The Farmers’ Almanac’s famous long-range weather forecast says the coming winter will bring “clime and punishment,” but what does that mean for skiers?
This year’s forecast indicates that northern New England, the Great Lakes region, and most parts of Canada are in for a very snowy winter. The northern plains and Rockies will be very cold with average snowfall, while the Midwest and Pacific Northwest are expected to have average temperatures and precipitation. From Southern New England and the Mid Atlantic states down through the Southeast and Gulf coasts, conditions will be warmer, but very wet. The Southwestern U.S. is expected to see a average temperatures, but below average precipitation this year.
Though a below-average amount of precipitation is predicted for Colorado this year, this skier’s Mecca should still get more than enough powder this winter for a phenomenal season. With 54 peaks above 14,000 feet, and an annual average of about 300 inches of snow, a below average amount of snowfall won’t make much of a dent in the season.
A heavy blanket of snow for the southern Rockies just before Christmas will ensure that holiday vacationers won’t go home disappointed. Though no other major snow events are predicted for the region, regular dustings will keep things moving through the traditional end of the season.
In northern New England, where last winter brought plenty of power to East Coast skiers, the fun will continue.
Anyone who enjoys the skiing 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 Adirondack range is also well situated for a good season, though further south, the Catskills and Pennsylvania’s Pocono and Laurel Mountain ranges will see less stellar conditions.
Across Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and northern New York, heavy snow in early December will bring an early start to the skiing season. A series of minor snow showers should keep the slopes covered with the white stuff for until February, when more heavy snowstorms are expected to pound the region all month long and into early March.
Those living in virtually anywhere in Canada — with the exception of the Maritimes and eastern Newfoundland — can also look forward to a great season of skiing this year, with major resort areas in Quebec, the Canadian Rockies, and British Columbia beginning to see snow by late October. As in the Northern U.S., snow is expected to fall regularly throughout December, January and February, promising an uninterrupted winter sports season for snow lovers.