La Niña is anything but guaranteed this year but with that said, the chances of a La Niña affecting North America this season are still favorable (albeit just above 50%).
So with this meteorological phenomena in mind along with new resort developments and even more offerings via The Mountain Collective— we’ve compiled a group of resorts you should consider checking out this season.
*Disclaimer: Readers are not guaranteed pow days at the following resorts between December 2016 and April of 2017.
Top 10 Ski Resorts To Hit This Season (2016-2017)
10) Jackson, Wyoming
While summer winds down in Wyoming, locals are starting to check the most recent ENSO updates like clockwork. And while a La Niña event is not guaranteed, Jackson Hole typically benefits from systems from both the north and south, making it mostly weather neutral. Still, if the sister does show up, Jackson can expect steady, cold snowfall from the north.
9) Steamboat Springs, CO
During January of this past year, Steamboat Springs looked more like Japan than Colorado and locals are hoping for more of the same this season. If La Niña shows up, look for the northern Colorado ski resort to receive the lion’s share of CO’s snow.
8) Grand Targhee, WY
Like Jackson, Grand Targhee benefits from both northern and southern systems. But unlike Jackson, the ‘Ghee gets even more snow on its western slope year-in and year-out.
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7) Bridger Bowl, MT
This down home ski area had a slow but eventful 2015-2016 season and locals are hoping for much more of the famed “cold smoke” this upcoming season. Either way, hiking to goods @BridgerBowl makes for some of the best resort-based adventure skiing in the lower 48. Just remember to bring your beacon.
6) Crystal Mountain, WA
When it comes to the PNW, Crystal Mountain offers the most vert for your buck. Also, WA is heavily favored during La Niña years and when it comes to resort skiing, Crystal stands out as the favorite.
5) Mt Bohemia, MI
While the east coast is projected to have Equal Chances of an average winter, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is forecasted to receive a crazy amount of lake effect snow. Don’t think of Mount Bohemia as just the another midwestern ski area– it’s not.
4) Revelstoke, BC
Since being added to the Mountain Collective, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is now the new bucket list item for skiers across North America. Also, the interior BC resort boasts the biggest vert in North America as well as the most time spent riding vs. riding chairlifts.
3) Mt Baker, WA
When the last La Niña rolled through, Mt Baker walked away from the season with over 857″ of snow! Fingers crossed.
2) Whistler, BC
Whistler Blackcomb, like Mt Baker, is a perennial favorite during La Niña winters. Also, people are looking to get in the last local season before Epic Pass holders invade by the thousands.
1) Big Sky, MT
With two crucial lifts being replaced this upcoming season, Big Sky is turning the corner as one of the premier resorts in North America. From Lone Peak’s big mountain lines to awesome tree skiing with nobody around, Montana’s biggest ski area is a throwback to how Jackson was 10 years ago.