Skiers on New Year’s Eve will get best view of the blue moon

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 29, 2009 3:41 pm

Now, before you get mad at me after you realize the moon won’t actually be blue on New Year’s Eve…know that it’s just an expression. I know, I got excited too.

Alas, a blue moon refers to a second full moon in one month. It’s rare–only happens every 2.5 years. But to have one on New Year’s Eve? That’s quite rare indeed, only happening every 19 years. Last time was 1990, next time won’t be until 2028.

The astronomical implications are not significant apparently, but it’s still cool to be witness to something so rare. And who doesn’t love a full moon? Actually, I can guess who.

Much like the Leonid Meteor shower earlier this year, skiers and snowboarders who choose to spend their New Year’s Eve on a mountain at a ski area will no doubt have some of the best views of this blue moon.

Many of us in the US, Canada, Europe, South America and Africa will be able to see it, but nothing beats the clear, crisp, fresh mountain town air and sky for star/moon gazing.

So if you’re re-thinking your New Year’s plans and want to go skiing, email us at and we’ll update you with all the cool deals ski resorts are offering that night.

Happy 2010 everyone!