SKI & RIDE
La Nina???Severity yet to be confirmed
November 14, 2016
After last year's warm and wet winter, we are ready for a snow-filled Holiday season followed by some really good powder for our new waterproof pants. We entered this year emerging from El Nino and were cast a "La Nina watch". After a lot of see-sawing back and forth, La Nina has finally been confirmed. Experts have not committed to the severity of the pattern yet. La Nina means that the equatorial water in the Pacific is cooler than usual. This lends itself to a warmer southwest and a cooler Northwest. This in turn usually leads to cold and lots of snow in the Great Lakes. Cold over the Lakes right now would provide crazy amounts of Lake Effect Snows. Here's to hoping that this works out.
Steeps - West
September 28, 2016
If you are passionate about floating through snow and if you are thinking of making it out west this year, I can't say enough about Big Sky Resort. It is a true skier's mountain with tram-accessible steeps as well as some great hike-able terrain. Grab your avi-gear and head to the top of the tram. Ski the Big Couloir and the North Summit Snowfields. Moonlight Basin (now connected), has some incredible terrain off of Headwaters. Stay at the resort and hit the heated pool everyday. You'll need it. If you are coming here for the shopping and to stroll about in a fur coat, I would suggest you head to Aspen. You will be much happier there.