What is El Niño’s impact on skiing and snowboarding?

Of course, precipitation can affect higher elevation snowfall and the season at key skiing and snowboarding destinations.

In the early winter months of 2023, most of the western U.S. is expected to be normal to drier than normal.

El Niño-driven snowfall most often occurs in the West due to a strong subtropical jet by January. 

The trend seems to favor atmospheric river (AR) events. Normal to above-normal snowfall is possible in the Northeast. But beware.Tomer said the pattern signals NorEaster storms are more likely.

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Thus, New England ski areas may have a snowy winter, a nice change from last season's East Coast winter.

Colorado ski regions like Summit County, Loveland, Telluride, and Arapahoe Basin are all huge snow "winners," adds Tomer. He's optimistic about New Mexico and Sierra Nevada ski areas' accumulation.

El Niño has not traditionally favored any certain outcome for Wasatch, Aspen Snowmass, or Vail in Colorado, he stated. If the Modoki contribution to El Niño increases, resorts may get 105% to 110% of typical winter snowfall.

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