My goggle aversion is eroding a bit with age. I need them at maybe 15F or below now vs. 10F or so historically. But on the warm end there is no way I can wear them at 50F like some people do. For bad light, heavy snow etc. I wear goggles only a little less often than most people, probably 3/4 of the time at Whistler. Interesting this comes up now; I just bought new goggles at SkiDazzle tonight, along with a new ski bag to replace the one wrapped with a few feet of duct tape.aversion to helmets and goggles.
This status is most impressive in a December like this one where only handful of other western areas are even half open.TARGHEE IS FULLY OPEN, ALL 6 LIFTS + 2600 SKIABLE ACRES
Utah resorts and skiers should feel fortunate about our current situation. If there is a negative, it's probably that everyone with an IKON or EPIC pass is rebooking their holiday vacations to come here. To anyone thinking about doing this, my advice is to go to the northern Alps as they are off to a good start and you can ski bigger mountains and enjoy better food and drink there.
The new Eagle lift at Solitude will open Dec. 20. Overall Solitude is up to 53% open now.
La Nina is drier than average in SoCal and Arizona. Overall it is not drier than average in the Sierra. Not only was last year's record season in the Sierra La Nina, but 2010-11 (third highest of the past 50 years) was also La Nina.Last years La Niña delivered above average snow to California even though it’s supposed to produce less than average….
I won't argue that in most cases, yes... CPC outlooks aren often poor, however I am looking at other long term data and most show the same general pattern through at least February. That's generally why I posted this map because it does indeed mirror lots of other model data I'm seeing (and it's easy to read). I'm hoping they're wrong as much as anyone (not in the green at least).Those three-months-ahead forecast maps are next to useless. California is the worst western region so far this season (see map two posts above), which is saying something because almost everywhere is below average.
All of these sources use the same few models. And no model is even slightly credible more than two weeks out. Maybe these forecasts are being tweaked because we know there is an El Nino. But the El Nino is predictive only in a broad seasonal way, not for any specific dates. Even seasonally El Nino is not predictive for a broad swath of ski country, notably most of Utah and Colorado.most show the same general pattern through at least February.
I would hazard a guess not explicitly. It looks at where the jet stream, moisture plumes, low and high pressure spots are right now, then runs a series of projections forward from the known starting point.I don't know how much the actual modeling takes ENSO/SST's into account.