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Ski Report: Where to Hit the Slopes in 2012-13

Ski Report: Where to Hit the Slopes in 2012-13

The Farmers’ Almanac’s famous long-range weather forecast says the coming winter render us “a Nation Divided,” but what does that mean for skiers? After a mild winter across North America last year, is there any hope of a good season?
This year’s forecast indicates that New England, New York, the Great Lakes region, and the eastern half of Canada are in for a very snowy winter, with colder than normal temperatures and mixed precipitation in the Mid-Atlantic region. The northern plains, Rockies, and Southwest will be milder than normal with average snowfall, while the Pacific Northwest is expected to be warmer and drier than normal.

An average amount of precipitation is predicted for Colorado this year, which means this skier’s Mecca should see a phenomenal season. With 54 peaks above 14,000 feet, the average year sees about 300 inches of snow, which should keep skiers happy this season.

Snow should begin to fall in Rockies in early November, with two heavy storms toward the end of the month creating a good early base, and continue falling through Christmas, ensuring that holiday vacationers won’t go home disappointed. The slopes should stay white for the rest of the season with regular storms predicted through March.

In the Northeast, where last winter was lackluster, things should turn around. Anyone who enjoys the skiing Northeast knows there is no better skiing east of the Mississippi than in Vermont’s many unspoiled peaks, and with heavy snow and colder than average temperatures predicted for much of the season, Vermont, and nearby resorts in New Hampshire and Maine, will be the place to be this winter. New York’s Adirondack and Catskill ranges is also well situated for a good season, though further south, Pennsylvania’s Pocono and Laurel Mountain ranges will see less stellar conditions.

Across Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York, snow will begin falling in early November for an early start to the skiing season. A series of showers in December should keep the slopes covered for the holidays, with a few heavy snowstorms expected to pound the region in January and February.

Those living in eastern Canada can also look forward to a great season of skiing this year, with major resort areas in Quebec and Ontario beginning to see snow in November. As in the Northern U.S., snow is expected to fall regularly throughout December, January, and February, promising an uninterrupted winter sports season for snow lovers. The Canadian Rockies should see a decent season this year, with milder temperatures and average precipitation predicted. Unfortunately for snow-lovers on the west coast, British Columbia is expected to see warm and dry conditions this year.

17 comments

1 Jaime McLeod { 10.31.12 at 4:07 pm }

Linda – Absolutely. Go for it! Do you have what you need, or can I be helpful in some way?

2 Linda Smith { 10.30.12 at 10:12 am }

At the Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne, NY we host an Adaptive Winter Sports Program for kids with life-threatening and chronic illness, and I’d like to include a prediction from you in our marketing materials about what the forecast looks like for snow from you to generate excitement for our kids and volunteer instructors! Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! THANK YOU

3 Paul { 10.19.12 at 9:45 pm }

It’s very interesting to read this forecast a year later… especially for North East, where I am and where last winter was not winter at all, at least, for skiers. But I keep reading your forecasts and keep planning my trips based on them… Sooo, please do you best!

4 Trace Hoffman { 10.19.12 at 5:50 am }

I live in lewisberry pa and I snowboard at ski round top what kind of winter are we looking at for are mountain?

5 Biggly { 10.18.12 at 11:12 pm }

When will we see snow in Michigan this year?

6 Dave { 10.13.12 at 5:50 pm }

What’s your prediction for the Youngstown area for winter?

7 yoverizon { 10.11.12 at 3:35 pm }

ohh no. Dont tell me central-western virginia isnt getting much snow this year!! will there be any good snowstorms rolling through here as well? Our average extends to about 20-25 inches a year. 80 degree weather in March and April hasent helped anything this year. I want it colder this winter! when is the best chance for snow

8 Jaime McLeod { 10.11.12 at 9:39 am }

Lisa, we are predicting a long, cold winter in Wisconsin. You can see our forecast here: http://www.farmersalmanac.com/weather/2012/08/26/will-winter-return-with-a-vengeance/

9 Lisa { 10.10.12 at 7:12 pm }

I live in central Wisconsin …..Are we going to have a lot of snow and cold temps this winter? And how long will they last? I am disabled and it’s hard for me to get out in bad weather.

10 Vickie M. { 10.06.12 at 10:17 pm }

I live in daytona beach, florida BUT im moving to Winston-Salem, NC next month before Thanksgiving. I would think I would have to become much more aware of wintry weather up there because i told my husband “when we get to north carolina we need to be alert on black ice, snow, sleet, freezing rain and frigid temps at night” There are ski resorts somewhere in the central and western parts of the state, how much snow do you think ill see this year? thanks for your help! and one more thing: how cold does it get?
Im sorry but im concerned about moving to a different place!

11 Jaime McLeod { 10.04.12 at 12:38 pm }

Wisconsin should be plenty cold this year, Sarah.

12 Sarah { 10.03.12 at 2:05 pm }

I am a Ski Patroller in southern WI and last yr we were force to close a little early. Like to find out what the guesstimate for this season is? For us – we really want it to just stay cold – while having natural snow on the ground – we can make what we need on the hill that is – if it stays cold.

13 Larry { 10.03.12 at 9:14 am }

I will be heading to Utah in early January how are the Wasatch looking?

Also may make it to Tahoe, any predictions for the Sierras?

14 jennnorth4 { 10.02.12 at 7:45 pm }

What about Lower Michigan??

15 Jaime McLeod { 10.02.12 at 1:46 pm }

Aaron – We’re calling for it to be colder than normal with mixed snow, sleet and rain in your area. It won’t be the best season ever, but it won’t be terrible, either.

16 Aaron { 10.01.12 at 9:23 pm }

What about Wintergreen in central Virginia? Will we also see a good skiing season? Last winter our ski resorts suffered and were forced to close in March (very unusual). They said that the winter 2011-12 had the second lowest amount of people attending the resort. Will snow keep us busy this year?

17 JT { 10.01.12 at 2:07 am }

Like i always say, i will believe it when i see it, but i do hope for a great year and lots of powder

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