When Will You Be Skiing?
The opening date last year (listed below) can be somewhat helpful in determining when a particular ski resort may open this year. Of course, the exact date a resort can open will be highly dependent on what Mother Nature has in store and is ultimately up to the management of the ski area. We do know, however, the Northeast has already seen a couple of unusually intense early season storms so far this year. First, the very rare Hurricane Sandy/Nor’Easter hybrid dumped over 24” of snow across some of the highest Mid-Atlantic resorts along the Appalachians. Sandy was then followed up by a Nor’ Easter that brought heavy snow from New Jersey up into New England November 7th - 8th. Could these storms be a sign of things to come for the remainder of the winter?
While our long range department is not predicting vicious Sandy-like storms, it is forecasting a rather snowy winter for the 2012-2013 season in the Northeast, especially over New England. In addition, our next potential snow threat looks to be late November and into early December, along with below normal temperatures. These factors should help the ski areas open close to or maybe even slightly before last year’s date. Skiers should also look forward to a cold and snowy January to February in 2013, which will hopefully lead to some great conditions on the slopes!