OK, everyone. Go back to the table on the first page and see if you see what I see.
Look at the red-coded skier visits column.
In every overall-bad year --except 2011-2012-- junk snow in the west has been counterbalanced by decent or really good snowfall numbers for the Northeast. 1981 is arguable.
2011-2012 is the first red-coded year in which western snow deficit clearly coincided with NE snow deficit. THAT is what makes it bad beyond previous years.
Edited by cantunamunch - 7/16/12 at 2:32pm