Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho
Am not willing to sit through another POOR season here in the PNW. Would it be possible for an old retired guy to head East for a month or more this coming winter? The guessers are predicting another strong El Nino here which will mean a very lean year. Last winter I sat around a lot and waited for the snow that never came. Would it even be conceivable to get back east somewhere ???? and locate some place for awhile and ski? I could drive back so I have a car, or fly ? Since it is obviously down time for skiers I could sure use some hints/advice or the feasibility of this.
I have never skied back east but am getting up there in years and don't want to sit out another year as the years are disappearing for me.
Any comments or advice would be helpful. Am an advanced skier and love the trees and powder the most. Thanks Pete
Pete, two ways of looking at this: 1) The polar vortex has changed everything, and the east could be in for a series of strong winters until there's no more circumpolar ice to cool off the air. Or 2) We'll be typical El Nino, which means about average snowfall and temps maybe a touch above average. In either case, our freeze thaw cycles seldom involve that much rain lately, maybe a day or three per mid-winter, but they can involve mushy crud and then refrozen mushy crud. Generally January is the thaw month, February is reliable. But our powder is less reliable, unless you want to stick purely in the trees or go to Jay, which is kinda isolated and not big enough for a solid month of destination skiing. Someone mentioned Canada; I like Quebec City and east skiing, both for the food and the reliable cold. Although again, real powder can be elusive, and the slopes have a lower wow factor than either the PNW or the Rockies. You might look at Canada's version of NOAA, Lake Louise might be another idea. Prolly lower than average precipitation but again, cold enough. And they do get real powder.
Personally, I'd wait and see in Oct. what the temps look like. If the east is unusually cold again, could be a nice winter here again. If not, I'd try someplace like Mammoth that's SW but high up. Executive summary: It's about the temps, not the amount of precipitation.