Signs have been popping up everywhere from Oregon to California to Colorado, and now Montana – winter is coming.
Joining the ranks of ski resorts to be blessed with some early season snowfall, the summit of Big Mountain, at Whitefish Mountain Resort, was treated to a 3″ dusting of fresh snow on Sunday.
However, this powdery sight quickly vanished under rising temperatures and sunny skies by the end of the day.
“It melted pretty fast once the sun came out,” said part-time Whitefish resident Christine Shea. “But we had time to make a snowman, and it sure seems like a sign a of a great ski season to come.”
For those planning a weekend hike, mountain bike, zip line, or walk in the treetops, this was a bit of a bummer. However, for those in their homes across the country waxing skis, doing lunges, and breaking in new boots, the early snowfall was a sign those snow dances are paying off.
Weather scientists have identified a strengthening La Niña formation in the tropical Pacific Ocean, prompting the NOAA Climate Prediction Center to call for above-average precipitation and below-average temperatures for December – March in Whitefish. The last time similar conditions were present in the Pacific, during the 2007-2008 ski season, Whitefish received a whopping 426 inches of snow.
Those looking to take advantage of the generous snowfall expected at Whitefish this season would be wise grab a season pass on sale now at early-season prices through September 30. For more information, call 877-SKI-FISH or visit skiwhitefish.com.