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Snowfall at many U.S. ski resorts well below normal

It’s been a lousy year at most U.S. ski resorts. The snowfall is way below normal – less than half of average in Utah, even less in California. Some resorts are supplementing the natural snowfall with snow-making machines. Some are offering bargain prices for lift tickets and/or lodgings. And in Utah, Park City Mountain Resort brought in members of the Northern Ute Tribe to perform a snow blessing over the weekend.

Despite the blessing, the forecast for Park City still isn’t great, although a high-pressure ridge that has been blocking precipitation may be easing. Predictions for the Northeast are pretty skimpy. But meteorologists are predicting snowstorms this week in the Pacific Northwest and California. So skiers may be in luck – as long as they go to the right mountains.

Click here for The Weather Channel’s resort-by-resort predictions.