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.
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.