When we last checked in on the snowpack in the west, Lake Tahoe had benefitted from consistent storms that produced above-average snow. To the relief of California skiers everywhere, that trend has continued. And although the full effects of a super El Niño won't be felt until mid-December, the strength of this year's El Niño is no longer debated. So what does it all mean? According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association's (NOAA) latest update, this year's El Niño continues to strengthen and will likely be one of the strongest on record. Ski areas in California, New Mexico, and southern Colorado are posed for an epic season.