Just curious what some old-timers think! I have been paying attention to conditions since I started skiing in 1988, and can't remember anything like this. At Bachelor, we get almost no snow in November, almost nothing in December (14 inch base on New Years) then finally get a storm, which drops 3+ feet of snow and 3+ inches of ice, again making things unskiable until the next storm hits (February by the looks of it) or we get into longer daylight (mid-Feb should thaw things out). I know that lower elevation resorts can be unpredictable, but up here at 6400 foot base, we tend to get more snow, less thaw, and less rain. This year though, things have just been terrible. I have maybe 12 hours on the hill?
Can anyone remember a worse year, or worse start to a year? Plenty of slow starts over the years, but usually things are skiable by mid-January. Unfortunately, it seems like we are in a drought cycle, as we have had several way below average years recently. Even last year, we were saved due to an early season storm; once late December hit, I don't think we picked up more than 70 inches of snow entire rest of the year. April came in February, and May in March. California weather.