Where to Ski This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a crapshoot when it comes to skiing, the snow can be variable, but there are early season deals to be had. Luckily, this year we’re getting the best of both worlds, November has already been a big month for snow in the West and you can still find screaming deals on lodging, tickets and food. Looking for a place to give thanks? Here’s where you should head, plus forecasts, so you can decide for yourself.
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Where to Ski This Weekend: November 26-28

Snowbird got dumped on this past weekend, almost 3 feet since Saturday, and they are expecting another 1-2 tonight. Northstar-at-Tahoe got pounded too—over 5 feet since last Friday. And Kirkwood opens November 24th with plenty of snow on the ground. Do we even have to tell you where to ski this weekend?

Killington opened for the season on November 2

Where to Ski This Weekend: November 6-7

Ski season is rolling into full swing: Killington and Trollhaugen will be turning chairs this weekend, so East Coast and Midwest skiers can get their fix, while more Colorado resorts will be open as well. And, West Coast skiers who are jonesing for turns can start dreaming about Whistler’s opening day.

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.

The Canyons got an 18-inch storm

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.

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.

Aspen Mountain Face Shots

Where to Ski This Weekend: Feb 27-28

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.

Crystal Mountain is Seattle’s closest ski area. Less than two hours from Washington’s coffee city, Crystal receives an average of 367 inches per year. Not surprisingly, the mountain’s latest closing day was on July 14, 1999, after the northwest’s last major La Nina episode. In accordance with University of Washington’s Professor Cliff Mass’ suggestions, the Seattle mayor should be preparing for the snowfall in and around the major city, “It turns out that there is a greater probability of lowland snow west of the Cascades during La Nina years,” Mass says. If it is snowing in Seattle, powder days at Crystal should be abundant.

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