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forecasts say la nina might bring a colder but also a drier winter....this said, how's snow conditions at your resort?

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sure we heard it was to be a colder winter (esp out here in PNW) but also seems to be shaping up to be a drier one too...meteorologists saying when it's colder there is less moisture in the air, hence less snow opps...

 

base at whistler and cypress mid mtn is 120ishcm...forecasts only calling in forecast for 3-9 cm this wk for both resorts....

sunpeaks in okanagan (kamloops bc) only at 86cm...big white at 97cm...

...and from some sites i was reading, whistler and cypress are some of the ''better'' resorts for snow right now...best is northern bc's powderking with a base of 200ish cm...alberta resorts of lake louise and sunshine both mid mtn bases of 100cm give or take.

 

even worse, however, is eastern canada:

mont sutton and mt saint anne in quebec 24cm....mont tremblant has a mere 18cm eek.gif

blue mountain in collingswood ontario a big ZERO.

 

so the powder lovers might be in for a funk this yr (hope not, as it's still 'early') but all i can say is thank god for snowmaking,  and at least with the colder temps there is not that PNW slush...temps have stayed pretty much -2-4C which is lower than normal out here in vancouver bc...so there is still lots of fun to still be had for on piste skiers....e.g.I  was up at cypress this wkend last 3 days and it's fine over all (sure sure there are some patchy areas but over all, still a blast).

 

this said, it is still only mid December (but I do recall other mid Dec at cypress and whistler with much more snow)...so fingers still crossed.

 


Edited by canali - 12/13/11 at 12:37pm
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sure we heard it was to be a colder winter (esp out here in PNW) but also seems to be shaping up to be a drier one too...meteorologists saying when it's colder there is less moisture in the air, hence less snow opps...

 

base at whistler and cypress mid mtn is 125cm...only calling in forecast for 3-9 cm this wk both resorts....sunpeaks in okanagan (kamloops bc) only at 86cm...big white, 97cm...

...and from some sites i was reading, whistler and cypress are some of the ''better'' resorts for snow right now...best in powderking with a base of 225...for all of canada it seems lake louise and banff resorts at 200cm plus mid mtn base.

 

even worse is back in eastern canada:

mont sutton in quebec 24cm....tremblant has a mere18cm

blue mountain in collingswood ontario a big ZERO.

 

so the powder lovers might be in for a funk this yr (hope not) but all i can say is thank god for snowmaking, as at least with the colder temps there is not PNW slush...lots of fun to still be had for enpiste skiers....e.g., i was up at cypress this wkend last 3 days and it's fine over all (sure some patchy areas but over all, still a blast).

 

this said, it is still only mid December (but I do recall other mid Dec at cypress and whistler with much more snow)...so fingers still crossed.

 


I take solace in the fact that I have already had 3 great powder days, and pretty much my whole mountain is open. While many people are just happy that it's cold enough to make fake snow.

 

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this said, it is still only mid December 


All that needs to be said.  Be patient.  It will come.

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Six weeks ago the winter forecasts here in SW Pa. were consistent prediciting an early cold and snowy Nov. & Dec through Jan. with temps moderating in February. At this juncture these forecasts have been 100% incorrect and the the 15 day forecast provides very little to to get excited about regarding the arrival of winter. So I don't know what changed from the earlier weather modeling but even a decent snow making window anytime soon appears iffy.

 

Came back from a few days in Colorado last week and the conditions improved a good bit while we were there but terrain as limited and I don't think it has snowd at Vail for now over a week. There are the exception areas but for the most part it looks like a lot of skiers around the country ae still chomping at the bit to get winter going.

 

That's the tough thing about skiing, the long wait for the season to start then further delays when the weather delays things further. I played golf this year starting with my first round in March and played again this past weekend . That's a 10 month season by contrast. Anyway when ski season it finally comes I think I'm going to appreciate it and enjoy it.

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