. As much as you may or may not be paying attention to what they mean, the children of the Pacific can have a dramatic influence on the winter season, from Tahoe to Alaska. So, if you missed meteorology in college, or haven’t followed current events in over a decade, read on for a description of the predicted La Nina event. Then, start planning trips.—Molly Baker
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Where to Ski This Weekend

Spectate or ski: This weekend, the Pan McShlonkey is at Squaw and the Freeskiing World Tour is at Moonlight Basin. Or you could go skiing in Oregon or Utah.

This photo was taken by Frank Shine on March 9. Our point? There's still plenty of powder to be had in Aspen right now. Plus, on Saturday, Vampire Weekend is playing a free outdoor concert at the cross streets of Galena Avenue and Cooper Street at 8 p.m.

Where to Ski This Weekend: March 20-21

We've got springtime suggestions for the best resorts to visit this weekend. For free concerts and fresh snow, head to Aspen. To watch a big event, try the Big Air Fiesta at Stevens Pass, Washington, or the U.S. Alpine Championships at Whiteface, New York. Looking for a good deal? Go to Schweitzer, Idaho. Or maybe you feel like driving a snowcat? The Canyons, Utah.

Crystal Mountain has gotten at least 10 inches the past few nights, and more snow is in the forecast.

Where to Ski this Weekend: February 25-27

Storm skiing is back in season. Snow is on the ground and in the forecast. If you're looking for soft turns this weekend you've got options: California, Utah, Washington, and Idaho are all looking good.

OK, sports fans, La Niña is back. This is good news for some mountains and bad news for others. And it’s actually really bad news for meteorologists, who now must answer the barrage of requests for a six-month snow forecast. Just remember that a seasonal forecast is less important than following each individual storm during the winter. That said, here’s the scoop on La Niña.Water temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean are much colder than average, which is the definition of La Niña. Those temperatures can affect weather patterns across the globe, and that’s why La Niña is important. For North America, La Niña has some predictable consequences for snow during the winter: it snows a lot.

La Niña Round Two

The bitch is, apparently, back. Our weather guy gives us the scoop on where and how much it could snow this winter.

Steamboat Ski Resort in Colorado just received four inches of new snow. Head there this weekend, or book their $99 Springalicious Four Pack (good for any four days of skiing between April 2-11).

Where to Ski This Weekend: March 6-7

Heading to the mountains this weekend? We've got the latest snow reports (19 inches at Snowbird), travel deals (spring savings at Steamboat or $39 Fridays at Attitash), and events (like live music at Mount Bachelor) around the country.