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.
Planning a last-minute ski trip? Follow the snow. Southwest Colorado is expecting several feet of snow. The Berkshires in Massachusetts got 10-plus inches. And Squaw Valley is getting storms—and is hosting the biggest freeride competition in the U.S. on Saturday, the Freeride World Tour. We’ve got snow reports, travel deals, and more.
Colorado is where it’s at this weekend. An early season storm dumped 36 inches in 72 hours on Summit County, and Vail and Winter Park got their fair share as well. If you’re in California or Canada you’ve got options, too: Squaw, Heavenly and Whistler are all opening this weekend.
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