Monday, August 15, 2011

Long Term Weather Forecasts Predict Tons of Powder Next Year

Skiinfo reports ski resorts in Western Canada and the USA are already predicting that the coming winter of 2011-12 will be another record breaker.

"Statistically, winters during which the ‘la Niña' phenomenon is in effect, provide 52% more snow than non-la Niña years at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, that's a lot of snow", said a statement from the famous Wyoming resort.
Although only one ski area is currently open in North America (Timberline in Oregon) a number of resorts are pointing out they have so much snow lying from last winter 2010-11, large amounts will not melt before next winter, meaning they'll have a guaranteed base for their planned autumn opening dates.
Squaw Valley (Tom Day's picture attached), in California, one of dozens of resorts that reported their most ever snowfall in a season last winter, is one of those still running their lifts to ‘experience the snow' and escape the California heat, even though they are not open for skiing and boarding.
Squaw Valley is located on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada (California). Squaw Valley is one of the largest ski areas in the United States, and was the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. It is the second-largest ski area at Lake Tahoe after Heavenly. Squaw receives heavy maritime snowfall. The Average Annual Snowfall is 450 inches (11.5 m).
Long range meteorologists forecast a return of the famed La Niña Pacific weather phenomenon for the winter of 2011-2012.

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