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Where to Hit the Slopes in 2010-11

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Where to Hit the Slopes in 2010-11

The Farmers’ Almanac’s famous long-range weather forecast says the coming winter will have a “split personality,” but what does that mean for skiers?

This year’s forecast indicates that residents of Eastern half of North America, including New England, the Mid-Atlantic, the Great Lakes and Plains, and the Canadian Maritimes will be colder than normal and very snowy, while more westerly regions will see milder weather.

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 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.

Look for a thick blanket of snow, accompanied by mild, comfortable temperatures perfect for outdoor activity, to 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.

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In New England, where last year’s weather was a letdown for East Coast skiers, 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. 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 good 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.

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1 Sue { 01.21.11 at 4:00 pm }

Kudos to whoever wrote this. Dead on! I actually read this back in September and just pulled it up again to show someone! Inredibly accurate forcast for VT this year!

2 Jim H. { 12.08.10 at 11:13 pm }

Have never made it to N. England. But we have some decent skiing in N.E Arizona in the white mountains. Sunrise goes to 11000 feet and receives multiple feet of snow each season. Last year the slopes had 8 feet in one late Dec. storm . Unbelievable – the cabin we stay at is about 7000 feet. We had much snow blowing just to be able do to get out to the street (300 feet driveway). But the skiing was worth it!!!! We have been to the summit in Colorado, Utah, and Lake tahoe as well as Sunrise in Az. but my favorite still is summit county of colorado. Now that I am 65 I can ski for half price at Sunrise. (Skiing is free at 70 and I plan on taking advantage of that) and is only 30 minutes from the cabin we stay at.

3 Eric Carroll { 11.12.10 at 10:15 pm }

I live in the Pennsylvaina near the lural mtns. season is right around the corner cant wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

4 GW { 10.21.10 at 7:21 pm }

Flash!! to all you eastern oriented ski -hounds;the fun doesn’t stop at the Rockies .Although the Almanac didn’t include us , there is frequently more high quality snow with great facilities throughout the Sierra-Cascade range than all the rest put together. PS Don’t buy into all the global warming BS; there’s no creditable science behind it as evidenced by another year of above average rainfall and expanding glaciers in the western mountain ranges. Enjoy!

5 Anor { 10.17.10 at 6:19 pm }

I will agree with the general sentiment that snow is a good thing.

Everyone should enjoy it while they can. People joke about how global warming is a good thing, because they enjoy fair weather. But the fact is animals are migrating North at a rate of 5 feet per DAY. And that’s reflective of the rate that the temperature is creeping. And with it, the snowy winters we’re used to will disappear and virtually make equatorial regions inhabitable due to drought. Southern California is already introuble, and I feel very deeply for the poor individuals in Northern Cali that will have to accommodate the Southern half in terms of water and food.

It’s a very real fact that sooner than any of use want to believe we will be missing out on skiing and snow of any kind in Northern States and Southern Canada.

6 ryan { 10.14.10 at 7:35 pm }

Screw sking snowmobilling and sledin with my kids is where its at I love snow

7 David Z { 10.14.10 at 10:53 am }

I thought the East Coast got hammered with a pretty good season last winter? Jay Peak got powpow in May, and there were some big storms that dumped on the east coast/mid-atlantic region.

8 Jake { 10.11.10 at 7:36 pm }

I LOVE WHITE FACE. I might not be able to get there though this season. Im gonna hit up Mt. Snow and a bunch of the Pocono Mts. CANT WAIT.

9 Mike Hertzberg { 10.09.10 at 12:28 pm }

Gotta agree with Chris there..Whiteface is awesome, I love the “slides” , upper skyward and the length of trails at Whiteface, no offense VT, I’ll visit once or twice, Smugs perhaps…also love Cannon, NH…great steeps, awesome views and a “skiers” mountain, no offense boarders…see ya on the mountain!

10 Suzanne { 10.01.10 at 10:08 pm }


11 Chris Planty { 09.29.10 at 9:38 am }

That’s what Vermont has “rolling mountains.” The greatest vertical drop in the east and best snow conditions are found at Whiteface in Lake Placid. No “rolling mountains” and plenty of great snow there.

12 Youxia { 09.28.10 at 2:03 pm }

Sn*w is a four-letter word.

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