Yes, shocking, we know. A report and comparative maps from this season and last confirm the obvious.
It’s official: This winter was a bad snow year. Not that we really needed NASA to tell us this, but alas, a report comparing last year’s plentiful powder with this winter’s sad snowfall amounts blames the mild winter on a La Niña pattern that pushed the precipitation northward. That was compounded by something called an Arctic Oscillation, a strong one in this case, that kept all that cold air circling the North Pole rather than drifting down to more southerly latitudes.
Get off the frontside: Vail drops the ropes on portions of Blue Sky Basin and the Back Bowls this weekend.
The snow gods answered the prayers of hundreds of Vail skiers this week, blanketing the mountain with a much-needed 13 inches of snow since Tuesday, with a chance of as much as another foot this weekend. The Sun Up and Orient Express lifts are churning today (Thursday), so skiers can start making tracks in Yonder and China bowls; Big Rock Park and the terrain off of Pete’s Express in Blue Sky Basin opens Friday. The word early this morning was that intense gusts in the area last night have made for windblown slopes, so use extra caution (and keep your rock skis on standby).
When the Olympics begin on February 12th, the snow on Cypress Mountain—site of several of the ski and snowboard competitions—won't come from the sky...
When Shaun White spent thousands of hours preparing for his bid for the gold in Vancouver, chances are he didn’t spend a single minute snowboarding on hay or wood. Unfortunately, that may be what Shaun ends up competing on come February.
Colorado and Utah aren’t the only areas enjoying early season snow blasts. Staffers at Revelstoke Mountain Resort in British Columbia waded through up to 51 cm (yeah, that’s 20 inches!) of snow yesterday, with more predicted throughout the week. Revelstoke is set to open on December 5, 2009, with season pass sales already up 20 percent over last season. With all that snow, we’re sure there will be enough to go around.