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DATE: September 27, 2010

Contact: Peter Geiger, Philom., Editor – 207-755-2246 –
Sandi Duncan, Philom., Managing Editor -207-755-2349 –

Farmers’ Almanac Offers Predictions for the Upcoming Ski Season

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Lewiston, Maine — In its 2011 edition, released just last month, the Farmers’ Almanac predicted that the coming winter will exhibit a “split personality,” bringing colder conditions East of the Mississippi and warmer
temperatures to the West.

What that means for skiers depends on where their favorite slopes are. All signs indicate an early start to the season in the Rockies, with snow falling in Montana during opening days of October. An average amount of
precipitation is predicted for the region, which means Colorado will see some excellent skiing conditions, as usual, this year. With 54 peaks above 14,000 feet, and an annual average of about 300 inches of snow, resorts in
this skier’s Mecca should get more than enough powder this winter for a phenomenal season.

The Farmers’ Almanac indicates that a thick blanket of snow, accompanied by mild, comfortable temperatures perfect for outdoor activity, will descend in early November, with frequent storms continually dropping more of the white stuff through early spring in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho, and Alberta, Canada.

In New England, where last year’s weather was a letdown for East Coast skiers, the almanac indicates that winter will return in full force.

“Anyone who enjoys the low, rolling mountains of the Northeast knows there is no better skiing east of the Mississippi than in Vermont’s many unspoiled peaks,” writes Farmers’ Almanac forecaster Caleb Weatherbee.

“With heavy snow and colder than average temperatures predicted for much of the season, Vermont, and nearby resorts in New Hampshire and Maine, will be the place to be this winter. New York’s Catskill and Adirondack ranges, as well as the Poconos and Laurel Mountains in Pennsylvania, should also see some fabulous skiing weather this season.”

Across New England and the Mid Atlantic, heavy snow in early December will bring an early start to the skiing season. Numbingly cold temperatures and a series of heavy snowstorms predicted throughout the following months should keep the slopes covered with the white stuff for the rest of the traditional season.

Those living in Eastern Canada can also look forward to a great season of skiing this year, as well, with major resort areas in Quebec, the Maritimes, and the Canadian Rockies beginning to see heavy snow by late October. As in the Northern U.S., snow is expected to fall regularly throughout during December, January and February, promising an uninterrupted winter sports season for snow lovers. With milder than normal conditions forecast for
British Columbia, skiers in the coastal mountains may be in for a disappointing season. A late December snowstorm will be one of the few high points of the coming year for Western Canada.

The 2011 Farmers’ Almanac is also packed also invaluable advice on how to live a simpler, smarter, more sustainable lifestyle, including how to save money while remodeling, interpret expiration dates, fight household
pests, attract backyard birds, choose foods that heal and boost the immune system, and more. In addition, this years Farmers’ Almanac includes the publication’s popular calendar of Best Days to quit smoking, find a new job and more, as well as the exclusive Gardening by the Moon Calendar, and valuable outdoor advice, including average frost and peak foliage dates, and tips for safe hunting and fishing.

Every year, millions of faithful readers seek out the down-home wit, wisdom, and proven advice that have made the Farmers’ Almanac a household name. Weather is the most talked about subject on earth, which makes the annual Farmers’ Almanac weather predictions a hot topic. Fans of the Almanac say its famous long-range forecast is accurate between 80 and 85 percent of the time. The predictions are based on mathematical and astronomical formula that dates back to 1818, and each new edition contains 16 months of weather forecasts for the contiguous United States.

About the Farmers’ Almanac:
The Farmers’ Almanac, which features an orange and green cover, has been published every year since 1818. Available at grocery stores and bookstores nationwide, it contains useful and interesting articles, as well as long-range weather predictions, gardening advice, recipes, and more. Editors Peter Geiger and Sandi Duncan are available for lively and informative interviews, either by phone or in person. Both love to talk about the weather, share useful Almanac trivia and advice, and offer tips on how to “get back to the simple life.” The Farmers’ Almanac retails for $5.99 in several large department and discount store chains. Visit on the web at


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