The Farmers’ Almanac’s famous long-range weather forecast says the coming winter render us “a Nation Divided,” but what does that mean for skiers? After a mild winter across North America last year, is there any hope of a good season?
This year’s forecast indicates that New England, New York, the Great Lakes region, and the eastern half of Canada are in for a very snowy winter, with colder than normal temperatures and mixed precipitation in the Mid-Atlantic region. The northern plains, Rockies, and Southwest will be milder than normal with average snowfall, while the Pacific Northwest is expected to be warmer and drier than normal.
An average amount of precipitation is predicted for Colorado this year, which means this skier’s Mecca should see a phenomenal season. With 54 peaks above 14,000 feet, the average year sees about 300 inches of snow, which should keep skiers happy this season.
Snow should begin to fall in Rockies in early November, with two heavy storms toward the end of the month creating a good early base, and continue falling through Christmas, ensuring that holiday vacationers won’t go home disappointed. The slopes should stay white for the rest of the season with regular storms predicted through March.
In the Northeast, where last winter was lackluster, things should turn around. Anyone who enjoys the skiing Northeast knows there is no better skiing east of the Mississippi than in Vermont’s many unspoiled peaks, and 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 and Catskill ranges is also well situated for a good season, though further south, Pennsylvania’s Pocono and Laurel Mountain ranges will see less stellar conditions.
Across Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York, snow will begin falling in early November for an early start to the skiing season. A series of showers in December should keep the slopes covered for the holidays, with a few heavy snowstorms expected to pound the region in January and February.
Those living in eastern Canada can also look forward to a great season of skiing this year, with major resort areas in Quebec and Ontario beginning to see snow in November. 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. The Canadian Rockies should see a decent season this year, with milder temperatures and average precipitation predicted. Unfortunately for snow-lovers on the west coast, British Columbia is expected to see warm and dry conditions this year.