This has been a crazy year. Ski areas are seeing abnormally warm temps and, as a result, way below normal snow pack. This has lots of far reaching impact, but let’s concentrate on the obvious: this means a way shorter ski season for all of us! Although many of us have felt the lack of the fluffy white stuff we love so much, California has gotten hit by the drought especially hard. According to the Huffington Post, they’re on their way to the driest January ever, with only 4.4 inches of water, only about 20% of what they usually get. In fact, Tahoe-Donner in Truckee, CA, was forced to close “temporarily” as they wait, hope and pray for enough snowfall to open the slopes again.
There is hope for a white winter for some parts of the country, though! Freeskier is reporting from 15-35 inches over Friday and Saturday for Arizona and New Mexico. The Northeast, much of which got hammered by over 2 feet recently, is expecting another foot or so. Colorado is also finally looking at a good storm after seeing a stretch of very warm weather recently. Alaska and Utah are also set to see decent accumulation over the weekend. For others, including Montana, the Pacific Northwest and (unfortunately) California are only looking at a skiff.
It’s definitely been a disappointing year so far and we all have our fingers crossed for a good spring. Here’s hoping that it turns around so we can get back to shreddin’ the gnar soon!
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