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Every year the Farmers’ Almanac issues a Ski season outlook and yes, we read it. Most of the time, it’s pretty spot on. In fact, we read their weather outlook all season long when planning big road trips. We’ve been doing that for over a decade now and folks wonder how it is we always catch the big dumps. Well, not always -but a lot of the time. This year’s Ski Report: Where to Hit the Slopes in 2012-13 by Caleb Weatherbee is forecasting a great season with heavy snow and colder than average temperatures for Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. New York’s Adirondack and Catskill ranges is also looking at a good season, but not so great further south in Pennsylvania’s Pocono and Laurel Mountain. Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York will see snow in early November for an early start to the ski season. “A series of showers in December should keep the slopes covered for the holidays, with a few heavy snowstorms expected to pound the region in January and February.” Northern plains, Rockies, and Southwest can expect a milder than normal with average snowfall season. Average precip for Colorado usually means about 300 inches of snow given its high elevation resorts so this is good news. Colorado and Montana are already seeing snow this week and unlike last season, they’re forecast to get more along with the rest of the Rockies in early November plus two heavy storms toward the end of the month. Snow’s supposed to continue through Christmas with regular storms predicted through March. Eastern Canada will also see snow in early November and regularly throughout December, January and February. The Canadian Rockies is expected to have a decent season with milder temperatures and average precipitation. For us in the Pacific Northwest, they are reiterating their forecast for a warmer and drier season than normal. However, with WA having some of the snowiest places on earth at Mt. Rainier and Mt. Baker, we’re betting we’ll do just fine.

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