Ok, apparently I've been put in charge of the weather!!
Well, not to worry, I can guarantee
typical Vermont weather for mid - December! Note that last year's esa Stowe, (I wasn't there), had incredible conditions!! Like 18" of powder!! Here Bob Barnes probably flew east armed with nothing but slalom skis and ended up with deep pow!! Of course that just started a trend and he ended up skiing Big Sky Montana on his slalom skis!! (His other three pairs were "broken", but I suspect he went out at night to the ski rack with a hammer...)
But back to the weather. Well, last year's pow was non-typical and thus greatly exceeded the guarantee. So, what is the guarantee? Well, I am using a post from SkiMangoJazz as preliminary language for a guarantee of ski conditions in the state of Vermont.
Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz
steveturner. This question (or a variation) comes up a lot. The answer is actually quite simple.
It will either be very icy with thin cover and cold or warm; it may be very cold with great groomed conditions; there is an equal chance there will be fresh snow and mid-winter conditions. It could be raining.
So, not to worry!!! You now know the parameters and won't be dissappointed!! The problems people have usually come from expecting something other than the above!!!
What you can do:
Generally, people from the West have the most trouble with the ski weather here. This is because they haven't read the above guarantee!! If they were familiar with SkiMango's phrasing it wouldn't be such a problem. The next step is more important: Acceptance of the guarantee.!!
See, if you accept our guarantee, there is no disappointment because you know what to expect!!
Thus, the first step: Acceptance of the above guarantee of conditions.
Second, let's talk about the "R" word. Yes, this is also an area you can do something about. It is generally agreed upon that during ski season in the Northeast one doesn't want to say the word "Ra_n"! We substitute the phrase "The 'R' word" or some variation of your choosing - get creative if you need to speak of such things!! No sense in dumping that word out there like a log in the middle of the street!!!
Now, here's the thing! If the "R" thing is happening, the snow on the trails is usually very good!! Yes, I constantly am met by blank stares after returning from a day of skiing in the rain. That's because those people weren't on the slopes. Walking to the store is quite miserable in the rain when you were supposed to be skiing!!!
So, the very best thing you can do if the "R" thing is going on is to go skiing!! No blank stares when someone suggest this to you. If you can't get excited about it at that moment, just nod your head and say "It must be so...I must go....."
So here I'll make my second promise: I promise that if the "R" thing is happening, you will be much happier outside skiing on trails than outside complaining about it and doing "chores" ! No doubt at all!!!
Now, if you're skeptical realize how many people suffered skiing in jeans and cotton long underwear! For years!!! Now we have all sorts of stuff with Goretex in it that's waterproof - and it breathes!! Goodness the luxury of it all!!!
What number am I at here?
This brings us to a fourth point.
The 'weather casters' - the ones on t.v., particularly in New York City. Ok, for some bizarre reason these people have never accepted that the weather in New York is different than the weather in San Diego!!! Everytime the weather is different from what you would get in San Diego they talk about it as if it is a scourge and speculate on how quickly it will end. Since the weather in nyc is almost never like that of SD - they always operate under the context of "I'll tell you when this scourge will be lifted" - that's all the weather is to them!
Winter is a tough time for nyc weathercasters because SanDiego doesn't get snow!! So when snow is forecast it's all about problems and when will they end - closing of schools, "tough" commutes, car accidents, people having heart attacks while shoveling the stuff, - there's no end to the problems associated with snow!!!
Generally, they have a period of a few weeks where they accept the fact that some people like snow and go skiing! That is however a temporary anamoly since this behavior is unknown in SanDiego and every weathercaster seems to be born and raised there.
What you can do about that: Send t.v. stations in nyc 'Think Snow' stickers and articles about skiing.!!!
See, new yorkers generally view themselves as the center of the universe - both known and unknown. Certainly the unknown will become known by someone there. That's the way it is. When you live there it's a disease you get that you can't get rid of, you just manage it. (ask lisamarie - she's in CO now and still is affected by it I'm sure!) There's nothing bad about it but it does make the weather casters think they're in charge of some huge crystal ball that they control!
See the importance of sending 'Think Snow' items to nyc weather casters?!!! They're in control of the crystal ball!!
Wow, I've really gone on here...
Remember though, read the guarantee!!! Then there's no problems!!!
oh, I almost forgot! another thing you can do is convince epic that his microDiva needs to come out for an hour in the afternoon. Preferably with other microunits - that will greatly increase the chances of exceeding the snow guarantee!! Why? It just is!